Where are they Meow: Snoopy

Snoopy is flourishing– and furry– in her forever home.

Snoopy came to Black Cat Rescue half bald from flea dermatitis. She had been surrendered to a traditional high-volume shelter where she was too terrified to meet an adopter. In her BCR foster home Snoopy was incredibly depressed. After love and dedication from her foster mom, Snoopy became one of the sweetest cats we’ve had! When Nicole adopted Snoopy in April 2014, we were thrilled that such a sweet cat would get such a loving forever home!

Snoopy came to us missing a great deal of her fur from a severe flea allergy.

Snoopy came to us missing a great deal of her fur from a severe flea allergy.

We are happy to report that Snoopy is doing amazingly well in her forever home– and all her fur has grown back! She is looking gorgeous and it turns out she’s a total drooler! Barring medical conditions, some healthy cats drool when they are totally happy and relaxed, often while purring up a storm and receiving affection. No one is quite sure why some cats drool and some don’t, but Snoopy’s family loves her quirk.

Snoopy is doing beautifully in her new home!

Snoopy is doing beautifully in her new home!

All of Snoopy's fur has grown back and she's loving life!

All of Snoopy’s fur has grown back and she’s loving life!

Happy Tails: Stella!

We are very pleased to announce the adoption of Stella!
Miss Stella is a gorgeous cat who came to BCR in October and found her forever home in January.

Miss Stella is a gorgeous cat who came to BCR in October and found her forever home in January.

Stella came to Black Cat Rescue in October.  She is 9 years old and had lived in one home her whole life.  She’d never even been to the vet so she was quite terrified to be put in a carrier and transported to her foster home.  Stella was scared in her new foster home, but slowly came out and eventually felt totally at home and was very affectionate and sweet.  She even learned to play with a laser pointer!
Fran was looking for a cat after she had to put her old cat down in the Fall.  She was very eager to add a cat to her quiet home and she found Stella’s profile and thought she’d be perfect.  During the visit, Stella was nervous and mostly hid, but came out and checked out Fran a bit.  Fran saw how sweet and beautiful she is, and brought her home!
Stella is a shy cat, but we know Fran's quiet home is a perfect match for Stella's reserved, but very sweet, demeanor.

Stella is a shy cat, but we know Fran’s quiet home is a perfect match for Stella’s reserved, but very sweet, demeanor.

We expected Stella to totally hide for a few days, but after 12 hours Fran said Stella had already come out from hiding and brushed against her legs a few time, and had even let Fran pick her up and pet her.  These two ladies are a perfect pair!  Congrats, Stella!

Happy Tails: Paige!

It’s been too long since we’ve posted a Happy Tails announcement on our blog! For the end of 2014, BCR chose to focus on getting our neediest medical cases all squared away. Paige is one of those cases!
Paige came to BCR in December from a large Boston-area animal shelter.  Once in her foster home, she was not eating at all and starting displaying some odd neurological symptoms such as clumsiness and different sized pupils.  BCR quickly brought Paige to the ER and it was determined that she had a very deep ear infection. Paige was clearly sweet and loving, but her lovey demeanor was masking her illness!
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When Paige came to BCR, we noticed she had a number of issues with her balance and dilated pupils.

BCR immediately began treatment for Paige’s era infection, but Paige still wasn’t regaining her appetite. Paige needed pretty intensive care to ensure she was getting the nutrition she needed to recover. A rescue partner fostered Paige after her visit to the ER to monitor her recovery and fatten her up! Once Paige was feeling better, she came back to foster care at BCR.
Once Paige was feeling better, she turned into a major cuddlebug.

Once Paige was feeling better, she turned into a major cuddlebug.

In a funny twist of events, Paige’s new forever family was delivered with the mail! BCR Co-Founder Jen lives in an apartment building and the mail carrier had mistakenly delivered some of Jen’s mail to a neighbor named Bryan. When Bryan returned the mail, a quick chat revealed he’d actually been thinking about adopting a cat to hang out with his roommate’s guinea pigs.  Jen mentioned a few cats including Paige, and the rest is history!  Bryan and his roommate met Paige and immediately fell in love.
Paige is settling nicely into her new home. Congratulations Paige!

Paige is settling nicely into her new home. Congratulations Paige!

Foster volunteer Nadja had a hard time saying good bye to this sweet girl.  We are very happy that Paige is healthy, and now happy in a new forever home. Congratulations to Paige and Bryan!

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!