Meet our Cats
Below is a list of all of the wonderful cats living in our sanctuary. Each one is available to be sponsored. You can make a direct difference in their lives by sponsoring them. Just click the red "Sponsor Me" heart to find out more information. Most of these cats are special needs cats and some of them can be adopted to homes who are willing and able to care for their special needs. They also love to have visitors and invite you to stop by to meet them in person. Find out more about adopting on our Adoption page.
Julia Bramley - May 2016 - April 2017
Albright was found running down the middle of a busy highway in fall of 2015. A good Samaritan stopped and she jumped in her car. She was very matted and seemed to be totally lost. But after trying to find her owner, no one ever claimed her. She is at least 10 years old and has severe arthritis. She also has the most amazing green eyes. She leads a quiet life here in the sanctuary with her new cat friends and we make sure she stays comfortable with medications and treatments such as laser therapy and body work. Albright is always purring and greeting us with her enthusiastic and very loud meow.
Suzanne Wisnoski - December 2016 - November 2017
Alice is estimated to have been born in 2015 and came to the farm in fall of 2016 when she was brought in to a feral cat TNR clinic. Alice was born with deformed front legs and she was having a hard time surviving out on the street as the other cats were bullying her and pushing her away from the food bowls. It was unethical to put her back out on the street after being humanely trapped and brought in for spay, yet she was a perfectly healthy cat. We opted to keep her here at the farm to see if she'd be happy here. We had no idea how wild or not she was. As it turns out, Alice is a sweetheart. She is a bit timid but she loves to be petted and purr and is very appreciative to be in a cat room where she is warm and dry and, best of all for her, where the other cats do not pick on her. We are happy to have been able to offer sanctuary to Alice and she is obviously grateful for all she gets given.
Angela is estimated to have been born in April 2016 and arrived unexpectedly and abruptly on the farm with her three siblings one evening when a car pulled in our parking lot and someone jumped out and dumped the four kittens out and sped off. It took us days to catch them all in humane traps. They were terrified after being out is some severe storms as well has having crossed the busy highway and running into our nature sanctuary. It is a miracle that we found them. Angela and her brother Corey were the two shyest of the four kittens. They are coming around slowly as we gain their trust. We hope that someday they will be able to go into a home of their own, but for now, they are very happy living and romping and playing in their cat room here with all their new cat friends.
Sharon Kaples - December 2016 - November 2017
Angelo is estimated to have been born in 2003. He came to the farm when he was caught by a good Samaritan who found him living as a stray in her community for quite a while. Angelo had huge mats on his back that were so big and stuck up so high that at first people thought he had appendages growing on his back. They actually looked like angel wings (thus the name Angelo). He was very skittish and shy at first, but once we got him cleaned up and he learned he was safe here, he started to relax more and settle in. Angelo or "Big Ang" as he has been nicknamed by his caretakers, is a staff favorite. He also has an adoring cat harem who depends on his calm, large, kind heart to comfort them. Angelo holds his cat group together and plays an important role in his room.
Annie arrived on the farm as an orphaned kitten in 2009 and was bottle fed by co-founder/Director Bonnie. Annie is a delightful girl who has some interesting qualities that make her a special needs girl. Annie has struggled most of her life with a propensity to be obese. It took us and her a lot of hard work to get her into a healthy weight. Annie's diet needs to be very closely monitored and controlled. She is otherwise healthy. However, Annie also has a behavior issue that is very dangerous for her and makes her very difficult to place in the average home. Annie is obsessed with strings. We don't mean this in a cute way. She is so obsessed with strings that she has to immediately eat anything resembling a string. You can ask an awful lot of people who stop into her room wearing shoes with shoe laces just how fast Annie is at untying them and cutting through them and swallowing them in a heartbeat. Annie literally needs to be in a completely string free environment. We have spent a lot of time watching for string to pass through and a lot of vet trips to deal with strings that she has ingested. Annie can find strings on things you didn't even know had strings. We have never seen anything like it. So, Annie's room is a string free zone and she happily lives her life here with us - with no strings attached.
Arabella is estimated to have been born in 2010. She arrived here in 2011 and was then adopted out and returned a few months later because she was peeing all over the house. Arabella still does not always use the litter box and will most likely be with us for the remainder of her life. However, she is a very happy cat and loves to take time out for some lap time and to brighten up someone's day when she can. She also is a favorite among our volunteers. In fact, one of Arabella's all time favorite things to do is to sit and listen to someone read out loud to her. She is always right there and deeply engaged when people come to participate in our Purrfect Readers program and come into her room.
Bessie was born in 2005 and came to the farm in 2009 when she was found left in a box on our porch. Bessie was adopted out in 2009 and returned two months later when her person could no longer keep her. Bessie kind of lost heart in adoptions after that. She never would warm up to people and tends to be a cat that is friendly but sticks to herself. She has lived in a foster cat room on the farm since 2009 and is the boss of the room. She is very happy in that role and has helped many cats over the years to understand that they are safe and welcome. Bessie is a great cat but just never has found the right person who truly understood her. So she will most likely stay here where we adore her exactly for who she is and where she plays an important role in her colony of cat friends.
Beulah Mae, born approximately in 2007, came to the farm in 2007. Beulah is a special girl who unfortunately has several health problems that make her a permanent resident in our sanctuary. Chief among those issues is the fact that she has severe asthma. We have to very carefully control her environment as well as her medications. Beulah gets to have the run of our facility at night where she is always on patrol, a job she takes very seriously.
From Della - December 2016 - November 2017
Black Jack was born in 2005 and came here when he was just a kitten. He was adopted as a kitten and then returned four years later because he was peeing around the house. Black Jack unfortunately has never given up on that habit and that will probably mean that he will live the rest of his life here at the sanctuary. Black Jack is a wonderful guy who has often been misunderstood. He has had a reputation of being a bully when in fact he really tends to be an underdog. The bully image is not who he is at all. It is very likely that his insecurity has played a role in his spraying. Black Jack however is a happy cat. And for us that is what is most important.
Anonymous friend - May 2016 - April 2017
Bo was born in 2009 and came to the farm in 2015. Bo had been found by a farmer when he was just a young kitten when he was discovered in a hay field and was badly injured. It looked like he had been hit by some of the bailing machinery. Bo was missing a leg and an eye, and had other injuries. But the person didn't want to give up on him and took him to a veterinarian. Although severe, his injuries were survivable. They fixed him up and adopted him into their home. They ran a daycare center in their home and Bo became a beloved member of the daycare staff. He loved giving attention and looking after the kids. But in 2015, Bo started losing sight in his remaining eye and it became harder for him to navigate, especially with the children always moving around. They needed to find a home for Bo and we were asked if he could come live in our sanctuary. Bo is one of the most loving cats you can imagine. He knows the layout of his room just fine and does very well getting around and getting along with all of the other cats he shares a room with.
Update: Bo is currently being fostered by one of his caretakers in her home and is doing very well.
Brandy was born in 2000. She and Ginger were found left in carriers on our front porch one morning in 2014. There was a note telling us their names and that they had lost two owners in the past two years. The note also said that the two cats were very bonded and very shy. This indeed has proven to be the case and these two cats are content just to have a safe place to be. They would only be adopted together as a pair but chances are high that they will stay right here with us so that they are not being moved and uprooted yet again. Brandy seems to like to ponder life and think about things. She loves to sit out on her porch and look out into our horse pasture and take everything in. It's like she likes to have alone time to do some deep thinking. Who knows what she is pondering but whatever it is, it seems to make her very content.
Calliope was born in 2004 and came to the farm in 2005 when her person could no longer afford to take care of her. She came from a household with over 30 cats. She came with her cat friend Zia and they are extremely bonded. In fact, Calliope gets very upset if she is separated from Zia. They are often found sleeping together. Both of them are very shy and prefer to disappear in the group. Neither of them would be good candidates for adoption. They prefer to be handled as little as possible. But Calliope is happy in her room here at the farm and happy with her friends. In fact, her caretakers have learned that if they move very slowly Calliope will roll over to have her belly petted.
Charlie was born in 2001 and came to the farm with his brother Luci in 2012 after their person had to move and could not take them with her. The two brothers had never been apart so we promised to keep them together. Charlie had a hard time settling in at first and Luci never left his side. But both of them settled in and are such a part of the colony in the room they live in. Charlie is a quiet guy, keeping to himself a lot, but very friendly. He loves his lap time and still spends a lot of time hanging out with his brother. Charlie has lost most of his teeth due to dental issues but is able to eat kibble and canned food without any problems at all.
Chase is estimated to be born in 2006. He came to the farm in 2013 after he had been brought in to a local shelter very injured. The shelter contacted us to see if we could help Chase as his injuries would require surgery and rehab. It is surmised that Chase was hit by a car. He had a leg injury and his tail was dead and had to be amputated. He also had a fracture at the base of his tail which left him with bowel and bladder incontinence. At the time, we had hoped it would be temporary but Chase requires special medications as well as for us to manually express his bladder 3 times a day. Because of these issues, he will be a permanent resident in our sanctuary. Chase is a wonderful cat. He is friendly and loving and he has that special orange cat enthusiasm to explore life in any and all ways that he can. Chase enjoys his human and cat friends and holds a special place in our hearts.
Chester is estimated to have been born in 2010. He arrived at the farm in January 2016 after he had been seen living for some time under an abandoned house. People noticed he had trouble walking and thought he was injured. He was caught in a humane trap and taken to a veterinarian. It was discovered he had a mass on one foot but that he also had lesions on his other feet. The mass could be removed but he'd need nursing care and couldn't be released right away. We were contacted to see if we could do his recovery care. One of the first things we noticed about him was that he in all likelihood was actually not feral but was a very scared stray who had kind of gone wild. It was just a hunch as he wouldn't let us pet him in his pen that we put him in, but he acted interested. We could tell that the mass was growing back and knew he could not go back out to live on the streets. We put him in one of our cat rooms and for the first day he hid and watched the other cats. But very quickly he started to trust his human caretakers. In a few weeks time, he went from a scared, feral acting street cat, to a cat content to be petted and to purr up a storm. We will continue to seek out whatever medical care Chester will need for his feet and he has a permanent home with us - never needing to be out on the street again.
