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Here are pictures (courtesy of Danny and Tara of www.onesummerdayphoto.com) of kittens who will be available at TH adoption events this Saturday, October 29. Check out the Events page for times and locations, or call our TH Hotline, 703-823-9017, if you want to arrange to meet some of these cuties.
Two sensational adoption weeks in a row for Tails High felines. Finding new homes last week were:
Buggy and Shirley
Lil P (pictured below with her babies in May)
Marcy and Tiger
Scratch and Squiggles
We’re not resting on our laurels**, though. The more we rescue cats and kittens and place them into loving homes where they bring joy to their new families makes us even more eager to help more (both kittens and families!).
** Writing this caused me to wonder, “What the heck is a ‘laurel’?” I thought it was a tree, but “We’re not resting on a tree” doesn’t mean what I’m trying to convey. Turns out, a laurel is a kind of a tree — or shrub or bush, which makes it sound even less enticing to rest upon! I did find this definition of “resting on one’s laurels”: To rely on one’s past achievements instead of working to maintain or advance one’s status or reputation. That’s what I’m talking about!
Last week was a spectacular week for Tails High cats and kittens and their loving/lucky new families. Ten TH felines were adopted. Listed below are “color points” on a few of these.
*** Jewel came to TH in April. She had been a stray, so we’re not sure how old she was, but we estimate 4 months old. She was a beauty, but oh, so shy! A few potential adopters were drawn to her, but wanted a more outgoing kitten. No worries! The worst thing that happens to kittens who stay in the TH system for awhile is that they get to play with other TH kittens, and are housed with loving foster parent(s). And for shy kittens, this time also helps them become more social. Jewel’s wait was rewarded when a loving family adopted her.
*** No need to go into a lot of detail about our precious Gemini. Arriving at TH at only 2 ounces, Gemini and his equally small brother, Happy Jack, had a desire to survive and a effervescent spirit that sustained them through their first month, and through the eye problems that they both suffered. Happy Jack was adopted weeks ago, but because Gemiini’s eye problems required three surgeries, he wasn’t shown until last week. Everyone who met Gemini (foster parents, TH volunteers, other kittens) fell in love with his unbridled enthusiasm and love of … well, everyone and everything. Gemini’s kitty sister is Laverne, a 3-month-old brown tabby with white markings, who came to TH less than a month ago. She and her sister Shirley (black and white tuxedo) were born to a feral mama and lovingly socialized by TH volunteers.
*** Tiki was one of four beautiful gray kittens who found their way into the humane traps of Trapper Extraordinaire and TH Advocate Leni. They were scared and shy, but not feral. TH agreed to socialize them and find them loving homes. Her three siblings found homes before Tiki did. We wondered why Tiki hadn’t found her people … but the answer came on Saturday at the TH adoption event at Petco Tyson’s Corner. According to TH Adoption Chair Kelley, who was staffing the event,” Tiki wasn’t interested in approaching any potential adopters. When they picked her up, she would sit with them, but then go back by herself. Until, that is, a special person entered the gizmo and saw on the floor. Tiki walked right over and climbed into the lap of the woman who was to become her new mama. Tiki looked up, flirted, purred, and showed her precious self. She had found her home.”
“There are a million stories in the Naked City,” as they used to say at the beginning of an old TV show, and those related above are just a few of what we hope will be a million happy stories in Tail High annals.
And one more tidbit from the Saturday adoption event at Tyson’s: There were so many people wanting to take TH kittens home, Kelley ran out of FTA agreements. She had to run next door to the mattress store to make photocopies!
Next weekend we’ll be holding adoption events from 11-3 both Saturday and Sunday at the Petco Annandale where there will be plenty of TH felines as handsome and beautiful and playful and affectionate as the ten adopted last weekend. Please spread the word among your cat-loving friends!
Several months ago, Tails High took in two bedraggled medium-hair kittens who had been born to a feral mama. Their ears were dirty and infected; they had upper respiratory infections, which caused massive eye watering; and they were, to use a technical term in the kitten medical lexicon, “pitiful looking.” Their names were Badger (F) and Honey (M). For several days, we noticed that Honey’s eyes were constantly dilated. We initially assumed it was because he was afraid/nervous about being in a new environment.
Badger healed first, and quickly showed her beautiful, loving self. She was adopted into a home with a mama and a human brother and sister. I just heard from the mama today that Badger is getting plump (on a diet of wet food only), and everyone is happy.
