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Sahara the Bengal mix needs a home for Christmas

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Sahara is a lovely Bengal mix grey tabby who has lived on Maple Street in Madison, TN for four years. Three years ago, her baby male Snuggles was rescued at 4 months old. Snuggles was a beautiful Bengal mix who found a home the following January.

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Sahara has been living on the street and having babies her entire life. Two months ago her older kitten, Sam, was rescued at 5 months old. He had been living with his older friend, Sean, the Siamese. Sam was adopted by a wonderful family that drove hours to pick him up. They love his friendly, easygoing and playful nature. He has tons of cat toys and enjoys lots of love and attention.

On Thanksgiving Day, Sahara and her last baby, Shane were finally rescued. Sahara was eating food scraps from a trash pile. She has probably eaten garbage for most of her life. To catch her, foster mom Joy left a little bit of canned food with gravy and cheese in the trash pile, which Sahara quickly sniffed out and ate with relish. A small bit of canned food was left near the trap, another small bit just inside the trap and a dish full of canned food at the far end. Within about 15 minutes the trap went off and both Mom and baby were inside.

At first, both cats were terrified to be inside in a strange new world. However, they quickly decided that being warm and having plenty of healthy food to eat was a very good thing. Timid little Shane pried up the vent cover and dove down inside the ventilation ducts to hide. To lure him out, a trap was set in the bathroom. When Shane finally came up out of the vent, Sahara lured him into the trap with her. Shane was soon adopted by a very gentle, patient lady who has experience taming semi-feral and shy kittens.

As can be seen in her picture, Sahara is a proud, independent Bengal mix girl. She is very comfortable with dogs and other cats. Her age is estimated at four years old since she had Snuggles three years ago and his litter was the first group of Bengal mix kittens seen on Maple Street. She is shy around strangers but doesn't mind being touched and petted.

Thanks to Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance, Sahara is spayed, had her shots and deworming. She also tested negative for AIDS and leukemia. Her adoption fee is only $50 since she is a little bit older. She will need a quiet home with no small children. If you are interested in adopting her, please email healingheartsrescue@hotmail.com or text (615) 290-2454.

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