‘Love Letters’

Pippa & Kiki Update

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You may remember that in 2015 Ruby, one of our pregnant cats gave birth to five kittens with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), also known as wobbly kittens. We urgently required foster homes, to give us adequate time to find permanent homes for them, and Pia, one of our volunteers stepped up to foster two of the moderate CH kitties, Pippa and Kiki. Well, we didn’t need to find these guys permanent homes as Pia fell in love with them (it is hard not to) and adopted them both. Here is an update on Pippa and Kiki, and watch this space for more news about Ruby and her precious CH babies. Thanks to Pia for the following update, and for giving these beautiful kitties a loving home.

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In Summer 2015 I started volunteering at NTCR, and there were several kittens with mild-moderate CH looking for homes. There were many reasons why I chose to foster Pippa and Kiki. Upon initially seeing them my first feeling was sympathy, and because of their condition many of the other cats in the shelter were not comfortable around them because of their uncoordinated ungraceful movements. They needed assistance eating and drinking. They had trouble getting to and using their litter box. These kittens needed far more attention than a “normal” one would and I wanted to help them.

Many people (including veterinary professionals) are of the opinion that kittens born with severe CH should be euthanized. However, there are many people who would disagree and devote their time and love to CH cats. I already had a 5 year old mild CH cat, Mrs Flopperz, who I adopted when she was three months old, so I had some experience in handling CH kittens. To cut a long story short, I’m a failure at fostering! Despite also having two five year old siblings (Ketchup and Buckleberry) I became very attached to Pippa and Kiki and knew that I could give them a loving home. Pippa and Kiki are extremely special girls who had developed personalities. Pippa was a little firecracker full of determination and Kiki would make these adorable attention seeking sounds and then roll around for belly rubs. She purred as soon as you were within sight of her.

Pippa had the worst CH of all her siblings, and Kiki was a more moderate level. I felt that I could focus on giving these two the attention that they needed, and hoped that somebody else would foster the remaining pair (Ruby and Skippyjon had already been adopted at that point). They have taught me a lot about patience, determination, compassion, and unconditional love. They became a part of my family and part of my daily routine. Originally when I adopted Mrs Flopperz, there was a special innocence about her. Pippa and Kiki also possess this same sweet innocence.

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I feel a surge of happiness when I see them drinking water on their own. It’s the most basic thing in life. Their animal instinct is just like any other cat: survival. Watching them grow into their own unique selves is quite rewarding. They have developed a friendship with Phoenix (newest rescued cat in the home), and a relationship (the kind where they just co-exist and co-habitate) with London who is the princess of the house. Pippa and Kiki get hyper and play just like any other cats. Watching them playing and being happy is extremely fulfilling.

When they were younger, it was challenging to keep them clean. They hadn’t mastered the art of the litter box quite yet and at times would fall in their poop or pee on their own leg fur. As they grew, they graduated from a small shallow litter box, to a bigger litter box, to a covered litter box. Making sure they can access their food and water on their own was a challenge as well when they were young. Today I can take comfort in knowing that both have developed their own skills and methods for successful food and water consumption. At one point I witnessed Pippa becoming frustrated with being unable to balance herself in front of her water dish, so she pushed the dish with her paw and some water spilled out. She then proceeded to lay in front of the puddle and start lapping up water. They are so determined and so versatile.

Pippa and Kiki have their own bedroom that is what we used to call our den. The floor is covered in foam padding and walls have crib bumpers along the bottom. They have plenty of blankets, a flat tray of free feed dry kibbles, a ceramic shallow water bowl, and a covered litter box that is shallow for their easy access. We keep the door open but have a baby gate with a clear window. They stay in this room overnight or when no one is home (they have their own radio playing classical music). When we are home Pippa and Kiki spend their day on a blanket on the main floor. Occasionally one may go on a walking adventure and bump into stuff here and there. They are very strong girls and if they fall they get up and continue on. Although Floppy is able to climb up and down the stairs, Pippa and Kiki are unable to. They have never made an attempt to go up the stairs, and they cannot access the stairs to go down, as the baby gate prevents them from exiting their bedroom.

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Since adopting Pippa and Kiki, I have learned that their claws play a very important role in getting around. On rugs or their foam padded flooring, they use their claws to grip into the floor for traction. On the hardwood floors they slide around like Bambi on ice. Pippa seems to have an aversion to being picked up or carried, and she appears uncomfortable with heights. To move her from their upstairs bedroom to the main floor I wrap her up in a comfort blanket to reduce her stress. CH cats develop very strong muscles in their legs to get around and they keep getting stronger. I have also learned that the CH condition is not very well known or understood, and that awareness needs to be raised so these cats don’t end up being put down needlessly.

The advice I would give to anyone considering fostering or adopting CH/special needs kitties is to be prepared for a lot of work, but the payoff is beyond worth it. As they get older, they become much easier to manage. All of my CH cats are the most loving and almost constantly purring. There is also a feeling of fulfillment of doing a good deed in helping those who cannot help themselves. If you have a compassionate heart a CH cat will fit into your home perfectly.” ~ Pia

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Smudge (Nickel) was 18 months old when he was adopted in April 2015 by Michelle and her family. Check out the update below to see how he has settled in and how he has created a bit of a name for himself. He’s becoming quite famous! Thanks to Michelle and her mom (Sandi – now one of our wonderful volunteers) for sharing his story.

“We’d always had cats and dogs when I was growing up and I had been considering adopting a cat for several years. Adopting a shelter cat seemed the most natural thing to do, as there are so many beautiful cats looking for loving homes.

My mom noticed Smudge’s bio on the NTCR fb page and announced ‘we have to adopt this cat’. Naturally, I wasted no time in completing the on-line adoption application and called Donna the very next day. We visited the shelter, we fell in love and two days later we brought him home. As they say, the rest is history! His name was Nickel, but we felt that Smudge was more appropriate given the cute grey markings across his nose.

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Once in our house, he settled very quickly, exploring every room and even claiming his favourite chair on day one. He slept in his cat bed for three nights and then decided that was enough of a settling in period and that it was time to move in to my bed!

His bio on the adoption page was so accurate. He is very affectionate and likes nothing more than curling up on my lap or very close to me. He follows me around the house and I’m not even allowed any privacy in the bathroom! Anybody who has a cat will truly understand that. He’s very vocal, especially at feeding time and he only goes quiet when the food is put in front of him. He’s a furry cutie and we think that he may have the biggest tail of any domestic short hair that we have ever seen! Check out the photo.

