Miss Chevon Found Her Forever Home~!

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!

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Sweet Jinksy Found His Forever Home!

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!

Dear Feline Santa…

I just had to share this sweet, heartfelt post from fellow cat blogger #hairballexpress from her blind kitty’s point of view.  Cat owners who have kitties with special needs are truly special people.  Read the post here:  Dear Feline Santa,. via Dear Feline Santa,.

Everyone who contributes to the care and humane treatment of kitties everywhere are those that are making a difference in the ongoing battle to reduce the number of unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned kitties.

For those who go even further by adopting or fostering special needs/disabled kitties, elderly kitties or kitties who for whatever the reason cannot be placed in a forever home really make my heart spill over with joy and happy tears.

I can’t even express in words how much admiration and respect I have for those incredibly compassionate kitty care givers.  I am THANKFUL, from the bottom of my heart that there are people like you working to help the helpless, the voiceless and in this case, the sightless…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Love & Light,

Val

Bennett

Bennett came to us with his sister Beluga (Blu)

Bennett came to us with his sister Beluga (Blu) who are both 4 years old.  They are a beautiful Siamese/Ragdoll mix.  Both were surrendered when their elderly owner had to go into an assisted care facility.  When Beluga & Bennett came to our location it became very apparent that they were not adjusting well to living in the cat room – or shelter life in general.  They were both very stressed, shy, scared and confused about their surroundings after living with their previous owner in a nice quiet house and getting undivided attention and love for the past four years of their lives.

One of our sweet volunteers, Kim, agreed to foster both siblings at her house until we could find a forever home for the two of them.  It would have to be a package deal – adopt both together or no go…  Unfortunately, Bennett began to get very sick and had to go back to the shelter for medical attention.  We had no other choice…He needed immediate medical attention and taking him to any other vet without pre-approval is against shelter policy – or at our own cost.

Months & months went by without any news about his condition or any updates.  We were all concerned – but Kim especially, since now Beluga (Blu) was without her life long companion & brother in a strange house with other pets.  Kim had a special room for her so she had a nice, spacious, quiet place to herself but she missed her brother deeply & mostly stayed in hiding.  Kim slowly began to pull Beluga (Blu) out of her shell and help her adjust to her new surroundings.  Read more about “Blu” here

Just yesterday, I received a long awaited update on Bennett.  He has a chronic health condition that will need continual monitoring and has developed a mental/emotional “disorder” (for lack of a better term) which makes him continually lick his paws to the point of making them bald & raw.  Given all of these issues, he is not suitable to be placed for adoption.  He has become the “office kitty” & will remain at the TLC shelter for the rest of his life…

I may be wrong here, but if he had been able to go back with his sister when he got “better”, the other emotional/mental problem wouldn’t have developed.  Quite possibly, his chronic medical condition may have been less critical & easily managed.  I’m not a vet or have a degree in cat psychology, but personally, I believe in the power of love.  I believe that had he rejoined his sister and had her companionship once again, as he had had his entire life, he would have eventually adjusted.  He could’ve had another chance at a new forever home and led a happy life with a loving new owner.  But we’ll never know.  We can’t undo the damage & trauma that has created a situation for him that is permanent and can’t be magically reversed.

My heart breaks for Bennett.  All I can do is send him all my love & light and hope that somehow he knows that I’ll always keep a peaceful, quiet and happy place for him in my heart…

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