27 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adopt A Cat, Cat Adoptions, Cat Pictures, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Current Cats for Adoption, Female Cats Tags: adopt a cat, Adoption, adoption specials, adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, cat, cat adoption, cat lovers, cat photos, cat pictures, cat rescue, cats, female cat, female cats, orange tabby cat, Orange Tabby cats
28 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adopt A Cat, Cat Adoptions, Cat Care, Cat Pictures, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Current Cats for Adoption, Female Cats, Tabby Cats, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, TLC at Pet Supplies Plus East Amherst, NY Tags: Adoption, adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat care, cat lovers, cat pictures, cat rescue, cats, domestic short hair cats, east amherst new york, family pets, female cats, forever homes, kitties, New York, non-profit, Pet, Pet Supplies "Plus", pets, polydactyl cat, rescue organizations, Rescues and Shelters, tabby cats, Ten Lives Club
Lara is 1-1/2 yrs. old & has extra toesies on her front & BACK paws! She is petite for her age & super sweet! Stop by PSP E. Amherst to visit Lara – she is a DOLL! She gets along well with the other kitties and would be a great addition to any household!
Lara has been with us now for about a month & has been waiting patiently to find her forever home!
Lara’s adoption fee is $25 & includes all vaccinations, FIV & FeLeuk test (negative), spay, flea/ear mite treatment & dental exam. All adoptions also include a FREE VET VISIT ($40 value)!
TO ADOPT LARA, SUBMIT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION ONLINE
OR E-MAIL VAL AT LILLY-FAE2-AT-GMAIL.COM!
13 Oct 2014 5 Comments
by valorra in Adopt A Cat, Adopt An Older Cat 3+, Adopted Cat Stories, Adopted Cat Updates, Adopted Cats, Cat Adoptions, Cat Care, Cat Pictures, Cat Psychology, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Male Cats, Special Needs Kitties, Tabby Cats, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, TLC at Pet Supplies Plus East Amherst, NY Tags: adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat care, cat lovers, cat pictures, cat psychology, cat rescue, cat stories, cats, domestic short hair cats, east amherst new york, forever homes, life, male cats, New York, Pet, Pet Supplies "Plus", pets, rescue organizations, Rescues and Shelters, tabby cats, Ten Lives Club, volunteers
Benji came to our adoption location back at the beginning of May 2014. His owner had recently passed away and no one in the family would take him into their home so he was surrendered to Ten Lives Club. He was confused and scared – he didn’t understand why he was suddenly in this strange, noisy place with so many other kitties and human strangers. Benji had been in a nice quiet home with a loving purrson for the last 3 years – basically his entire life. It was clear he needed to find a forever home without other kitties or young children – a quiet, peaceful household.
For the first few weeks with us, when he was out of his cage, he would pace from door to door yowling and crying. He was absolutely miserable & inconsolable. He wasn’t even particularly fond of getting pets from our volunteers in the beginning. He didn’t want anything to do with any of the other kitties & would growl if they came too close to him. This was very intimidating to the other kitties since Benji was a VERY big boy – weighing in at about 22+ lbs. & ALL MUSCLE.
He was a very impressive & beautiful boy but had a moody, temperamental streak that could be very unpredictable. We had to keep an eye on him when visitors came into the room while the kitties were out of their cages because he usually did not tolerate strangers – especially young children – petting him.
Over time, with the love and attention of our dedicated group of volunteers, Benji started to become more social. He was happiest when he got to be a lap kitty & get the one on one attention he had always had before. He even struck up a friendship with one of the kittens that came to us in June – Freckles. Freckles was 5 months old & a sweet tempered, beautiful boy – which worked wonders on Benji’s temperament. Benji also began to “tolerate” most of the other kitties – particularly Penny, who happens to have an attitude of her own & is not easily intimidated.
During a kitten adoption event in June, a woman came in who wanted an adult kitty – not a kitten. She had recently moved back to Buffalo & was retired. She lived alone & missed having the company of a cat. Dayna, one of our volunteers who was working the event that day, took her back to the cat room to meet Benji. It was a perfect match! She filled out an application to adopt Benji & after reviewing her information to approve the adoption, we set up a time early the following week to finalize. She had told me that she had even rearranged her dining room so the table was right by a window for Benji to enjoy an outside view. She wanted a day or so to make sure she had a special room set up just for him so everything would be in place when she brought him home with her.
