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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: 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!

The Second Annual Flatbread Benefit for Black Cat Rescue

On Tuesday, September 9, Flatbread Company in Somerville, Massachusetts hosted a smashingly successful benefit night for Black Cat Rescue!

This was our second Flatbread benefit, read about our success in 2013 here! We are very happy to report that this year was bigger and better than last year!

The Black Cat Rescue table at Flatbread Somerville. Look at our new quilted banner!

The Black Cat Rescue table at Flatbread Somerville. Look at our new quilted banner!

From 5 p.m. to close, $1.75 from each small pizza ordered and $3.50 from each large pizza ordered was donated to Black Cat Rescue. In addition, Black Cat Rescue set up a table with BCR merchandise and information on how to help us save cats. We also sold raffle tickets for several amazing prizes donated from generous local businesses and individuals.

Adoption Coordinator Susanna manning the table, complete with adorable cat ears!

Adoption Coordinator Susanna manning the table, complete with adorable cat ears!

Supporters came from far and wide to eat pizza, celebrate the work of Black Cat Rescue, and share their own stories of black cats who have touched their lives. It even became an international event when a supporter from Ethiopia was in town and was able to stop by! By the end of the night we were running out of t-shirts, had a bunch of new contacts for foster care and adoptive homes, and we had all shared countless stories and photos of our furry bundles of love.

Supporters came from far and wide. You're never too young to be a cat rescuer!

Supporters came from far and wide. Check out Co-Founder Jen with our youngest (and cutest) cat lover!

Our raffle prizes this year were amazing black cat-themed packages. Prizes were generously donated by the following businesses and individuals:

Our raffle prizes were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Each themed prize package featured one of our adoptable cats!

Our raffle prizes were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Each themed prize package featured one of our adoptable cats!

Volunteers Elayne and Kristen swapping black cat stories! We saw so many amazing photos and videos from our supporters who stopped by to share their own experiences!

Volunteers Elayne and Kristen swapping black cat stories! We saw so many amazing photos and videos from our supporters who stopped by to share their own experiences!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated and came out to support BCR! In merchandise sales alone we raised over $1000! All together, including pizza sales, Black Cat Rescue raised $1746.50 for our mission to save and re-home black cats in Massachusetts. We could not have done it without all the amazing community support we received, thank you very much!

To learn more about Black Cat Rescue, visit our website here.

Support Black Cat Rescue by making a donation here.

Get your own BCR gear from Cafepress here.

Happy Tails: Caili has been adopted!

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

Caili is a 5 year old cat who came to Black Cat Rescue from a large shelter because she needed a foster home.

Caili is a 5 year old cat who came to Black Cat Rescue from a large shelter because she needed a foster home.

Caili was surrendered to a large shelter because she was too hot for her owners to handle! This feisty lady was full of energy and dying to play, but her owners’ lifestyle didn’t match with such a spirited pet. Without a proper outlet, Caili’s instincts and boundless energy turned into unpredictable and rambunctious behaviors her owners couldn’t keep up with. The large shelter decided Caili would do best in a foster home situation where she can exercise and play as much as she needs to work off her energy in a healthier way– so they contacted BCR!

Caili in foster care. After vanquishing the evil catnip pumpkin, she's ready for some tummy rubs!

Caili in foster care. After vanquishing the evil catnip pumpkin, she’s ready for some tummy rubs!

In foster care, Caili was a total sweetheart. She is definitely a spunky individual with lots of personality, but when she has a constructive place to put that energy she is a delightful companion! Affectionate from the first moment, Caili quickly wormed her way into her foster family’s hearts and attracted a potential adopter almost immediately.

Caili relaxing on the stairs, no wonder Penny couldn't resist this gorgeous girl!

Caili relaxing on the stairs, no wonder Penny couldn’t resist this gorgeous girl!

Penny contacted Black Cat Rescue seeking an adult cat that would be friendly with visitors. At 5 years old and with endless curiosity, Caili seemed like a great fit! When Penny arrived at the foster home, Caili came right up to her and they quickly fell in love! Caili went straight home with Penny and we know they will be happy for many years to come.

Congratulations Caili and Penny!

A Fundraiser for Ronaldo

Poor Ronaldo! He came off the streets and was adjusting to life in a home when we received some upsetting medical news.

Ronaldo used to be a stray cat, but now he's loving life indoors with a foster family.

Ronaldo used to be a stray cat, now he’s loving life indoors with a foster family.

