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post #31 of 44
2 of my adoptions have been older kitties. Both Freckles and Bickford were 8 when I got them. I knew they would have no shot if either one was brought to a shelter. Bickford had the added issue of aggression whenever he's in a strange situation. Even though Freckles died 15 months later I wouldn't have changed a thing. Whenever I go on Petfinder I always change the settings to special needs cats.
post #32 of 44
We have a cat right now at the shelter that I'm worried about. Shadow is only a couple of years old, but she is absolutely terrified in her cage, trembling with fear. She's not aggressive, and if you put her in your lap, she'll curl up and accept petting gladly. But she still trembles.

And she's not particularly pretty. She's some sort of a persian cross, since she has a very thick white undercoat. She's also quite small, for an adult cat.

Here's her Petfinder listing:

Shadow

I'm afraid she will be euthanized any day now.
post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
We have a cat right now at the shelter that I'm worried about. Shadow is only a couple of years old, but she is absolutely terrified in her cage, trembling with fear. She's not aggressive, and if you put her in your lap, she'll curl up and accept petting gladly. But she still trembles.

And she's not particularly pretty. She's some sort of a persian cross, since she has a very thick white undercoat. She's also quite small, for an adult cat.

Here's her Petfinder listing:

Shadow

I'm afraid she will be euthanized any day now.
OMG! I think she's adorable! sigghhhhhh.... If I lived nearby I would take her.
post #34 of 44
I hope someone can start a thread here where the members can post pets up for adoption...
post #35 of 44
Sophie is a 7 y/o declawed female who even I can't get near, and I work with our less adoptable cats - a surrender


Reggie, a 10 year old declaw (although he is a sweet boy, his looks dont get him far and his weight is certainly an issue)
post #36 of 44
We took in a litter of 4 ferals, whose mother had been killed. We were going to adopt them out through a shelter, but 3 turned out FeLV+. As they were considered unadoptable, we decided to keep all 4, even though only 3 were +. Boy, are we glad we did! They're marvelous, healthy, beautiful cats! The "Gang of Four" are the hub of our household. And they are thriving--they are going on 4 years old already! (They were diagnosed FeLV+ as 5-month-old kittens. I was told that it was a miracle if a + kitten made it to 1 year-old.)

So many well-meaning people suggested we have them put to sleep, to keep them from suffering. As far as I know, they've never suffered; they have been the healthiest cats in the house (we had 9 total).

Cute little kittens are easy to find homes for, according to our SPCA and the other shelters. They get adopted fast. But the poor older cats languish in the shelters (or, at the SPCA, get killed eventually). Granted, there are some circumstances where getting a kitten or 2 may be better for your situation, but don't overlook the adult cats. (Actually, I prefer adult cats--kittens are cute, and I love them, but an adult cat is at its most beautiful--sleek, and feline-looking. They also have more personality.)
post #37 of 44
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Reggie looks like a kitty we had here - he had cancer of his mouth - hence the funny mouth/face.

The black 7 y/o boy was adopted tonight! The grey/white old/special needs boy went home with a volunteer (he was close to being euthanized). Hopefully they both work out.
post #38 of 44
Tiny was "aggressive". Turns out he really was just full of energy and tended to be anxious and touchy. A lot of play sessions and a predictable routine, and he's just fine. Okay, he'll still bite; but he does it so softly that he's barely touching your skin with his teeth--he doesn't really want to hurt you, just get your attention so he can play! Talk about misunderstood.

