Rogue and her sister Emmie were each adopted to their own wonderful homes today! We feel sure they picked excellent people to spend their lives with.
In addition, Opal went off on a trial adoption today. Her new mommy seems sure that given time, her new older brother, 10 year old Tubbie, will love her too.
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In addition to the surgery marathon we had 3 more adoptions last night, including my own beloved foster girl Tabitha a.k.a. Thee, who will go to her forever home on Saturday with Magic (that's right, Magic has been adopted!). The couple who adopted them has promised to provide us with updates and photos. I think they realize how much the staff and volunteers love the cats they're taking. :)
The third kitty to be adopted was quickly named Sue, after the rescuer who trapped her and brought her in yesterday for her spay. Sue was trapped in a feral colony, but as sweet as she is, she was likely handled and socialized well at some point. A lovely lady came in yesterday, one of many visits she's made to our shelter in the hopes of finding the cat who would chose her, and spied Sue in her cage awaiting her spay. It was clearly love at first sight. The woman stayed for over an hour snuggling with little Sue and promptly adopted her.
By the time we got her back, the collar had created a wound that was now old and very infected from months of festering. Since her return she's been recovering in our hospital with loads of antibiotics and loving care. She's begun to remember that people are not all out to hurt her. We snuggle her and tell her everyday how sorry we are that we allowed her to be adopted by someone who cared so little for her well being. We plan to ensure that her next home is the "right" home and that she has a happily ever after.
After three weeks of intensive care, Kiki had returned to near normal. His seizures resolved completely and he now has only partial blindness. We believe that he see shadows and movement. During his recovery he thrived with the help of Del Monte "turkey and turkey gravy" baby food and the loving play of other kittens his age. Despite his blindness he became quite an adept kitten wrestler.
- Connor "box kitten"
- Mickey Blue Eyes
- Sylvana - Sahara's
- Sammy - Sahara's
- Eskimo - Skye's kitten
- Eli - Skye's kitten
- Crook "box kitten"
- Jelly-Belly (a.k.a Grape)
See, I told you there were 44 cats adopted. ;)
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We had a foster family with a couple of kitties that were already being treated for Ringworm who was happy to add a few more. Xena, Zephyr and Zeus arrived the next day. Zeus and Zephyr are the tabby and white boys to the right with fellow foster Teegan.
Xena was a bit sicker than the two boys who were very healthy. She immediately broke with ringworm and an Upper Respiratory Infection soon followed. All three dis very well in their foster home though and over a couple of months they blossomed. They all cleared their Ringworm and got healthy. They grew accustomed to the resident dog and over time even learned to love him. As Halloween approached they began attending the weekend adoption events but by then they were no longer small "kittens" but teenagers and no one showed much interest in them beyond commenting on how sweet they all were. The months passed and they grew into more wonderful kitties every day.
Then one weekend, in early December 2006, a couple came in to the Nine Lives Foundation who had adopted a kitten from us before in the past. Pia, the woman, was looking for a cat for her parents, to keep their dog company and a pair of cats for her boyfriend, Ryan's, parents.
For her Parents, we immediately introduced her to Xena and it was clear instantly that she would be the perfect match. It only took a few minutes more for Ryan and Pia to choose Zeus and Zephyr for his parents. Applications were filled out and within an hour the three cats were on their way home on trial adoptions.
Within a week we heard glowing praise for all three cats. They had finally found the homes where they belonged.
On May 12, 2007 Zeus and Zephyr came in for their annual check up and I got some photos of them in their carrier on their way out. They'd had shots and been weighed so they didn't want to come back out of the carrier for a photo session, but it's more than clear that they are happy and healthy adults now, and just as bonded as ever.
These three cats are just one more example of the amazing cats and kittens that are put to sleep in Bay Area shelters every day.