Ronaldo is a 2 year old cat that was trapped in a Trap-Neuter-Release program for feral cats in Clinton, Massachusetts. Ronaldo was neutered and vaccinated, but he seemed way too friendly to be happy outdoors. He may look like a tough, feral tom cat, but under that gruff exterior is a heart of mush!

Ronaldo entered foster care with BCR Foster Volunteers Andrew and Kristen. He was pretty shy at first, hiding under the futon and only coming out for Kristen with some coaxing. Over the course of several days, Ronaldo started to warm up and learn that chin scratches and treats are totally worth the hype! His battle scars from life on the streets are fading and his fur has started filling in.

Don't let his tough exterior fool you! Ronaldo is a total mush who looooves chin scratches!

Don’t let his tough exterior fool you, Ronaldo is a total mush who looooves chin scratches!

Andrew and Kristen noticed a mass on Ron’s leg. We immediately consulted our veterinarian, hoping the lump was just a post-injection reaction to his vaccinations. Unfortunately, the news at the vet’s office was not good.

Ronaldo’s lump is very dense, which is unusual and alarming. The vet attempted a needle biopsy, but the mass was too dense and fibrous for the vet to get enough tissue for a definitive diagnosis. We aren’t sure what the mass is, but it could be a fibrosarcoma, a cancer that can be very aggressive. If Ronaldo does have a fibrosarcoma, the veterinarian recommends amputating his leg to give Ronaldo the best chance of a cancer-free life.

The next step for Ron will be a small surgery to determine what the mass is. If the mass seems benign when the vet sees it, we will remove the lump immediately and biopsy it to confirm. If the mass seems malignant, the vet will biopsy the lump, but leave it intact because it would be cruel for Ron to recover from one surgery only to have to go under the knife again later. When the biopsy comes back, we will have the appropriate information to decide on next steps for Ron. Our sincere hope is that the mass is benign and Ron can have a speedy recovery at Kristen and Andrew’s!

Ronaldo is very vocal, he's always available to help Andrew and Kristen catch up on the latest in gossip.

Ronaldo is very vocal, he’s always available to help Andrew and Kristen catch up on the latest in gossip.

All together, we estimate that Ronaldo’s care will come to around $1000 and we need your help! Please help Ronaldo receive the care he needs by making a donation to Black Cat Rescue today. Our organization is dedicated to making sure every cat we take in has all appropriate medical care, even when the prognosis is grim or the future uncertain.

The one thing that we do know is that Ronaldo is a strong, loving cat with a huge heart! We know that cancer or not, tripod or not, we will find Ronaldo the loving forever home that he deserves! Help this former street kitty get the surgery he needs to live a long happy life in someone’s lap.

Ron deserves a long loving life with a forever family! Make a donation today to help him get the care he needs before finding his new family.

Ron deserves a long loving life with a forever family! Make a donation today to help him get the care he needs before finding his new family.

Donate through Paypal: http://goo.gl/mcdM1k

Mail check or money orders to Black Cat Rescue headquarters:

Black Cat Rescue
191 Cedar Street, Apt 1
Somerville, MA 02145
 

You can follow Ronaldo’s journey on facebook: http://facebook.com/blackcatrescue

Happy Tails: Berenger has been adopted!

Berenger came to Black Cat Rescue from a big local shelter. At the shelter, Berenger didn’t eat or use his litterbox for four days. Black Cat Rescue set up foster care for him, and quickly took him in. Berenger means “courage of a bear” and we bestowed this name upon him in the hopes he would grow into his new title.

It worked!!! Berenger blossomed in foster care!  He became the laid back, friendly, adorable young cat we knew he was under all that terror and confusion.

Berenger came from a large shelter into foster care because he was too shy for the shelter environment.

Berenger came from a large shelter into foster care because he was too scared in the shelter environment.

 Lauren and Jack contacted us to find a cat who would get along with their  existing male cat.  They were more interested in a female at first, but decided to give Berenger a try. They met him in May and instantly fell in love!  Berenger went to his new home almost immediately and Lauren let BCR know he settled in very quickly. His new home has treats, toys, and a playmate! His new brother, Rascal, can’t wait to meet him! We’re sure these two will be best buddies in no time.
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Congratulations to Berenger and his new forever family!

Congrats to Berenger and his new family!

Meet Nicky and Zuzu…. The sister cats!

Nicky & Zuzu are littermates and have lived all their 6 years of life together. Their owner recently passed away and now it’s time for them to find a new human to spoil with their love and companionship.