Chloe was born in 2000 and first came to the farm in 2007 when her person could no longer care for her. She was soon adopted out into another home and then sadly returned to us again in 2013 when her family was moving and couldn't take her with them. Chloe is very friendly and loving and a great lap cat. Many people who visit fall in love with her but are deterred by her age. Chloe doesn't look her age and is a very healthy cat. But, she also would prefer to not go through the heartache of losing another home. She is totally settled in here with her cat friends and human caretakers and enjoys her life just as it is.
Chloe was born in 2015 and came to the farm in January 2016 after she had her feral mom were caught in a humane trap and taken in to a veterinary clinic to be spayed and receive vaccination. The plan was to release them back at the homestead where they were found as the people were putting food out for them and looking out for them. But Chloe was tiny and at the time it was thought that she might be able to be tamed. We agreed to take her in our facility to see what would happen and lucky for Chloe that we did. Chloe ended up getting very ill after her surgery and vaccines and was sick for several weeks. We managed to pull her through and with all of the handling she received, she indeed started to enjoy being stroked and petted and started to purr. But Chloe was all about being an outside cat. And just her luck, we happened to be looking for a couple of young kittens to be raised as barn cats for our smaller barn on the property. Although they are barn cats, they have access to the downstairs of two of the Director's home and have a really nice cushy life. They are basically indoor/outdoor house cats. Chloe got to join two other kittens, Trevor and Jack, and spend the winter inside getting to know everyone before being able to start to explore the barn and outside in spring. All three are doing great and love one another. They have a very important job here as barn cats and are clearly enjoying their new roles.
Cleopatra, or Cleo as we call her, is estimated to have been born in 2006. She came to the farm in 2008 after she was brought in to one of our feral cat TNR clinics. She had been very ill and we kept her here at the farm for recovery but her stay got extended as she healed and it was then too late in the year to release her back outside. So Cleo ended up staying with us. We have watched Cleo really grow and start to come out of her shell. She started out being completely untouchable and shy. Now, although still shy, she is starting to trust her caretakers. She comes up to them and rubs on their legs, especially at feeding time, when she loves to steal food if she can. She also has started letting her caretakers pet her now and then. We are watching her learn to trust and open up. We give these cats their own space to learn in a safe environment and explore what they want to explore. Many times they do decide to open their lives to human touch. Cleo is one of those cats and we love to see her blossom.
Coda is estimated to have been born in 2001 and came to the farm in 2003 with her young litter of kittens. Coda had been adopted out shortly after the kittens were weaned and lived in that home for several years when her person sadly passed away. A friend of the family took Coda in to their home and she lived with them for several years before she developed a health problem that was very difficult for them to treat. They brought Coda back to the farm where we are able to treat her. She acclimated to the change very well, unusually well actually. She is now the head cat in a group of special needs cats and she takes great joy in ruling the colony. Coda is a very sweet cat but a stern leader. She tolerates no fussing on her watch.
Corey is estimated to have been born in April 2016 and arrived unexpectedly and abruptly on the farm with his three siblings one evening when a car pulled in our parking lot and someone jumped out and dumped the four kittens out and sped off. It took us days to catch them all in humane traps. They were terrified after being out is some severe storms as well has having crossed the busy highway and running into our nature sanctuary. It is a miracle that we found them. Corey and his sister Angela were the two shyest of the four kittens. They are coming around slowly as we gain their trust. We hope that someday they will be able to go into a home of their own, but for now, they are very happy living and romping and playing in their cat room here with all their new cat friends.
Corky was born in 2005 and came here when just a few months old. She was found stuck in a fence and unable to get out. People pulled her out and brought her to us. She somehow suffered a severe tail injury that left her tail in a corkscrew kind of shape and had nerve damage that causes her to leak urine. Corky can urinate on her own but has to be monitored and cleaned due to the tendency for her bladder to leak. Corky is one of the sweetest cats. She loves to ride on the shoulders of her caretakers as they scoop litter boxes and clean her room. She is the absolute perfect lap cat. Corky is a very special girl.
Cornelius is estimated to have been born in 2011. He arrived here at the farm in 2014 after he was seen as a stray in our Nature Sanctuary. It is frequent that people dump cats there and we assume that Cornelius was a drop off. He wouldn't let us get near him but we managed to capture him in a humane trap to get him to safety. Cornelius is a gorgeous boy and many people have been interested in adopting him based solely on his looks. But that doesn't work for Cornelius as he is a rather complex kind of guy. He is very playful but he is a cat who likes to stay to himself most of the time. At first, he can be very standoffish but once someone earns his trust, he is very loyal to them. Cornelius also has difficulty with change and it takes him a while to adjust to new surroundings. It also takes him some time to settle in with other cats, but once he does he is very good. When stressed, he has been known to not use his litter box, although that is an exception that is not the rule in general. He may be with us for the rest of his life and if you ask Cornelius, he'll tell you that is just fine with him.
D.K. was born in 2009 and came to us as a tiny kitten. He was adopted but then returned because he scratched the furniture. He has been with us all these years because he is a bit on the shy side at first until he gets to know someone. Because of that, he doesn't present well to adopters looking for a cat. D.K. just takes a while to get to know and to come out of his shell. But once you get to know him you get to meet a very laid back easy going guy. He's kind of like the person that everyone gravitates to in a crowd simply because he is kind and nice. He is a gentle and caring soul whom all the other cats adore and are thrilled to call their friend.
Dally is estimated to have been born in 2003. He came to the farm in 2007 after he was seen running in our Nature Sanctuary. Unfortunately, people often dump cats there and it seems Dally was one such drop off. We were able to capture him in a humane trap but he would not let us handle him. Dally is very shy and likes to quietly live in his room with his cat friends. Dally has a reputation of being stone faced. He's like the stone face guard that people try to make laugh to no avail. Dally seems to be a man on a mission. He is indeed like a guard looking after his friends and his room. He's not really as serious as he looks. But he takes his mission very seriously!
Sharon Irwin - November 2016 - October 2017
Dani is estimated to have been born in 2003. She came to the farm in 2015 as a result of being humanely trapped for our feral cat TNR program. When they went to spay Dani they discovered that she was very sick and had horrific mouth infections. Medical treatment for her upper respiratory and a dental was all that it would take to help her out but putting her back out on the street unable to eat was a death sentence - and not a pleasant one indeed. We opted to keep her at the farm to treat her infection until she was healthy enough for surgery. Her mouth was so bad that it required most of her teeth be pulled. We realized that Dani could not be re-released to the street colony she came from and we kept her here in our sanctuary instead. Moving a feral cat indoors is not always the right decision for them. The human need to keep them safe is not always the life they choose to live or are comfortable with. Some of them do "come around" by human standards and let us touch them. Some live comfortably inside but on their own terms. And there are some who just cannot and do not want to live inside. We weren't sure where Dani would be in that spectrum, but we offered her a chance to see what she wanted. While Dani is adjusting to life inside just fine, she is not keen on human contact yet, and that is totally fine. Dani can choose to live the way she wants to with us and we will gladly do all we can to support her. We do notice she is starting to trust us all a lot more.
Dasey was born in 2001 and came to the farm with her cat mother Pretty Girl in 2012. Dasey and Pretty Girl are inseparable. Dasey has had a lot of health problems and the two of them will stay together and stay here at the farm with us for the remainder of their lives. They are very content being here. But most of all, they are happy to be with each other. They can frequently be seen snuggled up together on some bed or chair or blanket. Dasey is very outgoing and loves to get attention. After a good petting, she often will lick your cheek to say thank you. She is very sweet.
Ellen Andros - January 2016 - December 2017
David is estimated to have been born in 2007 and came to the farm in 2014. David has an amazing story and has had quite the journey here with us. He came to the farm during one of our feral cat TNR clinics where he had been caught in a humane trap from a city street. He was badly injured with a tail that was severely infected and dead and had to be amputated. We had two choices, to keep him and see if we could treat him with surgery to remove the tail and medications to treat him after, or the second option was to euthanize him. We chose to try to treat him. David proved to be a major challenge. He seemed totally feral after his surgery and wouldn't let us handle him. He also was bowel and bladder incontinent due to a tail/spinal fracture. There was no way he could be returned to his colony on the street, but he also couldn't live without letting us express his bladder every day. Once again we were faced with a horrible choice to make for David. We literally sat down and talked to him and asked him to help us with this decision. He could live here inside with us and we could help him but he'd have to let us handle him. His life depended on that decision. It was like watching a miracle unfold. The cat that would let no one touch him began to come forward and let us pet him. Within a day, he started approaching people in his room. And within two days, he was a lap cat eager to be petted all the while he purred and head butted us. We suspect David was never feral at all but was a stray who was just terrified and had given up. Once shown love and hope, he took that chance and trusted us. David will live out his days with us at the farm. He is on special diet and medications as well as having his bladder expressed several times a day. And David is thriving and a very happy kitty. David has taught us all a lot. And he has shown us the power of love and hope and trust.
Dax was born in 2014 and came to the farm in the fall of 2016 after he had been found hit by a car. Dax suffered a fractured pelvis that caused nerve damage to his back end. He had to have his tail amputated as he could no longer use it. Dax healed well from the injuries and thankfully ended up with full bowel and bladder control. However, while hospitalized, it was discovered that Dax has a significant heart problem which is most likely congenital. Dax will need to be monitored closely and be on medications for the rest of his life. He is a wonderful loving cat who doesn't let things get him down.
