Happy Tails: Monkey

Black Cat Rescue is thrilled to announce that Monkey has been adopted!

Black Cat Rescue is pleased to announce Monkey's adoption! Congratulations to Monkey!

Black Cat Rescue is pleased to announce Monkey’s adoption! Congratulations to Monkey!

Monkey is a petite 3 year old cat who came to Black Cat Rescue from a large animal shelter where she was too terrified to eat or use the litterbox. When it became clear Monkey would not settle in, the shelter reached out to Black Cat Rescue to move her into a foster home where she would be more comfortable. After a few days in hiding in her BCR foster home with Kristen and Andrew, Monkey started to come out of her shell.

Monkey is a very petite kitty-- she weighs in at just under 7 pounds!

Monkey is a very petite kitty– she weighs in at just under 7 pounds!

This little lady loves to be on somebody’s lap! Shy at first, Monkey is a total cuddlebug. When she’s not warming the couch, she’s a playful explorer who was curious about everything in her foster home. This gentle lady also has quite the voice and would serenade Kristen while she moved about the house.

Monkey is a curious explorer that will learn every nook and cranny of her new home in no time!

Monkey is a curious explorer that will learn every nook and cranny of her new home in no time!

Michele contacted Black Cat Rescue to find a cat for herself and her family. After a few days, Michele let us know that Monkey had settled in just fine and was loving her new life! Michele’s daughter is “over the moon” in love with Monkey and they sleep together each night.

Monkey sleeps in bed with Michele's daughter every night!

Monkey sleeps in bed with Michele’s daughter every night!

Monkey is still a bit skittish, but she spends most of her time hanging around the family during the day. “She is truly a special cat! We love her so much already. Thanks again to you and her foster folks for all of your help.”

Monkey is loving her new family life!

Monkey is loving her new family life!

Congratulations to Monkey and her new forever family!

Special note: The first 3 photos in this post were provided by Monkey’s foster dad, Andrew. You can find more of his work on his website, www.AndrewTakesPhotos.com, and facebook.com/AndrewTakesPhotos.

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Happy Tail: Steve has been adopted!

Today’s Happy Tail will be a little bit different because the adopter is a part of the Black Cat Rescue team. I am very excited to let you know that today’s Happy Tail adopter is yours truly – Lisa, the BCR social media guru and blogger!

Congratulations to Steve in his new forever home!

Congratulations to Steve on his new forever home!

Steve came to Black Cat Rescue after living 12.5 years with one family who were forced to give him up after they  moved. His former owners were very sad to see him go, but they knew he would be safe with Black Cat Rescue and find a new loving forever home.

Steve's adorable face caught my attention immediately! I've never met a cat named Steve before, but it fits him perfectly!

Steve’s adorable face caught my attention immediately! I’ve never met a cat named Steve before, but it fits him perfectly!

I lost my beloved cat in Fall of 2014 after she suddenly fell ill. She had been a dedicated companion to me and especially to my dog, Gus, who grew up learning cat-like habits from her and driving her bonkers for fun. It’s been clear he has been missing her feline company during the day while the humans are working. I had been keeping my home open for BCR foster cats, but a foster home with a high-energy dog is definitely harder to fill than a cat-only or no-pet foster home!

Steve is a total softie, but a well-timed picture of a yawn makes him look like he's roaring!

Steve is a total softie, but a well-timed picture of a yawn makes him look like he’s roaring!

When Steve’s foster dad went away on a work trip, my home was still open for fostering and it seemed a perfect opportunity to get Gus some feline company for a while. Plus, I had been following Steve through updates from his foster dad– his goofy face and silly ways caught me! Jen, our fearless leader, knew Steve had lived happily alongside dogs in his former home and it seemed reasonable that he would fit in well. Steve was moved into my home while his foster dad went away.

Steve in his forever home with BCR blog author Lisa!

Steve in his forever home with BCR blog author Lisa!

Of course, after spending a few weeks with Steve, my family couldn’t give him up! He lives happily alongside the crazy dog and has found his own special places to cuddle up away from the wet nose when he needs a break. Steve is super affectionate and has even won over my husband– a definite “dog person.”

