Archive for August, 2013

Violet (aka Dorian): “She is adorable, lively and has melted everyone’s hearts…”

August 1, 2013
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For anyone who might be inspired to adopt an FeLV+ or special needs cat, read on ….
A TALE OF TWO KITTIES  (Actually 4 but who is counting)
It all started, about 7 years ago, with a walk in the park.   My husband and I and two of our three kids were in Washington Square Park on a sunny afternoon.  There, sitting regally on a knoll, was a orange and cream cat, amid a group of admiring tourists.  A Parks Department worker told us that he had found ‘George’ (named after the Washington in Washington Square Park), neutered him, and was letting sleep in the tool shed; “I’m hoping someone will adopt him.”   Well, the rest was history and George came home with us.   We then learned that George was FeLV positive, which meant that he could live a long, reasonably healthy life, but should only be in the company of other FeLV+ cats.  So, we found Monkey, a FeLV + cat and, when George passed away last year (after a great life), we went looking for an FeLV+ pal for Monkey.
Our search was a challenge.  None of the nearby foster homes had FeLV+ cats and we learned that the ASPCA and other larger area shelters did not take them in.  I was out with my two sons, Jack and Will, when we decided, on a whim, to take a look at the Kitty Kind cats.  There, in a quarantined cage, was Hobbes.   He had just been abandoned, needed to be fixed and had a bad stomach bug, BUT we could tell he was an affable, mellow cat.  Our feelings were confirmed when my son Jack snuggled him and the two were fast friends.   Hobbes is just a GREAT cat.   He’s healthy now, loving and simply adores our 11 year old twins.  He is so patient with them and is really devoted to the boys.  To think that a cat this special could be overlooked!!  FeLV+ cats might not live quite as long, but with proper care they are loving, heathy, amazing companions.
Something told me we had room for one more kitty, now that Hobbes and Monkey were happily settled (this did take awhile, patience is important when introducing two adult cats).  So, I asked the amazing crew at Kitty Kind to help us find one more FELV+ cat in need of a home.  Miriam reached out and we found Dorian (who we renamed the more appropriately girly Violet).   She is adorable, lively and has melted everyone’s hearts (including her two big brothers’ and my husband’s).  Despite having cerebellar hypoplasia (a/k/a head tremors and compromised motor coordination) in addition to her FeLV+ status, she romps and scampers with the best of them!
So, I’d love for all people thinking about adopting a cat in need to look twice at the cats they might have overlooked or even avoided.  Sometimes the cats that need you the most are the best cats EVER!
Louise & family
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Olive (aka Stephanie) & Elwood (aka Pumpkin): ” They all sleep, eat and play with each other like they’ve been together forever. “

August 1, 2013
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After my sweet older cat, Oscar, died from kidney disease in April of 2013, my second cat, Toby, became depressed and lethargic.  I knew it was time to welcome a new kitty into our home, and I set out looking for my personal favorite, a male orange cat.  I ended up near the KittyKind shelter at the PetCo in Union Square one afternoon, and I went in to see if I could find an orange boy.  As I looked in the cages, I was whacked on the arm by a little tuxedo paw. I acknowledged the offender, then went back to looking for the orange boy of my dreams.  Every time I walked past the tuxedo’s cage, however, it demanded my attention.  It smacked and poked and licked and flirted and mugged, and I finally surrendered.  I arranged to bring the cat, a girl named Stephanie (previously thought to be a boy named Steve), home with me the next night. I never intended to have three cats, but I still really, really wanted my orange boy.  When I returned to pick up Stephanie, I asked KittyKind if they knew of one.  I was told that a KittyKind volunteer had found the best orange kitten ever, Pumpkin, and was fostering him at her home.  I said I would take him, sight unseen, and a few weeks later I added some Pumpkin to the mix.
It couldn’t have gone better.  All three cats have become the best of friends. Stephanie (now Olive) and Pumpkin (now Elwood) tear around the apartment like lunatics while Toby acts as the patient and loving patriarch.  They all sleep, eat and play with each other like they’ve been together forever.  KittyKind provided great instructions on introducing the cats, and were very helpful when I had questions or concerns after their adoption.  I couldn’t be happier.
Thanks to PetCo, KittyKind and all of the volunteers and staff for giving me an awesome cat family!
Tanya
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Dennis and 6-Pack (aka TigerBear, aka Truffle, and Blackberry): “I just adore them, and we are all so, so happy that our home is full of life again! “

August 1, 2013
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Dennis and 6-Pack (aka TigerBear, aka Truffle, and Blackberry)
 
Sometimes life really is like the movies…at least those romantic comedies where the girl searches high and low for “Mr. Perfect,” somehow not realizing that he’s right under her nose — her old friend, the guy who’s not flashy but just right for her.
 