Zuzu  is a dog-lover and loves to roll around and play.  She can entertain herself for hours with a cardboard box – no expensive toys required. 

Oh, did you want to sit here. ....on OUR couch???

Oh, did you want to sit here…on OUR couch??? (Zuzu – Top & Nicky – Bottom)

Nicky loves to play hunting games and has a great pounce! She also likes to curl up in bed for snuggles.

Nicky & Zuzu have tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Basically, cats who have this virus may have a weaker immune system. Luckily, house cats are indoors & safe from most illness that can effect cats.  This means with a little extra consideration, they are expected to live long and healthy lives.

You can learn more about FIV here: http://bestfriends.org/feline-immunodeficiency-virus.aspx

Nicky & Zuzu are available for adoption as a pair or separately.

Happy Tails: Boots!

Black Cat Rescue is very pleased to announce the adoption of Boots!
Boots is an adorable 1 year old who was surrendered to another Boston-area shelter because he was too active in his home. He’s a healthy kitten, sounds like it was just normal kitten play to us!  He wasn’t doing very well in the shelter environment, so the shelter staff reached out to Black Cat Rescue to place him in a foster home.  He was immediately sweet and playful in his foster home.
Boots is a handsome young cat with tons of playful kitten energy!

Boots is a handsome young cat with tons of playful kitten energy!

Antonia was looking for a young cat to add to her family with two little boys.  When our Adoption Coordinator mentioned that Boots has a lot of energy, Antonia said, ” It sounds like he and my boys will be good playmates.” and they set up a visit.  Of course Antonia fell in love!  Boots went to his new home in early April, and though he was scared to come out of the carrier at first, his two new (human) brothers made a trail of treats and led him right out.
Boots following his trail of treats set up by his new human brothers!

Boots following his trail of treats set up by his new human brothers!

Adopter Antonia and Boots. Congratulations to both of you! We wish Boots and his new family many happy years!

Adopter Antonia and Boots. Congratulations to both of you! We wish Boots and his new family many happy years!

Congratulations to Boots and his new forever family.
Find out more about Black Cat Rescue: www.blackcatrescue.com.

Happy Tails: Snoopy

Snoopy was left at a large, traditional animal shelter half-bald from a bad case of fleas by an owner who couldn’t afford a vet.  At the shelter Snoopy was very scared and hissed a lot, so the staff contacted Black Cat Rescue.  The shelter kept her to be spayed, and then she came to a tranquil Black Cat Rescue foster home where she could relax.

It’s a bald cat! Poor Snoopy came to Black Cat Rescue with severe hairloss from flea dermatitis.

At first, Snoopy was absolutely dejected. Snoopy’s foster mom, Susanna, actually brought her to the vet because she was convinced something must be wrong for Snoopy to be so sad.  Poor Snoopy didn’t leave her cat bed in an upstairs bedroom except to eat, and she wasn’t interested in her foster family or their cat.  Bit by bit, Snoopy got more into petting and snuggles and would hiss and bite less.  She timidly explored the house once or twice, but quickly returned to her cat bed upstairs.
Snoopy meeting her housemate, BCR alum Olivia.

Snoopy meeting her housemate, BCR alum Olivia.

Susanna started dragging the cat bed to the landing at the top of the stairs so Snoopy could check things out from afar.  One day Susanna lured her downstairs with some tasty wet food and something snapped in Snoopy . . . she practically became a new cat overnight! From that day on, Snoopy spent most of her time on her foster parents’ laps getting lots of cuddles. Throughout it all, Snoopy’s fur was slowly growing back and she had gained a little weight (this little girl is tiny!  7.25lbs!).
Snoopy's gorgeous eyes would catch any adopter's heart!

Snoopy’s gorgeous eyes would catch any adopter’s heart!

Nicole contacted BCR because she and her boyfriend were looking for a kitten. BCR matched her her Snoopy and Wizard, two young cats, and set up visits to both foster homes to visit them.  Nicole visited Snoopy first, and instantly fell in love!  Check out photo from the adoption visit below.  Susanna warned them that in the new home Snoopy might be scared at first.  Not so at all– Snoopy slept in their bed that night!
Snoopy wowing Nicole on her adoption visit!

Snoopy wowing Nicole and her boyfriend on the adoption visit!

Black Cat Rescue could not be happier for Snoopy to be in a happy, loving home.
Yay for Snoopy!

Yay for Snoopy! This goofy girl deserves all the love in the world.