Max and Jacks have joined the others here at F.A.T. Cat Haven. There owner passed away unexpectedly and they were left behind. No one will take old cats and Max is going to be 16 years old and Jacks will soon be 17 years old. They just don't get adopted. The sister of the passing owner brought them to us and we will care for them for the rest of their lives. They are getting use to the new surroundings and will remain indoor cats since they are elderly so we can keep a close eye on them. They will have the opportunity to go outside in the attached outdoor enclosure. Jacks has already checked it out and likes to sun himself out there.
Jacks has only one eye which gives him an extra cute expression and he has some trouble with his hind legs and hips. He appears to be very arthritic and we have him on some medicine to help with arthritic pain. Max is a little on the shy side but is a very handsome black and white cat. Both have been declawed at sometime in their lives.
Same story - different day. Five cats are left behind as owners move away. The neighbor feeds them and finds one of these five is sickly and one needs to be neutered. They take them off to the vet and pay to get them help. The sickly one is in renal failure and humanely euthanized by vet and the other one is neutered. The Del Norte Humane Society says they won't take them so we are called and they are all brought to F.A.T. Cat Haven. What if F.A.T. Cat Haven did not exist? We are only a couple that decided to make an effort to help cats in our area and now get calls from as far away as Southern California.
These cats are beautiful adult cats. We don't even know their names, let alone how old they are. They are a little frightened but all are friendly. They have no idea what is happening and why their lives have been turned upside down. I do wish we knew their names! Well they will all get new names to go with their new lives! They will stay here until we can get them into forever homes where they will get the love they deserve.
I wonder why people adopt animals, raise them and then desert them? Do they not love them anymore? How can people leave them to fend for themselves? How can they be so callous and not care what will happen to them? It's cold outside in March and very wet and rainy. Poor kitties!
F.A.T. Cat Haven is funded entirely by donations from individuals who love animals - wonderful people like you!
In order to continue our rescue efforts we need your help!
We maintain a no-kill, cage-free home for up to 100 cats in the rural area north of Crescent City, California. We are committed to saving the lives of homeless cats by rescuing, providing veterinary care, and placing them into loving homes of their own. But Unlike most other rescue organizations, we do not have a time limit for the cats to get adopted. We care for them for the rest of their lives if need be, including those with disabilities and chronic but manageable diseases like leukemia or diabetes.
This sanctuary proves that it is possible to provide a comfortable and loving home for groups of unwanted cats who otherwise would have a very uncertain future and usually a slow death.
By supporting F.A.T. Cat Haven you are not only helping many wonderful animals, you are also making a statement that animals do matter and that they deserve loving care. Your donations matter and are making a difference. Please make your tax deductible donation now. We can't do this without you!
WILLOW - THEN, 4 WEEKS AND 8 WEEKS OLD
Hi, my name is Willow and I had my first birthday in August 2013. My second birthday is coming up soon. That doesn’t sound like much at first glance but wait until you hear my story.
I was born in August 2012, 1 of 5 kittens. Our mom was a feral cat and had us in a barn. We were taken away from our mom at just a few days old so that we wouldn’t end up wild too. We were brought to For All Time Cat Haven. They bottle-fed us and took real good care of us. We were all doing real well and started to eat food and run around the house.
Then at 4 weeks old I got really sick. I was checked out by two veterinarians and given several medications but nothing seemed to help. I was feeling real bad and had trouble breathing. My illness seemed to stunt my growth and my brothers and sisters all grew much bigger than me.
On the left is my sister Saphire. That's me, the little one on the right.
The official verdict was that I wasn’t going to survive. The vets thought I must have inherited something from my mom and no one could help me. My human mom and dad still worry about me and wonder if I will have a long life.
My brothers and sisters all got adopted but I was so sick that the Cat Haven kept me. They said that they do not adopt sick kitties. They still continued to take good care of me. I sleep in bed snuggled up with my “mom” and lay my head up over her neck. This makes it easier to breathe while sleeping. I still have episodes where I wheeze trying to breath but not as often. It was constant when I was a baby. None of this has ever stopped me from playing and racing through the house. The vets didn’t think I would live much past four weeks of age and I will have my two-year birthday in August 2014. The vet told them to keep up whatever they were doing and that was give me lots and lots of love. What’s not to love? The older cats give me baths, let me play with their tails, and I even get away with jumping on them. They are all still really gentle with me when we play. They let me win all the time. Speaking of playing . . . I should mention that I am actually a "Retriever in cat fur." Just throw a ball and I will fetch it like a dog. I love balls! I carry them all over.
Because of my health and possible future problems (and the fear that my life may not be a long one) I will remain here at F.A.T. Cat Haven. I have free run of the house, love tummy rubs, and love to play with balls. I love my people and the cats I share the house with. I’m really still small for my age, but I’m very cute and a survivor!
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