Our group of volunteers were overjoyed! Benji had found the perfect forever home & would finally be a happy boy with the love & attention he had always known in his previous home.
Unfortunately, about 2 weeks later, she called to say she would have to bring Benji back. She lived in a converted home apartment situation & unknown to her or her landlord, her neighbor was severely allergic to cats. My heart dropped to my stomach. Of all of the kitties for this to happen to, it had to be BENJI! NOOOoooo!!
We met back at the store the following day. She was extremely upset and felt horrible that she had let him down. She loved him & would’ve never let him go but she didn’t have a choice. Benji knew he was back in the cat room again. He was confused and extremely angry – to say the least. He wouldn’t even let her pick him up or pet him to say good bye. He was already pacing around – ears laid out to the side, growling non-stop & whipping his tail.
After she left, I sat with him for a long time & let him vent – having the room to himself while the others stayed in their cages. I’m pretty sure they didn’t want to come out anyway! I talked softly to him & tried to pet him to calm him down, but he wouldn’t let me touch him. I didn’t dare push my luck – he was an angry cat (& a very LARGE one) & even though he wasn’t mad at ME, he most likely would’ve lashed out. I didn’t blame him.
When it was time to go back in his cage, I struggled with how I was going to accomplish that – obviously, I couldn’t just scoop him up & put him inside. Treats were not working. Then I remembered how much he loved catnip. I found his favorite toy – a rainbow stuffed with catnip – sprayed it with catnip concentrate & put some on his bedding. I held the toy under his nose & lead him right into his cage.
It was so hard to break the news to our volunteers. Everyone was in shock & heartbroken that Benji had to come back to us after going into a home that was so perfect for him. We all tried very hard to make the transition easier for him by showering him with as much love & attention as we could. His buddy Freckles was being fostered at the time, so until he came back, Benji didn’t have his companionship to make things more tolerable.
Freckles came back a week or so later & Benji was beginning to adjust. Until we got a new group of kitties with a male that he absolutely hated! He would stalk & corner him – growling & making it clear who was boss. Starfox, the poor kitty that Benji had targeted, was a sweet, gentle boy who was terrified & couldn’t understand why Benji was being so mean to him. We had to keep them separated – not for only Starfox’s safety, but for the other kitties or anyone else who happened to be in Benji’s line of fire. Benji was completely focused on terrorizing Starfox & whoever stood in his way would’ve been a casualty.
Finally, one of our volunteers offered to take Benji home with her & see if he would get along with her other kitty – who is a female. Benji had always been OK with the female kitties in the cat room, so our thinking was that he would be the same with her’s. After a few days, it was very apparent that he was NOT OK with her kitty. He started stalking her & finally, attacked her – which was the final straw. He had to come back. BUT, she adopted Starfox! This was a relief. At least with Starfox out of the cat room, Benji settled down again.
Then Freckles was adopted. He watched as his little buddy get into his carrier. He walked over to sniff and check it over before saying good bye to Freckles. It broke my heart. Poor Benji watched another kitty find their forever home while he still waited to find his own. Now, the only other kitty he really got along with left him alone. Again…
We began our campaign with even more vigor to find Benji his forever home. Posting on Facebook, Twitter – telling everyone we knew about Benji’s plight & special needs to find a forever home. People responded by sharing with their friends. Those they came to visit him on a regular basis would do the same. I began to get more calls about Benji from good-hearted people, but unfortunately, were not a fit for him. I wasn’t about to put him into another situation that would set him up for failure again.
Then one day, a couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a woman who’s brother lived alone & had no other pets in his home. He had cats in the distant past, but spent much of his time working & just hadn’t really thought about getting another cat. I was somewhat doubtful at first. But I set up a meet & greet with Benji last Monday. We spent a lot of time discussing Benji’s needs and giving Benji time to get to know Roger during the visit.
Although Benji wasn’t overly affectionate, he finally started rubbing against Roger’s legs. Then Benji allowed Roger to pick him up & pet him. Roger understood that under these circumstances, Benji wasn’t going to have the same temperament as he would in a home setting where he would have him all to himself. He was willing to be patient & let Benji come around on his own terms. He didn’t expect Benji to become a lovey lap kitty or bond with him immediately. Roger was willing to give him time to accept him & his new surroundings – however long that might take.
