One night during September of 2018, someone dumped off a domesticated rabbit and two cats, one black like night and one white like snow. It baffled us how someone could just abandon their companions and leave them to the mercy of the coyotes and bobcats that roam our property at night.
Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, the bunny, dubbed Cowboy, was caught and re-homed by our wonderful volunteer Phil and his wife Paige. The cats, however, were a different story.
Domesticated cats still have primal instincts that allow them to survive if and when necessary. We would catch glimpses of them for weeks, and then the white one decided to move on to a better stretch of desert.
After weeks of putting out food and water in various spots across the ranch (thanks to long-time volunteer Holly), the black one made itself at home in the trailer behind Jim's house, seen on occasion scurrying under a bucket. Because it is elusive and no one can understand how or why this cat stayed, it has been named Mystery.
Mystery is seen in the mornings chowing down from her bowl in the trailer, and in the evenings can be spotted sitting high in the tree outside Jim's kitchen window.
Recently, in the early mornings, Mystery has allowed select volunteers to get near her, pet her, and even pick her up. She is small, and can't be more than a year or so. Her pastimes are spent hunting lizards and other critters that hang around the hay pile.