Special Edition Happy Tail: Shadow & Senior Season

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

Shadow has been adopted as part of Senior Season at Black Cat Rescue!*

Shadow has been adopted as part of Senior Season at Black Cat Rescue!*

Here at Black Cat Rescue, we value our dignified, senior companions as much as the silly, spritely kittens. In spring and summer, large volumes of kittens are born and their cute and cuddliness makes it easier for adoptive homes to overlook or miss out on older cats. To help senior cats find forever homes during “Kitten Season,” we launched Senior Season. The adoption donations of each of the BCR seniors has been sponsored by a generous individual who believes in seniors.

Shadow is a Senior Season success! With sponsorship to help cover his medical and adoption expenses, Shadow was able to find a loving forever home.

Shadow is a Senior Season success! With a sponsorship to help cover his medical and adoption expenses (and a bit of luck), Shadow was able to find a loving forever home.

Senior Season Success!

Shadow came to Black Cat Rescue as a fun and friendly 16 year old! He spent his first 16 years learning to be a nearly perfect pet with a single family, but had to leave his former home as his owner got on in age and was unable to care for him properly.

Shadow is an energetic 16 year old cat, but even the craziest cats need to recharge with a nap in the sun.

Shadow is an energetic guy, but even the craziest cats need to recharge with concentrated solar power every now and again.

Shadow is active, playful, and chatty. Taking into account Shadow’s super friendly and easy-going manner, Shadow’s foster mom tried out a harness on him– not a situation many senior cats would take to! But Shadow loved it! He was rocking and rolling all over his foster mom’s yard and enjoying the sunshine direct from the source from the safety of a harness. To top it off, Shadow is also incredibly loving and seems most content when he is laying on a person.

Shadow loves his harness! It allows him to get out and about in the sunshine and the grass without fear of getting lost or hurt!*

Shadow loves his harness! It allows him to get out and about in the sunshine and the grass without fear of getting lost or hurt!*

Upon arriving at Black Cat Rescue, Shadow visited the vet where BCR learned he has hyperthyroidism and minor kidney disease. Daily medications and a special diet have had his medical issues very manageable, and should not prevent Shadow from finding a loving home to live out his golden years.

Shadow proved his excellent taste in loungewear by napping on his foster mom and her  BCR winter sweatshirt!

Shadow proved his excellent taste in loungewear by napping on his foster mom and her BCR winter sweatshirt!

To help BCR in finding a home for Shadow, a very special cat lover stepped up to sponsor Shadow. This sponsorship covered not only Shadow’s adoption donation, but included a sustaining contribution to help BCR cover the costs of Shadow’s ongoing medications.

Despite his medical set backs, Shadow has been a friendly and loving cat throughout. We knew he would make a perfect pet for a very special someone.*

Despite his medical set backs, Shadow has been a friendly and loving cat throughout. We knew he would make a perfect pet for a very special someone.*

Roseann contacted Black Cat Rescue to find a new companion. When Roseann met Shadow in early June, it was love at first sight! Shadow is such a friendly guy, it took no time at all to hypnotize Roseann into taking him home with her. After going home, it’s been awesome. Roseann let us know that Shadow follows her everywhere and takes his medication like a champ.

Congratulations to Joann and Shadow!

Congratulations to Roseann and Shadow!

We are so happy to share this particular adoption with the Black Cat Rescue supporters. Stories like Shadow’s really highlight the possibilities that exist for senior cats, even those that other shelters may label as unadoptable! All it takes is a few dedicated volunteers, one special sponsor, and a loving adopter like Roseann to give an exceptional elder like Shadow a beautiful retirement.

Congratulations to Shadow and Roseann!

Click here to find out more about Senior Season at Black Cat Rescue.

Make a contribution on Paypal to Black Cat Rescue and help other cats like Shadow.

Find out more about Black Cat Rescue at www.blackcatrescue.com.

