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SASSY
Well that took long enough to get my portfolio completed! I'm settling in very well, a quiet gal, looking for a deep relationship with someones!
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Sassy

(FKA Ms. Sassy)

ID#: VA10690
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 11 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
DateIn: 04/04/15
Adopted: 04/18/15
Congrats: Jane M.
Foster: Siri


This cat will not tolerate being with a female cat. This is usually a female cat.Not with Female Cats

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Notes from Home
Tomorrow (5/16/15) will be Sassy’s four-week anniversary as a member of our family and she is settling in nicely, albeit with some valleys to go with the hills.

On 5/12/15, Sass had her wellness visit with her new vet and she is in great shape. She was a perfect patient during the visit, received her rabies shot, and will return in a year for her annual check-up.

In 25 years of having Siamese cats in our lives, Sassy is the only cat to come to us as an adult (she turned five on May 1) and we were not sure how this would affect her initial adjustment. We’ve found that the only discernable difference is in accepting (or not) a periodic claw trim. The cats who started life with us as kittens, quickly grew accustomed to a skillful (if I do say so, myself) claw clip but so far, I’ve had to bide my time (hopefully to when she’s dozing), then clip a single claw (not always possible), then wait until the next opportunity.

In other areas, Sass has come along very well, eating (she’s switched herself to dry-only Wilderness duck), drinking appropriate amounts of water, using her two litter boxes and her hundred-and-two scratching posts. She sleeps in our bed almost every night, for at least part of the night, as she wishes. Strangely, she is not partial to any of a variety of cat beds (fleece, Millie, ‘other’), preferring to doze either on our bed or on a carpeted floor. We’re fairly certain that eventually, when she is no longer at all nervous about anything in her surroundings, she’ll enjoy sleeping on our living room sofa and may even decide to give one or another of the beds a second try. She has also stayed away from the tall, multi-cradle cat tree but here, again, we’re fairly confident that one day, when her environment is no long scary in any way, we will find her ensconced there. Our other cats loved the tree so much that they tried to climb up while we were removing the wrapping! Sassy has done a bit of lap-sitting but was too nervous to pursue it. From Day One, she’s enjoyed lots and lots of looking out of windows and in the last few days, has shown a continuing interest in a variety of toys, mainly catnip mice and other toy hapless creatures, which she disembowels, dominates, and carries from room to room in her mouth. Until yesterday, no toy interested her in the slightest. Progress!

She is becoming more and more relaxed with me, frequently coming to me when I offer my hand to sniff or even call her name; head-butting and winding herself around my legs. She welcomes attention from me, purring as I hold her head and even stretches out for the occasional tummy rub. She is far less social with David (who always had a fine relationship with our other cats) and more often than not, runs for cover when he comes near. We doubt that Sassy was ever ‘abused,’ but we suspect that she had a frightening encounter with a male at some time in her past. This, too, will pass – eventually. Meanwhile, David continues to talk to her, pat her when permitted, and generally act as though he knows all’s well between them.

Pictures to follow (when I learn how to upload them).
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A day over six weeks with us and Sassy’s making wonderful progress in settling in – baby steps but lots of them.

Our bedroom, which started out being home base, is now just one base of several for her and she’s more and more at ease as she trots into various rooms, finds a window to look out of, a food bowl to snack from with water as a chaser, a scratching board to work with, or -- as of just three days ago -- a tall cat tree with three commodious cradles at different levels. In the past few weeks, we saw her noticing it (and perhaps recognizing it for what it is) but not yet nearly brave enough to do more than sharpen her claws on the sisal/carpet portions of its ‘trunk,’ at floor level. We never pressured her to go further and a few nights ago, there she was, in the lowest cradle, sniffing it hesitantly, then standing on it, and finally, gingerly settling down and staying there for an hour or more, changing positions on and off but obviously comfortable. It’s now a regular part of her day and we’re waiting for her to discover the higher cradles which all our previous (now ‘late’) cats loved.

Sass is increasingly social with me and, especially if I show her her brush, will come trotting over for brushing, head-holding, and tummy-rubbing (and of course, lots of talk from me). The brush isn’t a hard-and-fast requirement and more and more often, when she sees me coming near, she’ll stretch herself into a hugely long kitty, expose her tum and meow or purr for “The Usual,” which I’m always happy to supply. I’m still working on getting those claws trimmed but even this is somewhat easier, although still a ‘one-claw-and-done’ event. By the time I get them all done, it’ll be time to start over again but I can see that she finds the process to be annoying but not terrifying.

And she is coming to see that David is really not very scary at all. She’ll let him walk past her without scampering away, and has taken to coming to him, head- or body-bumping him, then retreating to sit just a few inches off. Very brave; more successful baby steps.