We made arrangements to finalize Benji’s adoption the following evening (Tues. 10/7). With a little coaxing of fresh catnip, Benji went into the carrier to go home with Roger. It was hard to to see him go, but I maintained until I told them both good-bye. Walking back to the cat room, happy tears came because I knew in my heart he would finally know the happiness & love he had waited to find for so long.
On Wednesday, I got a text from Roger thanking me profusely for letting him bring Benji home. He told me that the minute Benji stepped into the house outside of the carrier, he began purring non-stop! Benji wanted all the pets & cuddles that Roger could give him! He slept on Roger’s bed the very first night & hogged all of the covers! Benji has claimed Roger as HIS PURRSON & is KING of the house!
Benji will forever have a piece of our hearts – for of all of us who cared & loved him for the 6 months he stayed with us. But in the cat room, he was like a cougar in a cage – pacing around & feeling trapped. He couldn’t help but be grumpy & grouchy sometimes – he was miserable & too confined – especially for his size! It took longer than we (& Benji) would’ve liked to find his purrson, but now he’s with Roger who was meant to be his. And Roger found Benji boy who was meant to be his BOSS & BUDDY for life!
WE LOVE YOU BIG BEAUTIFUL BOY! ALL OUR LOVE GOES WITH YOU!!
04 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adoption Events, Cat Adoptions, Cat Care, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Donate to Ten Lives Club, Fundraisers, How You Can Help Ten Lives Club, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, Ten Lives Club Events, Wish List Tags: Adoption, adoptions, animal rescue, animal shelter, animal shelters, animals, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat lovers, cat rescue, cats, donations, family pets, Fundraiser, kids, kitties, life, New York, non-profit, Pet, pets, rescue organizations, Rescues and Shelters, Ten Lives Club
Come join us in celebration of the NEW TEN LIVES CLUB SHELTER !
TEN LIVES CLUB OPEN HOUSE EVENT
SATURDAY, October 4
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3741 Lakeshore Drive
Blasdell, NY 14219
LIVE MUSIC & DJ entertainment!
Theme Basket Raffles
BEER TENT *Sponsored by Mister Goodbar
BOUNCE HOUSE for the kids!
21 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adopt An Older Cat 3+, Adopted Cat Stories, Adopted Cats, Adoption Events, Black & White Cats, Black Cats, Black Cats, Cat Adoptions, Cat Care, Cat Pictures, Cat Psychology, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Female Cats, Older Kitties, Special Needs Kitties, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, TLC at Pet Supplies Plus East Amherst, NY Tags: adopt an older cat, Adoption, adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, black cats, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat care, cat lovers, cat pictures, cat psychology, cat rescue, cat stories, cats, domestic short hair cats, east amherst new york, family pets, female cats, forever homes, kitties, life, New York, non-profit, older cat, older kitties, overweight cat, Pet, Pet Supplies "Plus", pets, rescue organizations, Rescues and Shelters, special needs cat, special needs cats, Ten Lives Club, volunteers
Chevon is a 7 year old, very overweight girl who came to us way back at the end of March. She was not happy, did NOT get along with any of the other kitties & rarely left her cage when volunteers came in to care for the kitties. She would growl & grumble at the other kitties & volunteers. We were all getting concerned that she would have a very hard time finding her forever home. Not only was she an older kitty, but she was very overweight & her attitude was not exactly friendly. None of which made her a prime candidate for adoption.
After a couple of months, she finally began to come out of her cage more & more. She quit growling at the other kitties (except for Benji, but that’s another post). When we got some kittens in for an adoption event in June, those that weren’t adopted over the weekend stayed with us. She began to watch them play from a perch on the cat tree. Then, miracle of miracles – she began interacting with them!
The Wednesday morning volunteer – Sheri – called me one day to tell me she watched Freckles (a 5 month old kitten) go into her cage & start eating her food (none of us can figure out why, but all the kitties try to eat her diet food – really?). Sheri held her breath waiting for Chevon to flip out & chase him out of her cage. But she didn’t. She licked him on top of his head instead!
It was truly a turning point for Chevon. Every time, almost, a volunteer came in to let the kitties out to play, Chevon would join them. We all were so happy & relieved to see her finally become the sweet kitty we knew she could be. She would sit on the second shelf of the cat tree (amazing she could jump that far!) & watch the kittens play. Sometimes, she would play with them or by herself – which she had never done before. She began letting some of the volunteers brush her & clean her in places she couldn’t reach because of her size.
