Where are they Meow? Sprite!

We received the sweetest email from Sprite (formerly Vincent) and his family about the upcoming anniversary of his adoption.

“11 months ago I was living on the streets with my furry feral family. These days, I am lounging in my Martha Stewart boat bed and dreaming of how I will spend my “Gotcha Day” next month. My forever family and I will celebrate with my favorite…lobster! A million thanks to BCR for seeing the potential in me and to my foster moms for babysitting me until Mum, Dad, and Fig came along.”

❤️
Love, Vin Santo Sprite McSpriggins
Formerly Vincent”
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Vin Santo Sprite McSpriggins, aka Sprite, lounging on his boat bed and contemplating the wonders of life in his forever home.

It’s Ollie October! Let’s help Oliver find a forever home for his golden years!

Oliver‘s road hasn’t been easy, but let’s give him a happy ending for his golden years!
Oliver is a 14 year old cat available for adoption in Massachusetts!

Oliver is a 14 year old cat available for adoption in Massachusetts!

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.”
Poor Oliver wasn't feeling well last year.

Poor Oliver wasn’t feeling well last year.

 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!
With the right food and medication, Oliver's energy was back up and he was playing around! Like a true cat, he loves boxes.

With the right food and medication, Oliver’s energy was back up and he was playing around! Like a true cat, he loves boxes.

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!
Oliver's special mini-stairs! He loooves to spend time on the couch with his foster mom, Diane.

Oliver’s special mini-stairs! He is King of the Couch at his foster home!

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.
Ollie's face is so expressive! He could give actual puppies a run for their money with his "puppy dog eyes."

Ollie’s face is so expressive! He could give actual puppies a run for their money with his “puppy dog eyes.”

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!
Good thing Ollie has those stairs, he's quite the couch potato! Here he is hanging out with his foster mom Diane.

Good thing Ollie has those stairs, he’s quite the couch potato! Here he is hanging out with his foster mom Diane.

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.
Oliver got a makeover to give him a break from the twisting and turning necessary for grooming.

Oliver got a makeover to give him a break from the twisting and turning necessary for grooming.

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.
"King of the couch" really isn't an overstatement for Oliver-- this guy loves nothing better than cuddling up with a friend and some blankets for a Netflix marathon.

“King of the couch” really isn’t an overstatement for Oliver– this guy loves nothing better than cuddling up with a friend and some blankets for a Netflix marathon.

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 waiting for his forever family.

Oliver is waiting for his forever family.

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.
Oliver cheering on the Patriots! Football is watched from the couch, so Oliver is a huge fan! His special Pats collar is a good luck charm for his foster family.

Oliver cheering on the Patriots! Football is watched from the couch, so Oliver is a huge fan! His special Pats collar is a good luck charm for his foster family.

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.
Oliver is waiting for you! Fill out an Adoption Profile at www.blackcatrescue.com to meet him in his foster home.

Oliver is waiting for you! Fill out an Adoption Profile at http://www.blackcatrescue.com to meet him in his foster home.

Fill out an Adoption Profile to meet Oliver in his foster home! LINK
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Happy Tails: Charlie & Brady Adopted!

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 so nervous when they first arrived in foster care without their mom.

Charlie and Brady were so nervous when they first arrived in foster care without their mom.

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.
The brothers slowly warmed up in foster care. They're the cutest duo!

The brothers slowly warmed up in foster care, with toys and treats it’s no hardship to sit still for the camera for a moment!

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.
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The most adorable matching set. Congratulations to Brady and Charlie!

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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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!