Benji’s Story…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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!!

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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!

Miss Mary Found Her FurrEver Home!

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!

Story of Tommy (Tiger Boy) and Gina (Crystal)

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!

Thank You TLC/PSP E. Amherst Volunteers!

Where’s Andy?

I was only on my second (industrial sized) cup of coffee Wednesday morning when my phone rang.  It was a familiar number – a good friend and also the Wednesday morning volunteer for the kitties at PSP E. Amherst.  A very AWESOME volunteer, I might add, who always picks up extra shifts, helps keep up with supplies and cleans like a mad woman.

Anyway, I’m thinking we probably need to order more supplements or buy some garbage bags.  Something along those lines.  The first thing out of Sheri’s mouth was, “Where’s ANDY?”.  It took me a minute to process that question because the caffeine still hadn’t quite kicked in yet, so my response was “What??”.   Again, Sheri asks “WHERE IS ANDY?  There isn’t a note on his cage or anything did someone pick him up – did he go back to the shelter?”.

My brain is still trying to load her first question like a bogged down computer.  I’m not a morning person, just in case you were wondering.  Finally, I said “No.  He’s fine.  There’s no reason he would need to go back to see the vet.  He’s not THERE?”.  Sheri starts talking faster & faster telling me how his cage was locked & his bedding was rumpled up so when she opened his cage she thought he was just hiding.  Nope.

Before calling me, she had scoured the cat room looking through the shelves we keep the bedding (where he had disappeared on her the week before) & looked all over – behind, underneath, around everything in the cat room.  No Andy.  At which point, she’s panicking.

NOW the caffeine had finally kicked in & suddenly my brain is in overdrive.  “OMG!  Andy’s gone??  Are you SURE he isn’t anywhere in the cat room?  Maybe he got into the storage cabinet.  Did you look UNDER the towels on the bottom shelf?  There’s NO WAY he could’ve gotten out of his cage if it was locked.  That’s impossible!”.

We quickly put together a plan.  She would talk to the store manager & I would call the volunteer who had been on shift the night before.  OK – be calm.  There’s bound to be an explanation here, not to panic.

I talked to Dayna who gave me a blow by blow of the night before right down to the time she & her daughter had left for the evening.  All the cats had been accounted for – in fact, she had given them each a few treats because Betty Lou was not cooperating about going back into her cage.  She had coaxed her with some treats & so, of course all the other kitties – who were already in their cages – had to get some too.

I called Sheri back to tell her the news.  She said the manager thinks we’re idiots because of recent events – which is a whole other post – and that Liz was being slightly sarcastic & nonplussed about the situation.  Sheri was a little irritated she wasn’t taking the missing cat thing seriously.  I told her I would get there as soon as I could and meanwhile she would go about cleaning the cages as usual.

I’m rushing around throwing on something other than my ratty Old Navy fleece lounge pants & sweatshirt, glancing in the mirror to check if there was any makeup left from the day before and just how badly I needed to wash my hair.  My phone rings again.  This time, Sheri said “Liz said you should bring a flashlight”.  OK.  Flashlight.  Got it.

I decided a little mascara & throwing my hair up in a messy bun would have to do & everyone would just have to try not to look me directly in the face.  The consequences could be epic – like looking at Medusa and turning to stone.  I threw on some jeans & a t-shirt, grabbed my coat, double-checked for the flashlight in my purse & rushed out the door.

We scoured the store looking behind bags of cat food, behind dog beds, underneath the aisles, behind the fish tanks – no Andy.  So the plan was to keep his cage doors open & put some canned food (which we never feed the kitties) inside.  Leave a tempting bowl out in the store after closing and see if anything is eaten.  Heather, one of the other managers, would bring in her live trap the next morning if he still wasn’t found.  Great.

Driving back home, all of these scenarios are running through my head.  Did he get outside?  Is he stuck in a tight spot somewhere & can’t move?  What if he’s behind/underneath something heavy and gets crushed?  What if they need to use the forklift in the warehouse & Andy’s hiding in one of the pallets stacked with 50lb bags of dog food (or underneath the forklift)…?  I was on auto-pilot all the way home because my mind was elsewhere.

A few hours later, Heather called.  Andy had been spotted and was, in fact, still in the store but he was too quick for them to catch.  OK – scenario number one can be marked off the list of possibilities – the rest remained to be seen.   I needed to go back to the store.  No wait – Liz says you need a group of people to man each end of every aisle and corral him.  It would take a small army.

I went down the list of volunteers trying to decide who might be available and when.  Even if I could manage to get a group together, it would have to be after 5 or later since most of them work or go to school during the day.  I started doing the math:  given the number of aisles in the store & one person for each end of every aisle, we would need every volunteer we had to cover that kind of space – plus a few more.  That was just not possible.  And every person I had tried to call went to voice mail (not counting Sheri who I had called with the latest update).

Finally, I gave up on that idea.  Cindy, our Wednesday PM volunteer, assured me she would keep an eye out for Andy and leave the cage doors open with food/water before she left.  We kept in touch throughout her shift – she likes to stay longer than most – going over the whole situation & next steps.  Giving each other hope that Andy would be found safe & sound.

