Happy Tails: Socks has been adopted!

Congratulations to Socks, who went to his forever home.

Congratulations to Socks, who went to his forever home.

Socks has gone to his forever home! Black Cat Rescue is pleased to announce the adoption of Socks.

Socks playing with the resident cat in his foster home. He's so friendly, he loves everyone (except dogs, of course)!

Socks playing with the resident cat in his foster home. He’s so friendly, he loves everyone (except dogs, of course)!

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.

More sunbathing, with birds and squirrels to watch for entertainment!

More sunbathing, with birds and squirrels to watch for entertainment!

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!”

Socks playing with his string toy in foster care.

Socks playing with his string toy in foster care.

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!

Happy Tails: Janet has been adopted!

Black Cat Rescue is pleased to announce the adoption of Janet!

Janet loves looking out the window on a sunny day. Foster mom Pat caught her mid-meow!

Janet loves looking out the window on a sunny day. Foster mom Pat caught her mid-meow!

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!

Janet was finally able to get some well-needed rest in Pat's quiet home.

Janet was finally able to get some well-needed rest in Pat’s quiet home.

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.

Janet wooing Columbine on her adoption visit. Even with a history of shyness, Janet was friendly and loved Columbine right away.

Janet wooing Columbine on her adoption visit. Even with a history of shyness, Janet was friendly and loved Columbine right away.

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 Janet and Columbine! We wish you all the best for the future.

Congratulations to Janet and Columbine! We wish you all the best for the future.

Congratulations to Columbine and Janet! We wish you many happy years together as a forever family.

The Second Annual Flatbread Benefit for Black Cat Rescue

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!

The Black Cat Rescue table at Flatbread Somerville. Look at our new quilted banner!

The Black Cat Rescue table at Flatbread Somerville. Look at our new quilted banner!

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.

Adoption Coordinator Susanna manning the table, complete with adorable cat ears!

Adoption Coordinator Susanna manning the table, complete with adorable cat ears!

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.

Supporters came from far and wide. You're never too young to be a cat rescuer!

Supporters came from far and wide. Check out Co-Founder Jen with our youngest (and cutest) cat lover!

Our raffle prizes this year were amazing black cat-themed packages. Prizes were generously donated by the following businesses and individuals:

Our raffle prizes were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Each themed prize package featured one of our adoptable cats!

Our raffle prizes were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Each themed prize package featured one of our adoptable cats!

Volunteers Elayne and Kristen swapping black cat stories! We saw so many amazing photos and videos from our supporters who stopped by to share their own experiences!

Volunteers Elayne and Kristen swapping black cat stories! We saw so many amazing photos and videos from our supporters who stopped by to share their own experiences!

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!

To learn more about Black Cat Rescue, visit our website here.

Support Black Cat Rescue by making a donation here.

Get your own BCR gear from Cafepress here.

Happy Tails: Caili has been adopted!

Black Cat Rescue is very pleased to announce the adoption of Caili!

Caili is a 5 year old cat who came to Black Cat Rescue from a large shelter because she needed a foster home.

Caili is a 5 year old cat who came to Black Cat Rescue from a large shelter because she needed a foster home.

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!

Caili in foster care. After vanquishing the evil catnip pumpkin, she's ready for some tummy rubs!

Caili in foster care. After vanquishing the evil catnip pumpkin, she’s ready for some tummy rubs!

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.

Caili relaxing on the stairs, no wonder Penny couldn't resist this gorgeous girl!

Caili relaxing on the stairs, no wonder Penny couldn’t resist this gorgeous girl!

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!

Happy Tails: Lucy has been adopted!

It is with the utmost pleasure that we announce Lucy has been adopted!

Lucy is a 14 year old cat in the care of Black Cat Rescue who has found her new forever home!

Lucy is a 14 year old cat in the care of Black Cat Rescue who has found her new forever home!

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 needed a bit of time and space to grieve for her owner before moving on to find a new home.

Lucy needed a bit of time and space to grieve for her owner before moving on to find a new 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.

We found out pretty quickly that Lucy loves to stick her tongue out!

We found out pretty quickly that Lucy loves to stick her tongue out!

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!
Cat naps in foster care.

Cat naps in foster care.

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!

A Fundraiser for Ronaldo

Poor Ronaldo! He came off the streets and was adjusting to life in a home when we received some upsetting medical news.