Still not confident about uploading pix so must resort to 'text, only.' As a sidebar to the general subject of pictures, Sass’ one problem in all photos is that because her eyes are somewhat hooded, she comes off looking quite dour and unfriendly. Not at all the case. If only we could tell her to say, ‘Cheese.’

Happy June, everyone!
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Sassy's ten-week anniversary with us,this past Saturday, June 27, '15, and she's making steady progress in adjustment. Baby steps but lots and lots of them. She now uses the cat tree regularly (and it took her several weeks to overcome her fear of it). Recently, she's been lumbering up on my lap and settling down there for an hour or more, each evening and also enjoying lounging on the sofa, between David and me. Panics if we pick her up -- so we don't -- but comes over when offered a hand to sniff (to remind her who we are). She loves looking out any open window (secure screens in place on all) and is wild about being brushed! Amazingly, as she lolled on the couch, one evening, last week, I calmly picked up a rear foot and, talking to her the while, clipped all the claws!

She is less 'sassy' than any cat we have ever known and I'm still tempted to change her name to Cookie but she's had two names (that we know of), already ('Ms. Sassy' at the shelter and Siamese Rescue, then, 'Sassy,' with us) and 'Sassy' is now on all her documentation (Siamese Rescue's; her vet's office; Reunite, the microchip data base). The fact that she isn't sassy shouldn't bother me any more than the fact that Vandy, our long-ago, late domestic longhair, wasn't a Vandal.

She has had a recurrence of the chin acne that afflicted her when she came to Siamese Rescue but we contacted our vet as soon as we noticed it and he has prescribed for it.

We are delighted with this pussy cat who has had a rough time of it, watching her gain confidence in her environment and trust in her humans.

Thanks to the huge Siamese Rescue team who brought her to us, in Brookline, Mass. Later in the summer, she'll spend a week with us on Cape Cod.

Finally, some pix to attach, with hopes that I've got the upload process right

More news when there is some.
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At six months with us, five year old Sassy’s adjustment continues. Her progress was initially hindered by the necessity of medicating her for the reoccurrence of the feline acne which plagued her when she first came to Siamese Rescue from a public shelter. She was clear at the time we adopted her. As we knew it might, within a month, the problem reappeared and for several months, our vet at Angell Animal Medical Center (the medical arm of MSPCA), treated her, first with Duoxo Spot On, later with Tresaderm. He also had us eliminate as much plastic as possible from her life (changing her water and food bowls to china), and changed her diet to Royal Canin Rabbit and Peas, both moist and dry (she loves both versions). The acne improved but was still present and at our vet’s suggestion, we made an appointment for a consultation with the feline dermatologist at Angell.

Ultimately, the strain of being given meds twice a day, every day was affecting Sass’ adjustment so adversely that we asked whether it would be medically safe to give her prednisone, in the very short term, to allow us to halt the daily medications which were having such a bad effect on her adjustment to life with us -- just until her dermatology appointment, scheduled for six weeks later. (We know how dangerous prednisone is, in the long term.) Our vet prescribed a two-week course of oral prednisone, the last dose of which was given one month before Sass’ dermatology appointment.

At this writing, one month after the last oral prednisone dose, Sass has been clear for quite a while, so clear, in fact, that we re-scheduled her appointment with the dermatologist to December, as she is presently asymptomatic. We know it might return and are prepared to deal with whatever comes.

We have read that stress can be a factor in feline acne. In the weeks since we ceased medicating Sass – with a stressful chase twice a day -- her adjustment has improved to the point where we can almost say that she has begun to blossom, starting to become the cat she was meant to be.

As to her social/emotional adjustment: First and foremost, she has never struck a blow in anger. Initially, when she first came to us, she almost phobic of being picked up – and to this day, I almost never do so, however, on the rare occasions when I do lift her up, she has now come to the point where she will object with her almost inaudible non-Siamese voice but for a few seconds, will refrain from struggling, looking around at the view from the human. After those few seconds have passed, she will not bite or scratch (except accidentally, as she pushes off from my arms) but she will struggle strenuously to get down. As with all other ‘problems,’ we never press her. We see improvement here and it’s now quite obvious that although she continues to dislike being picked up and/or carried, she is no longer terrified. Our attempts at claw-trimming are so stressful for her that we now have the trimming done at a tech appointment at Angell, approximately once a month. Sass behaves perfectly at these sessions. All of our previous cats came to us as kittens and so were totally accustomed to manicures with me.

At the other end of the sociability spectrum, she sometimes sleeps in our bed with us and some evenings, as the two of us sit on the living room sofa, she quite often appears, jumps up and carefully settles down on my lap. At times, she will stretch herself out to her full length, asking for a tummy rub, and she hugely enjoys gentle under-chin and jaw line massages. She gives signs that she wants to socialize and generally feels good about her life with us. Head butts are now routine and we’ll simply follow her lead as we go along.