Whilst never a shy boy, he has become even more confident since he has lived with us. He actually believes that he owns the place and strolls around surveying his kingdom. It’s lucky that we don’t have any other animals in the house as they may just cramp his style! Whenever I come home from work he is always there to greet me and I love that ‘welcome home’ cuddle.

He has very clean toilet habits, but like many other cats delights in the ‘zoomies’ after using the litter box. He loves his ‘Greenies’ treats, but has little interest in catnip. He has recently discovered plastic straws and will entertain himself for hours playing with one. He’s very cute when he carries it around in his mouth and even takes it up to his bed with him. If you’re not paying attention he’ll steal the straw right from your soda can or drinking glass! He loves to play fetch and perhaps he thinks he’s a dog as he’s a little bit clumsy for a cat, but his antics keep us entertained for hours.

The pure love and joy of having Smudge in my life is so rewarding and he helps to make me smile and ease the stresses of a long day at work. I love him so much that it makes my heart hurt and I could not imagine life without him.

I created an Instagram account for him (@Smudgeee) just for fun but as his popularity grew, we decided to make him an advocate for NTCR and the many kitties that live there. As well as Smudge updates we also repost photos of NTCR adoptable cats and help to promote the ‪#‎adoptdontshop‬ philosophy. He currently has more than 14,000 followers, and in April 2016 was chosen by Toronto Life as one of “The 15 cutest Toronto Cats on Instagram”. Truly incredible. We always knew he was a star, but to us he is just our little, loving Smudge!”

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Hey guys….update – really it’s just an email letting u all know what an amazing girl we have. She’s thriving and everything.

Things she loves:

Her banana toy

Her red tunnel

Sitting nicely in mommy and daddy’s closet, playing hide and seek Head and face rubs Allllll the treats Waking mommy at ungodly hours, just because Greeting my puppy friends who live next door.

Chasing and playing with daddy’s socks (side note: mommy has bought me lots of toys but I still love socks) Listening to my bell collar as I walk around like a fancy princess Watching mommy play video games Laying on mommys lap as we watch the Simpsons, I love the bright colours.

Things I HATE:

food with fish in it.

Grooming, all of it.

When mommy and daddy go to sleep; only because I want to play then.

All of my scratchers, I prefer the couch.

Loud noises scare me and make me.

When mommy leaves for work.

When daddy leaves for business trips; I miss him and wait by the door.

Other cats.

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Hello Donna & Everyone else that knew Beemer ( Bimmer )

He has been so wonderful since the day I brought him home! Beemer is the perfect match for my 1 year old cat Felix. They love to play and wrestle with each other and also I have caught them licking each other briefly already. Beemer is starting to come around to my fiancé and I. He is still little shy around people but slowly coming around. We did get him to be a life friend for Felix so I am really happy that the both of them get along so well. I know eventually Beemer will be cuddling right beside me. Beemer loves feathers, and getting his belly and head rub! He is an instant purr machine when you start rubbing his head. Thank you so much for allowing us come by the rescue on so many occasions, doing so it allowed us to take the time and look for the perfect match for our cat.

If anyone ever wants to see Beemer and Felix look them up on instagram @felix_and_beemer

Thanks again Donna!

Ashley

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Hi Donna,

Just wanted to give you an update on Vincent (formerly Sherbert) and Maggie (formerly Maddie)…. are doing great with our little Maltese Shi Tzu. A lot of curiosity all around and many interested looks and cautious approaching. Our dog desperately wants to play with them but they are not so sure about her. They play fight with each other all the time with Maggie baiting Vincent but Vincent is almost always the winner Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes

Here’s a photo of them at the window when they were looking Very interested in a little squirrel outside Smiling face with smiling eyes as well as noises around the house.

Thanks again and hope all is well

Heather

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Hi Donna!

Just want to update you about Lenny.

He’s doing great! The first day he came he was really scared and hiding and won’t eat unless I put a bowl of food in front of him haha.

The second day and today, he’s been eating already! He knows the food and where the litter box is…but he’s still hiding a bit and won’t walk around and sit beside me or on my lap. I know it’ll take some time.

Attach is some pics that I took of Lenny. Feel free to put any of them up the web!

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My Dear Donna,

They look so good and handsome Smiling face (black and white) , thank you for accepting me to be their mom, they look happy and healthy.   I added a few pictures for you to show to all wonderful volunteers, say hi to all of them and thank them for me, I am so happy with my babies and love them soooooo much,

Thanks again,

Cheers,

Afsaneh

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Hi Donna,

Long time, no speak. I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying this beautiful weekend!

According to the paperwork we got from you, yesterday was Archie’s 3rd birthday. Given his unknown background, I know it’s a guess but we went with it! I posted this on facebook yesterday and tagged NTCR but I wanted to make sure  that you saw these photos just in case they didn’t get picked up.

I’ll send you a more detailed email with more pictures when I am able. I have to head out shortly.

All the best,

Kathi

Happy 3rd Birthday Archie! We’re so happy that you are with us and not on the streets anymore. You had a rough start big guy but you are in your furever home now so there will be lots more of these ‘cakes’ in your future! Thanks again ‪#‎northtorontocatrescue for letting us adopt this loveable lug!

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Hi Donna,

The boys are doing fine and here are a couple of pics.  Bohdi is a constant companion to whichever of us is around and regularly patrols the house including the basement and from the IP Cams we can see that he regularly interacts with Linus (who now approaches B with his tail up, a very good sign!).  Appetites are good.

Linus who at the beginning of the week was spending 70% of his time up on the window sill, now is there maybe 20% of the time, spending most of his awake time exploring the basement.  We have both been able to pet and skritch him when offering treats while on the sill, slowly building up his familiarity and confidence.  I just checked the cam and his is sprawled out, doing Sphinx pose under a table in the rec room.

You take care and we are spreading the NTCR message.

Have a great weekend.

Kindly,

Gary, Sharon, Bohdi & Linus

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Good Morning Donna,

A couple of things, no particular order:

  • Bohdi (nee Buddha) has moved right in and claimed the house as his turf, eating well and using the litter box, no diarrhea – we continue to brush him out and flush the debris but he isn’t scratching, so that is working out ok
  • Linus (nee Toby) is still a frightened little boy, but also is now eating and using the litter box, again no diarrhea (those little web cams are terrific!  I get an e-mail with pics whenever either of the boys goes to a litter box)  Cats are pretty regular!
  • He has claimed the rec room in the basement as his sanctuary and the window well as his main safety perch, will let us approach and put treats up on the sill, then we quietly back away and sit on the floor – while Bohdi plays with us and shows his little brother that we are safe and part of his pack
  • By the time I got home from the shelter on Sunday, Sharon had just arrived – she was there to help me bring the carriers in and there were tears in her eyes when she first met the boys (happy ones)

Hope all is well and that you have more cats going out than coming in.

