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Oliver‘s road hasn’t been easy, but let’s give him a happy ending for his golden years!
Oliver‘s story starts back in September of 2013 when he came to Black Cat Rescue as a sweet, but overweight and sniffly, 13 year old cat. We suspected he had an upper respiratory infection and quickly took him to the veterinarian for confirmation and medication. Over time and quite a few vet visits, we learned that Oliver is not sick, but he has “chronic rhinitis.”
After multiple trials of antibiotics and a nasal biopsy, it was determined that Oliver’s stuffy nose is a chronic condition. Oliver‘s vet carefully explored this nasal cavity and found it clear of any obstructions. Our vet told us that neither antibiotics or surgical procedures will clear up the sniffles. Ollie has adapted to having a stuffy nose and, fortunately, it doesn’t cause him any discomfort or have any implications for his overall health. Oliver‘s sniffles are just a quirk of an older gentleman.
Oliver waited in foster care for a home, but there seemed to be little interest in this sniffly senior. In February 2014, Oliver‘s foster family noticed he was sleeping all the time (beyond the typical cat naps!) and drinking a lot of water. Another visit to the vet found that poor Ollie was diabetic. BCR quickly arranged to move Oliver to a foster home comfortable with giving injections and serving his more complex needs. With diabetic management food and daily insulin injections, Oliver started getting his energy back!
Even though Oliver‘s diabetes is in remission, he is still overweight and not quite as “athletic” as he wants to be. Oliver‘s diabetic management food and light exercise will bring his weight down slowly over time. For now, his foster family got little stairs so he can get up on the couch with them. It turns out Oliver is quite the snuggler and he is King of the Couch!
After 2 months of insulin and the special diet, Oliver‘s blood sugar readings were normal. The vet confirmed that his diabetes is in remission! He has been off of insulin since early June of this year and is doing great. Oliver still eats the special diabetic management food to help keep him healthy, but insulin injections are not necessary.
Unfortunately, Oliver‘s health woes weren’t quite over yet. This past summer, Oliver became irritable and stopped grooming himself well. Minor arthritis was causing pain in Oliver‘s back when he moved. Cats with arthritis frequently fall behind on their grooming simply because it’s painful to do so, and Oliver‘s coat was showing it. The vet prescribed anti-inflammatory medication to help with the pain and inflammation of the arthritis, and what a difference it has made! Occasional medication has given Oliver a new spring in his step– he seems like a new cat!
Oliver seemed to have a new lease on life, but he wasn’t totally in the clear yet. The vet had noticed a mass near his liver that we wanted to check out. Lucky Ollie got good news once again! The lump is a group of non-cancerous cysts on his liver. These cysts might be contributing a little to his discomfort, but are not a danger to him otherwise.
To go along with his new lease on life, Oliver got a makeover! A handsome new haircut cleaned up any damage to his coat from not grooming and will give his back some time to rest from the twisting and turning necessary to groom himself.
Despite Oliver‘s long road of medical history, he is doing great! He has a few chronic conditions that are well-managed. His foster home describes him as a very snuggly guy, and he is sweet to his foster sister cat too! Oliver is looking for a home where he can happily live out his senior years. With his handsome new haircut, slimmed down body, and lots of sweet kisses to give, he is ready to go!
Oliver is adoptable! Despite his sniffles and soreness, Oliver still has years of love to give to a lucky family. To celebrate Oliver and help him find a new home, Black Cat Rescue has declared this month Ollie October! We will be featuring him each day on social media until Oliver finds a new forever home.
To help him in his quest, Black Cat Rescue has waived Oliver‘s adoption donation and will ship Oliver‘s special food to his adopter for the remainder of his life.
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Congratulations to Charlie and Brady! These boys have landed in their forever home together and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them!
Charlie and Brady were rescued as kittens with their mother (Annie) from the streets by a compassionate woman who was able to care for them until she found a suitable rescue or shelter to re-home them. Charlie, Brady, and Annie lived in a quiet home with their rescuer for 6 months before coming to Black Cat Rescue. When they arrived, the boys were very shaken up by their change in circumstances and it took some time for them to come around.
Luckily, since they’re so young, they can’t resist playing with toys and they love treats. These brothers are slowly coming out of their shells– especially if there’s a feather on a string nearby.
Kate and Ben saw were looking for a kitten, and when they saw these two online they said, “Well, why not two?” Kate and Ben met Charlie and Brady in their foster home, though they said that they pretty much knew they were adopting them before even meeting them. Brady was quite playful, Charlie a bit bashful, and both completely adorable. Congrats, Charlie and Brady!
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Socks has gone to his forever home! Black Cat Rescue is pleased to announce the adoption of Socks.
Socks came to BCR as a young, cute cat who was terrified of dogs. He is a playful, friendly guy and did great in foster care except for one thing- he’s a biter! Foster Volunteer Nadja found that Socks didn’t have great manners when it came to this razor sharp feline teeth! Socks had a tendency to bite people while interacting and playing with them. He didn’t do it maliciously or to deliberately inflict real harm, he just didn’t realize how painful and unpleasant his pointy teeth are on an unprotected arm or hand. Nadja worked with him, but it was slow going.
This was Socks’ only problem. He’s a playful, loving young cat that would make an amazing companion, except when he gets carried away with his teeth. It’s understandable that he isn’t the right cat for every household. Socks had a few adoption visits, and though they were always warned about his bad habits their response was always, “He really bites HARD!”
Kyle contacted Black Cat Rescue to find a new friend for herself and her husband. Their cat passed away in April, and enough time had passed, it was time for new life in their household. Once again, we warned of Socks’s biting, but they wanted to meet him in person to see how they felt about him. After the visit Kyle wrote that “Socks does bite quite hard…” but that she and her husband wanted to adopt him! They will continue working with him on this and we anticipate that he will mellow with age.