Sass greatly enjoys looking out of any of the many windows and on occasion seats herself next to a closed Venetian blind. We take the hint and open it for her. She has generally paid little or no attention to any toys, although this has improved somewhat and she has one favorite BFF white mouse which she sometimes carries around with her.

Sadly, after ‘discovering’ the wonderful cat tree in our living room, close to a window, and spending several days enjoying it in June, she hasn’t used the tree in easily four months, a pity, as it provided so much pleasure to our previous cats. As with all other things, we do not press her. It may happen, yet.

We’ve seen slow but definite improvement on all fronts and will continue to let Sass progress at her own pace. She’s our girl and has had a rough time of it. We wish we knew what her pre-shelter life was like but that won’t happen. Somewhere along the way, someone destroyed most of her self-confidence and courage. We want to help her get them back.

Thanks to everyone at SCRC for giving us this wonderful lady with the incredibly soft shiny brown fur.
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February 20, 2016:
We celebrated Sass’ ten-month adoption anniversary two days ago, on February 18 and it’s been a memorable ten months, filled with a million baby steps toward becoming the happy, healthy, confident and sociable cat she was meant to be. Sass was a bundle of miscellaneous fears when she came to us and throughout, we’ve proceeded on a ‘Go-Slow’ basis which is paying off beautifully. Within the last two months, especially, she has made wonderful interpersonal progress with both David and me and now spends large portions of most evenings on the living room sofa with us, on my lap, or David’s lap, or in the fleece bed (on the sofa) which she rejected for virtually nine of the ten months that she’s been with us. When she first came to us, she was flat-out terrified of being picked up – so for the most part, we didn’t, while very slowly picking her up on rare occasions for very brief periods (measured in seconds). One day, I picked her up and was astounded to find that, rather than struggle to get away, she purred and rubbed her head against my arms as I held her. The door bell with send her scampering for cover but when our (adult) elder son, Rog, stops by, rather than ring, he calls us when he’s at our door, we open the door for him, with no scary bell (guess telephones don’t count), Sass doesn’t feel compelled to flee, and he greets her as he enters. So far, she has become brave enough to allow him to approach her and give her his hand to sniff. Her acne never completely goes away – and we suspect that it will always be with her to some extent – but she does well on and enjoys her diet of Hill’s z/d and is being well cared for by the feline dermatologist at Angell Animal Medical Center (fka Angell Memorial), the medical arm of MSPCA, in Boston, just ten minutes or so from our home in Brookline. Her General Medicine vet is also in practice there.

Finally, I must report the most terrifying 24 hours we have ever experienced: In our condo’s large parking lot, just about to load Sass’ SCRC carrier (with her in it) into the back of our Honda, to drive to her appointment with her vet, we set the carrier on the ground, preparatory to clearing one last bit of space on the back seat. In a millisecond, the hinge side of the carrier’s grill door came open and the last thing we saw was Sass, in warp drive, running this way and that in the lot in 20º temperature with snow and ice on the ground! In 26 years of cat ownership, we have never, ever lost a cat, as all our cats are indoor-only (as Sass is). An army of friends/neighbors helped in the search; our son, Rog, drove in from his home in the suburbs and he and our dear friend and neighbor-across-the-hall, Linda, must have covered half of Brookline (slight exaggeration) with flyers; we contacted all the appropriate agencies and institutions, and I searched the single-car garages which ring the parking lot, over and over again, in the wee hours and before I left for work, early the next morning. No snow that night but temps in the single digits; the coldest night of the year. Sass has no collar but is microchipped.

WE GOT HER BACK! Linda, who has never owned a cat, suggested (naively, we were sure) that we leave the door to our building’s outer vestibule open and place food, water, and a bed in the vestibule. I told Linda that Sass was an indoor-only cat and surely had no cognitive map which would help her get home from the parking lot, two blocks from our building, having seen the outdoors only through the bars of her carrier. Nevertheless, almost to humor Linda, we did as she suggested. The next morning: nothing The following afternoon, as David and I were sitting in the waiting room of the Honda dealership, waiting for an oil change, my cell phone rang and there was a picture of a cool, calm, and collected Sassy, lounging in the fleece bed in the vestibule of our building. Linda had found her there, a few minutes earlier and brought the bed – with Sass in it – into the secure inner vestibule – and Sass had not shied away from her whom she knew only slightly. Linda’s husband, Richard, came to pick us up from Honda (our own car was still being serviced) and ten minutes later Sass walked into her home and settled down as though she’d never been away. We’ll never know, of course, but we wonder whether she might have been an indoor-outdoor cat in her first five years, before she came to us, and so might have developed some outdoor cognitive mapping skills. We don’t ascribe the happy ending to anything ‘woo-woo’ and just consider ourselves (and Sass) to have been darned lucky. We had offered a $100 reward for Sass’ safe return and, of course Linda would not accept it so sometime soon, David and I will take the four of us out to dinner at Boston’s Top of the Hub, instead.

