The Seniors Group of Sponsor Animals
Katie’s Place gives priority to last-chance cases that have no other options left. Some only need time and care to recover from the traumas they’ve suffered. Others can’t escape the disadvantages that brought them to us.
Perhaps the largest group of these is the old timers. The seniors may also be the saddest cases. They spent many years in one home with one family and have no concept of any other kind of life until their world is suddenly gone. They lose their homes when their person passes away or goes into permanent care, when an allergic person joins the family or the family restructures or moves…. Gone are beloved rituals of many years standing along with favourite people, toys, and nooks. For this group alone, time exacerbates their disadvantage. They only get older. They can be resilient and as frisky as kittens but most adopters pass them by. Orion lost his home at the age of 14 when his family moved. He’s a quiet fellow who spends most of his time curled up on his own. Dexter and Jimmy were 15 when they lost their homes. Dexter’s human family had expanded until the daily bustle unsettled him enough to signal his distress with lapses in litter pan etiquette. Jimmy lost his home due to health issues in the family. Both Dexter and Jimmy greet visitors eagerly, wanting to be noticed. Pauline lost her home at the age of 14 when her elderly person had to move. They had been together for more than 11 years and Pauline was devastated. She had been affectionate with her person, and after many weeks at the shelter, she began to hunger for attention in her loneliness. She began welcoming pets and strokes. Taz is our oldest senior in the shelter at 17 years old. Any cat older than 10 years is considered a senior even though they may have 10 good years left.
Black Dexter is a quiet soul but he always greets us.
Tabby Jimmy is as lively and gregarious as a kitten. He loves all people.
Black and white Orion was top cat in his old home and keeps to himself now like a dethroned king.
Black and white Pauline was rigid with fear and bewilderment when she found herself at the shelter.
Gray and white Taz is our longest-term resident. Disdaining adopters and content with shelter life, she’ll spend her life with us.
Eleven-year-old, black and white Edwin was adopted yesterday. We’re only surprised that it took so long. He’s one of the most good-natured, friendly cats we know. His new family already sent an update which made us laugh: “I thought you would be pleased to know that Edwin is settling in like he has always been with us. He was a terrific car traveler and each time we looked to see if he was at all stressed, we found him either sleeping or purring or exposing his belly to the sun as we drove. We even went to my son’s work on our way home so he could see our most beautiful treasure. My husband is in awe of his size. He thinks in another life that Edwin must have been a Panda bear. Immediately getting home, Edwin was social and a good eater. He did his first pee pee in the box very soon after being home and is a wonderful announcer of when he needs to go. We all clapped and cheered as he happily did his ‘business’ for all to see. He is a very enthusiastic coverer of his movements, so today, we bought him the largest covered cat litter box so he can shoot it every which way and not hit too many walls. He spent the entire evening with us in the kitchen facing the TV watching CNN and seemed mesmerized with Anderson Cooper. Reminds me of my husband to some degree. J Last night, he settled down quickly. He seemed to like to be up high, so we made him a nest on our headboard of the bed and he quickly got up there and went right to sleep. Occasionally he would give a chat, but after a hand pat, he purred and went back to sleep. Today he helped house clean all morning. When I could not find the power head I finally realized he was sitting on it as I saw the cord between his legs. He is not what I would call a stressed cat. As I vacuumed he enjoyed his cat nip toy and smiled at us while we cleaned around him. Now he is spent and fast asleep in my husband’s office on a chair. Fully laid out and dead asleep and by the way, he sleeps sometimes with his eyes open. My husband keeps checking him to see if he is breathing… he is and is totally relaxed and purrs when we check him. Thank you all for our most amazing addition to our home. Edwin’s cute face looking out the garden window is a wonderful addition to our joy. We have seen our son much more as he keeps coming by to check on him to see if Edwin needs anything. Your rescue home touched my soul and so has our sweet boy, Edwin. We promise to take good care of him. He is a true asset to our family.”
We only wish more people could see what treasures these older pets are!
Eleven-year-old Laverne went home with one of our volunteers on the weekend. Now, a few days later, she reports, “Laverne is doing well but chooses not to socialize with my other cats. I’m sure she will come around. She is eating and purring lots.” It’s no surprise that she doesn’t want to socialize yet. She needs time to adjust to the change; she’d been at the shelter for nearly a year. But “purring”? Laverne must know she’s home at last! Clearly she’s happy.
