Apollo was adopted by a wonderful family who have renamed him Shadow. Remy with the bright yellow eyes found a great family where he'll have an 8 year old Chocolate Lab as a big brother.
More happy endings came from Maine Coon Adoptions today, when we heard that they placed two of our kitties in a home together. Martina and Ellie were adopted and are doing very well. See below for the story of their first night in their new home.
Martina immediately hid behind the water heater in the kitchen. I came in and sat down on the floor and started reading magazines, and after half an hour she starting darting out, running around, then dashing back in. Soon she was coming up for pets and scratches, and then she started exploring. Around 2 am I heard a crash -- she had jumped onto the stove and knocked down a couple of pans, and was back behind the water heater. So I did a quick put-away of everything that might fall off the counters and went back to bed. By morning, she had eaten all of her food and shredded a catnip stalk.
Ellie curled up on a dresser in my bedroom and eventually hid in the closet. I figured she'd come out and be friendly when she was ready, which happened at exactly 3 am. She was all over the bed, crawling over me, lying on my chest, diving under the covers, etc. She had some poop on the end of her tail so I got up to clean it off, and determined that 'Ellie' is short for 'Elevator Butt', because every time I grabbed her tail to wipe it, she purred, raised her butt, turned around in a circle and headbutted me. It took a while. When I woke up she was back in the closet.
So they are adjusting nicely. I'll send you a picture of me and Martina in a week or two.
Thanks again for two great kitties!
Written by: LH
Dr. Thompson's surgery suite is nearly ready for her to restart her low cost spay/neuter Sundays, which we're very excited about. She and several other volunteers and board members have pulled a lot of cats in the past few weeks. In addition to those mentioned previously on this blog, we have lots of new young kittens and a number of beautiful young, healthy adult cats. Loads of these cats are very healthy and will be available for adoption at this weekend's adoption faire. A few were pulled for broken legs and some for the nasty URI that SJACC seems to have so much of.
I'm working very hard at getting as many of them as I can up on our website and Petfinder site. If you're looking for a new cat, please keep an eye on our available cat listings, or call for an appointment to drop by and see them yourself.
In other news, Steve Wozniak is working hard to help feral cats in Silicon Valley. This is such exciting news for Dr. Thompson and the folks at the Nine Lives Foundation. Perhaps now there will be more money for the wonderful people who tirelessly TNR colonies in their area. Below is the complete article from the Mercury News.
Goldston: Feral cats have a new champion: Steve Wozniak
By Linda Goldston
Article Launched: 10/20/2007 01:38:01 AM PDT
The homeless cat problem in Santa Clara County went global Tuesday: Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak launched a video on YouTube.com about the estimated 125,000 stray and feral cats here and urged people to get involved.
His video introduces a film trailer about the "Cats Without a Home" documentary, produced last year by Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Tuesday was National Feral Cat Day. I'm delighted someone of Wozniak's stature is taking on the cause. Emmylou Harris, my all-time favorite singer, has gotten personally involved with rescuing and fostering dogs in my home state of Tennessee, and I hope these kindhearted celebrities will prompt many more to step forward.
It takes a big name sometimes to get people involved, which is interesting because so much of the work and so many of the animals are faceless and nameless to much of the world.
"Cats Without a Home" introduces the viewer to six people who are working hard to reduce the homeless cat crisis in Santa Clara County. The volunteers and the film endorse a program called trap, neuter, release - TNR - where cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered (and vaccinated, microchipped and ear-notched) and then returned to their neighborhoods.
All tame, healthy cats are placed for adoption whenever possible.
As Wozniak points out on the video, "There are 125,000 homeless cats in my county alone, but the problem isn't just here. It's occurring nationwide."
The computer whiz urges viewers of the video to go to the www.hssv.org site to order the 30-minute documentary and learn how they can help homeless cats in their neighborhoods. Copies of the DVD film are $15 each.
Christine Benninger, president of the society, estimates that it costs about $250 for cities and counties to pick up, house and euthanize one homeless cat. For the same price, she says, five cats can be spayed and neutered.
Burnout is a big problem for the groups that work all the time with this problem. And since the need for help and volunteers is so great, I'm hoping people will contact me.
If we in Silicon Valley can't lick this problem, who can?
"For all the progress we've made in Silicon Valley developing innovative products that changed the world, we still have a long way to go to help animals," Wozniak says in the YouTube video. To view the video, visit: www.youtube.com/catsdogsbunnies.