Once the boys are settled, we will be sending out an announcement to our network introducing them and will be including links to your site recommending supporting your good works.

Have a good day.

Kindly and with gratitude,

Gary & Sharon

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All is well,

Tux is coming out of his shell very well – he was hiding for a few days, and skittish when we approached him, but he’s getting braver and friendlier.

Once he’s being pet he’s the happiest cat in the world. He’s bonding really well with our other cat, and most of the time is in the same room as her, and she is comfortable with his presence.

He’s playing with the toys that we have – the mouse you gave us did not last long.  He seems to be eating the food we have as well as the stuff you gave us. No scratching of furniture, no spraying that we are aware of.  All in all I think he’s a perfect fit for us.

Thank you again!

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Polly has a pink collar, pink bed, pink ceramic food dish and pink place mat.   Also pink leash – not for me to lead her, but so I can keep track of her as she explores more and more of the house – three stories plus basement with lots of beds and sofas to hide under and behind – don’t want to lose her.

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Hi Donna,

Attached are some photos of Sawyer, the Soy-Boy.  He’s very comfy as you can see.  It didn’t take him long to find the best seats in the place.  Arabella, the blonde has accepted him and Chutney, our big boy is still figuring out how to engage the new one.
We have discovered a few things about our new lad:
1.  He’s a mouser!
2.  He likes to jump up on dinner tables (landed two paws in my potato salad last night).
3.  He farts!
He’s a real cuddler and a sweet boy.  We’re happy to have him.
D.S.
P.S. – that’s a yawn in 2nd photo!

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Hi Donna,

I hope this note finds you doing well! Just appreciating what a lovely kitty I have this morning and wanted to drop you and your whole team at NTCR a note to say thank you, so very much, for all the work you do!

It’s been five months since I brought Blanche (aka Snowy) home, and it’s amazing to see how much she’s changed (see picture attached!). She’s such an affectionate, chatty, playful girl. I’m so glad I was lucky enough to adopt her.

Thanks again, Donna, and take care. Have a wonderful summer,

Janet

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Hi Donna,

I’ve been wanting to give you an update on Fonzie-the boy with stomatitis who had laser surgery in February-he is doing wonderfully. He is so comfortable with all of us, including the dogs. Gizmo (4lbs) and Fonzie argue regularly. I think Fonzie just hits her for fun….I never notice him using his nails. Gizmo snaps with her gums because she has no teeth. They’re quite the pair. Ruby (80lbs) and Fonzie hang out in our front window together. They get along fine. Ruby only gets annoyed when Fonzie takes off with her squeaky tennis balls haha. He’s quite the party animal. Loves to play and gives awesome hugs by wrapping his paws around our neck. He has many names such as Arthur, Fonzie, Fonzarelli and most commonly dude.

Health wise, he is doing great!! I check his mouth every few weeks for flare ups and it looks perfect for a semi toothless cat lol.

He’s a beautiful boy who provides us with a lot of laughs and love. Thank you for taking such good care of him and keeping him safe until we could adopt him. What you and your volunteers do amazes me Smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes

I’ve attached a few pics I took tonight after we read the girls their books.

Hope you are doing well!!

Emma, Madison and Brooklyn

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Hi Donna.

Thank you for taking such good care of Gypsy – her new name is Kali. She is the calmest and coolest cat I’ve ever known! Her personality is too calm and affectionate for her to have lived on the streets for a long time, but I can’t understand why anyone would have abandoned her – she is such a sweetheart and purrs so loud!

When we introduced her to our 8-year old Maddi, Maddi of course hissed and growled and made herself look as scary as she can. Kali watched her for a minute or two, then laid down and went to sleep! She loves to lay and sleep at the top of the stairs where she can see the lower level and the front door. We have a schedule of 2-3 brushing sessions per day and her fur is looking so healthy. She is eating well and has adjusted quickly to our home.

We’ve had Kali for just over 2 weeks and already love her so much. We want to thank you and all of the volunteers of the North Toronto Cat Rescue.

Thanks from Tracy & Greg

And now a few words from Kali:

“I have taught the humans to behave as I wish – I reward them with purring if they brush me. If they stop petting me for a few seconds, I head-butt them to remind them to continue, and that usually makes them laugh. The other feline in the house doesn’t want to play with me yet, but has mostly stopped hissing and growling at me. I told her that I lived in a house with 200 other cats and that her growls do not intimidate me at all.”

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Hi Donna,

Finn is settling in nicely with us. He’s enjoying the wet food you sent along and his appetite is good. He slept at the end of the bed with me much of last night and was very well behaved while I was at work today. Tonight, Miriam had some friends over to the house and he was good as gold, snoozing on the couch while the girls hung out. He got lots of pats and love.

He’s just such a chill guy – we’re really happy he’s part of our family!

We’ll keep you posted on his progress in the weeks ahead. Thank you so much for rescuing him so we could bring him home.

All the best,

Coleen & Miriam

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Here is a pic of the lil guy settling in for a nap. He looks for the pink blankie for nap time! I have more pic’s of Dakota on my cell phone than my kids!

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Hi Donna,

We have ourselves a real sweetie lump!  Very cool kittie!  He did not complain during the ride home, just nuzzled Jim’s fingers and purred.

Upon arrival, he cased the joint, sniffed everything then settled down to some food and a lap snuggle.  The other two were shocked, of course but snooped around cautiously.  S. decided that it would be fine to sleep on the bed, especially on my head!  Lord Chutney was outraged and ordered him off the bed.  He’s very good about it, seems to know that rules must be followed and is respecting them.

Today is calm and Chutney and Arabella are sniffing him out without hisses.  He must have had a home based on breakfast behaviour.  He wanted to participate in mine (snuck a slurp form the cereal bowl when I wasn’t looking) and then politely asked to be let outside (no).  He’s shown some interest in cat tunnel and toys so I imagine he’ll enjoy after he settles in.  He appears to like both of us equally.  I think Arabella is ready to have him lick her head and Chutney has stopped hissing.  S. seems to enjoy grooming and we’ve already had a few comb-outs.

No photos yet but I will start.

Please pass on my greetings to your entire team.  They impressed me as being a group of hard-working, competent, committed people and I applaud them for what they do.
Here’s wishing for some forever homes for kitties today and every day!

Thanks, Donna!
Dianne (and Jim)

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Hi Donna and Stephanie,

Hope all is well with you. Just wanted to give you a quick update on Brutus aka Honey.