Honey’s eyes continued to water and stayed dilated, so we took her to see Dr. Corcoran, the wonderful eye vet at VetVision in Fairfax. She used this special tool and that, double-checking, and then told us that Honey, at the age of 4 months, had congenital cataracts in both eyes. Honey could still see, but not well. Since he was a kitten, nothing could be done but wait. Surgery to correct cataracts can’t be done until a kitten is at least a year old, and is very costly. Even with our discount, it would be several thousand dollars.
Honey had made a special friend during his time in our kitten room. Maureen, the lovely woman who had an FTA on William, had also fallen in love with Honey. She wanted to foster him during the time we waited to see what would happen with Honey; she understood that he might lose his sight. The two orange boys and the resident tortie girl made a very special threesome in the Maureen’s home. It was a regular love fest. Maureen decided to adopt Honey as well.
Yesterday, Maureen, Honey and I went to see Dr. Corcoran for the 4-month recheck. We hoped and prayed for the best news, that the cataracts hadn’t grown. Dr. Corcoran couldn’t believe her eyes, and Maureen and I couldn’t believe our ears: “I don’t see anything. The cataracts are gone.” We asked: “What? How?” And she couldn’t say exactly, maybe it was high-qualtiy food. And, of course, Honey had always gotten good food since coming to Tails High. But I know in my heart there was another very powerful reason: He was happy and safe and loved, and when those conditions come together, miracles can happen.
|Issue No. 3||September 20, 2011|
|Tails High’s First Two YearsWhat have we accomplished in our first two years?
|We have much to celebrate, so please join us for Tails High’s Second Anniversary Party this Saturday evening, September 24, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the Old Town Hilton Hotel (across from the King Street Metro). The Hilton offers free parking in their garage with validation.There is no admission charge to attend our party. The Hilton will donate to Tails High a percentage of revenue from drinks and food purchased that evening. We will also have a silent auction of 70+ items, including designer accessories; B&B and hotel stays; fine wines; golf package; infield box seats to 2012 Nationals game, restaurant and spa gift certificates – to name just a few of the more tempting items.There will be a few sweet, young Tails High kittens at the Hilton to help us celebrate (perhaps Spudsy, shown below as a TH bottle baby, and now at 2 months).
Gemini will get have stitches from his second surgery removed on Wednesday. A big “thank-you” to everyone who chipped in to help pay for his surgeries. If he gets the “all okay” from vet eye specialist Dr. Corcoran of VetVision, Gemini will soon be appearing at adoption events to find his new family.
|Ask the Kitties|
|What is the most important ingredient in cat food?
Tiki replies: I bet you said “meat.” I love meat. Yum-yum, chicken and turkey and meat, meat, meat! But that’s not the right answer. Actually, the most important ingredient in cat food is water. Can you believe it? Water! It turns out that we were originally desert animals, and get 80% of our water from our food. Unless we’re sick, you probably won’t see us lapping at the water bowl all day like a doggie. We’ll sip a bit here and there (I prefer the faucet to a water bowl myself), but we don’t usually drink as much water as we should. It needs to be in our food. My foster mom gives me canned food, but she also adds some water to it, making it like a soup. It’s really good that way, like having extra gravy. Plenty of water helps keep me in tip-top shape and my coat soft and clean!
My cat’s birthday is coming up, and I’d like to get him a really great toy. Any suggestions?
Holly and Kendra reply: If we were going to a desert island, and could only take three toys, here’s what they would be: Cat Catcher by Go Cat ($6.99), Sparkling Tickler 18-inch Stick Feather Toy ($2.99), and Kitty Bopper Wand Cat Toy by Go Cat ($4.99). We go crazy for these toys, running, jumping, stalking and pouncing. We were always happy when our foster parents brought these out and played with us. These three toys, and many others, can be ordered online from Creme de la Cat.
|Tails High CFC Number for Federal Employee Donations: 23910|
|If you are a Federal employee, it’s nearing the time when you get to pick the charities you’ll support through participation in your agency’s CFC campaign. We hope you’ll select Tails High (CFC #23910) for a portion of your CFC donation (and perhaps mention us to your coworkers). We’d also be very appreciative if you would give our CFC number to your cat-loving relatives and friends who are Federal employees and encourage them to consider Tails High as one of their selected charities. All donations are used to purchase food, vet care/ medicine, and other supplies for the cats and kittens Tails High cares for. To help people see we’re worthy of their support, encourage them to visit us here, www.tailshigh.org.|
Last week, two of our three smoke detectors went off one morning. Scared the heck out of both humans and felines in our house. It was a false alarm, and taking the alarms off and putting them back on stopped the shrieking. Then yesterday, when Ken was at VetVision for Gemini’s followup eye surgery, they went off again. Thankfully, they stopped after about 30 seconds, but the damage to my heart and the kittens’ psyches had been done. This could not keep happening.