Dianne Getchell - January 2017 - December 2017
Diesel is estimated to have been born in 2006 and came to the farm in 2016 in pretty rough shape. Diesel showed up under someone's deck obviously stray and very beat up and hungry. They began putting food out and trying to gain his trust. As winter was approaching, they fixed up a place in their basement where he could be warm. He was caught in a humane trap and brought to a veterinarian to be neutered. However, Diesel was not well and needed long-term medical attention. It would have been unfair to turn him back out or leave him on his own without the treatments. We brought him here to see what could be done. At first he was diagnosed with probable lymphoma and his immune system was in rough shape. But Diesel let us treat him and he slowly began to improve. He surprised us all and when his bloodwork was rechecked, he made a far greater recovery than ever anticipated. Diesel will have a place with us for life. He clearly is enjoying being in one of our cat rooms and having all the food and care and warmth he needs and so deserves.
Dorian was born in 2009 and was brought to the farm later that year when his person could no longer keep him. Dorian has a history of urinary tract infections and blockages and has to stay on a special diet for the rest of his life. At first, Dorian is pretty shy. But he overcomes that fairly quickly once he gets to know someone. After a few treats, he will even roll over and invite you to rub his belly. He also loves to sleep on the window sill. Dorian will most likely live out the rest of his years here with us where we can monitor his medical needs.
Duke came to the farm in the summer of 2010. He is estimated to have been born in 2007. Duke is one of our special needs cats as he has serious urinary tract issues and will need to be on a special diet for the remainder of his life. Duke is one of the biggest cats we have but is easily pushed around by other cats. Duke usually finds himself at the bottom of the pecking order no matter what group of cats we put him with. He is a very loving cat and loves a lap to snuggle in now and then.
Pat Barnes - August 2016 - July 2017
Dusty is estimated to have been born in 2008. She came to the farm in 2009 after she had been found as a stray. Dusty had some sort of trauma to her tail when she was found. This injury causes her to leak urine. Because of that we need to be sure to keep her clean and free from any infections. Dusty is a sweetheart and loves her life here. In fact, Dusty is a bit of a human magnet. She knows exactly how to work a crowd and when visitors come, she knows just how to get their attention. People are always asking, "Oh my, who is this beautiful cat?" And Dusty then knows she has once again worked her magic.
Dutchess is estimated to have been born in 2013. She came to the farm in 2015 along with her 6 kittens after someone dropped them off on our doorstep. Dutchess is very shy. She prefers to just stick to herself rather than with humans but also enjoys her other cat friends. Interestingly enough, she is particularly fond of Duke. They already had their names and were living in separate rooms. But the day we introduced Duke into Dutchess' room, they immediately hit it off.
Anonymous friend - May 2016 - April 2017
Eddy was born in 2015 and arrived at the farm at just 3 months old. Eddy and his litter mates were all rescued by a good Samaritan who helped raise them and find homes for them. However, little Eddy had a problem. He was born with a deformed tail that was in the shape of a corkscrew. This deformity also left him with both bowel and bladder incontinence. It remains to be seen whether this problem may go away as Eddy grows older. We have seen some improvement but Eddy still has to have his bladder expressed a few times a day. He is on medications to help with his bladder as well. Eddy is quite the character and a complete sweetheart. He also is quite the imp and loves to run around his room zooming up and down cat trees and playing with his cat friends. We will see how Eddy progresses as he grows but no matter what happens with him, he will have a place with us for life.
Nancy and Don Johnson, in Memory of Ashleigh & Sabrina - Dec. 2016 - Nov 2017
Eden was born in 2012. She came to the farm in 2013 after her person brought her to us stating that she didn't get along with her other cats. What makes Eden most likely a permanent resident here with us is that she does not always use her litter box. Eden is undeniably the class clown in her room. She always seems to be poking fun at her other cat friends and playing little pranks on them (especially Dusty who she loves to tease). Eden is extremely sweet and cuddly and loves to be the center of attention anytime she can.
Ellie is estimated to be born in 2010. She came to the farm in that same year when she was just about 6 months old. Someone was demolishing a shed and suddenly found a group of cats that came running out. They managed to catch them all and put them in their car but then had no place to take them. They brought them here. The cats literally had no place to go as no one cared for them and now their shelter had been destroyed. We managed to place most of the cats over time. Ellie is still here because she is very shy, but she is actually very loving once given the patience and space to find herself. She'd especially be great as a companion to another cat. Ellie would need a human who would understand that it would take a while for her to feel safe and comfortable. Ellie was fostered in a home for a while and actually started to come out of her shell very nicely.
Elliott was born in 2010 and was found abandoned in 2011. He has remained very shy and not so sure of the human world as a whole. However, he is content to live in his colony of cat friends and to explore the whole idea of relationships at his leisure. We do not pressure Elliott or other cats like him to be the way we think he should be. We just want to support him on his journey to find out who he is and what he wants in life.
Zoie Temple - May 2016 - April 2017
Fry was born in 2015 and came here at just a few months old. We accepted Fry in our facility when a local animal shelter called us and said they had just tested an 6 week old cat who tested positive for feline leukemia. They didn't want to euthanize him but couldn't adopt him out so they asked us to take him in. The feline leukemia test is very unreliable especially in kittens of that age. We took him in knowing we would retest him again when he was older. Fry was never a sickly kitten and when we tested him again at 6 months the results confirmed our suspicion. He was negative. Fry has since tested negative again and is considered negative for both FeLv and FIV. Fry is highly adoptable. However, while here, Fry has made some very strong bonds with other cats in the room. So much so that he would prefer not to leave them. To Fry, this is the only home he has ever known. Fry is a friend to everyone of the cats sharing his room with him. He is a gift to the colony and has an important role. It is quite possible that he will decide never to leave here. Or, if so, it would be to a home where he could also bring a couple of his friends.
Amber Spadea - December 2016 - November 2017
Garfield was born in 2005 and was first here as a tiny kitten. He was then adopted out a few months later and was returned with his cat companion Odie in 2015 when they moved and couldn't take the cats with them. Garfield is very friendly and is healthy. He has been passed over by adopters because he is an older cat. But Garfield is a very kind and gentle guy that loves to get attention and is frequently over-looked.
From Katie and Quinn - July 2016 - June 2017
Gemini was born in 2010 and came to the farm as a youngster when his person could no longer care for him. He was adopted out in 2011 but was returned 3 months later because of not using his litter box. Unfortunately, Gemini never has outgrown that problem, although we have tried many things to help him. Gemi as he is affectionately called by his caretakers will have a place with us for life. He is a special guy with a great personality but he unfortunately has some bad habits that he just doesn't want to change.
Georgie was born in 2001 and came to the farm as a kitten. He was adopted out and then sadly returned in 2015 when his adopter died. Shortly after Georgie was returned he was diagnosed as a diabetic. He was on insulin for a while but is now managed by special diet. Our staff monitors his glucose levels closely. Most likely Georgie will live out his life here in our sanctuary. He is a wonderful guy and is very happy to give and receive any attention he gets.
Ginger is estimated to have been born in 2007. He arrived at the farm with Brandy after they were found left in carriers on our front porch one morning in 2014. There was a note telling us their names and that they had lost two owners in the past two years. The note also said that cats were very bonded and very shy. This indeed has proven to be the case and these two cats are content just to have a safe place to be. Ginger doesn't like to admit this but we can tell that he actually is quite fascinated by us humans. He is always watching people move around and trying to figure out if he'd like to get a little closer or not. When people move slow enough with him, he sometimes lets them pet him.
Adirondack Forever Wild Garden Club - August 2016 - July 2017
Giselle is estimated to have been born in 2008. She came to the farm in 2009 after a good Samaritan saw a man throwing large boxes off of the back of a pick-up truck and zooming away. When the person stopped to check the boxes, she discovered they were loaded with cats. Eight cats were crowded into the two boxes and sealed with duct tape. Giselle was one of them. Giselle has had health issues that will make her a permanent resident here in our sanctuary. She is a happy girl to just hang out with her cat friends and enjoy life. There is one school of thought that thinks perhaps Giselle was a chef in a past life. She is very particular about her food and how it is served to her. She would definitely make a good food critic. If it's too warm she doesn't want it. Too cold, don't even think about it. And what are you thinking if you feed fish to go with a beef dinner!
Dianne Getchell - January 2017 - December 2017
Sharon Kaples - December 2016 - November 2017
Gizmo is estimated to have been born in 2007. She came to the farm in 2009 with her litter of nursing kittens after her person said she could no longer care for them. Gizmo was then adopted later that year and sadly returned to us in 2015 when her person fell ill and could no longer keep her. Gizmo is an absolute sweetheart. She loves to cuddle and purr. After being returned to us, Gizmo has had some serious health concerns involving her liver. Although she is healthy now and doing great, she has to be very closely monitored. Chances are high that Gizmo will remain with us for the rest of her life. Change is very hard for her and could tip the balance with her health. She has settled in nicely in a room full of cat friends and her human caretakers who adore her.
Mac Spadea - December 2016 - November 2017
In Memory of William and Elizabeth Resler - December 2016 - November 2017
Gladys is estimated to have been born in 2000. She came to the farm in 2004 when she was found by someone as a stray. Gladys has been adopted out several times over the years and has always been returned because she couldn't adjust well her new homes. Gladys is quite content to live here so obviously she chose our sanctuary as the place she wanted to be. Now, at age 16, Gladys has kidney disease. She has been kept stable for the past year with medications and fluids and is quite happy. She is a favorite among her caretakers and is cherished by all of them. It took us a while to figure out what Gladys knew all along - that this is her home and where she wants to be.
Goldie is estimated to have been born in 2007. She arrived at the farm in 2011 after her person died and there was no one able to take her in. Goldie is very skittish and pretty much likes to keep to herself. Even after living here for several years she prefers the company of her cat friends and being in her own space. Goldie will remain here at the sanctuary for the rest of her life.
Gregory is estimated to have been born in 2007. He came to the farm in 2009 when he was found hanging out on the farm as a stray and was caught in a humane trap. Gregory is very shy and prefers to live life on his own terms with his cat friends. But Gregory has found a great purpose here. He is the general caretaker of his room. He always seems to be the one to respond to one of his cat friends in need. Whether it is to cuddle with those who are sick, sad, or simply to warm someone up on a cold day, Gregory is always there. He is especially attentive to the older ladies in his room.