Oh man! This guy is seriously my best friend. He has really come out of his shell the longer he has been with us. I can’t imagine life without him now. We play “throw the ball up the stairs, hit the ball down the stairs” almost everyday. He sleeps on my head, hugs our faces with his paws, naps in the sock box in the closet, chatters at birds at the window, and is more than happy to roll around on the concert balcony soaking up the sun, as well as endless other amazing quirky cat stuff. I have to say I am a card carrying crazy cat lady now.

Thanks for all that you do for these little guys.

Sincerely,

Alison

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Good morning Donna,

Thank-you for your service on Saturday! We really appreciate the dedication you had given us. Denison and Fritz are beautiful and they are like our babies now. Denison was jumping all around in the room and playing with the toys. Fritz has been a little scared but Chris has slowly got him out with rubbing and playing with him. He’s a working process but we are excited to have them both! We will keep you posted about the boys.

All the best,

Vanessa

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Hi Donna

I just wanted to give you a quick update on how Trixie is doing. It didn’t take her very long to settle in here, and she’s getting along really well with her new brother Barnaby. They seem like a great match for each other and hardly leave each others sides.

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Hi Donna

Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know the kitties are settling in nicely. They are now named Cookie and Cream and love having the space to run around. Although they are the size of my dog’s head, they are definitely showing him who is boss especially Cookie (Groot).

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Hi Donna!

All going well here so far. Here are a few first pics for you and the team. More later, I promise.

Very best,
Lisa

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Hi Donna,

Here are some pictures of Nickel, or Smudge as we now call him, in his forever home. I’ve taken so many already!

Thank you for bringing us together,

Michelle

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Hi Donna,

I hope this email finds you well.

I just wanted to give you an update on dear Archie. Things are going really well. Larry and I absolutely love him to bits! He is such a sweet boy. We can’t understand why he wasn’t scooped up sooner but we’re very happy that we are the lucky people that got him!

As you said, Archie is submissive and he has been quite the gentleman with our elder statesman! He seems very interested in befriending Steve however Steve is a little more wary. They have touched noses a few times and Archie lets out a little chirp, retreats and then lies down just out of Steve’s reach as if to say, “I’ll be over here if you want to be my friend”. I suspect that comes from him being around so many other cats and trying to keep the peace! Steve and Lance were in a shelter but that was nine years ago so it is a distant memory for Steve. To his credit, he has not struck out at Archie. Steve is very much a gentle, submissive guy like as well. He has only hissed a couple of times and let out a few feeble growls, nothing that would truly intimidate anyone. The way things are progressing, I think (hope) that they will be pals very soon!

Larry noticed that Archie liked the round floor scratcher that was in room two so we bought him one yesterday which he sits on all the time. He has made himself quite at home here and seems to enjoy lying on the couch to give himself a bath.

He’s not a big eater though – unlike his new brother!

Thank you so much for letting us adopt Archie, he is already a much loved member of our family. Maybe “tolerated” would be better in describing Steve’s feelings – ha ha!

I hope you like the pictures below. Maybe the next batch that I send will include some of Archie and Steve cuddled together – fingers crossed!

Regards,

Kathi

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Another update from Mr. Bates 🙂

“Mr Bates here again. I have to write to you while my new human servants are out. My new shelter is is wonderful. My human servants are tending to my every need, as they should. The big servant seems to want to hold me a lot and pet me all the time. I let him because it feels good to get a massage every day. He also seems to enjoy rubbing me with some sort of bristle device and taking some of my fur away. I pretend it’s okay to appease him.
The little servant girl changes my litter box twice a day and feeds me twice a day…she is a little more shy around me but I know I will win her over with my love and cuteness.
The big servant doesn’t appear to like me getting up on the high flat surfaces around where they prepare my gourmet meals. I am often told no and removed and placed on the floor. I am trying to please the big servant by pretending he is outsmarting me and I will sometimes not jump up. I hear him saying things like ” good Mr. Bates, you are learning ” I am not sure what that means… I can only assume he is talking about how superior and wonderful I am.
I get to sleep almost anywhere I like accept a few places so that is good. I feel very loved and comfortable here with my new shelter and human servants.
Oh!!!! I have to stop pressing these black squares on the flat thing with the tv screen in front. The servants are coming back to my shelter. I will update again later.”

By furr now,

Mr. Bates

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Giles (NTCR’s Hobo) has been with us for almost a year now. He’s grown from a scrawny little furball (picture 1) into quite the magnificent beast (picture 2), especially with that regal neck ruff of his! His paws and tail are no longer too big for the rest of him.

Giles is playful and full of mischief, but he’s also growing into quite a cuddle bug. He loves to stretch out across both of us if we’re watching TV on the couch. We’re very happy that he’s part of our family!

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Mr. Bates sends his love:

Mr. Bates here.
I just thought I would send you an email to let you know that I am adjusting to my new home rather quickly. I have had my knots removed , a bath and a good brushing. I have to say I look and feel better already. I am eating and drinking well. I love my new owners and they are showing me lots of love. I am going to the litter box regularly and I am not stressed at all. Would you be so kind as to swat at a few cats there for me so they don’t miss me too much.

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Mr Bates , and my owners Jerry and Keira

Another update from Mr. Bates
“I really can’t believe how fast mr bates adapted to his new home. Almost immediately. He seems very happy and I just love him so much. He is quite the character. He seems to enjoy waking me up at night while he rip tears around the house at 100mph. He is eating great and drinking well. He basically has no stress and loves to play and be loved. I pick him up and hug him a lot and he seems to be quite comfortable. His is great around new people as well. Everyone who has met him just loves him. I am so greatful he came into our lives. ”

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Update on Finnigan:

We apologize for the delay in sending these photos of Finnigan! Please see attached. He has been very sweet and cuddly and gets along well with the other cat. Hope all is well with you and the shelter. Thank you for everything you do!

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Update from their new family:

“Jerry and Tippy in their new home! My family and I adopted these two from the NTCR around a month ago! We love them both very much! They are super cute, sweet, and playful, and they have fast become attached to us.”

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Hi Donna,

It has been almost 6 months since we brought home our kitties. We kept Alfie’s name but changed Ocean’s name to Ruby. Alfie and Ruby were a couple in that Michael Caine movie “Alfie” so it seemed to fit nicely.

They absolutely love their new home and each other. They are inseparable. As you know at first we were a bit reluctant to have 2 cats, but you were absolutely right in pushing us to get both of them.

They are loving and well adjusted. They didn’t even mind our little one giving them Halloween costumes:) We love the last photo of them spooning, they do this all the time!

So thank you again, for all that you do.