Heather let me know she would be going in around 7am Thursday morning and would check the cat room for Andy first thing.  About 8:30 the next morning, I sent a quick e-mail to her for news.  Yes, the food was gone but no, Andy wasn’t in the cat room.  The next step was to put the live trap right outside the cat room after closing on Thursday night.  Which was 12 hours away.  All of those scenarios I had running through my head the day before were coming back to me again – plus a few more.

A few hours later, my home phone rang.  It was Heather.  “We found Andy!  I was working with the aquariums and it was quiet when I saw a flash of orange out of the corner of my eye.  Andy ran behind the wall of fish tanks so I rounded up some employees to corral him & he’s back in his cage now”.  If it had been humanly possible to beam myself through the phone line, I would’ve been at the store in a nano second to hug her off the floor!

Andy had quite an adventure but very glad to be in the safety of the cat room and back with his brother.  At least I know the second half of that is true.  It would be very interesting to know just exactly how he escaped from his locked cage in the first place and whether or not he considered it an “adventure” or sheer terror!  I’m thinking the latter…

Volunteer for TLC at Pet Supplies Plus E. Amherst!

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Ten Lives Club at Pet Supplies “Plus”

9630 Transit Rd, East Amherst

Needs volunteers to care for our kitties on a regular basis!

The following shifts are open:

Tuesdays AM (any time between 9am & 12pm)

Thursdays MID (any time between 1pm & 4pm)

Fridays MID (any time between 1pm & 4pm) 

Saturdays PM (any time between 5pm & 9pm)


Find out more about volunteering on our Be A TLC Volunteer page. 

To become a TLC volunteer, please submit a volunteer application online today!

OUR TLC KITTIES NEED YOU!

Love Cats? Our Kitties Would Love to Play!

TLC/PSP E. Amherst Cat Room

Love cats? Our kitties would love to play with you! Our Ten Lives Club kitties at Pet Supplies “Plus” E. Amherst need You!

We currently have the following volunteer shifts available:

Tuesdays AM (1 hour any time between 9am – Noon)

Thursdays MID (1 hour any time between 1pm & 4pm)

Fridays MID (1 hour any time between 1pm & 4pm)

Saturdays PM (1 hour Any time between 5pm – 9pm).

Submit a volunteer request here:

BE A TLC VOLUNTEER!

Mr. Beau Boy AKA “Maverick” – Adopted 10-4-13

Yes – another very belated adoption update!  Sweet, beautiful Mr. Beau came to us in mid September and less than 2 weeks later he found his forever home!  ~YAY!~ His new purr Mom Nicole, renamed him”Maverick” – which is quite appropriate, I’m sure!~

He was 6 months old at the time & ready to play!   He loved playing with all the other kitties in our cat room and never slowed down.  Beau obviously worked his magic on Nicole the minute they laid eyes on each other…

She was quick to send back her adoption application for Beau.  Unfortunately, it’s not a process that should be handled/relied upon by more than one person.  At that particular point in time, I had delegated some responsibilities that I shouldn’t have & didn’t follow up to make sure she had been contacted or the process had begun until several days later.  Obviously, it took a little bit longer than it should have for Beau to go home with Nicole.  Sorry Beau & Nicole!!  I learned my lesson…

Since Beau was with us for a fairly short period of time (which is a good thing!), we didn’t get too many pictures of him before Nicole took him home.  But she keeps the pictures coming!

Meanwhile, she’s also become a very dedicated volunteer at our location as well!  She comes in every week to take care of the kitties – even covers extra shifts & helps out with anything & everything!  Nicole was REALLY a life saver from the minute she started (BEFORE she started, technically!).  THANKS SO MUCH NICOLE!  So glad you are a part of our wonderful group of volunteers!

We’re all so very happy Beau AKA Maverick has such a wonderful, loving forever home with you!  You certainly deserve it sweet boy!

Miss Beluga “Blu” In Her Forever Home!

Kim, one of our sweet volunteers, fostered Beluga – who she now calls “Blu” – and her brother back in the summer.  They are older kitties (4) who had been surrendered when their owner had to move into an assisted care facility.  Beluga & Bennett are beautiful Siamese mixes but they were not adjusting well to life in the cat room.  Kim took them into her home to try and reduce their stress levels and anxiety.

Beluga “Blu’s” brother unfortunately got sick and had to return to the shelter for extended care.

Blu stayed with Kim & her family where she was eventually adopted as she became a member of their family.

Kim tells me Blu follows her everywhere she goes!  She sleeps with her every night and is always at Kim’s side.  Even when Kim goes outside, Blu will sit at the door waiting for her until she comes back inside.  She is Kim’s shadow!

Thank you Kim for taking these beautiful fur babies into your heart and home.  Blu is so very lucky to be a part of your family now!

Here is a picture she sent of Blu in her forever home:

Blue AKA Beluga in her forever home

Blue AKA Beluga in her forever home

If you would be interested in becoming a foster pur parent for one of our kitties in need & live in the Buffalo, New York area, please contact Valerie at lillyfae2-at-gmail.com for more information!  It’s a rewarding experience!

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