Chevon has finally found her forever home with one of our sweet volunteers – Mindy! YAY!
Mindy took her home Friday evening to be a companion to Lily, who she adopted from TLC at our location about 5-6 months ago. Mindy’s family recently lost their 15 yr. old FIV+ kitty & now Lily ( AKA Precious) is all alone. She sent pictures of “The Queen” – LOL~!
SO HAPPY FOR CHEVON!!
Enjoy your new forever home sweet chubby girl!
ALL OUR LOVE GOES WITH YOU!
02 May 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adopt A Cat, Adopt a Kitten Less Than 3 - 9 Mos., Black & White Cats, Cat Adoptions, Cat Care, Cat Pictures, Cat Psychology, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Female Kittens, Kittens, Male Kittens, Special Adoption Fees, Tabby Kittens, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, TLC at Pet Supplies Plus East Amherst, NY Tags: adopt a kitten, adopt kittens, Adoption, adoption specials, adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat care, cat lovers, cat pictures, cat psychology, cat rescue, cats, domestic short hair cats, east amherst new york, family pets, female cats, female kitten, female kittens, forever homes, kitten, kitten adoptions, kittens, kitties, male cats, male kitten, male kittens, New York, non-profit, Pet, Pet Supplies "Plus", pets, rescue organizations, Rescues and Shelters, tabby cats, Ten Lives Club
These two sweet little balls of fur came to our location on Tuesday. Aren’t they adorable??
Joey is a sweet little purrball – every time you hold him he turns on the motor! He & Julie love playing chase with each other & anything else that moves. It’s non-stop playtime when these two are out & about!
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a kitten, it’s easy to forget how much energy they have and all of the things they can get into. Kitten-proofing their environment is highly recommended! When they are this small, it is very easy for kittens to play or hide in spaces around your house you might not consider. Also, remember that kittens are extremely curious. Everything is brand new to them! They are exploring their world. It’s up to you to make sure their world is a safe place for them to play. That’s another post!
Better stop by & visit them soon because these 2 sweet babies won’t be waiting long for their forever homes!
Joey & Julie’s adoption fee is $100.
We offer a special rate of $150 when adopting 2 kittens age 8months or younger together! Double the fun! Plus, they will keep each other busy and have a playmate with the same energy level.
All Cats and kittens adopted from Ten Lives Club receive:
- Physical exam by our shelter vet (30-day health guarantee)
- Feline Leukemia and FIV testing
- Flea and worm treatment
- Ear Mite treatment
- First distemper and rabies vaccinations (kittens if old enough)
- Medical Background Sheet listing all treatments/vaccines/health evaluation by our shelter vet
- Free Veterinarian Visit Certificate to any affiliated Veterinarian in the Buffalo, New York area ($40 Value!)
Stop in & visit Joey & Julie at Pet Supplies “Plus” in East Amherst!
We are located at 9630 Transit Road, E. Amherst, NY
For more information about adopting a kitty from Ten Lives Club, visit our Adopt A Kitty page.
To set up a Meet & Greet with Joey or Julie, submit the form below.
26 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adopt A Cat, Adopt An Older Cat 3+, Adopted Cat Stories, Adopted Cats, Black & White Cats, Cat Adoptions, Cat Care, Cat Pictures, Cat Psychology, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, De-Clawed Cats, Older Kitties, Special Needs Kitties, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, TLC at Pet Supplies Plus East Amherst, NY Tags: adopt an older cat, Adoption, adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, bobtail cat, bobtail cats, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat care, cat lovers, cat pictures, cat psychology, cat rescue, cat stories, cats, domestic short hair cats, east amherst new york, family pets, forever homes, Hamburg New York, kitties, life, male cats, New York, non-profit, Pet, Pet Supplies "Plus", pets, rescue organizations, Rescues and Shelters, senior cat, SENIOR CATS, SENIOR KITTY, special needs cats, Ten Lives Club
Sweet Jinksy found his forever home on Friday! ~YAY!~ He’ll have 2 other (soon to be 3 after today) declawed kitty housemates and a nice big house to roam and play!
Jinksy’s new Purr-Parents are also adopting Aaron from the main Ten Lives Club shelter today! Aaron is a very sweet, friendly 8 to 10 year old declawed boy who weighs in at a hefty 20 pounds!