Twelve-year-old Okie has been off her food for a few days. We found a hard lump under her chin which the vet checked out. X-rays were done. There’s a bone tumor on her lower jaw. These things usually appear suddenly (within one month, which is why it wasn’t visible four months ago when she had her dental). Unfortunately they usually kill quickly also. All we can do is make her comfortable. She’ll get special pain meds regularly. We’ll try coaxing her to eat. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain at the moment but obviously it’s uncomfortable for her to eat. So her time is probably limited. We may let her spend her last days in a foster home that specializes in palliative care cases if the move won’t be too stressful for her. It’s just sad for a small soul to end her life in a shelter. She’s an exceptionally loving little cat.
Two more of our old-timers have been adopted. Cricket (pictured at right) is a pretty little calico who’s going on 11 now, and Jimmy (pictured at top) is a grand old man at 15 years even though he looks and acts like a youngster. Cricket went home with some long-time supporters of the shelter, and Jimmy was chosen by someone who came to give an older cat a chance.
There’s never a shortage of older cats in need though. Thirteen-year-old Dagobert arrived as Cricket and Jimmy were leaving.
Okie (who has cancer as mentioned above) is doing well in her foster home. She took no time at all to adjust to the house, exploring everywhere right away. She comes and cuddles in Foster Mom’s lap while she’s watching TV. She’s eating small amounts and licking tidbits off plates.
Ten-year-old Boo Boo has lost weight and has seemed a bit “off” — lethargic and depressed. We had blood work done at the vet’s and nothing really showed up. They’re running a special thyroid test. Meanwhile, we’ll keep an eye on him, give him TLC, and make sure he eats. The poor guy is probably lonely. The videos we made of him when he first arrived show a chipper and very responsive cat. He thrives on human company and there’s never enough of that to go around at a shelter. You’ll find his videos half way down his Petfinder page. We hope someone will see how sweet he is and give him a home.
Boo Boo got his extra thyroid test back today. It’s normal. So there is no obvious medical reason for him losing weight. We think he’s just been a bit depressed, and although he eats, he’s not eating enough. We’ll continue to feed him extra. Our medical volunteer will keep weighing him and if in a few weeks he still hasn’t gained any weight then we might consider doing an x-ray just to rule out anything internal.
We took in a new 10-year-old shorthaired gray tabby named Murray on August 21. He lost his home when his person passed away. This must be the hardest kind of loss to bear. Murray would still be in his home with his person except for a sad twist of fate. The poor cat was upset at first and warned us all to keep our distance. Usually new cats start to warm up to us once the shock of arriving wears off. But Murray isn’t warming up. He sits motionless and unresponsive, and he seems resigned and sad. Our medical volunteers will make sure that he keeps eating and hopefully he’ll start to recover his spirits. Then we can list him for adoption.
The oldsters have a hard time of it because they have years of memories to put away. But it’s not always sad news. Ricardo is a mature fellow who was adopted in mid July and a report from his family was a joy to read. “We decided to call him Cardo. He calls us meow. He must be just about the best kitty anyone could hope to have share their hearts and home. He is gentle, calm, curious, very affectionate, playful with his catnip mouse and loves to help out with things that need to be done. He likes to rub himself really hard against us, gives us kisses when we are sitting down with him and loves to have his head and face rubbed vigorously. He does not mind being picked up, but it is not one of his favorite things and he makes a special little sound to let us know. ‘Cardo the cuddly’ has finally found his so much deserved forever home and we have lost our hearts to him and found our forever kitty.” This is the kind of happy ending we hope will come for Boo Boo and Murray too.
We took in a new senior last weekend. Poor Webster is 14 years old, plain black with a white locket on her chest, and she has a thyroid condition. We can only hope that she’ll settle into shelter life happily since her odds of being adopted are remote. It will be a big adjustment for her. She lived in her old home for most of, if not all, her life.
We accepted another sad case this last week. Mitzee is 19 years old and was left with a caretaker while her person moved on. Later, it became clear that Mitzee’s person would not be taking her back, and the caretaker had to figure out what to do with her. SoMitzee came to us. At 19 years of age, she’s too old to be living at a shelter. She went straight into foster care with a volunteer experienced in caring for senior cats. This will be a ‘permanent foster’ situation. Mitzee will be looked after there for the rest of her life, and we will cover any costs she incurs.
