Cleo came to us in July 2017, from the local municipal shelter. She had been found on the street with dislocated hips and it was assumed that she had been hit by a car. She also had mammary tumours. She was operated on, the tumours removed and her hips mended, but her spirit seemed broken.
For months, it seemed that we could make no progress with her at the shelter. She hid from all the volunteers and we were worried that she would never learn to trust us. But recently she started to come out of her shell a bit – she will welcome the volunteers with a wagging tail, allow herself to be patted and take a treat. Last week, we discovered why she has struggled so much with trust. When she came out of her basket for a treat, a sudden movement made her cringe and shake in terror – she was expecting to be hit and it became clear that she has been badly beaten in the past. We now know the real cause of the dislocated hips.
She still has a way to go – she will still try and hide when she is scared of something, like the camera as you can see in one of the photos. But she has come such a long way and is improving every day, especially now that she is realising that she will never be hit again. She will need a calm home with a lot of love and patience, and she will reward you with lots of love and affection.