In May 2016, my boyfriend had taken a walk around the neighborhood and had let me know he had come upon a very sick cat by a dumpster up the street. I went up to check it out, then decided I should try and trap her and get her to the vet. She was a beautiful dilute calico, and at the time I thought maybe she had eaten poison or something. She didn't seem completely feral, as she was out during the day and would some and sit about 3 feet away from you. I had assisted with some trappings and had had fostered before. I also was TNR Certified. I had a not so user friendly trap, and went and sat on the stairs of the empty building where the cat was hanging out. The local feeder had said she had never seen this cat until about a week before. So perhaps she was a former bodega cat, had been trapped elsewhere and released to this area, it was a mystery.
I trapped her pretty easily and got her back to my bathroom. I started contacting every rescue and organization I could trying to piece together what to do next. I made the typical first time trapper mistake and opened the door a tiny bit-she was out and completely disappeared somewhere in my bathroom. I had no idea where. A kind rescuer stopped by and wrangled her back into the trap.
Over the course of vet visits, it was estimated that she was about 13-14 years old, had a severe uti, terrible teeth, was dehydrated and had fleas. She had to have dental which removed all her remaining teeth, they spayed her during the same procedure and found out she was pregnant. The block she was trapped on was full of FIV and FELV cats, had extremely non-cat friendly neighbors, and the house she was hanging at was under construction. Returning a toothless senior who I had now named Pandora, to this block, wasn't a viable plan. Pandora had snap tested negative twice over the course of several months. he had gone from a dog crate to a larger cage and I was trying to get her used to indoor living. For many months I called countless sanctuaries, and they were either not for her due to medical reasons or they were extremely expensive. I was doing most of this rescue out of my own pocket. It seemed pretty obvious that