Webster passed away today. Every now and then, we take in a cat who is so devastated by loss and changes in his or her life that they succumb to ill health within weeks of arriving. Webster seems to have been one of those. She was one of those vulnerable animals who lose the only home they’ve ever really known; they’re simply not prepared for the huge shock of their entire world changing overnight for the first time in their lives. Webster had not been adjusting quickly to shelter life and, going on instinct, our volunteer in charge of animal health put her in foster care. Webster had been very stressed by her new-admission vet check last week and while the vet found nothing wrong with her, the vet has surmised that she passed away because of a combination of things — stress, thyroid problems, not eating enough after arriving at the shelter, and depression. Poor old cat. This is the hard part of our job — losing them in spite of all our efforts to comfort them.
At least Webster was contented in her last few days. Foster Mom reported that Webster had been wandering around the house purring and had seemed happy.
Another update on Okie (mentioned on July 23 above) — she’s still eating but she’s vocalizing constantly. The vet says it doesn’t sound as if she’s in pain. It’s probably just part of being elderly.
Sahali, who is 14 years old, lives in a foster home. She came to us in July, homeless and hyperthyroid. She hasn’t been looking so good lately. Blood work revealed nothing really out of the ordinary. She’s holding her own.
Nineteen-year-old ‘Zee (mentioned above — Sept 9) was also checked out by the vet and seems to be doing fine. She’s become a favourite of Foster Dad’s already. She’s quiet and doesn’t cause any problems in their busy household.
Lastly, Kookamonger is a tortoiseshell senior who lives at the shelter and she’s 12 years old. Kook had a hard time adjusting to shelter life when she arrived. She’d had the same home all her life. But, given enough time, she settled at the shelter and proved to be such an affectionate cat! Now, however, she seems to have lost her appetite of late, and she seems so despondent. We had her checked over by the vet. Her blood work looks fairly normal, and an x-ray doesn’t reveal anything such as a tumor. So it could be that she’s simply depressed. Shelter life is not nearly as nice as living in a real home, and Kook is vulnerable as a sensitive old girl. She’s eating Fancy Feast Dry so hopefully she’ll eat enough. We’d love to place her in a foster home. But those are all full. We really hoped someone might come to adopt our Kook. We still hope so!
Sahali passed away. Unfortunately we weren’t too surprised and neither was the vet. Her kidneys were shot and she had other internal issues brewing too.
Zee is having a bit of difficulty but we’re trying to work through her troubles and trying to get her to eat! (If these oldsters won’t eat regularly they can’t fight off ailments!)
Rheanna (mentioned on July 16 above) is slowing down. She is 20 years old so it’s inevitable. The blessing is that these poor old souls are able to end their days fostered in a real home with a loving family. It would just be too sad for them to end their days unwanted in a shelter when they spent a dozen years or more considering themselves family members with homes where they belonged.
Had to share some happier news. Keiko was a fluffy white senior who lost the indoor-only home she’d had all her life when her person moved — a tough loss for her. She was adopted by one of our kind supporters and an update arrived which said, “Dear Katie’ s Place, Thank you for letting me take Keiko into my home. She is such an affectionate cat, purrs as soon as you touch her. But she has the softest “meow” you can hardly hear it! For 13 years old she sure can chase a small ball around the living room. She is an absolute delight — perhaps a little extra white fur around the house, but who cares!! She and my big Burmese/Siamese really make a house a home.”
That was so nice to read. A senior pet really can bring as much fun and joy into a home as any kitten could!
Jimmy was adopted on August 3 but came back today. He didn’t settle well in his adoptive home. He’s such a loving guy, he only needs to find the right match.
It was time to let Okie go. (She had cancer — see July 23.) She got to live out her final weeks in a real home and she spent her last hour curled up in her foster mom’s arms while waiting for the vet to help her pass.
Last weekend, a new senior arrived — ginger and white Comet. He’s barely a senior at only ten years of age, but by feline standards he’s reached that point. He has diabetes too. In his favour, he’s a sweet fellow and he’s handsome. We hope he’ll find a new home. Meanwhile 15-year-old, hyperthyroid Dexter went into permanent foster care. As if old age and a health issue weren’t enough of a handicap, he was a plain black cat who wasn’t very eye-catching. Yet he’s a bright, loving fellow. So at last he is living in a house with a family where he will be loved.