Halo is estimated to have been born in 2004. She came to the farm in 2008 after being found as a stray. She was adopted out in 2010 and returned because she was beating up the other cat in the household. And that will tell you a lot about Halo's story. Halo had been declawed when she came in to our sanctuary. We see this behavior in many declawed cats as they no longer have their claws as a natural defense mechanism, they adopt other behaviors to compensate. Halo is a gorgeous girl. Many people have labeled her as cantankerous or difficult. But actually Halo is not any of those things. She actually is a sweet girl who had to develop a means of defense in a world she felt insecure in. Her motto is to strike first before anyone else even thinks to strike her. Halo has found an environment here with us where she can maintain status quo and feel secure. And that is what makes Halo happy. Needless to say, Halo will stay here for the rest of her life and we are pleased to have her with us.
Happy is estimated to have been born in 2003 and arrived at the farm in 2012. Happy was anything but happy when she first arrived. She came here under the very sad circumstance that her person was placed in hospice care and one of the nurses objected to Happy being with her person and as a result she was ordered to leave. Happy was devastated. There was no where for her to go and they knew her person wanted nothing more than to know she was safe, so we took her in and assured her that she'd be safe. Her person died shortly after and Happy became very despondent.
At first, we thought she was just depressed. But as it turned out, Happy had some very unusual health issues. At first the veterinarians thought she had cancer and surgery was needed to see what was happening. We wondered if Happy was trying to go be with her person - as we have seen that happen so many times before - where they just give up and die. But there was something about Happy that all of us picked up on and we followed through with treatment. Somehow, Happy wasn't done living. It turns out it wasn't a cancer but a peculiar birth defect that caused the problem. Surgery was successful and Happy made a miraculous recovery.
Potentially, Happy could be adopted out again into her own home. But for now, she is..... well, there is no other way to say it..... she is happy here and let's us know it every single day. Happy is the boss of her kingdom, and let's everyone know it. But she is a very sweet girl in her own sassy way.
Harry was born in 2009. He came to the farm later that year when he and 7 other cats were found by a good Samaritan being dumped out of a truck in boxes on the side of a road. Harry had a condition with his eyes where his eye lashes grew into his eyes causing lots of pain. We sent him for surgery which took care of the condition other than we still have to treat his eyes periodically with ointment. Harry was adopted out but returned to us because he hid in his new home all of the time. The thing is that Harry is an absolutely wonderful, easy going, sweet cat. But he is also quite shy and needs a lot of time to adjust to new situations. He is quite happy living here in his colony of cat friends where he is totally settled in with his cats and his human caretakers. Harry could be adopted into a home where the people understood his special needs. But he is also fine to stay here in the place he calls home as well. (Note: Harry can and does open his eyes but every time we tried to take his photo he shut them. We think he was anticipating a flash on the camera.)
Hazel is estimated to have been born in 2004. She came to the farm in 2009 after being found as a stray. Hazel at first was very shy but has really learned to trust people and is quite a loving cat. In fact, Hazel is probably one of the most gentle and peaceful cats in our sanctuary. She is wonderful with children and is great with people who are unfamiliar with or unsure about cats. She is like a cat ambassador. Hazel has a wonderful outlook on life and never gets grumpy or pushy and has learned the fine art of purring anyone into peace and serenity. Unfortunately for Hazel, she has a problem using her litter box. She was fostered in a home for a while with one of her caretakers who really tried to work with her on this but Hazel wasn't able to change. Because of this, Hazel will live here at the sanctuary for the remainder of her life. She is quite content in her room and with her cat friends.
Hermey was born in 2012 and came to the farm with his litter mates at just a few months old after being found as strays. Hermey is very shy at first and because of that he has never shown well to potential adopters. But Hermey is actually very affectionate and playful when he warms up to people. His caretakers are able to interact and play with him and are quite fond of Hermey. He is also great with other easy going cats.
Ida was born in 2010 and came to the farm later that same year. She was found with a group of cats when someone was hired to take down a shed for demolition. As the shed was being taken down, a group of cats all came running out. They managed to catch them all. Having nowhere to go and no one to care for them, the people put them in their car and brought them to us. Ida is extremely playful and makes the cutest little chirping sounds while she plays. Ida has a condition where she has trouble digesting her food. We need to have her on special medication that helps her to be able to eat and digest properly. She will be on this for the rest of her life. It is most likely that Ida will stay with us the remainder of her life. She is a very happy cat and has her caretakers trained to do things just as she likes them.
Panther, in memory of his brother Bear - August 2016 - July 2017
Ivy is estimated to have been born in 2000. She came to the farm in 2003 as a pregnant stray. Ivy is very quiet and very sweet. Ivy is a big personality in a tiny little body. She has a gift of being able to calm even the most troubled of hearts. If you walk into her room stressed or upset, she comes out of nowhere and literally will trip you to make you stop and pay attention to her. She is like a magnet attracting people to her side and offering them a sweet meow and that extra special something that uplifts your heart and makes you smile. No one can leave Ivy's side still feeling upset. Unfortunately, Ivy has had numerous health issues and has had chronic illnesses over the years. She will live with us for the rest of her life. But that is ok with Ivy because she finds lots of hearts to touch and help heal and is very happy right where she is - doing what Ivy does best.
Jack was born in 2015. He and his two littermates were born to a feral cat in someone's backyard. It took the person months to gain the trust of the kittens and when she finally did, she brought them in her house to socialize them. Jack and his brother Trevor came to live with us with a specific job in mind. We needed a pair of younger barn cats and were looking for cats that could live both inside and outside but also were savvy to the outdoors. Our barn cats are not typical barn cats but have a huge job to do here at the farm. Rodent patrol is a big deal and they are highly valued. At the same time, they also are treasured family members. Jack and Trevor fit the bill perfectly. They were later joined by Chloe and the dynamic threesome are in charge of the smaller of our two barns.
Lorraine Abrial - December 2016 - November 2017
Jacob was born in 2015 and came to the farm in 2016. He was found as a stray when he came up on someone's porch and was crying at the door. This obviously was (unknowingly at the time) a desperate plea for help. The person brought him in her house but over the next two days she realized he wasn't using his litter box. She took him to the vet for a check up only to discover that he had a complete urinary blockage and was actually a very sick cat. The medical bills would be extensive and she didn't have that kind of money to spare. We were called to see if we could help and we stepped in for Jacob. He recovered but will spend the rest of his life on a special medicated diet so that he hopefully doesn't block again. Jacob's kidneys recovered and there seems to have been no long term damage. He was a lucky boy and got himself to help just in the nick of time. Jacob is quite a character and full of life. He makes us laugh continuously. He is also very sweet and affectionate.
Jamoki was born here at the farm in 2009 after his pregnant mother was brought here as a stray. Jamoki is a cat who prefers to hang out in the background. He never "showed well" to adopters. And from his perspective, our sanctuary has been the only home he has ever known. He is happy here with his cat friends. Jamoki more recently has made himself the official greeter of his room. He loves to welcome people to his room and show them around. Jamoki also has some medical issues. He has a problem with a valve in his heart and also has a heart murmur. We will continue to care for our friend Jamoki for the remainder of his life.
Joey was born in 2000 and was brought here as a 4 month old kitten with his littermates Juni-Purr, Ernie-Purr, Jeremiah-Purr, and Crystal. They had been found dumped at someone's farm. They were pretty much feral when they came in to our facility and we thought we had a good chance at socializing them and placing them. They were given the Purr attached to their names because all of them continuously purred when we were around - even though at first we couldn't even touch them. However, this group had something else in mind altogether. It took them years to finally allow us to handle them. But we also found out in the meantime that all of them were born with medical issues. Each one has faced major medical crisis - especially urinary blockages caused by birth defects and some other medical issues as well. In the past few years we have lost Crystal, Jeremiah, and Ernie-Purr. Joey and Juni-Purr continue to live their lives happily together in the space they call home. Joey may not be interested in being handled by people but he is very calm and a good barometer to the energy one brings in to his room. He is great for people to learn their cat interactive skills. If you walk into his room frazzled or upset, he will instantly hiss at you. If you enter calmly, he ignores you and sleeps soundly.
Sharon Irwin - December 2016 - November 2017
Todd Evans - December 2016 - November 2017
Joy is estimated to have been born in 2005. She came to the farm in 2015 after she arrived in a trap for one of our feral cat TNR clinics. As she was prepped to be spayed, the veterinarians found that she was badly injured. Her long hair was hiding how bad it was but Joy was covered in severe bite wounds. She also had an extremely bad mouth infection and was missing a lot of her teeth. And she was thought to perhaps have an abdominal mass. The decision had to be made to euthanize her or try to treat her. Treating her was going to be a challenge as we didn't know if she'd even be handleable or not. But something told us that this senior kitty had more left to do. There was just something about her that radiated a love of life. So we opted to let her wake up and we'd see if we could treat her. Joy got her name because there seemed to be a joyful light flowing from her. She amazingly let us treat her and we were able to nurse her wounds and her infections until she was healthy once again. Today, Joy is truly joyful to be alive. She is in a room with cats she adores to play with and snuggle up to. And she is letting us pet her and play with her in little steps at a time. It is such a thrill for all of us to see this cat find her place and to never have to struggle again. She reminds us each day what this work is all about.
Katie and Quinn - December 2016 - November 2017
Juni-Purr was born in 2000. She was brought here as a 4 month old kitten with her littermates Joey-Purr, Ernie-Purr, Jeremiah-Purr, and Crystal. They had been found dumped at someone's farm. They were pretty much feral when they came in to our facility and we thought we had a good chance at socializing them and placing them. They were given the Purr attached to their names because all of them continuously purred when we were around - even though at first we couldn't even touch them. However, this group had something else in mind altogether. It took them years to finally allow us to handle them. But we also found out in the meantime that all of them were born with medical issues. Each one has faced major medical crisis - especially urinary blockages caused by birth defects and some other medical issues as well. In the past few years we have lost Crystal, Jeremiah, and Ernie-Purr. Joey and Juni-Purr continue to live their lives happily together in the space they call home. Juni-purr is the personification of strength and stability. After losing most of her siblings, she continues to hold down the fort. She also loves to solicit attention and give enormous affection to those who will simply take the time to sit with her.