We have three new pix assuming I can upload them. Apologies if they don't accompany this report; I'll re-learn and include with my next one...

Best to all of you,
Jane and David and Sass
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4/18/17
Today is Sass’ two-year anniversary with us and when she first arrived at age five, we determined to give her all the time she needed to grow into her new life. She’s made great progress, greatly accelerated in the past six months. More often than not, she spends part of the night sleeping next to me in bed. In the evenings, she joins me, on my lap or next to me on the sofa, to help me watch TV or read and she’s generally up for tummy rubs and walking on the coffee table. She is not a player with toys and has only occasionally used the tall, commodious cat tree at the living room window (once every six months has been her average, so far). I have hope that she’ll eventually understand what fun it can be to get comfortable in tree’s large cradles (as our other, now late, cats did for decades), to watch the action in our condo’s beautiful front garden, with trees and flowers, people, birds, squirrels, and, yes, some dogs, all doing their respective things. Now that the weather is warming, I open the (screened) windows and she comes running in an instant to jump up on the broad window sill (ignoring the tree!), where she’ll sit or lie for hours, enjoying a sun beam.

One of the most dramatic indicators of her becoming more and more at ease is her willingness to allow me to trim her claws, a total impossibility during her first 18 months here. She’s not crazy about manicures and complains as I talk to her and clip away, but she’s quite obviously no longer afraid of me and submits, knowing that I never, ever hurt her.

During the past year, Sass has continued to have feline acne issues which are now fairly well controlled with a diet (which she mostly enjoys) of Hill’s z/d, both canned and dry.

For several months, she suffered from a serious lesion in her left eye, successfully treated with repeated applications of antibiotic and antiviral medications. Surgery would have been the next step, had not the treatment with medication succeeded. The sight in her left eye may, ultimately, be somewhat diminished but the lesion has healed and not returned. She still has sight in the eye, and never gives any indication that it is bothering her. We are hugely grateful for the skill and compassion of Martin Coster, DVM, her feline ophthalmologist, at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

My husband, David, has been in increasingly poor health for several years and is now a cancer patient in long-term care at a good nursing facility not far from our home. I’m fortunate to have a fine support group composed of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where I work part-time in a job that I love, editing various documents for the unit. Sass is a key member of my team (indeed, she was a key player in my life, even before David’s illness). She has perfect litter box habits, scratches appropriately, and has never bitten or scratched. She continues to run from anyone but me and I don’t see this changing, except, perhaps in her relationship with my adult sons. No matter; she’s my girl and I’m her human and I sometimes think she senses this very comfortable arrangement. Thanks beyond the telling to SCRC for making all this happen!

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Two-year anniversary report ADDENDUM: Sass is seven years old today (exact)! Almost immediately after I had filed the two-year report above, noting that she has used her cat tree only once every six months (or so), I came into the living room to find her in the tree's top cradle, watching the bird action in the condo's front garden. In the days which followed, I've found her in each of the three cradles sometimes observing the passing scene, sometimes snoozing. I'm so delighted at the prospect that this will be a continuing source of entertainment for her. Hopefully, I'll be able to upload the two pix I took of her tree 'interactions.'

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6/24/18:
Sass has been with me for just a bit over three years, now (adopted 4/18/15). She and I are a good team but in the main, with the exception of my two adult sons, Rog and Jeff, and my dear friend/neighbor, Linda, she flees from all other humans – and sometimes even from them. My late husband, David, who had been in increasingly poor health for several years, had been in long-term care as a cancer patient almost all of the time that Sass was in the family. They interacted slightly and got along but basically, she scarcely knew him. David passed away last July.

Sass has had two health emergences along the way: a scratched eye which I described in an earlier report and a very badly torn ear, self-inflicted while scratching her face and surrounding area. The ear required surgery but healed very well, although her ear-modeling days are over. Because soon after allowing me to trim her claws, she entirely STOPPED allowing me to do so, I first took her in to MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, in Boston (where her vet is located) and willingly paid to have any of the techs do the job every three weeks, then found a wonderful groomer who comes to my home on the same schedule, is very good at what she does, and whose rate for the job is virtually the same as Angell’s. I don’t walk well and lugging 14-pound Sass in her soft carrier to and from my car for the trip to Angell, especially in a New England winter, had quickly proved to be virtually impossible. (All of my many other [now late] cats had come to the family as kittens who were totally relaxed with pedicures by me, but Sass, with five years of very different pre-adoption life experiences, simply could not handle it. She willingly submits to the groomer and her assistant and everyone’s happy.)