This wonderful family has always preferred to adopt kitties who are “special” and generally the hardest or last to be adopted. Since Aaron is a “senior”and slightly overweight, he most definitely falls into the “hard to place” category. Why? Because of his age.
Older kitties are harder to place even though cats can live 20+ years. People generally want to adopt a cat that isn’t much older than 4 or 5 years old at the very most. Or they want a KITTEN. Or they want a certain color, breed or sex. Aarron is your basic, “run of the mill” black and white domestic short hair kitty who would easily be overlooked in a roomful of other kitties competing for attention. As soon as I sent them pictures of Aaron, they had to meet him! He obviously worked his kitty magic since he’s going home with them today!
SO HAPPY FOR THESE 2 SWEET BOYS! ALL OUR LOVE GOES WITH YOU!
26 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adopt A Cat, Adopted Cat Stories, Adopted Cat Updates, Adopted Cats, Black & White Cats, Cat Adoptions, Cat Care, Cat Pictures, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Fostered Kitties, Fostering Cats, Rescued Cat Stories, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, TLC at Pet Supplies Plus East Amherst, NY Tags: abandoned cat, Adoption, adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat care, cat fosters, cat lovers, cat pictures, cat rescue, cats, domestic short hair cats, east amherst new york, family pets, female cats, forever homes, fostered cats, fostering, fostering cats, kitties, life, mama cat, New York, non-profit, Pet, Pet Supplies "Plus", pets, rescue organizations, rescued cat, Rescues and Shelters, stray cat, stray cats, Ten Lives Club, volunteers
Miss Mary has found her forever home! Carrie K., one of our sweet volunteers who has fostered her for the past couple of weeks, decided they HAD to adopt her. She and her family have fallen completely in love with Miss Mary & couldn’t imagine their household without her!
She’s being completely spoiled & has made herself right at home. I’m so very happy for her! She will have so much love & attention with Carrie’s family for the rest of her life!
I’ve had so many visitors and volunteers both ask why in the world she hadn’t been adopted long ago with her sweet disposition. I have no idea! She came to us in February & watched several of her kitty friends find their forever homes while she stayed behind each time. But that never put a damper on her personality.
She was waiting. She hadn’t found “The One” yet. But she knew they would walk through the door soon. And she would know that human was her’s.
When Carrie took her to see the vet a couple of weeks ago, she was already weaving her kitty magic. Carrie admitted to me the minute she walked out of the doors with Miss Mary, she was keeping her. She just tried to deny it to everyone else for a few days. That would be me my M.O.. Totally.
Miss Mary has 2 kitty housemates & is adjusting to Carrie’s 2 dogs – which, as we know she hasn’t been particularly fond of in the past! Not surprising, since she was abandoned with her newborn kittens – left outside in a cardboard box while she tried to keep her babies safe from predators (dogs) and not freeze to death. We have no idea what else she and her babies may have endured before they were abandoned.
Even after surviving such a cruel act of abuse, Miss Mary has always been such a sweet & friendly girl. The Ten Lives Club volunteer who fostered Miss Mary & her sweet babies until they were weaned and ready to find their forever homes, told me she was such a loving Mama to her kittens. I don’t doubt that one bit!
Miss Mary hit the JACKPOT with Carrie’s family!
We are so happy for you SWEET GIRL!
Enjoy your new life & the loving home you deserve so very much!
THANK YOU CARRIE & CHELYNN FOR YOUR TRUE DEDICATION, COMPASSION & LOVE FOR THE KITTIES!
24 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
by valorra in Adopted Cat Stories, Adopted Cat Updates, Adopted Cats, Adoption Events, Calico Cats, Cat Care, Cat Pictures, Cat Psychology, Cat Rescue Organizations, Cats, Cute Cat Stories, Kittens, Rescued Cat Stories, Special Adoption Fees, Tabby Kittens, Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue & Adoption, Ten Lives Club Events, TLC at Pet Supplies Plus East Amherst, NY Tags: Adoption, adoption specials, adoption updates, adoptions, amherst new york, animal rescue, animals, cat, cat adoption, cat adoptions, cat care, cat lovers, cat pictures, cat psychology, cat rescue, cat stories, cats, Cheektowaga New York, domestic long hair cats, domestic short hair cats, east amherst new york, family pets, female cats, forever home updates, forever homes, kitten, kitties, life, male cats, New York, non-profit, Orange Tabby kitten, Pet, Pet Supplies "Plus", pets, rescue organizations, Rescues and Shelters, tabby cats, tabby kitten, Ten Lives Club, volunteers
Ten Lives Club received a very heartfelt e-mail from the proud purr-parent of these 2 beautiful babies!