J-Wow, also known as "Jenny", was born in 2010 and came to the farm in 2011 after she had been found abandoned. She has never really warmed up to being social with people but does like living with her cat friends. J-Wow has found a life here that makes her quite content and happy and she doesn't feel she needs anything more than that right now. We will continue to give her the space she needs to be herself and to find whatever it is she is looking for in life. Recently she has started to change her mind and has let some of her caretakers briefly pet her.
Kasey is estimated to have been born in 2015 and came to the farm in summer of 2016 after being found abandoned in a box with four kittens. Kasey is a sweet girl with a large presence. She loves to sit on a lap for a while but she is not an overly snuggly cat. Kasey can be a clown and she loves to play with her toys and zoom around her room at times. We hope to find Kasey a home of her own soon.
Kee Kee was born in 2008 and came to the farm in 2015 because he was continuously peeing outside the box in his home. We were hoping this behavior would change but unfortunately Kee Kee is a dedicated sprayer. We expect that he will live out the remainder of his life here with us where he has a clean up crew at his disposal and caretakers who love him in spite of his bad manners. Kee Kee is super friendly to people but he has a little too much personality for the other cats in his rooms - so he has trouble making friends. He is often quite misunderstood. Kee Kee is a cat who processes his emotions differently and does better when he has a distraction like a new toy or a nice warm lap to snuggle up on.
Keister is estimated to have been born in 2003 and came to the farm in 2006 after she was found abandoned here. We do not know any history on Keister but she does have some medical issues and health problems. Keister has a chronic bronchial condition. She will likely spend the rest of her life here in the place she calls home with her cat friends and her human caretakers who care for her. Keister is the boss of her room. When all is going well, she is quiet and cuddles with the other cats. If things get out of control though, she is the first one to put everyone in their place and restore balance.
Kip was born in 2012 and came to the farm in 2013 after being humanelytrapped as a feral cat. Although still shy, Kip has come a long way and does let his caretakers interact with him if they go slow. He is a very nice cat and loves being with his other cat friends. He is also very handsome.
Dianne Getchell - January 2017 - December 2017
Kitters was born in 2008 and came to the farm several months later. She had been a stray at someone's house and they were feeding her outside. However, the family was moving and knew that no one would be there to feed her so we agreed to take her in here. Unfortunately, Kitters has had a history of serious dental issues and mouth infections/pain. She receives treatment when she has flare ups and receives regular monitoring. But she will always be on special food and medicines as needed for this as it will be a forever chronic condition. Kitters will spend the rest of her life here in our sanctuary where she does very well and is very happy.
Kitters is actually the matriarch of her room and is very respected. In fact, she is a staff favorite and has more recently become a valued member of our Purrfect Readers Program where kids (and adults!) come to read out loud to the cats. Many kids even come in asking for Kitters. She will sit on a lap for hours listening to people talk, read, sing, or whatever they want to share with her. Kitters has found her special niche in life and we are thrilled to have her with us!
Layla was born in 2013 and came to the farm as a tiny orphaned kitten with her littermates. She was bottle fed and raised by our staff and then was adopted out as soon as she was old enough. She came back to the farm in 2016 when she had some serious medical problems that required significant nursing care. Layla had severe bladder stones and is also severely obese. She was not a good candidate for surgery because of her weight but luckily we were able to dissolve the stones using a special medicated diet. Layla was seriously ill at the time as she stopped eating due to the pain of the stones and the urinary tract infection. It took many weeks of intense nursing care but she pulled through. Layla will be on a special diet for the rest of her life in order to keep the stones from returning. Right now, she is on a special weight loss plan as well to see if we can get her weight back to a more healthy range. Layla is currently fostered with one of her caretakers who she bonded with while she was in intensive care. She is a very loving and happy girl and we hope to see her get to a more healthy state especially seeing she is still so young.
Lil G was born in 2009 and came to the farm as a small kitten. She had been adopted and returned to us after the people were upset that she scratched on their furniture. Lil G was kind of shy and a cat that preferred to hang out in the background. She was very bonded with her cat friends here, especially D.K. Because she never "showed" particularly well with potential adopters, she was overlooked. However, Lil G seems to be quite content living with us - the place she has almost exclusively known as home. In fact, Lil G is the most playful cat in her room. She loves to make everyone laugh and is very good at doing that. She has had lots of problems with her teeth and ended up having to have all of her teeth extracted. Lil G does very well, eats fine, and is much more comfortable than when she was fighting the chronic infections.
Linus was born in 2013 and came to the farm at just a few months old after he and a group of other cats and kittens were found living under a dumpster outside of a factory. The cats were all pretty scared and semi-feral when they came to the farm. But our staff worked with them in baby steps, giving them their space, and letting them build trust in people. Linus made huge strides. He loves to play and loves to have attention from people. But in new situations or when he meets someone for the first time, he is very shy and reserved. If he were to go into a home, his people would need to be very patient and know that he will hide a lot at first. But when Linus knows he's safe and learns to trust again, the true Linus comes shining through. He is a wonderful cat.
Nancy and Don Johnson, in Memory of Ashleigh & Sabrina - Dec. 2016 - Nov 2017
Lionel is estimated to have been born in 2009. He came to the farm in 2014 after being caught in a humane trap in our nature sanctuary. It appears someone had dumped him off and we had seem him for a few days before we were able to catch him. At first Lionel seemed to be feral. He wanted nothing to do with any of us and when put into one of our cat rooms, he ran and hid from all of his caretakers. We just gave him his space and let him figure out he was safe. He instantly seemed to forge friendships with the other cats in the room. Lionel was everyone's friend. And after some time, Lionel began trusting people a bit more and started letting some of his caretakers pet him. We are certain that Lionel was not a true feral cat born in the wild. He, like many cats who are dumped outside, went "feral" as an instinct to surviving. Once he realized life was safe again and he was loved and cared for, Lionel let down his guard and showed us who he really is. Lionel is one of the first lap cats now when anyone sits in his room. But more importantly to Lionel, he is a huge caretaker in his room. Lionel has a very important job here. He holds a space for many other cats to get their bearings in life. He is a healer with a huge heart. Lionel has found his place in life and we are happy to have him with us.
Sharon Irwin - December 2016 - November 2017
Little Girl is estimated to have been born in 2005. She came to the farm in 2012 after quite a succession of homes. Her original person died and she was then adopted by a family member. That person then also died and no one else in the family would take her in. She suddenly found herself homeless and harder to adopt. We gave her a place here with us. Unfortunately, Little Girl does not always use her litter box so she is most likely a permanent resident with us. But she is great and very loved. Little Girl always craves attention and is very vocal when her caretakers or visitors come in her room.
Luci was born in 2001 and came to the farm in 2012 with his brother Charlie after their person had to move and could not take them with her. The two brothers had never been apart so we promised to keep them together. Luci is super affectionate and very protective of his brother Charlie. When they first came, Charlie had a rough time making the transition here and Luci never left his side and saw him through it. Both brothers are doing very well here. They each have their share of aging issues, including that they have both had to have most of their teeth pulled. But they are doing very well and will continue to live together for the rest of their lives. Our staff calls Luci the Romeo of his cat room. He will gaze into your eyes with his big gorgeous eyes and then gently puts his paw on your face. He is quite the charmer.
Janet Povlock - September 2016 - August 2017
Mabel is estimated to have been born in 2000. She came to the farm in 2009 when her people were moving and could not take her or her sister Miss Daisy with them. Because they were older adult cats, they were continuously passed over for adoption. Mabel has had a lot of health problems but at 16 years old is certainly doing well and is very happy to be living with her cat friends. She loves attention and can be very vocal when she wants to be acknowledged. Mabel has what we call "tortitude". Most of the time she would prefer to get attention or ride on her caretakers' shoulders rather than even eat her food. But when she is done, she is done and walks away. And then, a short time later, she is back for more.
Marsha is estimated to have been born in 2009 and came to the farm in 2011 after being found unconscious on the side of a road. Marsha actually defied all odds to get here. Someone found her on a Saturday morning on the side of a road near their driveway and called the police, animal control, and the humane society. But no one responded. They thought that cat was dead but then discovered she was still breathing. No one had the ability to take her to a vet and by Monday morning, the cat was still lying there breathing. Someone suggested they call us and we asked them to bring the cat to us immediately, which they did. We thought for sure this was a euthanasia to help this poor cat out. However, when we got her to our veterinarian, they examined her and could not find anything other than a head trauma and dehydration and thought it might be treatable. She had blood in one eye but was obviously already blind from a long standing old eye injury to the other. Stunningly, within two hours of being admitted to the hospital, she was not only conscious but was standing. Two hours later, she was eating and drinking. She came back to the farm the next day.
At first, Marsha could only walk in a circle and had a head tilt. However, that quickly went away with some physical therapy. Today, Marsha walks just fine. In fact, Marsha is totally blind but we really have no clue if she was totally blind before her accident or not. We know she was blind in one eye. But she is a highly functional blind cat. She actually is the boss cat of her room. She climbs 5 foot cat trees and navigates incredibly well. You can ask any of the cats she lives with and they will tell you that you can't get anything by on Marsha. She also loves to play in the water bowls, splashing water everywhere she can. This is another cat who found her place with us and who clearly has had enough of the outside world. It is amazing to us to see her curled up peacefully sleeping in one of her favorite spots. If anyone deserves to be pampered, it is Marsha.
Meia was born in 2013 and came to the farm at a few months of age after being found living in a colony under a dumpster at a factory. Meia was most likely born feral (wild) and is very shy. She is completely bonded to her sister Theia. The two of them will not be separated. They live together in one of our communal cat rooms where they are quite happy and content. Little by little they trust their caretakers more and more. We have no agenda with them. If Meia chooses to interact with us more someday then we will welcome that opportunity. But for now, we work with her on terms she is comfortable with.