A third very rough spot overtook us for several months in late fall/winter when, without provocation (or any I could identify), Sass started urinating and (later defecating) in the carpeted hall at the back of the house. Any possibility of a physical cause was eliminated with a complete examination/tests, and after several months of spending large amounts of money on products which proved totally ineffective (e.g., Simple Solution, Urine Away, Feliway diffusers), with no hope at all, I asked my vet to recommend a feline behaviorist, working out of the Behavioral Department at Angell. This turned out to be the best money I ever spent. I won’t take time here to describe the very successful combination of actions/substances, but I invite anyone experiencing the same problem(s) to contact me and I’ll gladly share the information. The one factor in Sass’ recovery which I must mention here and now is her receiving a daily dose of 0.6 ml of oral fluoxetine (Prozac) which the Angell pharmacy makes up for her on her vet’s prescription, fish flavored. Initially, the prescription takes several weeks to work but it is worth the wait. It never, ever zonks her out but now, after several months, I definitely see a less nervous, more confident and for that reason, I’m quite certain, happier cat.

Throughout this past, sometimes difficult year, indeed, ever since she came to me, Sass’ relationship with me has been a joy to me and I dare to think, a very positive thing for her. She is not a player with toys but many times a day rolls on her back for tummy rubs, offers her head for holding, does a bit of lap-sitting and bed-sharing, and climbs her tree to the top, (sometimes with a bit of catnip on it to enhance her interest). In this nice weather, she enjoys lying on the broad window sills and watching the goings-on in the condo’s garden, with open windows protected with good, safe screens.

Sass may not be everybody's cup of tea but I can't imagine life without her.

Over and over, Thank you, SCRC, for bringing us together.



(Last update: Jun 24th, 2018 10pm)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Spartan
ID#: VA12069
Location:  South Carolina
Sex: male
Current Age: 15 Yrs
Declawed: 2paw
Points: Snowshoe
Date In: 05/29/17
Adopted: 06/24/17
Congrats: Mary Lou
Foster: Debra


SPARTAN
Sweet boy whose owners moved out of the country and could not take him with them. All my blood work has come back in and I am in tip top shape! No dental needed either. I need a nice lap to lay in and someone to cuddle with at night!

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Notes from Home
Spartan is doing well. He is still jumpy when he hears noises or if someone moves quickly. In the am's he jumps up on the bed and goes to my head and lies on top of my head and pillow. I take it to mean "its time to get up". He has sad eyes. But he is very affectionate esp. in the evening when we are in the recliner. We love him. He's a keeper. Monday, 7-24-17. I can't believe its 1 mo. already. Spartan is great. He still doesn't like to be held, but we are working on it. He also doesn't like to play? I never had a cat that doesn't like to play. He runs thru the house. I guess he thinks that's enough exercise! 8-27-17 Spartan is doing well. I actually picked him up twice this past week. He's letting me brush all over. When he is awake he's at my feet (chair or floor). His appetite is great. He eats 4xday. AMEN. 12-29-17 Spartan is doing very well. He is our baby. He loves to lie on my lap "all the time". He still is scared when he hears a noise or my husband sneezes. I've had no litter box problems. He is a very clean cat. He has filled out. He was very bony when I got him. He wanted to eat all the time. That has eased off. 6-24-18 I keep repeating myself but Spartan is doing great. He is the easiest cat I've had. He is very sweet and loving. He's about 11lbs and eats 2xd. His coat is silky and shiny. He will stretch out on the rug and I will rub his belly. He talks to me all the time and I enjoy it a lot. I'm so glad for your rescue. He will see the vet soon. Thanks again for my great cat and friend.
(Last update: Jun 24th, 2018 5pm)

BASIL
I've lived with another cat, and a dog, and did fine - I'm a larger boy who could lose a pound or two but hey, I love eating junk food, what can I say! I've got an outgoing personality, talkative and opinionated, and like to be up high checking everything out! You can call me Dill, you can call me Pickles, but don't call me late for dinner!
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Basil

(FKA Dillinger)

ID#: VA10802
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: male
Current Age: 9 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
DateIn: 06/03/15
Adopted: 06/20/15
Congrats: Carol
Foster: Siri