I found an electrician through Google (www/creagerelectrical.com; 703-698-7654), and he said he could come today and would replace all three smoke alarms for $225. He arrived on time, and as his two workers set about replacing the smoke alarms, he saw the kittens who are in cages in our living room being treated for various kitten things (diarrhea, slow weight gain, URI, etc.). He asked if any were well enough for him to hold, and after I said “sure,” he went around picking up and cuddling four or five of them.
I said I’d write him a check. “$225, right?” “Make it for $200,” he said, “and put the $25 toward taking care of these kittens.” And that’s exactly what I did. I wrote him a check for $200, and a check to Tails High for $25. He’ll get a TH thank-you letter for the $25. Mark Creager’s generosity has made my day.
Oh, and one other thing: Mark told me that current fire safety standards recommend that smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years. I’m sure ours are the ones put in when the house was built nearly 25 years ago. I had no idea they needed to be replaced.
People send us the nicest emails about the TH cats/kittens they’ve adopted or are fostering. Here’s a selection from the past week:
Talulah (formerly Gracie) has brought us so much pleasure. She has been a delight. Best thing I ever did was adopt her.
I wanted to give you a Sara update. For a 15-year-old, she is pretty feisty! Now that she feels comfortable with everything here, she has numerous favorite spots. The boys are very good with her; Sal does his best to flirt and she just looks at him. She has been coming outside with me; don’t worry, I am right there with her. She loves it. She walks around the yard a little and then naps on the stairs or goes back inside. She’s even getting a little used to the rabbits. She is eating well and all functions seem to be good. Everyone who sees her comments on how beautiful she is. I’m so glad she’s here.
Meanwhile, Tabs is a comical and adorable addition to our family who still has a lot of playful energy, still chases her tail, sleeps stretched out over half of my bed at night, and greets all visitors at the door. She has become a lap cat and puts my legs to sleep while she dozes. Rubbing foreheads with me is her expression of affection, so while she is not cuddly the way Reilly was, Tabitha has her ways of communicating her love, her curiosity, her abject boredom, her cautions, her humor, and which Fancy Feast selections she will and will not eat.
Misty: Curious Noises and Cat Games (fostered)
A funny story: For the last week I have been hearing this “thump thump… thump thump thump” noise coming from the bathroom in the morning, but when I would go to check what was happening, there was no one (and nothing) in the bathroom. There would always be a fine layer of cat hair across the bottom of the tub, though. I figured it must be Misty, but I couldn’t figure out what she was doing in there. Finally, I heard it again yesterday and crept in quietly, and sure enough, there was Misty… chasing her tail and rolling around in the tub! Apparently, she has invented some kind of game where she goes in the bathtub to chase her tail and slide around. It is the cutest thing!
Thanks to everyone who “chipped-in” to help pay for Gemini’s eye surgery. He’s doing great and has been a trooper throughout this process. You would never know he’s had a day of discomfort his whole life by the joyful way he approaches everyone and everything. He’s going back for his follow-up with the surgeon on Thursday, and we’ll send a full report after trhat.
On September 24th, the volunteers and supporters of Tails High, Inc. will celebrate our Two-Year Anniversary with a party/fundraiser at Hilton Alexandria Old Town from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. We’d love for you to join us.
To help raise funds for veterinary costs, food and other supplies, we will be holding a Silent Auction at our Anniversary Party from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Please consider donating an item or a gift certificate for the silent auction. Must be new items and in original wrapping and in excellent condition. Nothing used is acceptable other than fine jewelry or items that look brand new. Most popular items tend to be:
- Jewelry – fine/expensive
- Custom made jewelry– NOT the everyday beaded kind but unique cool designs
- Designer items – new or never used and look new (scarves, purses, jewelry)
- Spa items- gift cards/baskets
- Gift cards to restaurants, stores
- Hotel stays
- Sports events
- Unique Glassware/stemware, etc.
- Fine Art
- Greenery/Floral in beautiful unique vases
- Wine/Champagne/Liquor baskets
(If you have an item and you have a question on whether it would be good for the silent auction please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put Tails High Silent Auction in the subject line.)