**Below is Pia's email from January 27th, 2007 with an update on Xena.
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Dearest Nine Lives,
We are true believers. I wanted to get my parents a cat but they already had the most sweetest English Bull dog. I thought that the best Anniversary present would be a kitty to keep the English Bull dog (Amalfi) and my parents company. I immediately called Nine Lives to see if they had any kitties that are "dog friendly." I was told that a kitty who was named"Xena" would be perfect. Immediately, I fell in love. Another all-American black cat was purrfect!
When I introduced her to my parents and Amalfi, I was in shock because I never thought a kitty could be so calm and stand her ground. And moments later she was following Amalfi around the house. What is even more amazing is that my parents travel a lot. They love to bring Amalfi and Sabrina (a.k.a Xena) with them. They have it all worked out, Sabrina knows when it's time to travel and she actually loves it. For New Year's we were in Las Vegas and my parents brought the whole family (Mom, Dad, Amalfi and Sabrina).
Every time I tell someone that my parents have a cat and dog who actually are best friends and love each other, they cannot believe it. I am a true believer that in a loving, nurturing environment, love between a dog, a cat & the owners can flourish. Everyday Amalfi and Sabrina are loved and cherished. My parents love them both dearly. My father walks around with Sabrina on his shoulder and Amalfi on a leash. They would call me and tell me how Sabrina loves to snuggle under the blanket looking for my parent's faces. They love it : )
This picture is of Amalfi & Sabrina getting ready to go to bed New Year's day. I did not think they would be that close...but they really love each other! They chase each other around and snuggle next to each other-it's amazing!!!Thank you all so much!!! We are truly blessed with a special dog and an amazing kitty cat who we cherish every single day. Nothing is impossible.
Pia, Shirley (Mom), Tony (Dad), Amalfi & Sabrina
Because of the sores, he wouldn't eat on his own and had to be force fed (with a tube) for 18 days until the worst of the symptoms had passed. During the progression of his illness, he lost most of his body weight and resembled a victim of the concentration camps at Auswich. For nearly 3 weeks he ran a very high fever and we truly wondered if it wouldn't be more kind to him to put him to sleep. Every time Dr. Thompson actually contemplated putting him down, Colby would purr and lean into her body or hand for a pet or a scratch. He was fighting and it was clear he wanted to live.
Finally, he recovered from the Calicivirus and began to eat on his own. It took longer still for him to recover completely, but over time he did. At one point his eye developed a secondary infection and had to be "flapped" or stitched closed so it could heal. He was truly a sad sight to see.
During the months after his recovery we had him loose as a house cat so he could walk around the front office, anything to help him to regain muscle tone. One day, in September of 2006, a nice lady came in looking for a mellow cat for her small studio apartment. Colby, still had a little way to go before he was 100% recovered, but it was clear she was smitten with Colby and wanted him, so home he went.
It was very shocking, when in February of 2007 we received an email from the same lady telling us that Colby, now named Petey, had become too active for her small apartment and she was returning him. We quickly took him back, saddened that he had to return to a cage but happy that he was safe. We all knew that there had to be a perfect home out there for out sweet Colby.
Colby was not happy to be caged again and made it known. He spent most of the next 2 months out in foster care but always coming back for the adoption events. To the left is a photo of him in his foster home.
On Saturday, May 12th, 2007, Colby found the home he was always meant to be in. A wonderful lady came in with her dog, a large retriever mix, and asked if we had a couple of dog friendly cats. Colby came immediately to mind as he did so very well with the dog in his foster home. The minute she met him she swept him up into her arms and snuggled him close. It was love at first sight. Colby and Ethan, another long time resident of the Nine Lives Foundation, went home that day. We’ve received several emailed updates on their status and one photo (below) that speaks a thousand words. Colby, now Chairman Meow, is clearly very happy enjoying the sunbeams on his window seat while Ethan, now Buzz, drapes himself over his dog. Below is an email from their family...