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5

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Notes from Home
I decided to rename Dillinger “Basil” (as in Basil Fawlty, not the cooking herb). Even if people think it’s the herb, that’s OK, too, because he is becoming a HERBert family member. Mainly, though, I saw a John Cleese resemblance in some of his pictures and I like the idea of being able to do a Prunella Scales imitation (BAS-il! BAS-il!) when he’s working himself into a grumbly snit about something.
We just did Basil's first local vet visit this morning. All the vet techs were stopping by the exam room to check him out and exclaim about what a handsome cat he is. Basil, true to form, yowled and hated riding in the carrier to/from the vet, but was very patient (and curious) throughout his examination. Not a bit of trouble.
Good news is that he is now transitioned off the Meow Mix and eating dry Natural Balance Fat Cat food exclusively. Still working on portion control and using scheduled feeding to get his weight down gradually. Also spending time finding out what toys and activities he likes most, encouraging exercise. It also helps that he goes up/down stairs several times every day. Basil and sweet Sheltie Jessie have got on perfectly from day one. No problems whatsoever on that score! Life is good in our inter-species household.

9/29/15
Basil had a dental cleaning and his pearly whites are sparkling now. He likes to rub around Sheltie Jessie's legs as he walks by, but he doesn't try to initiate play with her, which is just how she likes it. (I've uploaded a photo of Basil and Jessie.) Basil is a crazy fool for Da Bird and mylar balls. We keep a supply of balls on hand to restock as needed. We also sing a mashup of "Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog [mylar ball] Gone" and "My Bonnie [mylar] Lies Over the Ocean" when we search for mylar balls that have gone astray -- "Bring back, bring back, oh bring back my mylar to meeeee!"

7/06/2017
Basil, AKA Daddy Longlegs, is just the bestest boy for us. Sweet old Sheltie Jessie passed away in May 2016. Now we have another sweet and clever Sheltie girl, 9-year-old Shay, who Basil also claims as his own, much as he did with Jessie. (I'm uploading a picture of Basil and one of Shay, too.) Basil recently got his shots updated and had a routine dental cleaning. The vet says Basil has EXCELLENT teeth!

6/23/2018
Basil (AKA Daddy Longlegs AKA Me BOY-oh) just aced his annual physical and is doing fine. It's interesting to see how he has adapted his interactions with Sheltie Shay to suit Shay's more merry temperament (compared to shy Jessie, the dog of the household when we adopted Basil 3 years ago). Basil is more interactive and openly playful with Shay. They both enjoy spending time together, but they also allow each other plenty of alone time every day. All is well indeed.


(Last update: Jun 23rd, 2018 2pm)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name: Ollie

(FKA Meezer)

ID#: VA12345
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: male
Current Age: 11 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Chocolate
Date In: 10/21/17
Adopted: 12/16/17
Congrats: David
Foster: Siri


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5
This cat is either scared or, or has had bad experiences with dogs.Not with Dogs
OLLIE
A lovely friendly quick to settle in boy who has had full mouth extractions in an attempt to control the stomatitis that I'm afflicted with. You'd never know anything from my amazing attitude and determined appetite! Am afraid of dogs and while I LOVE catnip I can be an overstimulated drunk, so easy does it. I take daily meds mixed in my food and do have a special (but over the counter) diet I follow. No politics with other cats but they had better watch out or I'll snack on their food :)

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Meezer (name to change soon) has settled in great. He has come home with us and has had some food and water and is now exploring a little of the house. Doing great!!!

So I have been here 3 weeks now and all is going well. After a short time in one room I was allowed the run of the house, lots of different levels to explore and two other cats to meet. I am getting on well with my Burmese feline companion but I am still not really on best speaking terms with the lynx Siamese, she has a hissing fit occasionally, she is just highly strung.

I have been to see my new vet, she is great, she has dog biscuits in her pocket !!!!! She laughed when I tried every trick in the book to get my nose in there!!! She laughed even harder when she realized I have no teeth so would not have known what to do if I managed to get one of those hard treats!!! She says my mouth is still quite inflamed from the Stomatitis but wants to see if this settles any more once I am stress free in my new home......also she wants to take x-rays to see if I have any tooth fragments left in my gums.....

My two new servants (Trish and David) love me very much and think I look like a small woolly bear, and of course I play up to that on every occasion I get chance to snuggle.They have named me Ollie and I still have not got used to that but occasionally give them hope by looking when they call this name.

All for now, just thought I would let everybody know I am settled and happy in my new forever home!!!

Happy New Year to all my Feline friends, Ollie

So Hi All
I have been in and out of the vets over the last few months while they fixed my teeth and gums. I went to vet for my check up and my stomatitis is ALL GONE!!! Dr Streck, my vet (who adores me btw...well of course), showed David and Trish inside my mouth and particularly the back of the jaws and into the throat where I had been initially slow to clear and it all looks normal and healthy. Well I could have told them that, it has stopped hurting and I now eat ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING....well have to make up for lost time!!