Photos marked with an asterisk (*) are courtesy of Andrew. You can find more of his photography on his website, www.andrewtakesphotos.com.

Happy Tail: Rocky!

Black Cat Rescue is very pleased to announce that Rocky has found his forever home!

Rocky came to BCR after being found as a stray cat at five years old. He was beat-up and scruffy, and he tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus as well. FIV+ cats can live long full lives with proper care for their compromised immune systems, so Rocky was neutered and came into foster care to await an adopter. The vets who worked with Rocky commented on what a sweet boy he is, even stressed out from the ordeal of being rescued. They described his demeanor as “grateful,” and we knew Rocky would thrive in a home.

Rocky when he was picked up. Poor guy! We were eager to get him into a BCR foster home for some TLC.

Rocky when he was picked up. Poor guy! We were eager to get him into a BCR foster home for some TLC.

When Rocky arrived in foster care, he was greasy and needed a really good grooming, but happy to be there. He immediately cuddled up on Foster Volunteer Sarah’s lap and took a nap! As Rocky settled in he caught up on the sleeping and good eating he missed out on the streets and got over a bit of a cold. From the start, Rocky was a sweetie, but as he got used to the good life, he blossomed into a total lovebug.

Rocky looks so handsome once he cleaned up in his foster home.

Rocky looks so handsome once he cleaned up in his foster home.

Rocky spends as much time as possible in a person’s lap. He has super thick luxurious fur, so it’s a great thing that he really enjoys being brushed and stroked. We knew it would be no time at all until this great guy found a forever home.

Rocky is a total lovebug: friendly, easy-going, and super affectionate. Not to mention, he's incredibly handsome!

Rocky is a total lovebug: friendly, easy-going, and super affectionate. Not to mention, he’s incredibly handsome!

Nick and Melissa contacted Black Cat Rescue to find a friendly, affectionate indoor cat to join their home. They had a particular interest in adopting an older cat. Susanna, the BCR Adoption Coordinator, thought that Rocky would be a perfect fit for Nick and Melissa. When Nick and Melissa met Rocky in late May they loved him! The visit was delightful and Rocky had found his forever family.

Congratulations to Rocky and his new forever family.

Congratulations to Rocky and his new forever family.

We couldn’t be more thrilled for Rocky, Nick, and Melissa! Congratulations and we hope you’ll keep us updated!

To find out more about Black Cat Rescue, visit www.blackcatrescue.com.

View Black Cat Rescue’s Adoptable Cats on here on adoptapet.com.

Support Black Cat Rescue by making a donation on Paypal here.

Skyler Needs Your Help!

Skyler is a sweet five-year-old girl who, though shy, purrs readily when you pet her (and really loves to be brushed). She’s so sweet, in fact, that you’d never guess how hard her life has been! When Animal Control took her from a hoarding situation last summer, Skyler was skinny, scared, and very sick. Not only did she have severe dental issues that made it too painful for her to eat, but her left eye was stuck shut with thick, green goo.

See image of Skyler when she first came to Black Cat Rescue >

Help us raise $3,000 for Skyler’s care.

Animal Control transferred Skyler to a local shelter, where she had surgery to remove most of her teeth. The surgery helped with the dental disease, and Skyler started eating again because she wasn’t in so much pain. Her eye didn’t get better, though, even after a long course of antibiotics. The shelter was afraid that Skyler would have chronic discharge for the rest of her life, and that she would never be adopted because of it.

That’s when Skyler came to Black Cat Rescue.

Black Cat Rescue immediately made arrangements for Skyler to get the specialized care that she needed for her eye. Her doctor discovered that a long-term infection had created a hole between Skyler’s eye socket and her tear duct system. The infection was cause by a bacteria only rarely seen in small animals.

