Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013: Black Cat Rescue’s Year in Review

2013 was a great year for Black Cat Rescue! We saved more cats than ever before and grew our volunteer base significantly. 41 cats in total were taken into Black Cat Rescue foster homes, each requiring specialized care that we were able to provide for every one of them!

Black Cat Rescue volunteers were tested with with more complex health issues than in previous years.

Xena, Jack, and Penelope are special cats that Black Cat Rescue rescued and rehabilitated in 2013.

Xena (left) was abandoned in a cat carrier with her medical records outside a shelter this year. When she came to Black Cat Rescue she was emaciated and living with medical complications due to her feline diabetes. We immediately worked to get Xena the specialized care she needed. It took some time, but Xena put on weight, stabilized her diabetes and charmed the entire Black Cat Rescue family (especially Daisy!) with her sweet personality and toothless meow. Xena is now thriving in her forever home with Daisy!

Jack (middle) came to Black Cat Rescue in late 2012 as a stray cat with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). FIV is much like its human counterpart, HIV; cats with FIV can live long, healthy lives with some extra consideration for their compromised immune systems. Other than that, Jack is a friendly, funny cat with a heart of gold. After a year with Black Cat Rescue, Jack went home for the holidays with his forever family.

Penelope (right) has not found her new home yet, but we’re sure it won’t be long! Penelope came from a large shelter where she was too nervous to meet adopters. In foster care, Penelope went in for routine spay surgery, and the veterinarian discovered a malignant mass just under her skin. The mass was removed and Penelope was evaluated by an oncologist who thinks it unlikely that she will have another tumor in the future. Now Penelope has one more check up in January with the oncologist to confirm that evaluation. Our hope for Penny is a new home with a family of her own and a bright, healthy future ahead of her. View Penelope’s Adoption Profile here:

Adoption Coordinator Susanna Finn at the No Kill Conference in July 2013.

In July, Lisa Treacy and Susanna Finn headed down to Washington DC to represent Black Cat Rescue at the No Kill Conference held at George Washington University! The volunteers met other animal rescue professionals, shared expertise, and gained valuable knowledge on fundraising, public relations, and animal behavior. Black Cat Rescue was also able to transition to a new software platform we learned about at the conference which allows us to maintain accounts across a variety of animal adoption websites to help our cats reach more potential adopters.

The raffle and information table at the Flatbread Fundraiser for Black Cat Rescue in November 2013!

November 2013 brought a very successful fundraiser with Flatbread Company in Somerville, MA. A portion of every small and large pizza sold on the night of November 19 was donated to Black Cat Rescue at the end of the night. We also sold raffle tickets for a ton of great prizes from local businesses and generous individuals while chatting with other black cat enthusiasts from our table in the lobby. All in all, it was a great success! We look forward to meeting more black cat supporters at fundraisers in 2014.

Romeo. Rest in peace, beautiful boy.

Finally, we would like to dedicate this post to Romeo who was with us for too short a time. Romeo came to Black Cat Rescue in November of 2013. Soon after arriving in foster care, it became apparent that Romeo was not well. We rushed him to the emergency room where we found out that he had a urinary tract blockage and serious infection.  Despite emergency medical care and all the love we were able to give him in his short time with us, Romeo passed away. Our only comfort is that he was well cared for and loved during his time with us.

With the close of another year, Black Cat Rescue is reviewing 2013 and gearing up for an excellent new year of possibility and opportunity. Thank you to all our volunteers, adopters, donors and supporters in 2013! Stay tuned and help us make a bigger difference in the lives of homeless black cats in 2014!

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Gwen’s Making Progress!

Gwen is a very skittish cat who recently came to Black Cat Rescue when her owner became too ill to care for her. Poor Gwen was heartbroken by her change in circumstances, and we could tell she really missed her former owner. After our last post, we have some progress to report!

Gwen is slowly warming up to her foster family! Before she was hiding and hissing whenever a person entered her room, now she is accepting of her foster family and affection. As we expected, she is a complete sweetheart! Gwen rubs on her foster family’s legs, loves to be pet, and has even spent some time relaxing in bed with her foster family.

A playful Gwen looking for affection!

Gwen is making great progress so far, and with some more work we bet she’ll turn into a regular lapcat. Are you the special person who will help Gwen continue to come out of her shell?

Gwen’s Adoption Profile:

Please visit to complete an Adoption Profile for this special cat. Gwen is in foster care in Billerica, MA.

You can also help Gwen by making a donation to Black Cat Rescue here.

Meet Our Cats: Gwen

Look at those sad eyes.

We do our best to keep things upbeat around here, but the truth is, Gwen is sad. Gwen came to Black Cat Rescue when her beloved owner of 10 years became too ill to care for her. They were very bonded, and Gwen is completely disoriented without her Dad. After 10 years of dedication, Gwen’s life has been turned upside down.

Gorgeous Gwen!

For now, she’s very nervous in her foster home and can’t quite settle in. Our goal for all of our foster cats is to get them into their forever homes as soon as possible. In Gwen’s case, this is particularly important. We want Gwen to be comfortable in her own skin again as soon as possible.

Are you Gwen’s special person?

Gwen’s perfect home is out there! Gwen is 10 years old, spayed, just had her vaccines updated and is in great overall health. She will make a wonderful companion. A quieter home would be ideal. We do not know Gwen’s history with other animals, so, as always, introductions should be made slowly and carefully.

Gwen was deeply bonded with her former owner and we are absolutely sure she will bond again with another person who puts forth the time and effort to help Gwen learn to love again.

Gwen’s Adoption Profile:

Please visit to complete an Adoption Profile for this special cat. Gwen is in foster care in Billerica, MA.

You can also help Gwen by making a donation to Black Cat Rescue here.