Our 15-year-old Jimmy has been adopted again after being adopted and then returned on October 5. He’s so exceptionally loving that he must have a family of his own for however many years he has left. As you can see in his photo here, he’ll stand on his head to show you how thrilled he is to make friends with you! So we were delighted to see him get another chance. So far so good. He’s been at home for a day now and the report is that he’s settling in nicely.
We mentioned Kookamonger in the Sept 20/10 entry because she was depressed and not eating. We were worried. Well, the worries are over! Last weekend, someone came specifically to adopt a cat with little chance of being chosen. When we meet someone like that, it’s just a gift! The only hard thing is narrowing down the list of who we’d recommend to them. She met several of our older or medically-compromised cats and in the end, Kook completely captured her heart. Kook’s new name is now Cookie, and she will have her new home and person all to herself. We soon heard back that “Cookie” seems to be settling in well. Snags could still come up so we’re crossing our fingers that it continues to go well.
That’s not the only good news. Orion (pictured at the top on the right) has also gone home. One of our own volunteers had room for another cat and chose Orion as one of the cats who needed her most. He’s a funny old soul. He would wander around the room aimlessly and he seemed to be off in his own world. He may have had a mild stroke, or it may just be advanced age… he’s had regular vet care but she’ll be taking him for another check up anyway. She says she’s coaxed some purrs out of him so he is responding. We’re hoping Orion settles well into her household and her feline family.
Some bad news. Comet, mentioned in the Oct 20/10 note, was at the vet’s for the last few days being treated for a nasty cold. Today they let us know he took a turn for the worse. Hiis cold was under control but his diabetes became critical. The volunteers who worked with him most were devastated since he is a particularly good-natured, loving old cat. The stress of losing his home set his whole body on a crash course. He’s in the high-risk category, as we explain on this page. He’s older, he’s chubby, and he had the same home all his life. We’re behind him all the way and the vet is working hard to save him. As of this minute (early evening) we learned that his vitals are improving a wee bit. So he still has a slim chance, and the message was for everyone keep their fingers crossed and say a little prayer. We all love this trusting, affectionate old cat. We have a wonderful vet and she will do everything possible for him. She’s taking him home with her tonight to give him any care he needs through the night. So now we wait and hope.
Comet made it through the night. The vet said he seemed a bit better. It’s his diabetes which is screwing up his electrolytes, carbon dioxide output, oxygen intake, etc. which is causing his heavy breathing. But the vet sounded cautiously hopeful. So far, so good.
Comet is doing very well now, although not eating as much as he should. But he’s doing okay. A volunteer will take him home. He’ll join her household as soon as she has a couple of free days to spend with him as he adjusts to the latest (and last!) change in his life.
Dexter is mentioned above on Oct 20 when he went into foster care. As of today we took him off the list of pets advertised for adoption. He’s happy in his foster home, and his foster family is happy with him. There’s no way a plain, old cat who arrived with litter pan issues is going to get adopted anyway (although Foster Mom said there have been no litter pan issues at her home so far). She said, “He’s a lovely cat, very affectionate — he loves to curl up with you on the couch. Still a VERY messy boy with water.” (Dexter had a habit of dumping the water bowls at the shelter. It got so bad that we put big rocks in the water bowls so they’d be too heavy for him to dump! It seems he’s dumping water bowls in his foster home now! LOL — good thing his foster family loves him!)
Comet’s new mom sent an update: “Comet came home today and has sniffed EVERYTHING in the house. He has pulled out and rolled on everything in the toy pot. The other cats seem fine with him. He is such a love bug!” …and later: “Comet is chirruping at the birds today and purring every time I look at him! He seems to have staked out a spot in a basket by the window. He’s fascinated with the snow today!” It seems that Comet is going to be okay!
From Comet’s new person: “We no longer have to worry about him eating. He eats everything he sees! I actually have to watch that I am not leaving anything (my dinner, for example) alone when he is in the room. He is getting into our routine and he and Spot (my other diabetic kitty) are actually getting along and will eat side by side.” This old fellow is fine now.
We took in a new senior. Gray-and-white Lollipop was homeless but she must have had a home once because she’s a friendly girl — at least she is with us (she doesn’t seem to like other cats). Her new-cat vet check confirmed her age as 14 years and found her to be in good overall condition. We’re optimistic that we can find this sweetheart a home.
