-by Amy, Michigan foster
Kitten Phineas was saved by his Texas foster mom from a pack of dogs that had trapped him beneath a house. He sustained some bad injuries and needed to have one of his rear legs amputated. After he recovered from his surgery, he made his way up to Michigan to find his forever home. Project Hope doesn't often rescue cats, however, when asked we could not resist helping such a brave boy. Phineas wasn’t with his Michigan foster mom for too long before he found his perfect match!
-from Phineas' forever family
Phineas came to our home in April 2021 and he has been a three-legged dynamo! His personality fills our home with so much joy and laughter at his antics. He does get into trouble at times, like his propensity for tearing up paper. We have learned to keep our most important papers out of his reach.
He seems completely unaware that he is missing a back leg, and can run fast and strong from one end of the house to the other, especially when chasing the evil and sinister red laser pointer. He impressed us early with his ability to scramble up our cat tower at top speed, and upon reaching the highest platform, he rings a metal bell that is part of a window decoration. Once there, he often settles in to watch the birds outside the window on the feeders, or hang over the edge in a photo-worthy pose.
We were not sure if Phineas would win over the heart of our older cat, Lanikai, but in just over six months, he was able to convince her that he was a wonderful little man. My heart was full the first time I saw them cuddled up together on the couch, after giving each other a hearty licking of the ears and face.
Phineas continues to be a food hog, wanting his face to be the first in any bowl and often shoving his sister out of the way. As they go back and forth between the two bowls, Phineas is never satisfied and wants whatever Lanikai is eating. This results in a back-and-forth running from bowl to bowl, while Lanikai is just trying to eat in peace. She tolerates his frantic shuttling back and forth to get whatever she is eating (which is the same thing that is in “his” bowl). He loves to snuggle and is always near one of his people snoozing next to them as closely as he can get. He is a play-hard, sleep-hard cat who needs to be the center of all attention. We gladly give it to him since Phineas is the highlight of our home and we would not have it any other way.