So congratulations to Steve! We are so lucky to have such a great new feline to love and we look forward to many happy years with him!

Special Edition Where Are They Meow: Happy Adoptaversary to Chip!

Happy Adoptaversary, Chip!

Today marks one year since Chip went to his forever home and we are so thrilled to share his story with you in a special edition blog post.

Happy Adoptaversary, Chip! Today marks one year since Chip went to his forever home.

Happy Adoptaversary, Chip! Today marks one year since Chip went to his forever home.

Chip came to Black Cat Rescue in December of 2013 as a found stray. He had been found living as part of a feral cat colony in Chelsea, MA and was discovered to be friendly when he started hanging around the yard of one woman for a warm dinner. The good samaritan heard of a spay and neuter clinic for feral cats and decided to do right by Chip once and for all. Chip was neutered and brought up to date on all shots before the woman contacted Black Cat Rescue in hopes of placing Chip in a permanent home to live out his years in comfort.

Chip quickly stood out to BCR supporters because of his distinctive whiskers and eyebrows!

Chip quickly stood out to BCR supporters because of his distinctive whiskers and eyebrows!

When Chip arrived in his foster home with Black Cat Rescue he was terrified! He had been given a huge cage to call home in Chelsea and found it very comforting to have his own safe space  when roaming the house became too much. Nevertheless, he was sweet and instantly won over our volunteers despite his skittishness.

After about eight weeks in one foster home, it became clear Chip needed some dedicated socialization and special attention before he would be ready to woo an adopter. Chip was transported to another foster home that would be a better long term fit while  he became more socialized to the indoor lap cat lifestyle.

"Chip has arrived, and this handsome dude is making himself comfortable in the strangest places." -Diane on Chip's first night in her home.

“Chip has arrived, and this handsome dude is making himself comfortable in the strangest places.” -Diane on Chip’s first night in her home.

Upon arriving in Foster Volunteer Diane’s home, Chip was understandably nervous, but he started making himself at home! Chip spent the first few weeks after his transition hiding, Diane wrote, “He takes all his meals under our bed, and pushes his empty plate out when he’s done. It’s pretty funny. It reminds me of Jurassic Park.” Luckily, Chip’s not quite a velociraptor.

After some steady love and attention from Diane, Chip decided that the housecat life was for him! He slowly became more and more affectionate with his foster mom and he really warmed up to the camera. With so many handsome photos, he was a hit on social media, but it took someone truly special to see this boy’s personality through his shyness.

Chip quickly became accustomed to the camera. Good thing, because he's one handsome boy!

Chip quickly became accustomed to the camera. Good thing, because he’s one handsome boy!

Cecilia contacted Black Cat Rescue looking for a new playmate for her cat Cadillac. Chip enjoyed interacting with Diane’s cat, Ellie, and we thought he would like a fur-sibling in his forever home. The best thing about Cecilia was her willingness to wait for Chip to open up in his own time. She fell in love with him immediately at her adoption visit, but she understood the transition would be hard for a skittish boy like Chip.

Chip and Cadillac, stacked up in the cat tree!

Chip and Cadillac, stacked up in the cat tree!

On March 28, 2014, Chip went to his forever home. In early 2015, we received an update on Chip’s life and we’re so thrilled to share it with you on his special day.

March 28 will mark a year since I adopted Chip, and I wanted to share a bit about how he’s been doing! He’s been greatly improving socially and is always looking for a head scratch, even with new people! He’s becoming so confident and is really the sweetest cat ever. He adds so much to my life and is a great buddy to my other cat Cadillac.

Chip used to sleep with one eye open on the street, in his forever home he does it just to keep an eye out for cuddles and treats!

Chip used to sleep with one eye open on the street, in his forever home he does it just to keep an eye out for cuddles and treats!

In a follow up email, Cecilia also shared this funny story about Chip’s very distinctive whiskers this winter!

Chip is so funny. He’s been hiding next to the heaters this winter and it got his whiskers all messed up. He’s also been trying to get closer to me and Cadillac, my other cat. He tests boundaries a little and they’ll get into tiffs sometimes, but I’m really surprised at how confident he has grown and how well they have gotten accustomed to each other in the past year.