Ronaldo used to be a stray cat, but now he's loving life indoors with a foster family.

Ronaldo used to be a stray cat, now he’s loving life indoors with a foster family.

Ronaldo is a 2 year old cat that was trapped in a Trap-Neuter-Release program for feral cats in Clinton, Massachusetts. Ronaldo was neutered and vaccinated, but he seemed way too friendly to be happy outdoors. He may look like a tough, feral tom cat, but under that gruff exterior is a heart of mush!

Ronaldo entered foster care with BCR Foster Volunteers Andrew and Kristen. He was pretty shy at first, hiding under the futon and only coming out for Kristen with some coaxing. Over the course of several days, Ronaldo started to warm up and learn that chin scratches and treats are totally worth the hype! His battle scars from life on the streets are fading and his fur has started filling in.

Don't let his tough exterior fool you! Ronaldo is a total mush who looooves chin scratches!

Don’t let his tough exterior fool you, Ronaldo is a total mush who looooves chin scratches!

Andrew and Kristen noticed a mass on Ron’s leg. We immediately consulted our veterinarian, hoping the lump was just a post-injection reaction to his vaccinations. Unfortunately, the news at the vet’s office was not good.

Ronaldo’s lump is very dense, which is unusual and alarming. The vet attempted a needle biopsy, but the mass was too dense and fibrous for the vet to get enough tissue for a definitive diagnosis. We aren’t sure what the mass is, but it could be a fibrosarcoma, a cancer that can be very aggressive. If Ronaldo does have a fibrosarcoma, the veterinarian recommends amputating his leg to give Ronaldo the best chance of a cancer-free life.

The next step for Ron will be a small surgery to determine what the mass is. If the mass seems benign when the vet sees it, we will remove the lump immediately and biopsy it to confirm. If the mass seems malignant, the vet will biopsy the lump, but leave it intact because it would be cruel for Ron to recover from one surgery only to have to go under the knife again later. When the biopsy comes back, we will have the appropriate information to decide on next steps for Ron. Our sincere hope is that the mass is benign and Ron can have a speedy recovery at Kristen and Andrew’s!

Ronaldo is very vocal, he's always available to help Andrew and Kristen catch up on the latest in gossip.

Ronaldo is very vocal, he’s always available to help Andrew and Kristen catch up on the latest in gossip.

All together, we estimate that Ronaldo’s care will come to around $1000 and we need your help! Please help Ronaldo receive the care he needs by making a donation to Black Cat Rescue today. Our organization is dedicated to making sure every cat we take in has all appropriate medical care, even when the prognosis is grim or the future uncertain.

The one thing that we do know is that Ronaldo is a strong, loving cat with a huge heart! We know that cancer or not, tripod or not, we will find Ronaldo the loving forever home that he deserves! Help this former street kitty get the surgery he needs to live a long happy life in someone’s lap.

Ron deserves a long loving life with a forever family! Make a donation today to help him get the care he needs before finding his new family.

Ron deserves a long loving life with a forever family! Make a donation today to help him get the care he needs before finding his new family.

Donate through Paypal: http://goo.gl/mcdM1k

Mail check or money orders to Black Cat Rescue headquarters:

Black Cat Rescue
191 Cedar Street, Apt 1
Somerville, MA 02145
 

You can follow Ronaldo’s journey on facebook: http://facebook.com/blackcatrescue

Meet our gentle giant, Juan…

This young boy is a gentle giant!  At only 2 years old, Juan was brought to a local shelter weighing over 26 lbs! It was clear that he would need some special attention to get back to a healthy weight. Juan is settling into his Black Cat Rescue foster home and has begun a healthy weight-loss regimen supervised by a veterinarian. His diet and exercise are being closely monitored to ensure weight loss at an appropriate speed.

The weigh-in: Down 2 lbs already!!

The weigh-in: Down 2 lbs already!!

Juan loves to be pet! When a person comes into the room, he gets right up to come over for a snuggle session!  He rubs his face all over you and purrs like a loud motor.  Juan‘s other interests include laying on his favorite blankie, nuzzling his stuffed toucan, and playing with string for exercise.

XL cat means XL snuggles!

XL cat means XL snuggles!

If this sweet boy is what you’re looking for, complete an Adoption Profile here: www.blackcatrescue.com/adoption-profile!