We have a new senior. Sixteen-year-old Lucy’s elderly person was no longer able to care for her. She’s an enchanting little cat. She’s trusting and affectionate, and she chats to us with a high little meow that sounds more like a cross between a squeak and a beep. What a
Dagobert (mentioned Aug 3 above) got a wonderful Christmas gift. He went home yesterday with one of our volunteers, the person who also adopted Orion (mentioned Nov 9). Dagobert was a Bengal and although that should make him highly adoptable, he was a senior with diabetes and no personality discernable at the shelter! We waited for him to relax and reveal his character but he never did. He was unlikely to find an adopter. His new person (our volunteer) sent a note about both the old boys: “Orion is doing so well! It’s like he has always lived here. Other than my cranky girl, all the other cats love him. I caught one of my guys giving Orion’s head a wash, and then Orion duly reciprocated… it was too cute for words. I love him! I just took Dagobert home today. He is by far the best Christmas present I will receive this year. He is still in my ‘integration room’ but he is purring up a storm and seems to have settled in well so far. What a sweetie!”
Dagobert “purring up a storm”?! He never did that at the shelter! Clearly he was lonely and unhappy and just needed a home.
(sigh) Dagobert is back. He was doing fine in his new home. But there’s another senior cat who followed him around until Dagobert’s nerves were jangled! So Dagobert lost patience with him. It escalated into senior-cat warfare and clearly it wasn’t going to resolve. Dagobert’s new mom was crushed but had to return him. The poor old fellow seems as glum as ever to find himself back in the shelter.
Mitzee (mentioned Sept 9 above) has passed away. She was 19 years old when she came to us four months ago. She developed heart problems recently and meds seemed to help, but then her kidneys began to fail. We let her go. At least we know her last four months were happy ones for her.
Four new seniors have arrived in the last month. Ten-yr-old Jacquie lost her home when life there proved too stressful for her. She’s a mild-natured and affectionate girl. Squamish, a 10-yr-old boy, is equally loving and lovable. He was abandoned in the cold and nearly died before he was found. Ten-yr-old Baby’s person went into care and she was alone in the home for 5 months before someone took her to a shelter in a duffel bag. Baby has been with us for a couple of weeks but still won’t let anyone close. She’s devastated by what she’s been through. Ruby is about 12 and was homeless with eye problems. Yet she’s utterly trusting, confident, and loving. We’re hoping to get her eye troubles cleared up.
We’ve welcomed Frisky to the ranks of our senior citizens. Frisky is almost 12 years old and lost her home (her second home) when her person passed away. She’s a lovely cat who’s full of nuzzles and purrs. We hope she can find a new home where she can live the whole rest of her life. She deserves better luck than she’s had.
Lollipop (mentioned Dec 9 above) was adopted last weekend. That was a blessing for her. She wasn’t happy with shelter life and she kept to herself most of the time, just trying to avoid the other cats. But she’s such a sweet, chipper, loving girl when she feels relaxed and confident. We’re so glad someone gave her a chance.
We have three new seniors. All three were well-behaved, loving family members who lost their homes through no fault of their own. Long-haired, gray-tabby Peter and black-and-white Jill are brother and sister who lost their home when their family moved. Short-haired tabby Trixie lost her home when someone in the family developed allergies. All three showed us how affectionate they are almost from the moment they arrived. It’s sad that these pets lost their homes when they reached the age where very few people would want to adopt them. We’ll do our best to make them feel loved.
We have two more senior citizens. Patches is 14 and Whitey is closer to 15. They came from the same home when their person died suddenly. They’re such loving trusting old girls. But who will ever want them at their age? So sad. We hope they’ll be happy with us.
