Suzie had the very worst possible introduction to SAINTS. She was left in her carrier by our front door, 2 feet away from a fence full of barking and excited dogs. By the time i got home (I was only gone for half an hour) she was terrified. I did not have a place ready for her because I was not expecting her, so I put her crate on the bed, where she was further frightened by several cats peering in at her. I quickly bleached out and set up the bathroom and moved her in and opened the door to her crate,. Eight hours later, she is still hiding in her crate, and her face is buried into her towel. Introductions to SAINTS are very important, we do everything we can to ensure that our new animals arrival is as peaceful, and gentle as possible. We spend alot of time preparing and planning on how to manage the transition to reduce the amount of anxiety. We already know who is going into what area and how they are to be managed before their arrival and we have the supplies and equipment set up and on hand that they need to smooth the transition. Suzie did not get that, she got dumped, plain and simple, right into the middle of the fire. It has taken me years to learn how to introduce new cats into a shelter environment and not risk losing them from severe stress. Stressed cats stop eating, they can very quickly develop fatty liver syndrome and can die. Once that starts the only solution to bringing them thru requires aggressive force feedings and sometimes even tube feedings. None of it is fun for the cat. Planning and managing a smooth and compassionate transition can usually reduce this risk to nil. Suzie is going to be a nightmare because as far as she is concerned, she is in a nightmare and right now nothing can convince her otherwise. This could have been done so much better, and with so much more kindness if only a little notice had been given. Ahh Suzie Q, we are both in for a rough and scarey ride.