Kelly (and Alfie and Ruby)

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Hello Donna and staff

I am just letting you know that things are going well for Fric (now Gemma) in our home. We adopted her last Friday, and initially I allowed her to have the master bedroom as her private space with gradual and short introductions to our other cat Tanzi. She seemed to enjoy the privacy and I would just keep going in the room every so often to talk with her etc.

As expected, Tanzi was a bit territorial, but not in an aggressive manner just some low quiet growls , slight hissing and constant watching. Gemma was able to allow Tanzi to be in charge and she would just move around quietly and then return to her bedroom .Over the next few days, it became apparent that they have very similar personalities that match well. They are both nice, gentle and quiet cats whose curiosity keeps them continually looking for each other  (even though they were both nervous and unsure). With lots of encouragement and patience things have just gotten better each day. In such a short time (by Monday ), I have been able to leave all rooms open and they are both quietly playing or sleeping . They give each other space as needed, and seem to enjoy the night hours playing together. The big test was when Gemma went to eat from Tanzi’s food dish and thank goodness Tanzi was fine with it .Gemma seems amazed with the amount of space she can check out,walking around the bed and playing with the many toys and floor scratchers.

Gemma is still quite shy with my son who sometimes moves quickly around the house , but she is not hiding from the action as much. In my opinion, this is a surprisingly quick transition ,but I guess the energy between all of us works well.

Thanks for understanding the personalities of the cats you rescue in order to house them in the best possible situations .I will send pictures at some point soon .

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Shelley ,Lee, Lucas ,Tanzi and Gemma

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Hi Donna,

It has been a week since we brought Hatfield home. He is the best cat we could ever wish for! He is very sweet, calm and smart. He is eating very well, his eyes cleared up though he is still sneezing a bit here and there, it almost looks like he is alergic to something (if it’s possible).

He has been joy to be around, even started purring when we pet him and from day one we brought him home he felt comfortable, he did not hide but checked every room and now he picks from several places where he likes to sleeps and rest.  He got used to our schedule and wakes up roughly around the time when we leave for work and kids for school. He has very nice personality and we get a lots of compliments from our guests on  how gorgeous he looks and how well behaved he is.

Thank you again for rescuing such a beautiful cat! I am attaching few pictures for you.

Anna

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Happy New Year Donna.

I hope that you remember us – we adopted Frodie (now Buddy) at the end of October and I forgot to send some photos.

Buddy is wonderful cat who has become good friends with our older cat and he has quickly become part of the family. I am attaching some pictures we have taken of him and will keep in touch.

Many thanks for all of your help and best wishes for 2015. Your shelter is indeed a great home for wayward cats and we will recommend it to other friends.

Bruce and Brenda

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Hi Donna,

Sylvester has been renamed Arthur Fonzarelli aka Fonzie. I figured he was so cool he needed a cool name and Madison couldn’t pronounce Sylvester haha. He’s doing well cuddling with all of us and still sleeping with Madison for a bit each night. Ruby is quite scary to him. We had them meet yesterday and things went pretty well on Ruby’s part. Fonzie was okay in my lap, purring slightly but when we left he went to sleep in the litter box again. We had a short meeting this am with Fonzie on the bed and Ruby on the ground. Very calm but Fonzie seemed to freeze again. I’ll keep doing the short visits, reassuring Fonzie it’s okay. Ruby has calmed a lot and just wants Fonzie’s food now.

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Hi Donna,

I hope you are doing well.  Hobbes(aka Rascal) is slowly coming around and he’s wonderful.  The two of them aren’t getting along the great yet.

My first cat is still a little intimidated, but they aren’t totally afraid of each other.  Here is a picture of the two of them the closest I’ve seen them.   Hobbes is really coming out of his shell.  He’ll play with us and might run away a little when I go to pet him but he also comes and rubs into my hand when he wants pets too.  Anyway, thought I’d give you an update and a picture:)  All the best and happy holidays!

All the best,

Krystle Hilborn

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Hi Donna!

Just wanted to give you an update on sweet Peaches who we took home last weekend. She seems to be completely at home, we have marveled at how easily she has settled right in!

She is loving and playful and loves to have some serious snuggle time in the mornings. She didn’t make a peep the whole way home and has seemed to adjust with ease, eating right away and using the litterbox.

Her favorite new spot is actually on mikes shoulders which we have started calling the “cat scarf”. Thank you so much for rescuing her we think she was meant for us 🙂

It hasn’t even been a week but she is already a part of the family. Attaching some pictures below,

Thank you so much for all that you do!!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Katie, Mike and Abby (formerly Peaches)


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Cruiser’s story…

Two weeks ago, myself and two sons went to North Toronto Cat Rescue to find out newest family member (we all agreed and have been insistent for months). We went through all the rooms on the main floor and my eldest teen kept his hands in his pockets and would not pet any cat (much to my dismay)…

Next we went into the room where Cruiser was, which is open-attached by a door way to another room (no door). We visited in the main room, then I went through to where the kittens were with my youngest. Turned around and my teen was not there ? I backtracked to the main room and he’s on the ground playing with Cruiser. Cruiser would not let him move once he entered the room, and kept walking between his feet until he’d pet him. Needless to say I think he fell in love with the little guy right there. I went back to the kitten room, turned around, and noticed I had lost my youngest… Went back to the other room and my teen was showing the youngest how to pet Cruiser’s tummy without getting nipped ! Both were insistent this was the new family member. He found us ! He was not one I had on my original list from the website.

My youngest was also torn with Dakota (at the front door he was holding Dakota upside down, getting kisses from Dakota…so he wanted both ! ha).

Last Saturday I went and picked up Cruiser so he could get used to the house by himself for one evening before the boys came over. The car ride home was horrible and I felt so bad…this adorable loving cat was howling, peed, scratching…thankfully it was only a short 20 minute drive. He was petrified ! I brought him upstairs to the bathroom attached to my bedroom, set up his litter, two bowls of hard food, some soft food, cold water, some toys, and stayed with him there for a couple of hours. I had to hold him in my arms and kiss his neck continually. If I put him down he’d meow…pace.

I came downstairs and left him to adjust to a smaller/new space, and it didn’t last… he was crying immediately. I opened up the door to connect/open up so he could have the bedroom and bathroom. He still kept meowing unless I was with him…so I took the computer up and stayed in the bedroom with him, while he paced. He had a big adjustment realizing he could come on the bed ! ha… He still doesn’t like to stay on it. At one point he had about a 30 minute discussion with me laying next to me. He’d wait for me to talk, I’d say something, he’d meow one to a few times and wait for me again… He slept on the bed with me and he jumped off and on a few times (I know this because he landed on me some of those jumps ! ha). I kept the bathroom light on so he could stay orientated through the night.

