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.

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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!

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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.

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.

Learn more about Black Cat Rescue at www.blackcatrescue.com.

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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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