Cara adopted Crystal & Tiger (now named Tommy & Gina) together from our adoption location at Pet Supplies “Plus” in E. Amherst back in February during our “Best Friends – The One” promotion.
The following is Cara’s story:
“On November 21, 2013, I had to take my 12 year old cat to the vet in the middle of the night. It was 2:00am. Angelo was diabetic and was on insulin for about a year. What I thought would be a trip for different medication and then back home to bed turned in to one of the worst times in my life.
Before I could take my jacket off and sit in the exam room while they took Angelo in the back, the vet rushed in and said “we have him on life support, doing CPR. Do you want us to keep going? “. My first thought was that they had the wrong room. I brought in Angelo. He isn’t that bad. Apparently he got “that bad” real quick. After 8 times of telling them to “keep going”, I asked if he would be ok if he came through. The answer was devastating to me and at 4am, Angelo passed away. He had diabetes and cancer.
I was taken out of work for three weeks during the month of December, diagnosed with Major Medical Depression. I was on medication and not getting any better. I was truly all alone. My family lived in another state and it has always been just me and Angelo. Now it’s just me. I have never been diagnosed with anything and never on medication so this was all scary to me. My friends and family told me the best thing to do is get another cat.
Get another cat?? How could I do that! There is no way I will ever get another cat! I can’t go through this ever again! So I thought…
I heard about Ten Lives Club through some friends and in January, just playing on the internet one day, decided to take a look and see what it was all about. I knew I would not get another cat so what’s the harm in looking around their website? After all, how could I do that to my Angelo? Replace him just like that?
I looked at all the cats on the website and cried and cried. One day, I saw a beautiful cat on the TLC website named Carly. She looked sooo much like my Angelo! In the pic, she was “photo bombed” by another cat named Tiger Boy. That made me smile and I kept my eye on Carly, hoping and praying she would get adopted.
After a few days I thought I needed to snap out of this…stop being silly…go see Carly and get over this depression. On a Saturday morning, I got dressed, grabbed my keys, got in the car to go see her and couldn’t leave the garage. I cried and cried. I wasn’t ready.
I kept looking on the website and somehow, Carly and Tiger Boy were just stuck in my heart. Then the day came that Carly was adopted. YAY!! I was soo happy, I cried but this time, tears of joy! I thought, I CAN DO THIS!! So I got dressed the next day and off I went.
When I arrived at the Ten Lives Club in East Amherst, I sat in the car for a few minutes, took a deep breath and in I went! After all, it’s February and it has been 3 months since Angelo had passed. I need to try and help myself get out of this depression.
I walked to the back of the store to the room with big windows. I looked in and there they were! All that I have seen on the website! There was Skye, Crystal and Tiger Boy! I cried, I smiled, I walked away, I walked back, I cried, I smiled…it was a time of all emotions.
I saw a beautiful lady and an adorable boy in the room with the kitties and I thought “I hope they are there to adopt them all!” As it turned out, it was Amy, a TLC Volunteer and her son Matthew. They asked if I wanted to come in and I shook my head yes. I went in and started crying.
I told Amy my story and she and Matthew were just amazing. Listening to my every word…handing me Kleenex…hugging me…then we started talking about the kitties. Skye was doing her own thing but Tiger Boy and Crystal were playing, running, jumping, having so much fun. I told Amy that I had my eye on Tiger Boy and told her my story of trying to come see Carly.
I then found out Crystal was a stray picked up in October and has been in the shelter ever since. That is a long time! Matthew was telling me funny stories of these two and I finally looked at Amy and I said, “I’ll take them! “She looked at me kind of funny and said “you want BOTH?” I said “YES!”
Amy was so happy that Crystal finally was getting a home and that Tiger Boy was going with her! Amy made the calls and I filled out the papers and I was now a proud owner of two beautiful fur babies!