My two fosters are both special needs. Christy has been with me over a year because she did so badly at the shelter that she stopped eating and had to be coaxed to start again when she came here. She's very shy but very sweet and just learning that laps are nice places. And there's a whole thread here about my newest, Olivia, who came in weighing four pounds less than she should have (that's like an eighty-pound human adult!), covered in fleas and sores, and with suspicious as-yet-unidentified lumps. Olivia is currently sitting in my lap purring like a motorcycle, after having just spent time acting almost exactly like a kitten...
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
I am starting to get very short tempered with the people who want to surrender cats that have no chance of getting adopted. The most recent one is oh well we got a kitten on the weekend and he hissed at it and made the kitten poop outside the box (the one box between 4 cats)
I understand how you feel. I work with a rescue and we constantly get people emailing and calling asking if we can take their animals. The thing that bothers me is that so many people in rescues or other animal fields that are contacted about taking these animals refuse to take the animals because of the owners. They get mad at the owners for being so uncaring and turning their animals over like that, but we have to stop thinking of it this way. We have to think of the animals. I hate that the rescue I work with won't even pay attention to any of these calls. The animals need help! They're obviously living with owners who don't care enough about them to keep them any longer. If we turn them down, they might take them to the pound or dump them somewhere. I know it's hard to get older cats or cats with medical conditions adopted, but I hate when people turn their backs on these "unadoptables" because the owners are so stupid. Those people aren't going to change, but the animals still need help!
post #40 of 44
Lets see I have five "unadoptables " "hard to adopts" under my roof and would gladly take in more and I am sure Nat is looking for a special one right now for me

Zoey and Dalhia were ferals .... Not sure anyone believes that about Zoey anymore and Dalhia is making HUGE strides ...

Slyvester is black , male and was a 9 lb six month old... but I got a great baby in him

PJ and Punky I wonder how they were NOT adopted but he he they are my boys and Pj is my boyyyyy friend"_
post #41 of 44
Thank you, that was beautiful to read!

All those kitties pics you have posted are just as beautiful to me as a fluffy, 8 week old kitten!

With my shelter experiences, I have seen so many older cats, who because of unfortunate starts at life makes them undesirable to visitors, sit in their cages and quietly withdraw. But the amount of happiness seeing them finally get adopted almost makes it worthwhile. And personally, I enjoy a cat with a bit of character!
post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by MissKitties View Post
I understand how you feel. I work with a rescue and we constantly get people emailing and calling asking if we can take their animals. The thing that bothers me is that so many people in rescues or other animal fields that are contacted about taking these animals refuse to take the animals because of the owners. They get mad at the owners for being so uncaring and turning their animals over like that, but we have to stop thinking of it this way. We have to think of the animals. I hate that the rescue I work with won't even pay attention to any of these calls. The animals need help! They're obviously living with owners who don't care enough about them to keep them any longer. If we turn them down, they might take them to the pound or dump them somewhere. I know it's hard to get older cats or cats with medical conditions adopted, but I hate when people turn their backs on these "unadoptables" because the owners are so stupid. Those people aren't going to change, but the animals still need help!
I agree but unfortunately with it being kitten season we have to put the stray cats first - who do we not help, the cat on the streets or one in a home who doesnt have the best owner but cat be all that bad if it lived to 8 there?

We have a very humane pound and while they are not no kill their euthanasia rate is low for animal control and they always call us to see if we have space before they do euthanise any animal that isnt feral or very sick.
post #43 of 44
Oh I should have mentioned that Reggie actually found a home in two weeks (with a volunteer but he still found a home)

Sophie is still there but has calmed down some and is a declaw so gets some interest

These are my new adoptable 'unadoptables'

Amaretto

You can tell she is my kind of cat! POed all the time

Bambi & Thumper because they cant be separated


Bunny because she is an overgroomer and quite shy


This cutie, Moe, just because she is 8


Three or four black adults... just because they are black - they have amazing personalities but people dont seem to want to even see them

A white declaw, just under two, highly intelligent and very attentive but deaf

A siamese because she wont come out of her cage

So sad
post #44 of 44
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Sophie is a 7 y/o declawed female who even I can't get near, and I work with our less adoptable cats - a surrender


Reggie, a 10 year old declaw (although he is a sweet boy, his looks dont get him far and his weight is certainly an issue)
I would have taken Reggie in a heartbeat...we love us some funky kitties....If I could convince BF to let me adopt another kittie I want to adopt a senior kitty who could bond with Fatman in his own lazy way, Hercules and GiGi are inseperable...
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