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Homer / Jasper
Homer came to Tenth Life from Friends of Feral Felines in southern Maine. We had a very feral tom who needed immediate placement and no barn for him. They had a nervous but tame fellow who needed some trust building and a forever home. It was an exchange that benefitted us and them. But it benefitted the cats most - and that's what we and they are all about! Homer took a little while to come out of his shell, but every day he got a little braver. After a while, he was pretty happy around people and even tolerant of the little boy in his foster home. A lot of time passed with Homer in our care. He was a tough cat to place as he had gotten earmites while living among a feral colony. The earmites had chewed his ears so bad that they had thickened tremendously. The thickening causes his ears to build wax and, if not cleaned frequently, develop infections. Sadly, most people didn't look at Homer and see a cat that they felt was remarkable enough to justify the extra work. That changed in April of 2010 when a Bucksport couple noticed him on our website and fell in love. They thought he would be a good fit in their home with their other cat. After adopting him, they sent us these pictures and we can't help but agree. They also mentioned in updates that he is ridiculously cute when he plays, which he does readily with them. They said that he was a great friend and snuggle partner for them and their other cat (who sadly passed away in December 2010) and that he even seems to look forward to his ear cleanings! His foster mom believes that having the wax removed from his ears is soothing and comfortable for him. Now known as Jasper, he has found his happily-ever-after.
We get lots of calls and emails for help. Some days, we get as many as 20 calls from people who are either looking for help for a stray or feral cat or they need to part with a beloved member of their family. Only twice have we gotten requests directly from the cats themselves. One of those cats was June.It was a warm evening in late May and one of our volunteers was at home with her husband. Her cats had a window that they were allowed to come and go through. Their food bowl was on a table near the window. They had a black cat with double paws and one eye, a white cat and a tabby cat. When our volunteer glanced at the cat eating from the food bowl, she saw a black cat with double paws. When the cat looked up at her, though, there were two big green eyes. As soon as she knew she was caught, the cat fled out the window. Over the next week and a half, the cat appeared several more times, each time she got a bit more comfortable with the people in the house. After asking her neighbors about the cat, our volunteer determined that it was a stray. She brought her to Tenth Life.It was June when the skinny, flea covered girl arrived to be fostered. We immediately took her to the vet's office for Feline Leukemia and FIV testing. She was negative, but she was pregnant and too underweight to have a successful pregnancy. The vet spayed her right away. Over the next weeks, June's weight improved. We treated her fleas and her worms and soon she had a healthy looking coat. June was a healthy young girl. We put her picture and description on our Petfinder page, knowing that if somebody picked her, they would be extremely glad they did. Most mornings when her foster mom woke up, June was laying on her pillow. She liked to lick her hair while she slept. Strange, yes, but sweet. Throughout the day, whenever she could, she would sit on her foster mom's or dad's lap. She snuggled with the other cats, and when they needed it, she bathed them. And when it was playtime, June was the first cat to chase the red dot from the laser pointer. (If you have cats and don't have a laser pointer, get one!) She loved catnip and always alerted people if the cat food bowl got close to empty. June was an awesome cat. We mentioned earlier that June is black. Black cats have a terrible lot. We put all adoptions of black cats on hold from late September throughout October due to reports of people adopting them for terrible reasons around Halloween. Additionally, because of the large number of them, superstitions, and their genereral inability to stand out in a crowd, it is often difficult to find people who want to adopt them.June proved that, despite her black coat, she was a cat who was more than worth adopting. She waited a year and a half for somebody to want to adopt her. Finally, in late December, we received an adoption application from a woman with June's name on it. She had two other black cats, having adopted them because she knew they were harder to place. Her veterinarian gave her a glowing recommendation. We were happy to send her an email letting her know that she was approved to adopt June.We are happy for the woman whose caring heart will be touched by this sweet little girl, but we still miss the little Junebug.
Leaf & Thorn
Leaf's sweet personality was such a joy.
Thorn was never as sarcastic as he looked!
Leaf and Thorn are brothers of Iris and Rose, both of whom have also been adopted. Taken from their very feral mother at five weeks, our volunteers worked hard to care for them from the very beginning. They were given a special blend of cat milk replacer with canned cat food. We handled them several times a day, holding and petting each kitten. Rose, the fourth littermate, instantly decided to like people. she was tremendously outgoing. Leaf was next, enjoying every snuggle he could get. Thorn and Iris took longer, but both eventually came around. Leaf and Thorn had to wait until they were six months old before our vet would neuter them. Once they were neutered, they went onto our Petfinder page. Several people expressed interest in one cat or another, but each time, the adoption didn't go through. Finally in early 2010, when these guys were approaching one year old, two young women filled out applications. One wanted Leaf and the other wanted Thorn. Because they were roommates, when their applications were approved, the ladies took them to the same home. Thorn gets to play with his brother Leaf. Leaf gets to lay on laps and snuggle with his new human family members while keeping an eye on his brother. We are very happy for these two cats and their new people. ***UPDATE*** Leaf's adoptive mom reports that she and Thorn's mom are sadly moving apart. Both ladies are planning to keep their cats, though. But they won't be able to be together. Fortunately, both cats have bonded fully with their adopters and are expected to adjust well to their new living arrangements. Additionally, despite Leaf's nighttime friskiness during the first weeks after his adoption, he has settled down and is quite calm and quiet at night! **UPDATE** We've received reports that both Leaf and Thorn are enjoying their lives in separate homes. They both give and get loads of affection.
Romeow was a stray cat who one of our volunteers "accidentally" trapped while trying to catch a feral female. He was a huge tom and a total sweetheart. Romeow enjoyed many days and nights snuggling with his foster family. About seven months after his capture, at the beginning of October, a woman expressed interest in him. While we keep black cats' profiles posted, we NEVER place one during the month of October. When we informed his potential adopter that he would not be released to adoption until November, she replied that it would work better for her to get him in November as well, because of some traveling she was doing in October. When her application was approved, she patiently waited for him to come to her home. We are pleased to say that each update we have received from her has been wonderful. Romeow is clearly very happy in his new home and making his new mom equally happy!
Edna was surrendered by a family who could not provide her with proper care. She had recently had kittens, for whom her family had found homes. Edna, however, they were unable to place. A long, slender little lady, Edna was very lovely. Unfortunately, she was violently opposed to sharing space with other animals, whether they were cats or dogs. Edna had to have a room to herself. Her foster mother was able to keep her in a bathroom. She provided Edna with a window bed and plenty of her own space. Edna received lots of individual attention and was fairly happy in her foster home, but she didn't have a whole house to stretch her legs in or a real bed to sleep on. We worked very hard to find her a home, always suggesting her first to single pet homes. Before long, Edna was adopted by a senior woman who lavishes her with attention. As of our last Edna update, she had started fetching for her new mom and was spending every night sleeping on her bed. We are incredibly pleased to have helped this beautiful little lady find her happy ending!