Your tax-deductible donation to help us continue our work.
We appreciate your support,
Aspen and Fawn (now Olive and Cheeps) have already brought bundles of joy and purring to our home. They are friendly and inquisitive, playful and happy. They greeted each of our guests at a dinner party last weekend, and play readily with the neighborhood children!
When I called Tails High to say my family wanted to adopt a kitten, Claudia suggested we’d really be happier with TWO kittens. This hadn’t crossed my mind, but after hearing what she had to say about how we’d enjoy watching them frolic together and how they’d keep each other company when we weren’t at home, we decided to give it a try. We couldn’t be happier – these two girls make each day fun – and our eight-year-old son is in kitty heaven! The hardest part, actually, was narrowing it down to which two kittens to take home!
Thank you, Tails High, for all you do to make your kittens so people-friendly, and to educate your adopters about all things feline!!
August 14 was the hottest day in the hottest, swampiest city in America (do you agree?). Congress had gone home and everybody else was at the beach. Thunderstorms were predicted ALL DAY. Why, I [Eileen] wondered as I drove across town to Kelley’s, am I doing this Maybe because, back at Hallmark, where Sara had been so many times and not found a home, I’d promised her I’d keep on bringing her until she did. It was just a question of time….. but then time ran out. Hallmark closed.
So when Kelley suggested we showcase Sara on this Sunday and I agreed, it was with a “what-can-we- lose” attitude. Neither of expected, to be very honest, that there was much chance of ANYONE being at Petco DC that day, let alone THE RIGHT PERSON.
And indeed Petco was empty —- so empty. My co-worker Leslie and I kibbitzed all afternoon with the salespeople and put Sara in her basket with treats and listened to her tell the story of her life. A nice lady came in to buy food for her pet rabbit. A very nice lady, with a nice smile and long brown hair. She walked by us, to the rabbit section. Then, she walked back. She looked at Sara and Sara looked at her with that little Picasso-face. The lady walked on toward the check-out. She paid for her rabbit food. Goodbye lady!
Then she turned around and came back. She asked us to tell her about Sara. Then she put her bags down and sat in the chair and we placed Sara in her arms. Luckily we remembered the old West Indian superstition about tortoise-shell cats bringing good luck (I’ve used that line so many times and it’s true!) Nice lady understood everything. She’s a biologist who works with kids with learning disabilities and is earning her PhD in education. She has several animals at home (and laughingly assured me, “No it’s not a hoarder situation!”) The issue of meds didn’t bother this lady at all. As she listened and held our patient, quiet Sara, we could tell that she “got” her–her personality, her gentleness, her need for a peaceful spot of her own to bask in the sunlight just for these remaining years. She got it all.
I drove her and Sara to her home outside of Georgetown and when we walked into her neat, tidy living room with windows open onto shady trees and birds singing, I knew there was an angel somewhere guiding us through days like this. There’s a reason for it all.
I called Kelley, who drove across town to bring Sara’s meds and “Easy Cheese,” the canned stuff she likes with her daily pills. By that time Sara had found her spot–ensconced in a huge soft armchair looking at Becky’s two male cats (her brothers now!) and the birds outside her window. It has become “her chair” in this very easygoing, pleasant household. Becky has now adopted Sara and Sara has at long last found her place in the sun.
Here she is growing comfortable in her new home.
We love it when adopters send emails about their beloved former TH cats/kittens, and even more so when they send pictures. Many TH volunteers met Michi during the months she was in our upstairs room, slowly getting over a bad case of fear-based aggression. She was a beautiful cat who had been surrendered to a county shelter, but so fearful that you feared for the safety of your hand when you put her food in front of her. But over time, she grew to trust, and waited for the right adopter. Eight months ago, that “right adopter” spent a lot of time with Michi in her room, and came out willing to give Michi a try, understanding the patience that might be required. It wasn’t long before reports came in that Michi was adjusting, then thriving. Then came the adoption papers. And today a new set of pictures. Michi is happy, confident, trusting, and loved. Her mama refers to her as “my little angel.” And all of the TH volunteers who spent time helping Michi can smile at the wonderful dream they helped come true for Michi and her mama.
Thanks to Joyce for the super pictures and captions of TH kittens she’s fostering. They should be available for adoption in one, two or three weeks, depending on how fast and how much they grow.
These kittens pictured above have nothing to with this post. But they’re gorgeous pictures of three of TH’s current kitten population I wanted to share.
