When Betty, a five-year-old kitten, was rescued, she didn’t want to have anything to do with the people who helped her. She was grumpy, and she didn’t want to let anybody come near her. Her rescuers knew that she wasn’t being an ungrateful brat. They understood that all that grumpiness was caused by fear.
Her rescuers found her walking by herself in one of the busy streets in San Pablo, California. They turned her over to Jelly’s Place, an animal shelter, so the volunteers and staff could look after her.
Gaining Betty’s trust
Kendal Benken, one of the volunteers at the shelter, had a hard time gaining Betty’s trust. She would threaten to bite anyone who would dare approach her.
At some point, Benken had to put her in a crate and placed it in the middle of her kitchen. It was the only solution to keeping the poor thing from running away from her. As days passed, the kitten starting allowing herself to be held.
Soon enough, Benken’s rescued pups decided to check out the new member of their crew. This angered Betty, but they didn’t seem to be bothered by her wrath. They found it all the more fascinating.
Truvy, a giant yellow Labrador mix, was especially drawn to Betty. He kept visiting her to help her adapt to her new home. After some weeks, the kitten finally came out of her shell and started being friends with everyone.
Benken was thrilled when she saw Betty slowly interacting with everyone around her. She was no longer the grumpy, scared kitten she once was. As it turns out, underneath all that wrath was a kitten who only wanted to be loved!
Betty loves it most whenever she gets to spend time with Truvy. Benken would always find her playing or hanging out with her new best friend.
Credits to Kendal Hall Benken