The Humane Society Silicon Valley Web site has a list of local groups working with cat overpopulation. Please sign up today to volunteer with them or let me know if you're willing to help.
Earlier this week, I received an e-mail from Colleen Peltz of San Jose, who has just the right spirit.
"I would like to be a part of a community TNR program," Peltz writes. "I have one humane trap, and am very willing to help trap, transport, and feed ferals that need a little extra help.
"I have personally used TNR at the horse ranch I used to work at in Half Moon Bay (26 spays and neuters, and eight kittens adopted out!) and also at Golfland in San Jose on Blossom Hill, where my husband works, where we trapped/altered 13, and adopted out six kittens.
"The Half Moon Bay colony is still growing slightly, because after I left the feeding was kept up, but not the continued TNR of new arrivals, but the Golfland population is now down to only one or two cats.
"This is the very best way to manage feral cats, for both the community and the cats themselves. I am very excited about the prospect of a more organized large-scale effort for our county's ferals!"
Send your animal stories to Linda Goldston at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 920-5862
$125.00 for all cats under a year old.$75.00 for cats over a year old.$55.00 for cats over 3 years of age.
She is now seeing patients at the Palo Alto Pet Hospital. Call now for an appointment.
Palo Alto Pet Hospital
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 323-8558
On Friday, November 2nd from 6pm to 9pm we're having an
$5.00 all you can eat chili and cornbread
Isobeau (L) and Marabell (R), 9 wk old snowshoe sisters.
Written by: LH
One morning I got a call from a volunteer at TCAS who told me that they would be doing a mass euthanasia that day and if we wanted to save any cats, we'd have to call ASAP and put a hold on them. So I perused their Petfinder.com site and found a few kitties that I wanted to take. When I called, it was to learn that 34 teenage kittens had already been PTS. Zach and Zeke, a pair of brothers, were all that was left and they too were due to go down. I immediately put them on Rescue hold and within the week they arrived at the Nine Lives Foundation.
A few short months later, near Christmas of 2006, these boys found their forever home together. Below is a letter we just received from their human momma.
Zeke and Zach are doing just great! Having them for the last 10 months has been wonderful. They have very distinct personalities. Zeke is more reserved and a little cautious. He is sleek and tall. Zach is a tad naughty at times and he's turning into a bit of a fatty catty. He gives me kisses on my nose. Both touch my face with their paws and love hugs and attention. I always look forward to coming home to them! Thank you for caring for them before I adopted them last December!
Written by: LH
Posted by: LH
In the past two plus weeks we've adopted, placed, or transferred 35 of our cats into forever homes, safe feral colonies or with Maine Coon Adoptions.
- Timmy - Carl's Jr
- Feral momma - Pumpkin
- Charlie "box kitten"
- Feral - thyroid tumor kitty
- Monkey (kitten)
- Gracie - Skye's kitten
- Zaphod Beeblebrox
Milly and Lauren were each adopted and went off to their own forever homes today.
1255 Annette Avenue
(On the corner of Rolison Road and Annette Avenue)
Redwood City, CA 94063-4541
Phone: (650) 368-1365
Fax: (650) 368-1660
Saturday we had two awesome adoption events with a total of 12 cats adopted. The 9 Lives Morris the cat, Mobile Adoption Tour came through to Redwood Shores on Saturday from 1pm to 5 pm and we adopted out 5 cats with their awesome help. Baxter, Charlie, Veronica, Bethany and Gracie (Gracie was adopted out with Bethany). All five of which went off to their forever homes on Sunday. I couldn't be happier with the adoptive homes. Here are photos of Bethany, Charlie and Baxter with their families (from Left to right). I forgot to get a photo of Veronica with her family.
While I was busy with another volunteer on the Adoption Mobile in Redwood Shores, another group of volunteers and Board Members hosted an additional adoption event in Woodside, a fun Barn Dance event at the Runnymeade Sculpture Farm where 7 cats were adopted out (including a couple of our really difficult to adopt, shy kitties.) The cats below, James, Crouton, Benny and Zaphod Beeblebrox were all adopted, in addition to 3 kittens, Jasper, Elroy and Max. The event had wonderful visibility, hopefully we'll see many more adoptions from this event.
Oh, and did I mention that Sherbet was adopted on Saturday? The lady who transported her up from LA last month ended up adopting her. She spent the past month thinking about her and her touching story and decided that she had to have her.
It was tiring as heck, but a great weekend all around.
Written by: LH