Melanie is estimated to have been born in 2009. She came to the farm in 2010 after she had been found abandoned in a dumpster. Melanie is semi-feral and very shy around people. However, she is a true cat's cat and loves to cuddle with her other cat friends. She enjoys sleeping in the sun (the hotter the better) and is perfectly content to live life indoors and on her terms. Melanie will most likely be with us the rest of her life - unless she chooses something different - but she seems like she is a very happy and well settled cat in one of our cat rooms. In fact, lately, Melanie has been moving a little closer and closer to her caretakers who are handing out can food or treats to get a little special treat herself. But her caretakers also feel they are the ones getting treated when Melanie trust them enough to move a bit closer each time.
(formerly named Little Girl)
Sharon Irwin - December 2016 - November 2017
Merry is estimated to have been born in 2005. She came to the farm in 2012 after quite a succession of homes. Her original person died and she was then adopted by a family member. That person then also died and no one else in the family would take her in. She suddenly found herself homeless and harder to adopt. We gave her a place here with us. Unfortunately, Merry does not always use her litter box so she is most likely a permanent resident with us. In fact, Merry can find the darnedest places to urinate - like in the water bowl. But she is great and very loved. Merry always craves attention and is very vocal when her caretakers or visitors come in her room. She is a very special character.
Midnight was born in 2013 and first came to us as a kitten. She was adopted and then returned to us in 2015 after her family said she wasn't doing well with their children. Midnight is a cat who tends to drift into the background of her cat room. She is a staff favorite and very friendly with people once she knows them. Midnight is a highly adoptable cat but she does not show well in her cat room because she does like to stay off to the side. She really is more of a people cat than a cats cat. She doesn't really like being in a large group of cats but unfortunately here that is what she contends with. We hope someday that the right home will come along for her and give her the chance to show her loving self.
Molly Spadea - December 2016 - November 2017
Miss Daisy is estimated to have been born in 2000. She came to the farm in 2009 with her other cat friend Mabel. The people they lived with could no longer keep them when they were moving and couldn't take them along. Miss Daisy is a gentle cat and a little shy. She also has had a lot of health problems. She and Mabel will most likely be with us for the remainder of their lives.
Miss Peacock was born in 2009 and came in as a young kitten after her person couldn't keep up with her needs. Miss Peacock has always been very shy and so never shows well with adopters. She would have needed a very understanding family that was willing to take time and understand that she really just wants to do her own thing and hang out with her cat friends. Miss Peacock is happy just the way she is and will most likely live out her life with us.
Kimberly Megginson - October 2016 - September 2017
Missy was born in 2003 and adopted from us as a kitten. In 2015 her adopter passed away and Missy came back to the farm. Missy is a very sweet older girl and loves to sit on a willing lap. She loves people and she also gets along well with other cats. She often likes to be the center of attention. She is a wonderful cat and highly adoptable to someone who doesn't mind having an older cat.
Molly Brown was born in 2008. She came to the farm in 2009 when she was brought in because her person could not care for her. Molly Brown has always been very shy. She however loves to engage with her caretakers in a little almost chirpy like meow. She can be quite a talker. But she is not a cat that wants a lot of human interaction. She is happy just the way she is and just the way her life is for her. Although she does not come out to sit next to you, unless maybe you have catnip or treats, she has shown some interest in popping her head out of her hiding place when people come in to read to the cats in our Purrfect Readers program.
Ellen Andros - January 2016 - December 2017
Moxie came to us in 2006 as a tiny kitten. Her story is amazing actually. Moxie was found hanging off of the ledge of a roof - crying for help. Someone heard her mews for help and managed to get a landlord for the building who then went up on the roof and rescued her. It was the week of Christmas and the kitten was evidently very ill and her eyes sealed shut. They found a vet who took her in and then called us. The vet said because it was Christmas that he would treat the cat and keep it for the week in his clinic at no charge IF we would take her after that. The problem was that this was no ordinary kitten. She was born without any developed eyes and was completely blind, unable to even see dark or light. How she got up on that roof is anyone's guess.
We named her Moxie because this little bundle of joy was a spitfire of determination. Nothing, and we mean nothing, gets her down. And there is absolutely nothing she cannot do. She runs, chases toys, romps, plays and climbs without the slightest hesitation. She navigates with dogs and knows exactly which ones she can share a bed with and which ones are less inclined to have her kneading on them. And the most extraordinary and amazing talent she has is fly catching. This cat will leap in the air, reach out with her paw, and catch a fly with amazing accuracy in her paw - without ever having seen one in her life.
Moxie lives with two of the Directors at the farm in their residence - along with several other special needs animals. Unfortunately, what makes Moxie more of a special needs cat is that she also has a problem in her intestinal tract where it does not function properly. She is on special food and several medications to keep things moving they way they need to. But Moxie is a very special girl indeed.
Mr. Kitty was born in 2003. He came to the farm after he and his two siblings were found abandoned. He was adopted out shortly after he came and then was returned in 2013 because he was peeing outside the litter box. Mr. Kitty is quite the character. Everyone who visits falls in love with him. If it weren't for his one little bad habit..... but it seems he is quite content to stay here with us and his other cat friends. One of his caretakers says she pictures Mr. Kitty as an opera star, like from Phantom of the Opera, always walking around with a rose in his mouth. Very theatrical. He uses this talent well to attempt to persuade us to give him canned food or treats, let him out of his room, or as a way of apologizing for peeing on the new blanket that we just brought into the room.
Nala was born in 2012. She came to the farm in 2013 after she had been found standing on the side of a road looking very scared. Nala beats to her own drum. She can be and is very sweet. But she has her own ideas and rules about things that make her harder to adopt. She would need to be with a real cat savvy person and definitely is not for a first time cat adopter. Nala does not like to be picked up or restrained and can get pretty feisty when put in either of those situations. If you stick to her rules, she is truly a wonderful loving cat. She has carved out her own niche here at the farm, earning special wandering privileges from her caretakers in a portion of our small animal facility. Nala kind of runs the show but we appreciate having her here.
Nemo was born in 2005. He came to the farm in 2007 and was turned over to us by his person who said he was having behavioral issues. The funny thing is that none of us remember what those issues were. Nemo has become a standout here at the farm. He has helped raise more orphaned kittens than we can remember and he has helped rehab many a wayward young cat as they came to the farm trying to find their way. Uncle Nemo as we fondly call him loves to play with the youngsters. He is a big boy but he is all gentle with the kids. He is wonderful. Now, if you ask his caretakers about him, there are those who love him and those who say they are leery around him. And that is the unique way of Nemo. He often has stalked his caretakers and pounced on them or grabbed their ankles as they try to leave his room. He has perfected the art of ambushing and of also scurrying out the door to have a little fun getting people to catch him. But, all in all, Nemo is one of those very special cats on a very special mission in life. We think he's special. And, truth be told, he knows that!
In Memory of Gabriel Cerio, 1934-2016 - December 2016 - Nov. 2017
Nox was born in 2012. She came to the farm in 2013 when someone left her, very pregnant at the time, in a box on our porch. Nox had her babies and raised them all. But she remained very shy. Once Nox relaxes and gets to know you, she is actually quite affectionate. But it takes her a while to adjust to new things. She also can be unsettled in large groups of cats as well. She is a cat who prefers to stay out of the fray and is non-confrontational. She would be available for adoption for someone willing to be very patient and give her a chance. Otherwise, she will live out her life here with us.
Nutter came to the farm as a kitten in 2009. He had been taken in bysomeone as a stray kitten but they couldn't meet his needs. As it turned out, Nutter was very shy. Nutter is a perfect example of how important it is to give a cat their space to figure things out. He could easily have been labeled feral or unsociable, but Nutter just needed space and time to figure things out for himself. He was great with his cat friends and through those friendships and those of his patient human caretakers, Nutter learned not to be as afraid. He is now one of the friendliest cats in his room and is quite a talker.
Odie was born in 2005 and came to the farm as a tiny kitten. She was adopted out as soon as she was old enough and sadly was then returned to us in 2015 at age 10 years because her family was moving and couldn't take her with them. Odie was also returned with Garfield. Odie is very shy and she had a very hard time adapting to being returned to us. It was a very difficult transition for her but she has sorted things out and found her place. Odie could potentially be adopted but people would have to be very patient as change is very difficult for her.
Shannon Westcott, In Memory of Kammie - March 2014 - January 2017
Olivia is estimated to be born in 2007. She came to us in 2008 after being found out front of a dog rescue run by friends of ours. She was insistent outside the gate and hung around until someone saw her. One look and they realized this cat was badly injured. She was brought to us right away and taken to our veterinarian. Olivia had been caught in a leg-hold trap at some point and the leg could not be saved. Generally, three-legged cats do very well and adapt easily to walking on three legs. Olivia was no exception. However, Olivia decided that she liked it here at the farm just fine. She lives in a very special group of cats, all with special needs. But most of all, we discovered why Olivia was drawn to the dog rescue looking for help. She lives in the house of two of our Directors and they have several dogs. Olivia LOVES when the dogs come to the cat room for a visit. She leaps across the room to the dog, purring up a storm, and rubs all over them. She can't get enough of dogs. Unfortunately, Olivia has a lot of other orthopedic issues that are exacerbated by the fact that she is 3 legged. Because of that, she moves much more slowly than she would normally. But regular chiropractic care and massage therapy keep her in shape and pain free. So Olivia decided that staying here was in her best interest. Since we all fell in love with her as well, we knew she was right.