When my beloved cats Beanie and Nala died within a year of each other, I was left with my two feral cats, Moose and Phoebe, age 15. I had fostered them as kittens, but could never socialize them…yet I just couldn’t seem to let them go. Now the problem was how to bring in new cats who wouldn’t upset them.
 
All the experts recommended I adopt two small kittens, preferably male littermates. For weeks I visited KittyKind and Winter’s Tail at Petco, and searched for kittens (hard to find in midwinter!) at PetSmart and three city shelters. They all seemed either too old, too jumpy, too young, too shy, or too SOMEthing for Mr. Moose…and the more I searched, the more confused and sad I got.
 
But every time I went to Petco, I sat with Dennis and 6-Pack, a sleek black ‘panther’ and his gigantic (20-lb.) tiger brother. They were incredibly friendly but way too old — 19 months — and though I loved holding them, I had sworn to hold out for kittens. Meanwhile, my apartment seemed emptier by the hour — much as I love Moo and Phoebe, they’re not pettable cats.
 
Finally Dawn and Miriam of KittyKind helped me see the light. “I just don’t know why you won’t consider slightly older cats…you visit Dennis and 6-Pack almost every day, you know how great they are, and after all, finding ‘just the right cats’ is always a crapshoot.”
 
Faced with way too many possibilities (and the flood of kittens soon to be born in the spring), I realized Miriam was right — my Prince Charmings were right under my nose.
 
They came home with me on a rainy February 24…and thank heaven, everything went even better than I’d prayed. In just a few days ‘da boyzz’ were playing alongside Moose and Phoebe, and soon *with* M and P — who have miraculously become far more social, now that *they* are the alpha cats! Not a day goes by that TigerBear (aka Truffle, formerly 6-Pack) and BlackBerry (Dennis) don’t find a new way to delight us…they are affectionate, cuddly, and incredibly playful, yet ever so civilized and gentle with all of us. I woke up this morning to BlackBerry snuggling with me…another dream come true. I just adore them, and we are all so, so happy that our home is full of life again! Thank you forever, KittyKind.
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Our Foster Care Favorite for July 2013: Tiny

August 1, 2013

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Our Cat of the Month for July 2013: Billy

August 1, 2013

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Volunteer of the Month: July 2013

August 1, 2013

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Congratulations to Pam D, our July Volunteer of the Month! Pam has been with KittyKind for two and a half years, but she will be leaving us soon to start the next chapter of her life in sunny Florida. Pam loves travel, animals, cooking, fashion, dancing and drawing. She started volunteering with KittyKind when she was between jobs. She says, “I wanted to do something with my time….I started volunteering Tuesday mornings. Once I landed a job, I was able to switch to Mondays evenings. I love coming here to volunteer after work
because it just makes my day better.” Pam loves playing with the kitties and seeing the cats get adopted and go to loving homes. She says, “I also like meeting the other volunteers (or fellow cat fans). I especially love being part of a team with the goal of taking care cats.” Pam is very enthusiastic about the cat she gets to live with too! “I have a wonderful one-year-old brown tabby/bengal cat named Menina. She followed my sister home one day, and she knew Menina and I were a perfect match. She was malnourished and scared. After we brought her back to health, she made herself at home. At the request of my mom, I originally was supposed to find a new home for her and that never happened!! =) Menina is a riot. She loves her scratching condo and treats, is very curious (likes to knock things off of surfaces!! Grrrr!!), likes to watch TV, loves giving her mommy massages (kneading), and likes to play fight with our teacup yorkie. I’ve helped friends adopt and foster through Kitty Kind and I am so glad I am now a cat owner.” Menina will be accompanying Pam to Florida, of course. Thank you, Pam, for all the work you do for KittyKind! We, and the cats, thank you!