They have been reducing the steroids over the last month or so and now I is steroid free!!! I think this is great news

Hope y'all are enjoying the start of summer

Ollie

(Last update: Jun 23rd, 2018 1pm)

PRECIOUS-IN-VA
Well hello --- I'm the new kid on the block. Just arrived today after a bout with a public shelter, then a vet, a spay operation, and a move to Rescue - I'm a bit tired, but plan to tell you more about my purring self soon! Congrats David and Trish in MD!
PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Precious-in-VA
ID#: VA2680
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 14 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Lynx
DateIn: 05/18/04
Adopted: 05/29/04
Deceased: 06/22/18
Congrats: David
Foster: Siri



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Notes from Home
Hi Siri
It is with a sad heart that I have to let you know that we have lost Lucy, our stripy cat with china blue eyes (see attached). Lucy has been with us for almost exactly 14 years since we brought her home from the Rescue Center and has been a great cat. She has been in decline for the last few months and had lost weight precipitously over the last month and today was just the end for her. The vet believes that her kidneys had started to fail and agreed that this was the best decision for her and sadly she went at 3:30 today. We will miss her greatly. :-(
David

(Last update: Jun 23rd, 2018 1pm)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Jake
ID#: VA9969
Location:  Maryland
Sex: male
Current Age: 17 Yrs
Declawed: 2paw
Points: Seal
Date In: 04/12/14
Adopted: 09/13/14
Deceased: 03/20/20
Congrats: Cynthia
Foster: Joyce

Foster Notes

This cat will not tolerate any other cats in the home. A dog may still be a possibility though.Must be Only Cat
JAKE
Do you want a cat who will be your constant companion ? One who will lay on your lap for hours ? One who will look into your eyes with so much love that you think your heart will burst ? If so, then Jake is definitely your guy !

Even though he and his former companion were raised together and you'll see pics of him with her, Jake really does not want to share his person/people with another cat and needs to be an only cat.

Although he's eleven, all the tests show that Jake's in great shape so don't let his age scare you off. If you're looking for that special one-on-one relationship, Jake could be the one for you.


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Notes from Home
4 years later...

Jake is still doing wonderful, and healthy, at 15 years old! Adopting him, I was hopeful he would enjoy us and we would mutually love each others company for as long as he would be with us (not really sure because of his age); but his meezer demeanor is now so much a part of our home, I cannot bare to think of a day without him. He chose me as his person very soon after adoption, but he loves the laps of my husband and daughter too. As our daughter has grown from 4 to 8 years old, her and Jake’s relationship has grown as well. Each morning before I wake her up for school, Jake sneaks from my pillow to hers hoping to intercept all the attention, so they still have their sibling rivalries. When he’s not relaxing with one of us, he is still hunting socks; lucky for him we are great and leaving our socks around!

We love Jake so much. His adoption has added more love to our home than I could have imagined!

Thank you ❤️

(Last update: Jun 22nd, 2018 2pm)

JONAH
Oh what a tale I have to tell.

My Mom left us last fall to go to Heaven - me and my buddy Violet (VA7608). In November, her grandson took us to the Daytona Humane Society where we were placed with a local rescue. Violet made out great - she's staying with the foster and sleeping with her 8 year old son.

I went to another foster and escaped out the doggie door before Christmas. My foster Mom found out about all this in February and with the help of evaluator Helene and transporter Harriet, they started looking for me. I was in Ormond Beach and somebody spotted me mid-February. But then nothing until April 14. Ormond Beach Animal Control Officer Champion brought a trap over and I was caught in an hour (Officer Champion is that good!) April 16. I was back in Merritt Island on the 17th and had a bath on the 18th. Yuck.

So the videos are on the 19th. The vet said she couldn't believe what great shape I was in for having been outside for five months.

I'd be happy to tell you all about it and see if you've got a place I can call home. No more outside for me!

Love

Joey
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Jonah

(FKA Joey)

ID#: VA10720
Location:  Florida
Sex: male
Current Age: 12 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
DateIn: 04/18/15
Adopted: 06/20/15
Congrats: Carol
Foster: Donna


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5

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Notes from Home
I am Jonah! My mom says I am her tall, dark, handsome guy! I am feeling at home here at last and life is good! I am getting pets, neck and head scritches, and FOOD! I get all of those things here. Mom says I'm a bit of a pig, but I think she is just teasing me. I did have to go to vet recently, and that was a bad experience. First of all I got car sick and puked and pooped in the carrier. Then I got it all over me.! It was terrible!! Then they washed me at the vet! Then they stuck something in my private area and clipped my nails! Boy, that was a bad day! Mom said I got car sick last year too, so she will find a vet who makes home visits to take care of me from now on. Regardless of all of that, I got a clean bill of health!
I'm so happy that my sister Ruby likes me now. I am over 14 lb. and Ruby is barely 7 lb. and mom laughs when we are together; she says we are such a cute pair. My older brother Miles still doesn't like me, but I mostly ignore him. I'm hoping one day my charm and good looks will win him over.
So I just wanted everyone to know that things are good here. I have a home!!