This post is easy to write … in fact, it was written by three adopters. Within the past two days, we’ve received three testimonials from previous Tails High kitten adopters. And since it’s kitten season, and since the kittens TH is currently raising are as cuddly, playful and downright exceptional as those mentioned below, I thought I’d excerpt the emails we received:
Back in September my husband and I adopted Goofey from you guys. He has been an amazing addition to our family. He and Gravey (his sister) love each other and are like Bonnie and Clyde. If there is one, the other is sure to be there too. They are the best of friends. They each take turns playing with a ball or string and neither care if the other comes and takes something away. Goofey is just a gentleman is all aspects. He will let his sister eat first and once she has finished he will go eat. When it is time for them to get their greenies, he always sits back while Gravey tries to climb in the bag to get hers first.
He simply loves, every morning, he will sit in my lap and spend about 10 minutes butting heads with me. Thank you Tails High for bringing such a perfect cat into our lives.
Kendra and Holly
It has been almost four months since we adopted Kendra and Holly, now renamed Tiger Lily and Samantha, and I had to write and tell you that we are totally smitten by them. What special little girls they are!!! They have added so much to our lives!!! Our nickname for Samantha (formerly Kendra) is “Pants on Fire”. She races around the house like a rocket ship. One of her very favorite things to do is to race after small peanuts in the shell that we throw for both of them to play with. We happen to have two large parrots who insist on eating peanuts in the shell, which is why we have plenty of peanuts for them to play with. When Samantha, or Sammy as we call her, sees me heading up the stairs, she comes racing and flops down in front of me, expecting me to throw a peanut partly up the stairs for her to catch. She also likes to play “fetch kitty” by bringing the peanut back so that I will throw the peanut a second time. Tiger Lily, or Lily as we call her, also loved to play catch with the peanuts. Lily’s favorite sport is having me play with her, using a wand. She loves to race around in circles, trying to catch the wand. If I walk into our bedroom, where I keep her favorite wand, Lily comes running over and flops down on top of the wand and looks up at me with a look on her face that says “Please come play with me, Mom”.
Both girls are fascinated, in a friendly way, by the parrots and the parrots are fascinated by them. For example, this morning I gave one of the parrots a shower, and both girls sat right outside the shower door (clear glass) the entire time I was bathing the parrot.
We can’t thank you enough for all you do rescuing and rehabilitating cats and kittens. They are the sweetest little things.
Thank you so much!!!!
Nellie Plum and Heidi Ho
(Email after two days) The girls are getting along famously with each other and with us! They brighten our home considerably, and my guess is that my wife and I will be able to decide sooner than later that they will be permanent residents!
We keep two to five cats in cages at the Annandale Petco for people to see. They’re rotated weekly from and to other Tails High foster homes. We haven’t kept kittens at Petco since its Grand Opening weekend, when the four adorable (but turned out to be completely rowdy) kittens had a wild party overnight and it took over an hour to thoroughly clean up after them. Since it is kitten season, though, and since we have quite a few kittens who would love the exposure to more people, we thought we’d lift the self-imposed ban on placing kittens at Petco. So … as a trial … starting Tuesday morning, we’re going to put two well-behaved kittens there and see how it goes. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello to Gideon and Palmer, the sweet black fluffy boys pictured above. I don’t know which adults are there, but they’ll love a “hello” and a pet just as much as do the babies.
Winston Churchihll is a beautiful young orange male cat. He made a space for himself among my two cats. He often comes over to be petted, and he’s very talkative, explaining exactly what he wants.
Winston spends a great deal of time time by the windows and in the highest spots in the apartment. He is a gorgeous cat, both for his bright orange coat and for his sweet and strong personality.
He’s come so far socially in the past two months. He used to be terrified of everything. It is hard to believe that he has been only been on foster care for a few months. I can’t wait to meet his forever family, I know he’s going to make them very happy..
Tails High found homes for over 35 kittens the past two months, kittens who are adding love, laughter and joy to the lives of their families. But during kitten season, the kittens keep on coming. We have at least that many in foster homes getting bigger and stronger and more loving and playful by the day. Some, like the Baby Peas above, won’t be big enough to go to new homes for several weeks. They’re in the foster home of Advocate Joyce C. (who sent the photo above), who reports they’re confident and sassy and grown-up beyond their size. As Joyce ran the vacuum in their room the other day, instead of being afraid of the big noisemaker, Sunlight was actually chasing the vacuum as she pushed it around the room.