Next day the boys came and all the fun began… Will continue in another post ! Donna will be thrilled that we have a much needed/,mandatory toy of the little cloth balls, feathers attached to the end of a long stick (that we got from there in the china cabinet upstairs !). He only comes for the stick now…

Thank you everyone for looking after Cruiser for so long, and so well. He is the most gentle cat I have ever been around in my life ! you can tell he was well loved/adored…

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Hi Donna and everyone at NTCR!

I just wanted to give you a long over due update of our beautiful girl we adopted over a year ago, Mackenzie.
She is doing wonderfully and has changed so much from when we first got her! She was very nervous and shy when we first brought her home but I think that had more to do with our other furbaby Autumn being in the home. After a few weeks they both warmed up quite nicely to each other. Mackenzie quickly realized autumn was the leader of the animals and Mackenzie settled into her second in-line command Smiling face with open mouth. She now loves being on our laps and loves to link and nibble her daddy’s arm.
About a year after we brought Mackenzie home Autumn started showing some difficulties breathing. After many vet visits and trying different methods to treat it, it was determined that his breathing was becoming an issue and nothing we gave him was helping. I made the very difficult decision one early morning after he began to open mouth pant to put him to rest and ease him from his very scary breathing problem. It’s been 3 months and my heart still aches. I could tell Mackenzie missed him too because she began waiting at the door for him and crying. When we put her dishes where his used to be she pawed them back to her spot. Amazing how in tune animals can be!
In a weird twist of fate we were given the opportunity to bring a puppy in to our home very shortly after Autumn’s passing. We welcomed jasper in to our lives and hoped mackenzie would approve. While they aren’t the best of friends, we often catch Mackenzie trying to love Jasper by giving him links and nudges. She definitely took over leader of the animals and shows jasper who’s boss. I think autumn would be so proud of his little sister. Our home feels complete again having the 4 of us and we can not wait to expand!
We are hoping to bring another feline friend into our home when jasper gets a little bit older. Of course your place will be our choice as we have been so happy with our Mackenzie.
We hope that you are keeping well!

Take care and all the best,

Christine Labelle and Christian Landa

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Hi Donna,
I just wanted to let you know how molly is doing on her first day.
She did so well. She didn’t leave the carrier for about a hour she let me pet her the entire time. She would then go onto my bed go on the floor then come right back to the carrier. She even let me hold her for a bit which was amazing. She was on the floor and I was showing her the litter box when there was a loud bang from upstairs and she went under the bed and hasn’t come out yet- which is what I expected. So I’m just giving her some space. Hasn’t eatten, drank or used the litter box yet- but I guess that’s expected for the first day
So that was her first day. Ill keep you updated.
Thanks so much for your support and help
Jessica

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Hi Donna,

Thank you so much for your card. Glad to be able to contribute to all of the great work that you all do.

Here are some pictures of Cali (nee Toffee). As you may remember, she loved to sit by the window and stare at birds, squirrels and passing cars. What you may be surprised by however, is that she has become quite the lap cat. She will spend hours sitting on our laps….snoozing. She also loves to play and chase her toys around. While she never cared much for kisses once upon a time, she now puts her head up to receive them. Such an affectionate cat!

Sending you all warm wishes.

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Hi Donna,

Hope you are doing well.  I wanted to share the attached picture collage with you of Romeo and Jasper.  One year ago I adopted them for your shelter and I wanted you to know how grateful I am that they came into my life.  I remember you telling me that 2 really aren’t more work then one 🙂  They have been an absolute joy in my life and I just adore them to pieces.  Thanks for giving me that little nudge to take 2, not a day goes by that I regret that decision.

Hope all is well with you!

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Hi Donna:

It’s been about a month since I adopted my sweet little Merlot so I thought that I would give you an update.

Merlot seems very happy & is adapting very well to her new home. She has blossomed by leaps & bounds. She now sleeps in my bed by my feet at night but comes up to head of bed occasionally to get petted (she loves head rubs!!).

My other cat Henry prefers to sleep alone on a pillow in my bedroom closet so there is no jealousy. He has been encouraging her daily to get out of her shell & chases her playfully & follows her around, but Merlot stands her ground with him & is starting to enjoy the attention. Henry must like her because he has kissed her on the nose a number of times & Merlot doesn’t run away from him anymore!

I think that she likes it! And she is the dominant one when it comes to food, always in the front anxiously waiting for her wet food or treats, but Henry is patient & I make sure that he gets his share too!! While I’m preparing their food or when she wants my attention, she follows me around & meows softly (her voice sounds more like a series of little squeals)!! She also comes to the door to greet me & say goodbye & hello as I come & go throughout the day. She is still a bit wary & sometimes runs away when I approach her, take pictures & doesn’t like me picking her up, but I’m sure in time she’ll grow more comfortable.

She is now also starting to play a bit with certain toys, but especially loves the laser! Both cats have a ball chasing it when I use the remote most evenings.

I’m very grateful for the TLC that NTCR gave her during her stay at the shelter, because I’m sure that this played a great part in her development. So thank you & all your volunteers for your efforts & support. She is definitely a special little girl with a lot to offer & I’m definitely a lucky parent to have her!!

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Hi Donna,

So sorry I took so long with this email, I just wanted to make sure Tramp was settled in first.

The first few days he was very timid and just wanted to hide behind my toilet.
After that he started being more friendly towards me and started playing
and interacting with me. Now he has moved into the living room and enjoying his very own house with a view!

He is still a little skittish but he gets friendlier every day.

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Hi Donna

Just sending you an update on Julius (Caesar) and his integration into our home.
It was a very quiet ride home when i drove home with him last Thursday.

I was surprised how quiet he was.Meeting my other cats was as expected. My male cat was friendly, my calico was very unfriendly.

For the first 24 hours, if she wasn’t hissing at him everytime she walked passed him, she was vocalizing her displeasure to me.
Poor Julius took it all in stride.

He quickly found some comfort places to hang while he got use to the normal noises in our house.

Friday morning he ate well, and throughout the course of Friday and Saturday he slowly got more comfortable, and eating and drinking.
By Saturday night he was sleeping on my bed. Yeah!

He definitely is a very gentle guy – no hissing or any aggressive act despite a very unfriendly female cat, and 3 kids anxious to pet him.
Right now he is lying in kitchen, having a snooze.

Everyone who meets him can’t help but comment on how handsome he is.
Will keep you posted and send some pictures once we get some good photos to share.

thanks and take care

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Hi Everyone.

Just wanted to pop in and let you know Garfield and Lady are settling in just fine.They spent they’re first day and night in the bedroom with the door braced open just enough to see through.. Lots of interest from my guys but other than a his from grumpy Calico not a bad word was said by anyone.