06/21/18
For a guy who isn't much of a go-getter,Jonah has had an eventful year. In February, he fell out of an upstairs window when he accidentally pushed out the screen. After many tears, many miles logged looking for him, and many dollars spent for search and catch tools, Jonah gave up and "let" me catch him after 16 days. Jonah thanks The Lost Catfinder for helping us search the right way! Although a couple of pounds lighter, even with the addition of fleas, he was in good health.This was confirmed by his new mobile vet who he now sees because he suffers from motion sickness.
Just two short weeks later, Jonah lost his big brother, Miles (VA2269). As difficult as this was, I was happy I wasn't still obsessing about Jonah's safety. Since then, Jonah has become more affectionate, probably because doesn't have to compete with Miles for attention.
Jonah is a very sweet boywho hangs out a lot with his sister Ruby Dee (VA7757) His favorite things are FOOD, sleep, and pets! I am so glad he is back where he should be!

(Last update: Jun 21st, 2018 2pm)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name: Leia

(FKA Margo)

ID#: VA7026
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 8 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Snowshoe
Date In: 06/05/10
Adopted: 06/20/10
Deceased: 03/30/18
Congrats: Pamela
Foster: Siri


LEIA
Pick MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Young, outgoing, curious, interactive. My owner (uninterested in the spay bill) sent me to the shelter who luckily called Rescue and now here I am hopping ready to go home. So far just about any home will work, I don't seem to have too many hang ups!

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Notes from Home
Leia died on March 30, 2018 from thyroid disease and kidney failure. She is sorely missed by both me and Wookiee.
(Last update: Jun 20th, 2018 4pm)

JYNX
A little afraid but OK once I know I am with a friend. I am a beautiful snowshoe girl.. Well I have had something foster mom calls a spay and I am feeling much better. I am beautiful, playful, and ready for a new home. I can leave here in about two and half weeks and I want my next home to be my forever one.
PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Jynx
ID#: VA10804
Location:  Florida
Sex: female
Current Age: 7 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Snowshoe
DateIn: 06/03/15
Adopted: 06/20/15
Congrats: Paulette
Foster: Jane

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Notes from Home
Hi Jane
Wow 2 years already!
Jynx continues to do well. She has become far more trusting and gregarious.
Her health is very good , no problems at all! I'll upload recent pics.

(Last update: Jun 20th, 2018 8am)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Samantha
ID#: VA10735
Location:  South Carolina
Sex: female
Current Age: 10 Yrs
Declawed: 2paw
Points: Chocolate
Date In: 05/03/15
Adopted: 06/19/15
Deceased: 06/14/19
Congrats: Liz
Foster: Debra


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5
This cat will not tolerate any other cats in the home. A dog may still be a possibility though.Must be Only Cat
SAMANTHA
My previous home had far too many other animals for me to be happy. I am looking for a home that needs a Seal Goddess to worship. Let me know if you are interested and I will determine if you are worthy of a girl like me.

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Notes from Home
It's been 4 weeks since Samantha travelled all the way from South Carolina to her new home in NYC, and she is doing really well! After a very traumatic initial adjustment, she has emerged as an energetic, loving, playful girl and she continues to make more progress every day!

It's been about 6 weeks since I adopted Samantha and she's doing really well! When I first got her, she initially spent most of her time hiding in a bathroom or cowering in corners, hissing at, swatting and biting anyone who got near her. Over time, she's stopped hiding, cowering and hissing completely! She still swats and bites once in a while, but it seems like she only reacts this way when she's approached suddenly, and the intensity of it has changed, in that now, even when she does it, the homicidal intent seems to be gone! 😀 These days, she spends all her time playing with toys, snuggling up to "her" humans and...this is new over the past week or so...talking!!! Seems like each day, she becomes happier and more confident!


It's been almost 3 months since I adopted Samantha and she is a big lovebug! She has a ton of energy and loves playing with her new toys from the Siamese Rescue Store (and she continues to completely ignore her Millie bed!)

Samantha is really happy! She's come a long way from the terrified, traumatized, angry, hissing, biting, swatting cat I first met almost 4 months ago. Now, she plays for hours, loves to eat, and is affectionate, talkative and full of purrs and love. I've added a few new pics!

June 19, 2018 update:
Today is the 3 year anniversary of the day I adopted Samantha. She’s doing so well; she’s happy, secure, healthy, loving, playful and really adorable. New pics attached.

(Last update: Jun 19th, 2018 6pm)

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