At this writing, we have 11 kittens who have been spayed or neutered, have their final vaccinations, and are ready to go to new homes. They are:
Althea and Kit-Kat (black, one female and one male)
Butterfinger (orange tabby, male)
Gideon, Hamilton, Palmer (medium hair black fluffies, all male)
Gideon, Hamilton, Palmer (medium hair black fluffies, all male)
Munchkin (gray, female)
Starburst (gray tabby with white, male)
Snickers (black/white tuxedo, female)
I hope to post pictures of these and other TH kittens over the next week or so.
I’m a teary-eyed proud foster mama today as White Paws goes off to Waldorf Well Pet this morning (along with 12 buddies) to be neutered. He weighs over 3.5 pounds. Three months ago, he was less than 4 ounces, his nose completely clogged because of an upper respiratory infection so he couldn’t nurse, and his odds of survival were very, very low. But he was a fighter. As I tell all cats and kittens who are in such desperate situations, “If love can cure you, you’ll be cured,” because as always, the Tails High family rallies around and you can actually feel the power of love. I would say, conservatively, White Paws has been cuddled by at least 50 people.
A month later, as White Paws was on the slow track of catching up in weight and size with his peers, another precious kitten, Sunlight, started failing. She was also small, and her immature immune system couldn’t fight off an upper respiratory infection. Her nose was clogged; she couldn’t/didn’t nurse. We followed the same protocol we did with White Paws, and she slowly improved. But then she got an eye infection, a bad one. When it didn’t respond to the usual treatments, we took her to our wonderful veterinary eye specialist, Dr. Kelley Corcoran of Vet Vision, who instructed us to treat her eyes every two hours and provided us with more meds. I’m happy to report that both of Sunlight’s eyes have been saved. She’s one of our newest Miracle Babies.
There are two other sets of Miracle Babies who are doing well and have been cared for in another foster home. I’ll report on those in a future blog posting.
Right now, we have one nursing mama with babies (Lil P and her Baby Peas), but we have several mamas whose kitten-raising job is finished, who are barely more than kittens themselves (ranging from less than a year old to 2 years old), who have been spayed so they’ll have no more kittens, and who are looking for their forever homes with families who will love them for the gorgeous, sweet and playful teenagers they are.
Like their assorted kittens, the mamas come in many colors. Gingie (orange) and Kanga (white and gray) are the two shown above, but we also have Patches (a tortie, about whom we’ve blogged before), Mimsy (brown tabby), Baye-Baye (black), and soon Lil P (a beautifully colored tortie, like her mama, Patches), whose new lives await them. Until they find their forever families, these mamas are charming their foster parents and patrons of the Petco store in Annandale, where they can sometimes be seen.
I recently blogged about the number of orange cats and kittens in the TH system. Well, we started counting, and we have more black cats and kittens – all ages, sizes, eye shapes, whisker configurations, and fur lengths. (And that’s not counting tuxedo cats!!) It’s good we have lots to choose among, because TH got an inquiry today from a man who had three black cats growing up. As with everyone who has loved a black cat, he wants another one for him and his children. Again, just off the top of my head, we have Althea, Andrew, Aspen, Baye-Baye, Cameron, Cooper, Eldora, Gideon, Hamilton, Lillian, Lunar, Monarch, Palmer, and Velvet … with Happy Jack and Gemini expected in the next week or so. Any family would be lucky to have one or more of these sweethearts join them.
If you know of anyone looking for people-loving and playful black cats or kittens, you know where to send them!
Some cats we rescue need extra help. Sterling was brought to us by Leni, who found the lovable older gentleman wandering in one of the feral colonies she feeds. He was so matted, she had him shaved before she brought him to us. He didn’t have many teeth, and it turned out that the ones he had were rotted, the roots severely infected. Though he didn’t show it, he had to be in terrible pain. Worse yet, left untreated, the infection would have killed him. There’s no doubt he was once a part of a family before his life went downhill.
Now, a week later, after five days of twice-daily painkillers and halfway through a two-week course of antibiotics, Sterling is beginning to see the life that is ahead of him … a life free of pain from his teeth and matted coat, and hopefully a life with a new family to love.
We have started a Chip-in campaign to help pay Sterling’s medical expenses. On the righthand side of the TH home page is a Chip-In widget. If you have an extra $10 or so, please consider donating to help pay for Sterling’s medical expenses. Sterling says, “Meow” (thank you)!