Sharon & Friends - January 2017- December 2017
Mr. O'Malley is estimated to have been born in 2013. He came to the farm in 2015 after being found as a stray and with horrible ear and skin infections. We nursed him back to health and he was eventually adopted out but then was returned when his person couldn't keep him any longer. Unfortunately, O'Malley then started a skin infection again that got quite severe. O'Malley is FIV positive and because of his immune suppressive condition, infections are harder for him to overcome. We have discovered the source of his problems is that he suffers from severe allergies that are environmental in nature and very difficult to overcome. Because the things that he's allergic to are common everyday things in any household. O'Malley is a challenge and we do all that we can to help him. But looking past his skin problem, inside is an amazing cat bursting with character. O'Malley truly is a fun and awesome cat. He loves everyone and appreciates everything done for him. He is the only cat we've ever seen that loves his baths as much as he does. He purrs and drools through the entire bath. O'Malley will live out the rest of his life here with us where we can attend to his various medical issues.
Opal was born in 2004. She came to the farm in 2005 when her person could no longer take care of her. Opal is a great teacher of patience. If you come into her room with an agenda, or you move too fast, she becomes nervous and standoffish. But if you move slowly and stick around for a while, she learns to trust you and will become your friend. Unfortunately, Opal doesn't always use her litter box and that has prevented her from being adopted. But Opal is happy living in her cat colony with all of her wonderful friends. She will be with us for the rest of her life.
Laura E. Ives - December 2016 - November 2017
Pandora (white cat in photo) was born in 2012 and came to the farm in 2013 after he and another cat, Smudge, were found abandoned in the basement of an apartment house. They were adopted out together that same year and then returned 2 years later when the adopter was moving and couldn't take them with them. Pandora and Smudge are devoted to one another and would only be adopted out as a pair. Pandora is very affectionate and a great lap cat. He is very bonded with Smudge and looks to him for comfort and guidance when he is not sure of things. The photo to the left shows how attached they are. We see them like this all the time.
Pebbles was born in 2004 and came to the farm as a kitten after she was found as a stray. Pebbles may have been born in the wild as she is very timid and shy. She does fine living in her cat room with her colony of cat friends. That is a life that makes total sense to her and she is very comfortable and happy. Pebbles will live her life here with us where she is most comfortable.
Marg Benson - June 2016 - May 2017
Piper arrived at the farm in the summer of 2015. He was only about 10 weeks old when he had been found in the middle of a road. He was obviously sick and his eyes were sealed shut from severe infection. Someone stopped and picked him up and brought him to us. It turns out that Piper has quite a story. We immediately got medical attention for him and nursed him through a serious upper respiratory infection. But it was determined that his eyes were not functional. Although he had been born with eyes, it appears that he basically lost them at just days old,probably from severe infection that was never treated. So Piper will be permanently blind. To say that this does not slow him down would be an understatement. Piper zooms around the room leaping and playing and chasing his cat friends. He scampers up cat trees and jumps down with ease. You would not be able to believe he is blind. But he is. Unfortunately, Piper is also FIV positive so he will live out his days with his cat friends in our sanctuary. To Piper, this is not a hardship. He lights up our lives and we are glad to offer him a lifetime home. Piper is a bundle of love and joy. His continual purrs can cheer up anyone's day.
Ann Ricci - December 2016 - November 2017
Pizazz was born in 2010 and came in as a tiny orphaned kitten. He was bottle raised by our co-founder, Bonnie, and then was ready for adoption. Unfortunately, Pizazz was initially overlooked because he was a plain black cat in a sea of multi-colored kittens. But Pizazz also is quite a difficult cat. He has a very unusual disposition and quirky personality. But we still love him! Pizazz has a tendency to request lap time and affection by rubbing up against you and then growling angrily at the same time. No one knows quite what to do with that. And, thus, Pizazz will most likely live here his entire life. He also suffers from severe allergies and at times looses all of his hair - which would probably make most anyone cantankerous I guess!
Portia was born in 2004 and came to the farm as a feral kitten. We had hoped that we could gain her trust and that she would want to socialize more with people but that was really not what Portia had in mind. Portia also has had a lot of health issues. She is best friends and very bonded with her sister Zelda and is also close to her friend Zero as well. She is very happy living with her colony of cat friends and will live out her life here in the sanctuary.
Pretty Girl was born in 2000 and came to the farm in 2012 with her daughter Daisy after their person became homeless and had to give them up. The two girls were very devastated to lose their home and have always stuck together here at the farm. They have found a great little niche for themselves here now and will both live out their lives here in the sanctuary. Pretty Girl loves to sing. She especially loves the acoustics in the bathrooms and because her room adjoins a bathroom, her caretakers often find her in their singing away. Pretty Girl is one of the sweetest cats around and still enjoys being a mom to daughter Daisy.
Reena was born in 2006 and came to the farm as a kitten. She was adopted that same year and then returned in 2012 at 6 years old because her owner was moving. She was re-adopted in 2013 but returned yet again in 2016 when the person could no longer keep her. Reena is a wonderful girl and is very affectionate. She is not totally thrilled living in a cat room with lots of other cats but she has learned to tolerate it - as long as she has her human friends to spend time with. Reena is actually one of our staff's favorites as she greets them as they come in the door by running up and rubbing all over them. Reena could still be a wonderful cat for adoption, but this girl now deserves a chance at having a home where she can stay forever.
Rhoda was born in 2011 and came here as a kitten with her 6 siblings. She was adopted that same year and returned in 2015 for peeing outside her litter box. It turned out that Rhoda actually had a medical condition that was fueling that behavior. Besides a urinary tract infection that was easily treatable and cured, we noticed that she drank an enormous amount of water. Rhoda suffers from a disease called diabetes insipidus. She is on special medication to help keep that under control, but Rhoda always needs a constant supply of water as well. She is a wonderful cat with a great personality and she will live out the rest of her life with us so that we are sure she is properly maintained with her medications, etc. One of Rhoda's most favorite things in life is to snuggle in and sleep beneath a big comforter on her floor. She also has been known to playfully spring at cats and caretakers who didn't realize she was "under cover".
River (black and white cat in photo) is estimated to have been born in 2008. He came to the farm in 2010 after he showed up as a stray in our nature sanctuary and was caught in a humane trap. There were several cats who were found in our nature sanctuary that same week and one of them was Marvin. They were caught separately and a few days apart but when they found each other once safely inside, they literally ran to one another and began grooming each other. Obviously, they knew one another. We assume someone dumped a whole group of cats off together. River and Marvin are inseparable. They are both a bit on the shy side and never showed well to potential adopters. But once they settle in and get to know you, they are actually quite friendly cats. They live together in one of our cat rooms and are very happy just to be together. The two of them will get to live the rest of their lives together just as they want. They make it very obvious how important that is to them.
Roger was born in 2012 and arrived at the farm in 2013 as a very sick stray cat. He was so sick that at first we weren't sure if he could survive, but he did. Roger is very skiddish around people. If we move slowly, we can pet him and he seems to like it. But he is not a cat that solicits attention from people. He does love to play and he adores his cat companions. Roger is definitely a cats cat.
Janey - January 2017 - December 2017
Rudy is estimated to have been born in 2012. He came to the farm in 2014 after he was found in our barn. It appeared someone had dumped him there. Rudy was pretty feral and is still very shy. He likes living with his other cat friends and doesn't like to be pressured. We just let Rudy be Rudy and find his way. The interesting fact about Rudy is that although he is himself shy around humans, he has helped to socialize many kittens who have come through our facility. Kittens seem to gravitate to Rudy like a magnet. He has particularly been helpful to both Nox and Dorian (both who share their room with him) and helped them become more trusting of humans. He is a happy guy and will explore the rest of his life here with us.
Gemma Spadea - December 2016 - November 2017
Rugabee was born in 2011 and came to the farm in 2012. We were asked to take Rugabee by another rescue who had rescued her and she tested positive for Feline Leukemia Virus. There was some doubt about the reliability of her test especially seeing she was incredibly healthy. But she would need to wait 6 months to be retested and the rescue did not have a place to house her for that time. We agreed to take her in and retest her 6 months later. Unfortunately, Rugabee still tests positive. She also still remains a very healthy cat. Rugabee is a ray of sunshine in the cat room she shares with her cat friends. She is a favorite of her caretakers and volunteers. There is not a person in the world who could sit with Rugabee and feel sad about anything. She has an over abundance of character and loves to make people laugh. We are happy to have this bright light in our sanctuary where she will stay the rest of her life on her mission to warm people's hearts.
In Memory of Kristy Roberts - September 2016 - August 2017
Ryder is estimated to have been born in 2010. He came to the farm in 2011 after he was caught in a humane trap in our nature sanctuary. He was one of several cats we found in a 2-3 week period and we suspect someone had dumped a whole group of cats there. Ryder was pretty much feral and wanted nothing to do with people. He was young and we were hoping that he'd socialize a bit more after he felt safe. But Ryder taught us a lot of things. He taught us that it's important not to have an agenda or time line. Ryder was not interested in our timeliness of things for sure. At first, he basically just hid away from everyone. But then Ryder discovered a friendship with another cat in his room named Bob the Builder. Bob was a very special and big boy. He was solid in life. And Ryder hitched up with him. We all got to see the power of friendship play out before us as Ryder suddenly felt safe enough to explore his world. Ryder still lives life in his very own safety zone. But he now sits out in the open on his favorite chair or sofa and has even let people pet him once in a while. Bob has shared a valuable lesson with Ryder about trust. It is wonderful to watch Ryder find that within himself in the manner he chooses with no pressure from us about what that will look like or how fast he has to do it. Ryder will continue growing and exploring here with us for the rest of his life. Sadly, Ryder lost his friend Bob when Bob developed a very serious heart condition and died. But Ryder still continues to carry all of the wonderful gifts that Bob left him with as he continues on his own journey all the richer because of that friendship.
(Salem has been adopted into a wonderful home! We thank everyone who has donated and supported him!)
Yassmin Mukhtar Ahmad - November 2016 - October 2017
Salem is estimated to have been born in 2014 and came to the farm in November 2016 after being found in a pile of leaves on the side of a road by a good samaritan. Salem had been hit by a car and couldn'twalk. She brought him to our door and we rushed him to our veterinarian immediately. Salem sustained several pelvic fractures but is now healing and rehabing very well. He is expected to make a full recovery. Salem is a very sweet and affectionate guy. We made several attempts at finding an owner if he had one but no one came forward. He does have a potential adopter waiting for him once he is fully recuperated.