Chip and Cadillac get along like peanut butter and jelly. We're so glad a social cat like Chip can have such a great buddy.

Chip and Cadillac are typical siblings, they get into occasional tiffs but get along just fine on Mom’s lap! We’re so glad a social cat like Chip can have such a great buddy.

Congratulations to Chip, Cecilia, and Cadillac once again. We are so thrilled you are giving Chip the loving forever home he deserves and we hope you’ll keep us updated on your adventures together!

Chip's likeness on socks-- how cute!

Chip’s likeness on socks– how cute!

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Where Are They Meow: Pepper and Penny

Pepper and Penny (formerly Sinbad and May) were adopted from Black Cat Rescue in November 2014.

Sinbad and May wrestling in the sun at a Black Cat Rescue foster home.

Pepper and Penny wrestling in the sun at a Black Cat Rescue foster home.

This pair are brother and sister in spirit, but not by blood: Pepper was between 6 months and a year old when he arrived and Penny was just a bitty thing! Very shy, but curious, they were found living in a campground over the summer. A local cat rescuer trapped and altered them before she sought out Black Cat Rescue’s help in getting this beautiful pair into a new home together.

Over their time with Black Cat Rescue, Pepper and Penny started coming out of their shells. Pepper became more trusting with humans, while Penny went through a growth spurt and developed the silliest playing persona with growling and hilarious wild jumps.

Pepper and Penny have always been a playful pair.

Pepper and Penny have always been a playful pair.

In November, Danielle and her family adopted Pepper and Penny from Black Cat Rescue and provided them with a loving home to grow in and continue to develop into the perfect companions.

I've almost got it!

Teaching his little sister the ropes– Pepper bats at the toy while Penny looks on in their foster home.

Pepper and Penny are doing brilliantly and they are definitely feeling at home! We received a great update from Danielle and we’re so happy to share some details of their new life.

Pepper has really started to come out of his shell. He still prefers quiet, but he’s really bonded to Danielle. He seeks her out to rub against her legs, sleeps with (read: on top of) her in bed at night, and purrs up a storm the whole time. Pepper is shy of the kids, but making progress. Danielle jokes, ” He’ll even let the kids pet him IF they’re in our bed AND being quiet, AND under the covers AND laying down.” Baby steps!

Pepper in his forever home-- he certainly looks like he's adjusting well to the cuddly life!

Pepper in his forever home. His new mom says, “He still has a lot of little idiosyncrasies, but I really feel like he’s come a long way since November.”

Penny has found a favorite human in Danielle’s husband and she really enjoys cuddling with him while he holds her. Since Penny is still practically a kitten, she’s a handful and gets into everything. Danielle makes sure she’s well-stocked with toys to keep her occupied, especially since Penny loves carrying her little mouse toys around the house with her.  But there’s always mischief afoot! Danielle reports, “the other night she ‘liberated’ a bag of pom-poms from the kids’ art supplies and scattered them all over the house for us to find in the morning.  :)”
Penny sure has grown! She looks so regal at the top of her cat tower in her forever home.

Penny sure has grown! She looks so regal at the top of her cat tower in her forever home– not at all like a pom-pom thief.

We were so glad to catch up with Pepper, Penny and their new forever family. We wish Danielle and her family all the best with this dynamic duo and we hope to hear more in the future!

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Happy Tails Tuesday: Hope

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

Happy tail! Hope has been adopted!

Happy tail! Hope has been adopted!

Hope came to Black Cat Rescue from a large Boston-area shelter after she was seemingly abandoned by her former owners. In the shelter environment, Hope was very scared and growly, but nice with people. It was clear that she would have some trouble meeting potential adopters while stressed by her surroundings, so shelter staff found Hope a foster home.

When Hope arrived in her Black Cat Rescue foster home, she was pretty scared. She was recovering from spay surgery and coming to grips with her new situation.

Hope is a lovey young cat with a playful side! Her new forever family is lucky to have her.

Hope is a lovey young cat with a playful side! Her new forever family is lucky to have her.