This mornings plan after breakfast was to place the kittens in the kitchen, while letting my old ones check out all the new smells in the bedroom. Seems they had different ideas. Trapper snuck into the kitchen to watch everyone from his safe spot and next time I tried to get through the door Garfield decided he’d seen enough in the kitchen and was coming out. LOL

So…..all the doors/rooms are open, the kids are exploring, the older gang is sitting back quietly watching them ( and not hiding) and Eric shows no sign of wanting to chase anyone, he’s just glad to have his fav bedroom window sill back again.

Couldn’t ask for a better/ easier introduction. They’re all behaving just the same as if the cats had brought the kittens home themselves.Can’t wait to see what happens when the noisy neighbor chipmunks that live outside start peeking in the windows like they do. LOL
Take care and Thank you for all you do!

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Hi Donna,

Murphy is doing well. She’s a healthy as well as beautiful girl. I attached a photo from when she was lounging beside me.

Also as promised I was hoping to drop by the shelter next weekend to play with kitties. They’re so irresistible!

Thanks,

Evelin

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Hi Donna,

Hope you’ve had a good week!

I’ve attached a couple photos of little Vinnie. He’s super snuggly and really enjoys napping and eating! We raised his food bowls up so he tends to stand up while he’s eating, but it’s so much easier for him to swallow. The first photo is him standing looking at me in the kitchen (he’s my sous chef now, since for some reason he loves hanging out with me in the kitchen), and the second photo is with his favorite thing of all, his snuggie.

Anyways, just a little update!

Have a good afternoon!

Morgan

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Hi Donna,

I hope all is well. Busy at the shelter I’m sure!
I thought I’d include a few pictures of them, Rylie (Asia) and Ollie
(Grover). They’re both doing great and get along really well together.
They’re still bundles of energy and curious as ever!

Thanks,
Carolyn

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Dear Donna,

This is Sarah, my mom and I adopted Jett in March and we wanted to let you know how things are going. I sent some photos in my last email, I hope you were able to see them and I hope you enjoyed them. The whole family loves Jett, she is

very sweet and she is getting more comfortable with us every day. She is energetic, loves to play, and loves chicken! Smile emoticon Jett has also grown up quite a bit since the last photos so I will attach some updated ones in this email.

Unfortunately I have some sad news about Benny, our 7-year-old orange male tabby. A week or so after we brought Jett home, Benny started becoming sick. After weeks of consultation and appointments with our Veterinarian, we found that he almost certainly had cancer. The Veterinarian said that it must have been in his system for a very long time and it just decided to show itself now. Benny passed away naturally at home on the morning of May 16. We were all very shocked and heartbroken about his passing.

Our family has started thinking about getting Jett a friend since she has so much energy and we think she would be very happy with a pal to run around with. I wanted to let you know that we have decided to adopt from your shelter again and

we are looking for a male cat this time, probably a kitten. I’m not sure when exactly we are coming, but it will be in August. We look forward to visiting again!

All the best,

Sarah and family

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Hi Donna,

Here is an update from Aurora (who we often call Rora for short); she is doing very well! She loves the little cat nip mouse I got from you at the Unionville Festival. I honestly don’t think that she likes cat nip. I tried to give her lots of different things involving cat nip and most times she seems quite indifferent to it. However, she LOVES the mouse and how the tail moves when she bats it around. Kudos to whoever made it! It keeps her occupied and it definitely is her favourite or second favourite toy. She also really likes cat grass. When I picked some up, she runs up to the grocery bag and starts unpacking things!

Rora amazes me, she has quite a spunky character as it turns out. I suppose she must have looked like a very quiet cat among the 200+ cats at the shelter, but to us, she seems very talkative, loud and outgoing! She definitely knows what she wants, and she is not too shy to let you know! We are happy for it though, she talks all the time! You don’t have to feel alone.  It seems like she says her name when arriving in the room with people arroorrrrrrrra. She purrs or roars at me whenever she comes close; in a talkative way. As if she is telling a story. Sometimes she is downstairs and talks to me all the way upstairs as she draws closer, until she finally settles down where I am.

She loves her scoop of meat in the morning and at night and generally she is very easy going. She loves Tucker, our dog, she always comes up to him when he enters the house and sniffs his nose and feet. She also is happy to see people, though not to keen to get picked up or cuddled. She loves hanging out with people though. At night, she often sleeps on my foot, though not as close as she used to, she used to sleep tucked into my waist or in the curve of my knee but now she mostly sleeps at my feet. She has taken to bringing me treasures at night. Sometimes this might be a piece of cat grass, or one of her favourite toys (the mouse I referred to or a very small crinkly and fluffy soft ball that she can easily carry in her mouth, up the stairs to our bedroom). Sometimes she picks a daisy from the flower vase down stairs or a leaf that fell down from a plant, or whatever she can find to offer up that she thinks it is interesting. It might be a piece of bark from the wood pile, or a small stick that looks cool. She is very cute! I learned to pay attention to what we have lying around the house to ensure she doesn’t find anything that might be poisonous to her. I google a lot of things! I think we are doing OK for her! She loves the scratcher that I bought her that is made of straw or something along those lines. She is not interested at all in the cardboard scratchers we have. She has learned that she is not allowed to scratch any wood but also that she is welcome to use the woodpile at the fireplace, and she does use that. Everyone is fine with that and she seems to enjoy scratching on wood every now and then.

It is quite funny how much she seems to love Tucker and Robin, she is always sitting around with them, as close as she can to get in on the action. She knows she is my cat though. As soon as I come into the room, she runs up to me. She is my little girl! And when I water the plants outside, she follows me around from window to window to see what I am doing. If the screen happens to be down, she squeezes her little head through the gaps so that she can still see what is going on. Haha. She is funny.

I have started a photography class and I love taking Roras portrait. I have included one of the nicest ones I took today.

Very best wishes for you and the kitties! I am following the adoptions and hoping for many adoptions ahead.

Amanda

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Hi Donna,

Sorry for my long silence. I was waiting time to take the photo of Raphael with me or with one of my grandchildren, but he still does not allow to touch him. We have big but slow progress. He eats, uses his litter box  and does not hide from me and even from my friends. But he still scared and hides from children. Usually he seats on the sofa or on the floor and watches us. He is very active at night: runs, plays with toys, etc. For all this time he said “mew” twice only. Usually I begin my morning from the cleaning his litter box. Twice I was late because of phone calls or something like this and Raphael remembered me my duty 🙂

I appreciate you and volunteers for him. I am happy he lives in my home.

