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