Within a few days, Hope was out and about and loving the cushy foster home life! Hope’s lovey personality was immediately apparent to her foster family. She loved sleeping in bed with her humans and she really loved pets and cuddles with her foster mom! So much so, that Hope would very, very vocally demand attention when she had to spend time in isolation during her transition week. We love a lady who knows what she wants, and what she wants is pets!

About 3 weeks after Hope arrived in her foster home, she met her new forever family. Lana contacted Black Cat Rescue to find a new companion and met Hope in early March. They immediately hit it off! Hope went right into her carrier to go to her new home– a rare event. We weren’t surprised that such a sweet, affectionate cat found her forever home so quickly.

Hope knows what she wants-- cuddles!

Hope knows what she wants– cuddles!

Congratulations to Hope and Lana! We wish them the absolute best in the future.

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Happy Tails: Cuddles has been adopted!

We are very pleased to announce that after 9 months with Black Cat Rescue, Cuddles has gone to her forever home!

Congratulations to Cuddles on finding her forever home!

Congratulations to Cuddles on finding her forever home!

Cuddles came to BCR when her owner moved in with a significant other with 2 kittens. Cuddles, who has been the pampered only cat for the previous 13 years, had some trouble accepting the new status quo. After trying to make things work for a while, Cuddles’ former owner decided the best thing for Cuddles would be a new home where she could be the center of attention once again.

Cuddles showing off her beautiful coat in her foster home.

Cuddles showing off her beautiful coat in her foster home.

And so in May 2014, Cuddles came to BCR as a big floofy diva who needed to be an only cat. At first she was scared and shy. After two moves and some rambunctious kitten roommates, she was in no mood to make friends, but as Cuddles settled into foster care she blossomed to show what a cuddly cat she truly is.

As time went on, the BCR crew grew more and more mystified. We posted about Cuddles on facebook and twitter, we shared gorgeous photos of her, she even launched a career as a cover model for Feline Wellness Magazine’s first issue in 2015! Everyone here at Black Cat Rescue was astounded– we genuinely thought Cuddles would be in a new home within a few weeks. As the weeks turned into months, we realized maybe Cuddles would be a challenge.

When Black Cat Rescue was chosen as Feline Wellness Magazine's Rescue of the Month, Cuddles became a cover model!

When Black Cat Rescue was chosen as Feline Wellness Magazine’s Rescue of the Month, Cuddles became a cover model!

Cuddles is old enough to have some dignity, but not too old for fun. She has the most beautiful long black fur– and it’s super soft too! She has no behavioral issues aside from her need to be an only cat, uses the litterbox perfectly, and isn’t a picky eater. We scheduled many many adoption visits for her, but no one was willing to give this gorgeous girl another shot at a forever home.

Old enough to be dignified, young enough to still have fun in boxes!

You’re never too old for boxes. If she fits, she sits!

Sometimes when things don’t work out, it’s because there’s something better on the horizon. Thank goodness that was the case for Cuddles!

Joe grew up in a family that loves animals and even fostered rescue animals while growing up. He was searching for a friendly companion and specifically stated that age didn’t matter. Joe has a large loft space with massive windows– we suggested Cuddles would love those windows and Joe agreed to meet her. He didn’t even blink when we mentioned she is 14!

After a very positive adoption visit, Joe took Cuddles home to his loft and Cuddles is settling into her new home! Congratulations to both Joe and Cuddles!

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Where are they Meow: Pepper

Pepper’s gotten so big, we almost didn’t recognize her!

Pepper came to Black Cat Rescue in late May of 2014 and was quickly adopted the first week of June! Cute kittens like her don’t stick around long in foster care.

Pepper was just a kitten during her brief stay in Black Cat Rescue foster care.

Pepper was just a kitten during her brief stay in Black Cat Rescue foster care.

Pepper plays the curious kitten, and she's certainly not camera-shy!

Pepper plays the curious kitten, and she’s certainly not camera-shy!

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Crazy kitten antics!

Pepper is all grown up! This girl has gotten big

Pepper in her forever home in 2015. Certainly not a kitten anymore, and with the proper dignity to match.