 

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I have some pictures of Midas if you would like to post them on your website! Midas has been a great pet so far! He has pretty much reserved my left pillow for himself and sleeps there every night. He LOVES food! Every time you open the fridge he’s there, whenever you’re preparing something at the counter he’s there. We’ve also trained him to do some things such as whenever you sit in a certain chair, he will come up to you, jump on the chair and hug you, then he’ll tilt over and you cradle him like a baby! It’s so cute. The only downside to him is that ever since we brought him home, my brother has discovered he has an allergy! 🙁 I’m glad we didn’t change Midas’s name because it suits him well.

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Hi Donna,

We adopted Prince from you about a month ago and we can gladly say he made himself quite a home here. He was scared for the first few days and hid behind the couch and refused to eat.

Slowly, but surely, he started to adapt to his new home and started playing around with his toys. Most importantly, he stopped hiding behind the couch. After the first 3 days we also realized this cute little guy has quite an appetite. Once he got comfortable he would have no problem eating; doesn’t matter if it was dry food or wet food he would eat.

I would like to thank you once again for allowing us to take Prince (Or Pasha as we call him) of your hands. He is a real pleasure to have.

All the best,

Julie and Eddie

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Hi Donna and her colleagues,

This is Juliana and Mihai writing to you. We adopted Polo from you last week. We wanted to check in and let you know that he is doing very well. He eats and drinks well, he plays a lot, and he is the cuddliest, most affectionate cat ever! We love him so much, and spend every waking moment with him. He adjusted very well and very quickly, and has very rapidly become a permanent member of our family – our baby. He helps us get our schedules on track – he wakes us up at around 9 am because he is hungry and wants to play. You were afraid that he’d be bored with us, but we have succeeded and he is not at lack of attention (as in we cuddle and play ALL the time). We could even cuddle and play more, but he needs naps because well, he’s a cat

🙂 He is very curious about our bathroom routine, it’s hilarious, and his own bathroom routine has been perfect from the very start. He prefers to sleep at our feet even though he has his own place, and we love waking up to a purring kitty that has crawled up to our faces to kiss and cuddle.

We wanted to thank you again for letting us take home the greatest thing to ever happen to us. We will be in touch periodically to let you know how he is doing. We’re attaching a picture so you can see that he is very happy with us. We hope that you are doing well with the amazing things that you do.

Thank you for saving him, and thank you for letting us be part of this amazing cat’s life.

Mihai, Juliana, and Mango.

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Hey Donna,

Hope you’re doing well!

As you may have guessed, I wasn’t able to come home during this week, as I’ve been very busy with school (my first exam is this Sunday). Charlie is doing well; cuddly and affectionate as ever (even to stangers). I’m amazed that he isn’t sick of me yet!

Enjoy the pictures!

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Hello Donna,

I adopted Precious on Saturday and I wanted to give you an update on how she is doing. She is doing wonderfully! She’s such a sweet, good girl. She’s been using her litterbox and loves all of her new toys. She is also now known as Stella 🙂 I will send another update later, but I wanted to let you know that she is adjusting well in her new home. Talk to you soon,

Krista Budgell

 

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Hi Donna and all volunteers

We adopted Mercedes on April 6, 2014 and want to thank everyone there for this wonderful cat. We have called her Angel and indeed she is. She is one of our family and felt at home from the first day she arrived. Your description of her on the website was a “sweet and gentle” cat. That is a perfect description of her.
Your volunteers told us how they loved her and were so kind when they spoke of her. That helped us know we made the right decision.

So thank you again to you all for the work you do for all cats.

Valerie and Stuart McNabb

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Hi Donna!

Recently on April 5th we celebrated Angel’s 2nd birthday! She is such a joy in our lives and we wanted to know more about her history. How did she end up at NTCR?

I’ve attached a couple of pictures to give you an idea of how she’s doing.

Jaspreet

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Our Kumari Is Settling In

Hi Donna,

Night one down. She is doing very well. She is eating, using the litter, talking purring and playing. As you can see below she is making herself very comfy. Nap time in the box now. We LOVE her energy and is a wonderful addition to our home. Thank you for saving her and allowing us to find her. She has captured our hearts.

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With love and more pics to come,

Mike, Shannon & Kumari

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Hemmingway, Coconut and Caraway

Hi Donna just a quick note to let you know how Hemmingway is doing.  First off we have decided to keep Hemmingway as his name however, I also love to call him Hemmi for short sometimes.    He is currently  hanging out in his very own room with a bay window view.  We have a large cage in that room which we felt he might feel more secure in so we set that up.  I leave the door open at times but he doesn’t feel comfortable enough to leave it himself at this time.  I have to pick him up and bring him out but once he is sunning himself in the bay window he becomes very relaxed. He still cowers at the slightest of noises but in time this will get better I expect.  He has even started cleaning himself.  What a truly sweet boy with so much love to give..  We won’t introduce him to Weenee (I can hear you cringing Donna as you read this ha ha) or Boo until he has settled a bit more.  He sleeps a lot…I figure he is making up for lost time and won’t want the kitties all over him right now. Meanwhile Weenee and Boo like to go to sleep late at night and then rise very, very early in the morning.  Momma is still getting use to this schedule herself 🙂

 

I have taken some pics on my camera but need to upload them to my computer which I will do by the weekend.  In the meantime I took a few on my BB which I will share with you now.

 

We are enjoying the adventure with our NEW family.  Thank-you for rescuing our little angels.  What an amazing feeling it is to watch them sleep.  They look at piece and WE FELL at piece in our hearts.  Not much can top that feeling in my books.

 

Pam and John

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Giles ‘Hobo’

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200Hi Donna,

Just writing to say that “Hobo” is settling in quite well. Since he’s still young and didn’t know that name at all, we decided to call him Giles instead.

Giles and Abby had a better introduction than we could have anticipated!  We thought she might be a bit territorial and were prepared to do the gradual introduction thing, but she just sniffed him a bit, proclaimed him acceptable, and they’ve been co-existing well with only the occasional hiss on both parts to establish personal space. Last night they both slept at the foot of our bed very nicely and without confrontation.

He’s eating quite well and using the litter box properly. He prefers the Performatrin and Abby likes it too, so we’re going to have them both free-feed on that between wet food times.  He seems like a hungry boy, so we’ll keep watching him and make sure he gets up to a healthier weight.  He’s also playing well and has found a chair he likes in our guest room for when all the new stimuli leave him wanting quiet time.

We’re so happy to welcome Giles into our home. He is the sweetest boy who loves to give hugs and cuddle, and is the perfect mix of young cat energy and laid-back personality for our household.

Cheers,
Becky

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Hi Donna,
Lilly and I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2014.

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