The good news is that the culture results helped Skyler’s doctor prescribe new, more effective antibiotics. The bad news, however, is that this is a serious infection requiring long-term treatment—and in order to plan this treatment, Skyler’s doctor needs to order more tests. We need to know as much as we can about how Skyler got infected, as well as how much damage the infection has already done. She’s been responding well to treatment so far!

Skylar

The next step for Skyler is to get a CAT scan of her skull. Information from the CAT scan will not only help inform a treatment plan for Skyler, but will also shed some light on what Skyler’s life might be like after her treatment is completed.

Even with generous discounts, getting Skyler healthy again will be an expensive undertaking. The CAT scan will cost over a thousand dolalrs, and Skyler will need months of antibiotic therapy. She may also need more surgery to remove infected teeth or bone. We think Skyler is worth it, though, and we’re determined to help her heal so that she can find her forever home.

To do this, we’re setting a fundraising goal of $3,000. We will post updates via social media.

Can you help sweet, gentle Skyler get the treatment she needs?

Please donate today.

Any funds raised in excess of Skyler’s needs will go toward other Black Cat Rescue veterinary expenses.

Senior Season at Black Cat Rescue

It’s Senior Season at Black Cat Rescue!

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Late spring and early summer are considered “kitten season” in the animal rescue world because of the plethora of kittens born during this time. These kittens are so cute and fluffy, they often catch the attention of wonderful adopters who might otherwise consider an older cat for their family.

Help us turn the tide for senior cats!

Here are Black Cat Rescue, we’re dedicated to giving every cat the loving forever home he or she deserves. That’s why we’ve created Senior Season! Help us get our deserving seniors into forever homes by sponsoring the adoption of a Black Cat Rescue senior; adopting one of the Black Cat Rescue seniors into your family; or engaging with Black Cat Rescue Senior Season posts on social media to spread the word.

senior season

To Sponsor a Black Cat Rescue Senior:

Make a one-time donation of $125 to Black Cat Rescue on Paypal to cover the costs associated with adoption. When the recommended adoption donation for a cat is sponsored, it opens up a world of loving forever families to these seniors and may help them find a forever home to enjoy their golden years sooner.

(Important note: Include “Adoption sponsor: Cuddles” or “Adoption sponsor: Beezy” in the special instructions to the seller box on the review page before you finalize your donation. Shadow has already found a sponsor!)

Click here to sponsor a Black Cat Rescue Senior

To Adopt a Black Cat Rescue Senior:

Visit www.blackcatrescue.com/adopt to complete an Adoption Profile. if the cat has been sponsored, your adoption donation will be waived! Our Adoption Coordinator will be in touch to discuss your profile and set up a visit to a Black Cat Rescue senior’s foster home so you can meet your next best friend.

View Cuddles’ Adoption Page

View Beezy’s Adoption Page

View Shadow’s Adoption Page

(Important note: While a senior’s adoption donation may be sponsored, Black Cat Rescue will still complete all regular adoption procedures including pre-adoption reference checks. Adoption inquiries will only be considered after a complete Adoption Profile has been received. BCR seniors do not travel well, adopters must be within Southern New England.)

To Celebrate Senior Season:

Follow Black Cat Rescue on social media and like, share, or comment on our posts to boost their popularity and get the Black Cat Rescue seniors seen everywhere! You never know, the perfect forever home for an adoptable cat may be just one share away!

www.facebook.com/blackcatrescue

www.twitter.com/blackcatrescue

www.instagram.com/blackcatrescue

With your help, our seniors will be in loving new homes in no time.

Find our more about Black Cat Rescue at www.blackcatrescue.com.

Happy Tail: Hunter!

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

We are so pleased to announce Hunter's adoption!*

We are so pleased to announce Hunter’s adoption!*

Hunter came to Black Cat Rescue from another area shelter where he was too shy to meet adopters. The shelter staff saw that despite his stress and nerves, he was leaning into pets and definitely affectionate, but the cage lifestyle just wasn’t for him! When the shelter contacted Black Cat Rescue to see if we could take him on, we jumped at the chance.