Scout was born in 2009 and came later that same year when his person could not cope with his needs. Scout has had severe urinary tract issues. While he is ok now, he needs to be on a special prescription diet for the rest of his life. Scout is quite shy and prefers to hang out with his cat friends. Scout has gone back and forth trying to figure out how much he really wants to interact with people. Sometimes he tries it out for a while and then decides he's had enough and goes back to being less interactive. When people give him his space he tends to respond better. Treats also seem to go a long way to making people a little more endearing to Scout. He is happy with his cat family and he will live out his life here with his friends.
Shimmy is estimated to have been born in 2004. She came to the farm in 2008 after being found having been abandoned in a mobile home. Shimmy is actually quite a wonderful cat but she would need someone who really understands her and someone with a lot of cat experience. Shimmy has a lot of attitude and spunk - and we are not implying that she is a nasty cat. She just has a serious mind of her own and there is nothing wrong with that. However, she is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Shimmy likes to have her own space but still tolerates her other cat friends too. She likes things to fall into order.
James P. Cerio - December 2016 - November 2017
Smudge (black and white in photo) was born in 2012 and came to the farm in 2013 after being found abandoned in a basement with his cat friend Pandora. They were both adopted and returned and then adopted together a second time and returned in 2015 when their adopter was moving and couldn't take them along. Smudge and Pandora are totally devoted to one another. They are inseparable and we have promised to never separate them. But enough is enough for them as far as moving and being returned. All they want is stability. They are quite happy in their cat room here at the sanctuary. If we found a committed adopter who gave them a home together, they would be adoptable. Otherwise, they will stay here with us.
Snookie is estimated to have been born in 2010. She came to the farm in 2011 after she and several other cats were found living in a warehouse that was about to be demolished. Someone managed to rescue them just in time. All of them were feral and Snookie didn't really want much to do with anyone. At first she was totally in upheaval. She wasn't really sure that living inside was such a good thing. She was a challenge for us too because we wanted to do what was right for her. All she wanted was to go back to the place she knew as home but that place was now gone. It took Snookie a while to adjust but then one day it was like she suddenly realized a whole new world was at her disposal and she was going to try it out. Snookie seems very happy now with her living situation. She has a cat door where she can go outside on an enclosed porch and get sunshine and fresh air and hear birds etc. It's now a farm view instead of a city warehouse and she has decided that she actually likes it much better. Snookie also has some health issues that have been a challenge for her. We discovered right after she came that she was a severe asthmatic. She even let us give her treatments and now is much improved. It indeed may be that the fresh country air may have helped her ailing lungs. Snookie is a great reminder on how important it is to let these cats find their own life and identity without imposing our ideals on them. She truly found her way to a new life and now lives quite contentedly and proud of herself - which we think she should be.
Stan is estimated to have been born in 2006. He came in 2010 after being found in our nature sanctuary and caught in a humane trap. Stan is a cat who is frequently overlooked as he likes to do things quietly in his life. Stan is very shy but warms up once he feels comfortable. Stan is a very calm and gentle presence in his cat group and holds a very big space in the colony. If he were to go to a new home, the adopter would have to be extremely patient and know that he will probably hide for quite some time. In the meantime, Stan has carved out a life for himself here in his cat room with his cat friends. There is no pressure for Stan to do anything but be Stan. He seems to appreciate that.
Tank was born in 2009 and came to the farm as a kitten with his mother and litter mates. All of them were semi-feral except Tank who is not only very friendly but a very large personality who helps the other cats. He has helped his brothers Scout and Nutter to have a much better life. Tank probably could have been adopted out as a kitten but he didn't really present himself well to adopters and seemed to have a mission here at the farm to help other cats. So Tank stayed to help others and we love to see him do his work. He has found a great place in life for himself and nobody can ask for more than that. Tank has had some urinary tract issues and needs to be on a special prescription diet to maintain his proper balance.
Teddy was born in 2014 and came to the farm at about 4 months old. He was originally adopted from a humane society but his adopters noticed something wrong with his eyes. They took him to a veterinarian for an exam only to discover that Teddy suffered from a rather rare condition where he was born without any eyelids. As a result, he couldn't close his eyes and the hair around his eyes would continuously poke into his eyes causing ulcers. Teddy's only hope was for an ophthalmologist to treat him and to do a rather specialized surgery. His adopters knew they were not up to what was needed and we were asked if we could take him here in our sanctuary. Teddy underwent three major surgeries which have successfully "created" partial eyelids by using his own skin grafts. Although they are not "normal" they are at least functional. Teddy will be with us for life as his care requires frequent trimming of the hair around his eyes. He is a most amazing patient and has grown into a gorgeous cat. And Teddy is quite the guy. He has a playful and spunky attitude which serves him well. He is fully sighted and loves to zip around his room zooming up and down cat trees and chasing toys as well as his other cat friends.
Theia was born in 2013 and came to the farm several months later after she and several other cats were found living under a dumpster at a factory. Although some of the cats eventually learned to trust humans and decided that living with humans was a great idea, some of them did not. Theia and her sister Meia were both very shy and timid and still remain that way. They love living in their cat room with their friends and that is a life that makes great sense to them. Clearly, they are happy not having to scrounge under a dumpster and we will give them whatever time and space they need to just be themselves. Theia is a gorgeous girl and she does enjoy human company but when she feels like it and on her terms.
In Memory of Tommy - December 2016 - November 2017
Timmy T was born in 2003 and came to the farm as a kitten after he had been found abandoned. Timmy never has shown well to adopters as he tends to stay back more in the room, content to be where he is with his cat friends. Timmy is a wonderful cat who has basically known our sanctuary as his only home for his entire life. If you ask Timmy, he seems to like it that way. He has had some health issues including needing to have all of his teeth removed but he is in general doing very well. Timmy has been a cat that has helped many feral cats adapt to being here in our sanctuary. Other cats tend to gravitate to Timmy as they feel safe with him. He has helped many other cats find their way here.
Trevor was born in 2015 and came to the farm at about 5 months old with his litter mate brother Jack. Trevor and Jack were born to a feral stray momma cat and someone took a lot of time working with them and trying to gain there trust until they could be touched and handled. That person then placed them with us. We just happened to be in need of two young barn cats and were looking for cats that were raised outdoors who were savvy to the outside world. Our barn cats are basically indoor/outdoor house cats as they have access to the downstairs of our house through a cat door. They are beloved family members and a cherished part of our barn team. Trevor is quite the love and continuously purrs and wants to be held and petted. He is also quite precocious and daring and loves to climb in all sorts of interesting places.
Ute was born in 2009 and came to the farm as a young kitten. Ute is kind of a shy cat who does not like to be the center of attention. He was adopted once in 2013 and returned shortly after because he just could not adjust to his new home and was hiding all of the time. Ute clearly has decided that he wants to stay here and given how difficult change is for him, we agree that staying here is probably exactly right for him. Even though he may be shy, once Ute likes you he tends to really hang on - like velcro actually. Once snuggled up on a lap, if you go to move him, he clings on as if he never wants you to leave again. Ute is also voted the most popular cat in his room by his fellow cats. He is a cat favorite and seems quite happy living his life with us.
Sam Scherer - December 2016 - November 2017
Walter is estimated to have been born in 2014. He came in 2015 after he was found sick and injured outside a shopping mall. Walter had a very badly infected eye which eventually had to be removed as it couldn't be saved. Walter is quite a character. He can be a bit cantankerous yet he is also extremely friendly. He gives one the feeling of being an older soul with very clear opinions on many things. He has as much personality as his photo implies.
Wilma was born in 2004 and came to the farm as a kitten. Wilma is very shy and also has some medical issues which have prevented her from ever being adopted. She is happy living in her colony of cat friends and really isn't looking for anything more than the life she has. Wilma does not like to be approached by people however she will invite her caretakers in to pet her. When it is her choice, she clearly likes the contact. Wilma has problems with her nasal passageways and we take care of any needs that arise from this. She will have a home for life here with us.
Cynthia Carr - December 2016 - November 2017
Zelda was born in 2004 and came here as a kitten when she was found abandoned. Zelda most likely was born feral and is very shy. After all these years, she does let us handle her when she needs anything. Unfortunately, Zelda has had her share of medical problems. But we have worked together with her to treat anything that has come up. Zelda is very happy here in the only place she has known as home and is quite content with her cat friends and the life she has made for herself here in our sanctuary.
Zero was born in 2005. He actually was born right here in our sanctuary when his pregnant mother was brought in as a stray. Zero was adopted out as a kitten but then was returned to us because of his tendency to urinate outside the litter box. Unfortunately, we were not able to get Zero past that behavior and he will likely live out his life here with us. This is the place he calls home so for Zero, he was just fine to come back and make himself at home with his cat friends. Zero is everyone's buddy in the cat room. He is never without another cat by his side. He also is very friendly towards his human caretakers although he is usually a little shy at first.
Zia was born in 2005. She was born right here at the farm when her pregnant mother was brought in as a stray. Zia was adopted out as a kitten but then was returned 2 years later after a baby was born in the home and the people didn't feel they could handle a cat and a baby together. Zia never did find an adopter interested in her after that. She has some chronic eye issues that need a lot of medication and attention. Zia is happy to live out the rest of her life here in her cat colony with her cat friends. Zia is super affectionate and friendly to humans as well.
Zucchini was born in 2009. He came to the farm in 2010 after being abandoned. Zucchini is much loved but is a very difficult cat. He unfortunately loves to spray outside the litter box and is very good at it. He also loves to carry around stuffed animals. He is quite the character. Zucchini is very friendly but when he has had enough, he let's you know, and sometimes not in a very pleasant way. So he will for sure be spending the rest of his life here with us with the cats and caretakers who have come to appreciate his specialness and who understand his uniqueness.