Congratulations to Kyle and her family– especially Socks!
Black Cat Rescue is pleased to announce the adoption of Janet!
Janet is a sweet 4 year old cat who thought she was living the good life until she was surrendered to a large shelter by her owners who decided to get a dog instead. Janet was terrified in the cage at the at shelter, and the shelter staff knew she would not be able to attract an adopter.
The staff reached out to BCR to see if we could place her in our foster network. Even though we were bursting at the seams, we found a space for Janet.
BCR Foster Volunteer Pat is a seasoned kitty caretaker, with 5 cats of her own. She has a special patience and understanding with cats that allowed Janet to go at her own pace and recover from her ordeal. Even though our foster home Pat has a lot of cats of her own, she has a large area where Janet could be isolated and get some much deserved peace and quiet!
At first, Janet was very scared and skittish in the foster home. With some time and TLC, she warmed up to Pat and her young grandson. After two months in foster care, Janet came out of her shell and became her sweet, affectionate self! Janet spent her days look out the window, snuggling up with Pat in the bed at night, and keeping her gorgeous black coat in pristine condition. We knew that Janet was a very sweet cat who needed a peaceful environment and someone to bond with in her forever home.
Columbine contacted BCR after losing her 18 year-old Maine Coon to kidney problems. She specifically asked about Janet, looking for a calm, friendly cat. Columbine went through quite a bit to get out to Winthrop for the visit– but she pretty much had her heart set on Janet. Despite Janet’s shy history, she was quite the social butterfly during the adoption visit! Janet wooed Columbine with her feline wiles and the two were smitten with each other! Columbine thinks she’ll probably nickname Janet “Jenny” because she looks like Jenny Linsky, a black cat from the Cat Club picture books by Esther Averill.
Congratulations to Columbine and Janet! We wish you many happy years together as a forever family.
On Tuesday, September 9, Flatbread Company in Somerville, Massachusetts hosted a smashingly successful benefit night for Black Cat Rescue!
This was our second Flatbread benefit, read about our success in 2013 here! We are very happy to report that this year was bigger and better than last year!
From 5 p.m. to close, $1.75 from each small pizza ordered and $3.50 from each large pizza ordered was donated to Black Cat Rescue. In addition, Black Cat Rescue set up a table with BCR merchandise and information on how to help us save cats. We also sold raffle tickets for several amazing prizes donated from generous local businesses and individuals.
Supporters came from far and wide to eat pizza, celebrate the work of Black Cat Rescue, and share their own stories of black cats who have touched their lives. It even became an international event when a supporter from Ethiopia was in town and was able to stop by! By the end of the night we were running out of t-shirts, had a bunch of new contacts for foster care and adoptive homes, and we had all shared countless stories and photos of our furry bundles of love.
Our raffle prizes this year were amazing black cat-themed packages. Prizes were generously donated by the following businesses and individuals:
- Flatbread Company Somerville
- Somerville Theatre
- Laura Kandziolka Photography
- Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo
- JP Licks
- Dave’s Fresh Pasta
- Boston Chocolate Tours
- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Be In Union Yoga
Thank you so much to everyone who donated and came out to support BCR! In merchandise sales alone we raised over $1000! All together, including pizza sales, Black Cat Rescue raised $1746.50 for our mission to save and re-home black cats in Massachusetts. We could not have done it without all the amazing community support we received, thank you very much!
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Black Cat Rescue is very pleased to announce the adoption of Caili!
Caili was surrendered to a large shelter because she was too hot for her owners to handle! This feisty lady was full of energy and dying to play, but her owners’ lifestyle didn’t match with such a spirited pet. Without a proper outlet, Caili’s instincts and boundless energy turned into unpredictable and rambunctious behaviors her owners couldn’t keep up with. The large shelter decided Caili would do best in a foster home situation where she can exercise and play as much as she needs to work off her energy in a healthier way– so they contacted BCR!
In foster care, Caili was a total sweetheart. She is definitely a spunky individual with lots of personality, but when she has a constructive place to put that energy she is a delightful companion! Affectionate from the first moment, Caili quickly wormed her way into her foster family’s hearts and attracted a potential adopter almost immediately.
Penny contacted Black Cat Rescue seeking an adult cat that would be friendly with visitors. At 5 years old and with endless curiosity, Caili seemed like a great fit! When Penny arrived at the foster home, Caili came right up to her and they quickly fell in love! Caili went straight home with Penny and we know they will be happy for many years to come.
Congratulations Caili and Penny!
It is with the utmost pleasure that we announce Lucy has been adopted!
Lucy came to BCR way back in February when her owner died and she moved in with a family member. At 14 years old, a full house with several other cats and dogs was a bit too much for the grief-stricken Lucy. Foster volunteer Raquell stepped up and provided Lucy with a tranquil place to recuperate and get ready for a new loving home.
Lucy developed a minor ear infection, and then was diagnosed with some chronic kidney problems. Other than needing special food and low dose antibiotics, you would never know Lucy was a senior lady with special needs! She is petite and soft and sweet as can be.
As we posted about Lucy through the months, one of our other foster volunteers, Holly, took notice and would ask about Lucy. When Raquell was going out of town this month it seemed like a perfect time for Holly to meet Miss Lucy! Lucy’s forever home has been a long time in coming and we hoped Holly would fall in love. We moved Lucy to Holly’s home for foster care and after one night Holly’s home went from a foster home to a forever home!
Holly is so happy to have Lucy join her gang at home, and we could not be happier for Lucy to live out her golden years snuggled up on Holly’s pillow!