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Last weekend I adopted the big orange fuzzy Colby and frisky, whimsical Ethan (black skinny boy with white paws). Just wanted tell you how they're doing. Colby is now Ezra, a.k.a. Chairman Meow. He's so calm and sweet. He feels completely at home. Ezra sleeps on
my pillow every night. He nags when he's hungry. He now purrs, especially when he's in bed with us. He and Logan, our big dog, are buddies. They hang out together on our sofa to watch The Daily Show.
Ethan, now Buzzy, is the absolute sweetest, most adorable cat ever. He follows me around the house, jumps on everything, and purrs on contact. He races around, hurtles onto my lap for a cuddle, then leaps off to resume his speed-skating. When we watch television, he stretches up to bat at the moving images. Buzzy runs up to Logan and skids to a stop. Logan jumps up and barks, tail wagging. Buzzy leaps away, then flies in for another pass, pouncing on Logan's tail. Buzzy's so inquisitive. Whatever we do -- wash dishes, read in bed, sort through mail -- Buzz
suddenly leaps in to check out what's going on. At night, Buzz sleeps under the covers with us, until the mood strikes him to speed around the house. When Buzzy is alone in a room, he meows until we call him.
Our other two cats, Anna and Sasha, are displeased. They hiss and spit at Buzz and Ez like two fat cobras. They yowl and moan like Linda Blair in the Exorcist. I sometimes have to shut the two of them up in our guest room. Anna absolutely cannot abide Buzzy and chases him. But Buzz and Ez are such good sports. Ez calmly walks away from the hissing cobra kitties. And Buzzy -- nothing can suppress his sweet, playful nature. Despite the new surroundings, big dog, and malevolent cobra kitties, neither Buzzy or Ezra have hissed or hidden once.
Thank you so much for giving us these enchanting kitties. Good luck with your move!
When she arrived Tabitha weighed barely 5lbs and was attempting to nurse her seven, week old, kittens. Sadly, she was sick with a nasty Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) , very common in cats that come from the Kern County Animal Shelter, malnourished and was unable to feed her kittens. We took them from her after a couple of days and bottle fed them all but they developed her URI and passed away one at a time over the following 2 weeks, despite all of our efforts to save them.
To our amazement, Tabitha recovered and over the 6 months that followed she developed quite a charming personality. She filled out and even got a little plump, perhaps the daily Friskies wet food she got could have been reduced in portion. And her coat became sleek, long and gorgeous. She was in such poor shape when she arrived that we hadn't even realized that she was a long haired cat.
Just before Christmas of 2006 a lovely couple came in looking for an affectionate, female lap cat to join their family. Tabitha had the same name as the cat they'd recently lost, perhaps that's why they first took her to the "Get Acquainted Room" but she quickly made them appreciate all that was special about the Tabitha in front of them. She went home that very day, on a trial adoption and became Bailey.
She took a few weeks to fully settle into her new home, but she clearly rules the roost now. As Bailey, Tabitha now has everything she could ever need, a loving family, a safe secure home of her own and all the treats and toys she could possibly ever desire. We're working on finding her a sister now, then her life will be perfect. ;)
First, the planning board for the City of San Carlos is insistent that the area our building is in, is not zoned properly for our purpose. If the place was ideal we'd probably fight to stay but we've had a ton of issues with the new building. The electrical is a nightmare, as is the water situation which makes running a shelter difficult. On top of that the ventilation has become an issue and so have the neighbors (who have been stealing from us) so it's really a good thing that we have to move.
For the short term, the shelter needs to be moved to a much smaller facility. We are trying to adopt out as many cats as possible & hoping to get the rest out into foster care. We looked at a new building in Redwood City last week, but it's more for having an address and for adoption events. We're hoping to get the majority of our cats adopted or out into foster care before the move. Which is doubly hard as none of volunteers or BOD members seem to want to take on the responsibility of managing our foster homes and the cats out in foster. Honestly I'm very stressed out about the whole thing but I have to believe that it will all work out.
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