We lost Baby. She never got over the loss of her home and she gradually deteriorated. We saw that she was losing weight and we put her back in her own cage to monitor her input and output. She had a vet appointment for Tuesday morning but she died overnight on Monday night and we found her when we arrived on Tuesday. She never did allow us to get close to her. Whether she was semi-feral or just traumatized, she kept her guard up. We mourn this poor little soul who died when she lost her person and the only place she was ever able to call home. Another senior, Trixie, is in a bad way too. These cats are in a vulnerable group as we explain on the page, When Losing a Home can be Fatal. Trixie grew depressed and withdrew into herself. She was cheerful and friendly at the beginning. After about a week, she seemed to realize she never would see her home and family again after 11 years. She stopped eating and sat hunched over with her face in a corner. She ignored attention. We took her to the vet. She’s had several x-rays, full bloodwork and is currently getting intensive care at the vet. Her prognosis is poor to guarded. One volunteer spoke eloquently for all of us: “The vets are unsure exactly what she’s dying of. However, we have a pretty good idea… depression. It’s a killer. It includes feelings of abandonment, apathy, and betrayal. Whatever it takes, we will support Trixie and be there for her. We will comfort her and tell her that we will love her forever. If she dies, we will weep with sorrow. If she survives, we will weep with joy. And no matter how much we hurt with our caring, Trixie will NEVER doubt that we love her.”
We lost Trixie. She made it through the night but her bodily systems broke down beyond hope of recovery. The shock of losing her home drained her strength and she died in the morning.
We took in a new senior. Sammy lost his home when a child in the family developed asthma. At the age of 10 and being diabetic, Sammy didn’t have a lot of options. So he’s part of our family now, and we hope that a sweet fellow like Sammy can find a real family of his own again. Other seniors of ours have found loving new homes. There’s always hope.
Meet 11-year-old calico Pachooey. She was found homeless at the age of four, and she was adopted — several times. She lost one home because they were moving. She lost one home when she and the other cat didn’t get along (that home lasted four weeks). Now she lost her latest home after five years due to allergies in the family, and she was peeing outside the litter pan — a sign of stress. Each family described her as a loving cat who was great with kids. Now as a senior she has to hope for one more chance.
We’ve welcomed yet another senior to our gang. Nub lost her home when her family was transferred to work overseas. They did their best to find a new home for her and we were her last resort. Poor little old girl, she’s 15 years old. A pretty, longhaired Manx, she’s grateful for pets and kindness. We hope some adopter sees the beauty in her. If 14-year-old Lollipop could find a new home, there’s always hope for a little elderly soul who’s not ready to give up.
Little half-blind Ruby (mentioned Feb 9 above) has a new home. It’s one of those wonderful situations where someone kind was willing to give a chance to a cat who needs it. They’ll find their kindness rewarded when they see how sweet and affectionate Ruby is.
There are always more pets whose luck runs out when they’re elderly though. We took in 14-yr-old Ramona Cotton who lost everything when her person passed away. This short-haired white-and-tabby is a stoic little cat who has handled her loss with courage. She greets us warmly and she’s interested in everything around her.
Good news — Peter (mentioned March 2 above) has a new home, and Lucy (mentioned Dec 16) has also been adopted. When a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old can find new homes, we know there’s hope for our other seniors.
Poor old Nubby (mentioned April 2) will probably stay with us though. She has turned out to be incontinent for both solid and liquid eliminations. Nobody will adopt her now. We’ll watch this little 15-year-old’s quality of life. She’ll get the best care we can give her for as long as she shows zest for life.
Mostly good news for our seniors. Brad (age 13) has a new home. He was so rough and tough in appearance (see his photo at right) that it took a volunteer to want him (we know what a sweet softie he is). The report came that he, “Basically just rolls around on the ground purring constantly. Oh! And he does play, he likes to chase things.”
Sammy (mentioned March 23 above) was doubly cursed by being a senior cat and diabetic. We had a Fructosomine test done and he’s definitely not diabetic.
Patches, however, (mentioned March 11), has tested as hyperthyroid. This scrawny old girl’s exceptionally loving personality will really have to work for her now with adopters.
Whitey (mentioned March 11 above) found a home last weekend at nearly 15 years of age. There’s always hope! Now if only the last member of that family could have the same luck soon… Patches (last mentioned April 22) just craves affection.
Patches (mentioned March 11 above) got a home last weekend. The poor old girl was starved for more affection than we could give her at the shelter, and she wasn’t pretty enough to attract adopters despite her age. So a volunteer took her home. Patches will be well loved.
Meanwhile, another senior arrived. Twelve-yr-old, tortoiseshell Molly is a gentle, pretty cat who gets along with everybody, young or old, animal or human. She only came to us because she has medical needs that her people couldn’t tend to; she has pancreatitis.