Hunter wasn't cut out for the cage lifestyle and came to BCR to stay in a foster home until he was adopted.

Hunter wasn’t cut out for the cage lifestyle and came to BCR to stay in a foster home until he was adopted.*

Hunter arrived in his foster home with Kristen and Andrew and won them over almost immediately! As predicted, he is super affectionate and gentle with head bumps for everyone and little kisses all over his foster family. Hunter also proved to be very playful, very vocal, and he gets along great with other cats– basically the perfect companion!

Hunter is so affectionate!*

Hunter is so affectionate! This pesky phone won’t get in the way of tummy rubs!!!*

When Keely read Hunter’s adoption profile, she was interested in him immediately. Keely scheuled a visit with Hunter in his foster home where he was shy at first. Luckily for Hunter, Keely was very understanding of his hesitation. His notes from the previous shelter discussed his stress and shyness, when we showed Keely the notes her reaction was perfect, “Oh! My little baby! He’s nervous! He has all the time in the world to relax and get accustomed to here [Keely’s home].” We knew right then that Keely and Hunter might just be destined for each other.

Hunter and Keely are a match made in heaven! This handsome boy loves to sleep in Keely's bed and she wakes up with his head on her shoulder each morning.

Hunter and Keely are a match made in heaven! This handsome boy loves to sleep in Keely’s bed and she wakes up with his head on her shoulder each morning.*

When Keely took Hunter home, he was nervous at first, but warmed up quicker than we could have anticipated! It has proved to be a match made in heaven. Keely has kept us updated on Hunter’s transition and there have been tons of silly little stories about how well he’s doing. Just as Kristen had mentioned, he follows Keely around and chats up a storm with her, letting her know  his opinions on pretty much everything and just generally acting as her shadow. When Hunter isn’t preaching his kitty wisdom to anyone who will listen, he’s holding onto Keely’s arm to give it kisses, exploring every single nook and cranny of Keely’s home, or keeping Keely’s shoulders warm through the night. It’s a perfect match!

Hunter surveying his new domain. His exploring in natural, but he scared the pants off Keely one time by climbing high onto her cabinets and refusing to come down until he was good and ready!

Hunter surveying his new domain. His exploring in natural, but he scared the pants off Keely one time by climbing high onto her cabinets and refusing to come down until he was good and ready!

Congratulations to Hunter and Keely! We are so thrilled for you and we wish you  many many years of happiness and kitty kisses!

Special note: The photos marked with an asterisk in the caption (*) are provided courtesy of Hunter’s foster dad, Andrew. He is a massively talented photographer and you can find more of his work on his website, www.AndrewTakesPhotos.com, and facebook.com/AndrewTakesPhotos.

Support Black Cat Rescue and help more cats like Hunter find forever homes by making a donation on Paypal today.

Happy Tail: Milo

This Happy Tail has been almost four months in the making, but today Black Cat Rescue is so pleased to announce the adoption of Milo!

Milo has been adopted! Congratulations Milo!

Milo has been adopted! Congratulations Milo!

Milo came to Black Cat Rescue when his former owners brought him to the vet to be put to sleep for a urinary tract infection they were not willing to treat. Despite his illness, Milo was super friendly and gentle with the vet staff. Milo is a young cat, around 2-3 years old, and it was clear that he should get a shot at a long happy life with a family. Instead of euthanizing Milo, the veterinary staff chose to treat Milo’s infection and contact Black Cat Rescue to find a safe space for him.

Milo is a quiet soul, and he startles easily, so he took some time to settle into his foster home. Diane the Foster Volunteer has developed quite a reputation for being able to bring shy cats out of their shell, so Milo went right off to Diane’s house.

