Local "Cat Whisperer" Saves Felines

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Friday, July 6, 2012 - 5:34pm

"This is my gift from God of being able to work with traumatized animals," said Gloria Caballero.

Removing the "ow" from meow.

"Cats are very intuitive. Cats know who likes them. Cats know who they can trust, who's a kindred spirit," explained Caballero.

Gloria Caballero has become known as the "cat whisperer" for her innate ability to help abused felines land on their feet.

"One of my cats was blind. Another cat was thrown out of the spaghetti bowl. Another cat was dumped because she tested and for FIV which is the equivalent of human AIDS. Everyone asks me how can people hurt animals and I say, but look at what they do to people," said Caballero.

Since beginning "Scooter's Place"... a home for the broken... 11 year ago... Caballero's allowed hundreds of cats to carry out the rest of their nine lives through the use of socialization therapy.

"When I'm doing therapy with a cat, I'm just sitting there and I'm building up a trust. They need to know, they need to sense that I'm not a threat. I'm not going to hurt them," said Caballero.

Caballero says once cats have completed therapy... they can get their paws on a fur-ever home... as long as the potential adopter makes for a purrr-fect match.

"We would set up a time. I would bring them over and then they would do a sleep over, in my day they called it slumber parties, for 7 to 10 days and then once I know it's a good fit, then we adopt," saod Caballero.

Although her role as the "Cat Whisperer" requires time, patience and money from her own pocket... Cabellero considers the rewards of her undertaking as immeasurable.

"Once I find these guys good home, because they all deserve loving forever homes, that's what I'm meant to do, is to find them good homes," said Caballero.

If you'd like to donate to "Scooter's Place", visit www.fthar.org/animals/list or visit PetSmart to drop off a cash donation.

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