Charlie (RIP 5/6/09 - 1/19/11)

Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Charlie (RIP 5/6/09 - 1/19/11), a male Domestic Shorthair

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Home:Kenosha, WI  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 6 lbs.

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Duck Face, Charles

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

May 6th 2009

Black and White

Cuddling, snuggling and playtime!

Having to be caged because of his status.

Favorite Toy:
Water! He loves the faucet and the sink. He will also play with you if you wave a string toy or he will play alone with any loose toys. He really loves the "tin foil crinkle balls".

Favorite Nap Spot:
Next to mom.

Charlie has the ability to wiggle his way into your heart in lightning fast speed. He seems to be able to read minds too, because he does almost everything to please. (He still has a tiny bit of naughty in him - he's still a kitten after all!!)


Arrival Story:
Charlie came to the Beatrice Animal Shelter in Beatrice, Nebraska as a small kitten. He has grown into one of the most loving, sweet kittens we've ever met. He just loves to be with humans and cuddle - of course, he's a kitten and loves to play and get into trouble, too. Charlie is a super awesome kitten who needs a very special home. Charlie has tested positive for feline leukemia. In a shelter setting, that usually means euthanasia. However, the staff and volunteers love Charlie so very much that we couldn't bear to put him down. Charlie is now in a foster home, and he is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations and has a microchip. He is awaiting his forever home with just the right person or family. UPDATE 11/17/09 - Charlie has found his new forever home with two wonderful ladies in Winthrop Harbor, IL. He also has a new "brother" named Dixie to play with and keep him company. We couldn't have imagined a happier ending for such a precious little guy.

Charlie's adopters will have to provide a very loving, safe, stress-free home for him. He will also have to be the only cat, or adopted into a home with other feline leukemia positive cats. Charlie may have a shorter lifespan than most cats, and it's likely he'll need more veterinary care than the average cat. The love he has to give will far outweigh any shortage of time he has. Also, because he is young, there is a chance that he can fight off the disease and test negative in the future. We need to find a home for him as soon as possible, or another foster home. His foster mom got a job in another town and will have to move soon. Charlie is available for adoption through the Beatrice Animal Shelter in Beatrice, Nebraska. You can find us at or you can call 402-228-9100 and speak to the shelter manager. UPDATE: Charlie is now adoptable through Kindred Kitties of Kenosha, WI. Our website is and our phone # is 262-605-0533 UPDATE: See above. It was a long journey over 4 states and it took alot of things to fall into place (and fall through) for Charlie to find his new forever home. He most definitely has an angel watching over him, and we hope it keeps him safe and healthy for many years to come. UPDATE 1/20/11 - Charlie became suddenly sick, and despite all efforts at treatment passed away on 1/19/11. Charlie was a very special kitty who was full of life and love and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. RIP Charlie and we'll see you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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My Memorial

January 21st 2011 4:09 pm
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Charlie mattered
.by Gina Grone on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 8:22pm.

A year and a half ago, I drove a kitten named Charlie to Illinois so he could go to a rescue that would take care of him. He had tested positive for feline leukemia, and those kitties are very hard to get adopted. We had very few options for him.

Between myself, my friend Stacie and my new friend Donna Birch, we found him the perfect home with two wonderful ladies who weren't afraid to take on a cat with feline leukemia. They already had a fe-leuk cat, and he and Charlie became fast friends.

Charlie lived an extraordinarily happy life until yesterday, when he died from his condition. His adopters say their lives were better for having him with them, even for such a short time.

A lot of people thought I was a little nuts and wondered why I would go so far to save a cat... Well, I know people who have driven farther and longer to see a concert or a game or to go shopping, because it gave them pleasure and made them happy.

You know what? Saving Charlie made me happy. He mattered, and he deserved every effort that was made for him.

Love you, Charlie. You got your wings yesterday, now go play.

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