A wide-eyed, tiny, 17-year-old waif landed on us when her person moved and didn’t take her. Their note said “she is timid of EVERYTHING, but affectionate and still very playful” so naturally Lulu was stricken to find herself left in a strange shelter. Poor thing. At her age, she has so little chance of being adopted… she’s been taken in by a nice couple who volunteer at Katie’s Place and who have room for another cat right now. We hope she can make the adjustment.
Last weekend was a good one for our seniors! Pachooey (mentioned March 25), Jill (mentioned March 2), and Boo Boo (mentioned Aug 28/10) found new homes. Jill and Boo Boo went home together. We’ve already heard back that Pachooey only took a half hour to settle into her new home.
We’ve heard back that Jill and Boo Boo are doing great. Boo Boo had become a somber, reclusive fellow at the shelter. It was hard for him to live there. Now we’ve heard that, in his new home, “Boo Boo has become a big love muffin.”
Pauline (mentioned at the top) was a heartbreaking case. This 15-yr-old was a skinny, bashful scrap of greasy-feeling black and white fur. What hope did she have of adoption! Yet, once she settled in, she hungered for affection and we gave her as much as we could. She now has a new home with a very animal-oriented person. It’s a great home and a miracle for our little Pauline.
We’ve had to say goodbye to Dexter (last mentioned Nov 22/10). At 16, he had grown thin and frail. Yet he was still active with a good appetite. However, he seemed under the weather recently and we took him to the vet. In the end, his time had come. His body basically wore out. A volunteer was with him and cradled him while the vet helped him pass, as is our custom with animals we must let go. He slipped away peacefully.
Nub (mentioned April 11/11) settled in beautifully at the shelter and rules the common areas. We haven’t assigned her to a communal room. We allow her the larger living space of the common areas since she’ll probably be a permanent resident. However, her incontinence problem doesn’t seem nearly as bad as we feared. We don’t really see much evidence of a problem at all. She’s a lively, spunky old girl. One day, a cocky young cat with attitude darted out of his communal room when the door was opened. Nub gets along with the other animals she’s encountered, but she lit into this guy and gave him a trouncing. He couldn’t wait to get back into his communal room and escape from our tiny, elderly Nub!
Jacquie (mentioned Feb 9/11) found a home with one of our volunteers who saw how exceptionally loving she is. Jacquie is so lovable that the volunteer felt it was worth the chance that she might show stressed behaviour in a new place with other cats. We’ve already had a report: “I thought I’d let you know that this little girl is acting like she’s always been here! I left her in the carrier so the others could check her out. My little boy cat started rubbing on the carrier. I think it was love at first sight. When I opened the door, Jacquie came right out and started exploring. Within 15 minutes she knew the whole house and even had a snack. She’s been up on my lap with Zack following her everywhere to the point that she told him off. My other female is ignoring her completely. So, after only a short time here, things are great!” So far, so good. Friendship or ignoring is better than grumbles or growls! Hopefully Jacquie can be as nonchalant about the other animals as they are about her.
Happy news! Pauline (mentioned above) found a home with a relative of a previous adopter who prefers to give homes to FIV+ cats. Kindness must run in the family as homes for older animals are not always easy to come by. Sadly, there are always more senior animals waiting to take their place. Gus is an affable fellow with extra toes who lost his home when his human went into to permanent care. He had been living alone for over a month before he came to us. This must have been hard for Gus as he is an exceptionally affectionate boy who soaks up attention as fast as one can provide it… the volunteers will do everything they can to make up for lost time.
The last few months have brought us many more special seniors. Lana was homeless for at least 8 years in a warehouse where she was being fed, however, the new owners of the warehouse wanted her gone. Kind people tried to bring her into their own home, however, the resident cats objected vehemently so Lana was brought to us. Her vet visit and tattoo indicate she is at least 20 years old! After being homeless for so long, she is loving being in a real home again.
Poor Henry was left outside a vet’s office with note simply stating “This is Henry… he is 24 years old”. The kind vets checked him over, ran blood work and gave him a dental, however, they had no where for this boy to go so they called us. Whatever circumstances led this old boy to lose his home, serendipity and kind vets led him into a real home once again and he will never have to leave it.
Wills and Sonny came to us as brothers who are at least 16 years old. We noticed recently that Wills seemed to be slowing down a little and after a vet exam, we received the sad news that Wills has intestinal cancer. We know this will take him from us, but we dont know when. We do know that Wills will be spoiled for whatever time he has left.