Milo loves other cats. When he first arrived in foster care, he hid constantly. As he settled in he noticed Ellie, the resident cat in his foster home, and it was like she flipped a switch in him! Milo immediately came out and started flirting with Ellie from across the room. His comfort with Ellie transferred to the humans in his foster home and Milo has been a dedicated couch potato and cuddler since!

Milo (left) took some time to open up in his foster home. The key to his heart? Flirting with Ellie, the resident cat in his foster home!

Milo (left) took some time to open up in his foster home. The key to his heart? Flirting with Ellie, the resident cat in his foster home!

Bill contacted BCR in January looking for a friendly adult cat. He had always had cats and his last cat had recently passed away. Milo caught his eye, but Milo was awaiting follow up bloodwork to make sure he was totally clear of his UTI. Bill was happy to wait until after Milo’s bloodwork had been completed. In March, Milo went to the vet and the bloodwork came out fine, but Milo needed dental surgery. Bill was still patient and excited to meet Milo whenever he was ready.

Milo needed bloodwork and dental work before he could go to his forever home. Bill was so patient in waiting for Milo to be ready to meet him!

Milo needed bloodwork and dental work before he could go to his forever home. Bill was so patient in waiting for Milo to be ready to meet him!

Finally, in early April Bill met Milo. We worried that we might have to keep Milo in the carrier to meet Bill, since he is so shy. But when Susanna our Adoption Coordinator arrived for the visit, Diane was holding Milo  and Bill said he had even held him for a bit!  After a week at home Bill said, “He comes out looks at me for a while then heads back under the bed. Making progress every day.”

Congratulations to Milo and Bill! We are so happy for you and wish you many years of happiness together.

Happy Tail: Storm

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

Black Cat Rescue is thrilled to announce the adoption of Storm!

Black Cat Rescue is thrilled to announce the adoption of Storm!

Black Cat Rescue often receives black cats who may be considered for euthanasia at traditional high-volume animal shelters in our community. As a foster-only, No Kill organization, transferring to Black Cat Rescue has spaces that can be less stressful and more appropriate for some of the more timid or special needs cats.

Storm went to his foster home and settled in fairly quickly. After a few days in hiding, he started to open up to his foster family, Jess and Austin. The first thing they noticed (aside from his gorgeous long coat and soulful eyes) was that when Storm isn’t hiding or napping, he’s actually rather fierce! His playing was more like rough-housing and he became pretty agitated when he was startled. It was clear some socializing and rule-setting was necessary.

Storm arrived in his foster home and we were instantly struck by his fluffy coat and gorgeous eyes! The extra scruffy fur around his neck makes him look like a little black lion!

Storm arrived in his foster home and we were instantly struck by his fluffy coat and gorgeous eyes! The extra scruffy fur around his neck makes him look like a little black lion!

After the mandatory week of isolation, Jess and Austin began integrating Storm into their home with their resident cats. The younger resident, Ichiban, and Storm became fast friends, running and wrestling with each other, or just hanging out on a comfy chair! As a side benefit, Storm’s behavior improved! With a new friend, Storm had less energy for unwarranted hissy fits (literally!) and he felt more secure so he was less fearful.

Storm and his foster brother (now forever brother!) Ichiban plotting the best way to get more treats!

Storm and his foster brother (now forever brother!) Ichiban plotting the best way to get more treats!

After a few weeks, Storm had a potential adopter lined up, but when she visited with him it just wasn’t the right fit. When reflecting on the visit, Jess and Austin realized how sad they would be to see Storm go. She was settling in so well at their house with their pets, and her tragic story of losing her first owner broke Jess’ heart. After much discussion, Jess and Austin decided to adopt Storm!

Storm and his bunny. Congratulations to Storm and his new forever family, stuffed bunny included.

Storm and his bunny. Congratulations to Storm and his new forever family, stuffed bunny included.

We are so thrilled for Storm and his new family! We know he’ll be playing with Ichiban for years to come and he couldn’t go to two better people than our dedicated foster volunteers, Jess and Austin.