On my drive home, I was laughing as I thought about how I was saying I would NEVER get another cat again. So what do I do? I get two! Angelo was my only child and he preferred that. I always thought he should have a friend to keep him company while I am at work but he wouldn’t hear of it. So here I go…two kittys in the back seat and me to start a new life with them.
I already had names picked out for them before I even left the store. Crystal, the beautiful 3 year old Calico and Tommy Boy, the 7 month old Orange Tabby had names but that was their shelter names. I wanted them to have “forever home” names. So being a big Bon Jovi fan, I thought about a Bon Jovi song called “Living on a Prayer”. It is about a couple named Tommy and Gina who are living on a prayer getting through life. I figured all the kitties at the shelters are living on a prayer to find a home and these two are now going to have a new life so I named them Tommy and Gina.
It’s been 5 months since Angelo passed and almost 3 months that I have had Tommy and Gina and I could not be happier! From the first night, the three of us slept in the same bed. Gina at the foot of the bed and Tommy as close to me as he can possibly get, with his face resting on my cheek and paws on my shoulders. I can’t breathe but he is comfortable!
On the very first night as we were sleeping, it was as if Tommy realized they were not in cages any longer so he walks gently over to Gina, gives her a good WHAP!!!! on the head as if to say “we have this whole house to run and play…wake up!! “ And off they go! They run full speed through the house, down in the basement, up the stairs to the main floor, then upstairs to the bedrooms and all the time jumping over furniture, sliding across tables and enjoying life!
Gina is a little more mellow then Tommy. She was a stray and then in a shelter for 4 months so she did not have much interaction with people, who wanted to hug her, pet her, hold her, love her. Tommy is a playful kitten and loves to get in to everything.
Gina, at first, would let me pet her for about 5 seconds then that was enough for her. That’s all changed. She is coming around now, sleeps closer to me, lets me pet her and even hold her. Not for long but she is made much improvement. No hurry- no pressure! We all have a longgg life ahead of us and in time, she will be 100% confident! I am 100% sure of it!
Tommy is already spoiled more than any cat should be. I bought tons of toys for them (I had gotten rid of everything “Angelo” the day he passed away so I had to start from scratch). His favorite toy is the crinkle balls. But not the big ones! They HAVE to be the little ones. I know this because somehow all the little ones disappeared and he wouldn’t play with other toys as much. I went out and bought more but they were out of the little ones, so I got the bigger ones. He plays with them but it’s not the same so I drove to 4 stores and finally found the smaller ones. When those too disappeared, I tore the house apart and yes…they were under the refrigerator…under the stove…in his water dish…and even in the litter box! He loves those toys! He even plays fetch! For hours, I flick the crinkle ball across the room and he brings it back and drops it at my feet. If I am not paying attention, he puts his paw on my foot so I know he and the crinkle ball are there ready to go!
Now Gina is getting in to the action! She has a favorite lil pink pillow that she will toss in the air and run after!
I can’t say which one is the bully of the two as if one wants to play, that one just walks over to the other, grabs the tail or whaps their head and off they go! The run, they tackle each other, then they run some more!
Many times, I will be sitting downstairs and hear the commotion upstairs of them just running and playing. It is no longer a quiet house, that’s for sure! It’s just so much fun to see them having so much fun!
They do have some down time too. When the hours of wrestling is over and one calls a truce, they both love sitting in the sun and watching the birds and squirrels in my yard. I even rearranged the furniture in my living room to where they each have their own window to look out of. I can’t watch TV now without getting a stiff neck but they can watch everything going on outside!
I never thought I would get over the depression of losing my beloved Angelo and I probably never will but with the help of Ten Lives Club, I am definitely doing much better. Tommy, Gina and I all have a bond that I can’t explain.
It hasn’t even been 3 months since I brought them to their furr-ever home and in that short time we all became best friends! I am sure this bond will last a lifetime and I only hope I bring them as much joy as they bring me!” By – Cara A., Cheektowaga, New York
What a beautiful story! Quite a testament to the value of having a kitty (or kitties!) in your home & as part of your family.
I was so thrilled when I first got the call about these 2 & beyond happy when they found such a wonderful, loving forever home!
Cara posts pics & updates regularly on our Facebook pages. Thanks so much Cara! Ten Lives Club volunteers and supporters LOVE to hear our kitties forever home stories and see pictures of their happy lives!
Bringing purr-parents and their forever furr-babies together is the most rewarding experience EVER!
10 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
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