When you are a cat nothing is better than snuggling on a warm blanket, a warm lap, or window with the warm sun beaming on your body. Here are just a few photos of our famous cats snuggling up! It’s great to see a cat like Midnight break out of his shell once they are comfortable in a loving home. Midnight used to be a “scaredy cat” and wouldn’t want to receive any attention but that has all changed now. He loves to greet visitors and doesn’t mind a photo op! And Penny enjoys a good nap.
Let me introduce you to a very cute little bundle of joy named Becka. Becka is tiny calico cat that was recently selected to be part of the Sponsor Program. At a first glance you wouldn’t think that she would be categorized as “special needs”, however her tiny stature is caused by a condition known as a liver shunt, which can allow toxins to build up in her body. As you may guess, this is a life-threatening situation. Now 7-month old Becka is only 2.5 pounds; it is still undetermined if she will grow anymore. In order to provide little Becka with the best quality of life, she will forever require a special diet and daily medications. She will be closely monitored by our medical team with check-ups twice a year for continual blood work. Her mom, Liz, is proud and blessed to take care of this tiny and cute cat because she brings her pure happiness. SPONSOR BECKA
This handsome cat, Midnight, is a wonderful 6 year old domestic short hair cat that came to us in June 2013 after his owner died and his family could no longer care for him. When examined by our Veterinarians he was soon diagnosed with Asthma and food allergies. Midnight quickly adjusted to his inhaler so he can breathe normally and was given a special diet to manage his allergies.
We were so thrilled when the Taffet family adopted Midnight. After a few months, Bob, his human father, reports that Midnight is doing really well. Midnight had a little adjusting to do, his first month was spent hiding under beds during the day and only came out at night to curl up in bed with his human sister. Bob said that despite his obvious craving for companionship, at first it was very difficult for him to allow himself to trust his new humans. That has all changed now. Midnight has taken full run of the house and prowls around at all hours.
The Taffet family also has a cat named Nala, adopted from NSAL. Nala wasn’t too pleased to have Midnight in her home but despite some loud hissing they are actually becoming interest in each other and may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Midnight’s health is good. For the most part, his digestive issues seem to be managed by his special diet. His asthma is still present for which his adopted parents give him an inhaler every other day. Despite his skittishness, all in all, Midnight is an incredibly sweet and cuddly kitty who loves to hang out with anyone, loves to look out the window, and craves a good long scratch behind the ear. SPONSOR MIDNIGHT
Midnight being dapper as always. Such a handsome cat. He is so grateful to have sponsor donors.
Pennyâ€™s adopted mother reports that our dear girl is doing very well. She is physically strong and her health is holding steady. She found a new cat food that Penny loves. The house smells like roses again. Lindsay, Pennyâ€™s adopted mother is really enjoying Penny a lot more lately. She is learning how to live among several other feline roommates. Penny always had a friendly demeanor, but at times she was overly shy or spooked, and other times overly aggressive during playtime. Lindsey is happy to report each month any new behaviors she sees coming from Penny. There was a time Penny was afraid to have her face stroked, but now she lifts her face up to Lindseyâ€™s hand to get her chubby cheeks and chin rubbed. Penny lets her know it feels good by purring. She is a super sweet cat and has adjusted to living with a full house of other kitties.
February 2010 Update: Sweet Katie has been feeling better. Her bronchitis is fully resolved and her asthma is under control. She continues to be the most gentle and loving cat that her foster mother has ever taken care of. Katie spends her days in the comfort of her foster care home with plenty of toys to keep her busy and naps by the sunlight or windowsill. We are so happy to be able to give her the best quality of life possible.
March 2010 Update: Unfortunately, Little Katie is still having small asthma attacks. She is on a medication called Prednisone which is administered by her foster mother every three days. The medication seems to be helping her. She will be seeing an Animal League veterinarian soon for more x-rays. Otherwise, Katie is doing fine and as always she remains very happy and very sweet. Weâ€™ll be sure to keep you posted on her progress.
April 2010 Update: Sadly, Katie is still having small asthma attacks. Test results from the Animal Leagueâ€™s on-site medical center confirm chronic bronchial asthma. Her foster mother is waiting for medication to arrive that the Animal League has placed a special order for. Katie will be on an inhalator and she is now on oral prednisone to help with her asthma attacks which is administered by her foster mother every 3 days. Otherwise, Katie is doing fine. Thank you for your support of Katie which helps to enable her to receive the medication and intensive care she needs.
We are happy to report that Sponsor Program cat Penny had her wellness check-up recently and her â€œnumbersâ€ are all good. Her renal disease has not progressed at all. Unless being a foodie is considered a disease! She did gain half a pound which is not good for Penny. Her adopted family is concentrating more on her activities level. Her favorite way to stay active is with string. She has toys galore, but when she gets any piece of string, thatâ€™s all she will play with. She is free to roam, eat and sleep where she pleases. Pennyâ€™s adopted mother and the Animal League thank you for your generous contributions and love for Penny which help pay for the medical supplies and wellness visits needed to keep her living the best quality of life possible.
Penny is happily hiding out and hanging out in her very own cat tree – thanks to your sponsorship of Penny, she can live the best quality of life possible – thank you!
Our precious Penny is indulging in some rest and relaxation in her home. Her family finds that Penny likes to spend her days stretched out as long as possible in a nice cool place. Some of her favorite spots are the tile kitchen floor, a window sill where the breeze blows, or the bathtub. Over the past month Pennyâ€™s really found her niche amongst all the cats in her home and has a different relationship with each. She is quite fond of Uno, who is almost completely blind, and when he walks right into her due to his loss of sight she refrains from swatting him and they sniff noses. It is quite an adorable sight.
Here’s Penny looking very comfortable and at ease in her loving foster care home!
Pennyâ€™s family has been working hard to help her shed a few of the extra pounds sheâ€™s been carrying around. She doesnâ€™t have a sagging belly just yet, but she does have a little extra weight all over. To keep her at a healthy weight her family has her on a wet food diet for her renal failure and will continue to monitor her feeding. However, just from brushing her alone she seems to have lost a few pounds in hair! Pennyâ€™s family is happy to report that she has become more social with them around the house and now loves to sit on her adoptive motherâ€™s lap whenever she is at the computer. She even clings to her adoptive mother by wrapping her paws around her waist when she tries to get up from the chair! Itâ€™s quite the sight to behold Penny trying to make her owner stay put.
Sponsor Program cat Katie visited North Shore Animal League America during the 2009 Pet Adopathon.Â She was a big hit with Animal League staff members as well as theÂ Sponsor Program donors who drove all the way from Pittsburgh to meet her!Â We are so grateful for our loving and dedicated supporters.Â Please join this vital program and become a part of something special and life-saving today!
Penny could not have started the year off any better. After returning to the Animal League for a second time Penny has found a fantastic home. One of the cat behavioral trainers here at the Animal League had a friend that she knew would simply love Penny. As soon as she came to the shelter to meet Penny it was truly a match made in heaven. Penny has started the New Year off in a loving and caring home with a great family! All of the staff at the Animal League couldnâ€™t be more excited and are truly thankful for the continued support of her Sponsors, which allowed them to work hard at finding the right home for Penny to spend her days.