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Update II on Central CA Friend/Cats

March 6th 2012 4:28 pm
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Written by Artie’s female human (Heather):

A bit of good news: Julie was approved for an apartment. Although it is a pet-friendly complex, the contract didn’t allow Julie to keep all of her cats. A lovely no-kill shelter (that accepted three of Julie’s other cats) agreed to accept the additional (final) two cats that Julie needed to re-home.

A small pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: when Julie took the two cats to the shelter today, one of the other cats (Chief Joseph) that she took there a couple of weeks ago was being brought from the back to get acquainted with an older woman. She ended up adopting him! I’m so happy Julie got to see that because, as I’m sure all Catster pawrents can imagine, she’s so very very sad to have had to re-home the majority of her cats. She is very grateful to get to keep some of the cats, but she feels terrible about not being permitted to keep them all.

Thank you all for your assistance in trying to re-home Julie’s cats. I know she greatly appreciates the support and kind words received.

Purred by: Violet - Forever Loved (Catster Member)

March 6th 2012 at 5:41 pm

That is pawsome news, Art! I'm sure it made Julie happy to see that one of her kitties was going to make an older woman happy! We'll purr that all the other cats find pawsome homes too. I'm glad some of her cats are able to stay with her. Thanks for the update.
Purred by: Stacy T

March 6th 2012 at 7:30 pm

Aw Artie. As hard as it is for Julie to have to part with some of her cats, at least she knows that they're safe in their shelter and can become part of another person's heart. You were adopted, I was adopted. We each found our second chance! I'll be purring that even as I type this that their forever families are moving ever more near for all shelter cats!
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

March 6th 2012 at 10:51 pm

That is good news! Sending Julie and her kitties purrs.
Purred by: Orange Ruffy (Catster Member)

March 7th 2012 at 8:22 am

how Bittersweet. For us, and our pawrents, it hits close to home. We're a multi cat family. Mom said that Julie is very strong-she feels she'd probably want to die if any of us needed to be 'rehomed' as we're her 'kids'.

We are purring for Julie. We also would like to ask everyone to step up and do what they can to advocate for 'multi-pet' friendly housing.

Mommy gets tired of peopel saying 'wow, you have so many!' would they say this to someone with 6 children? or 'where do you keep them all?' (we aren't the size of lions, the biggest of us weighs just 14 lbs.

We're glad to hear that Julie was able to keep the ones she has...and sad she had to place the others.

Proud to be a fur with a 'crazy cat lady' mom!

Purred by: Art Blakey (Catster Member)

March 7th 2012 at 10:38 am

Yes, it is very bittersweet. I think Julie was able to get through this by focusing on finding homes/shelter for her cats. Now that they have all found shelter, she is feeling very low.
Purred by: Laura W

March 7th 2012 at 10:39 am

Dood...we be happy that this storee iz havin de best possy bull ending it could have...granted it shouldna have began in de furst place.....hisses, claws N curses two de landlord startin this mess...we hope all de peepuls finded mew homes N we hope all oh julie 's kittehs find as good forever homes as they just came frum......
Purred by: Rose - beautiful angel (Catster Member)

March 7th 2012 at 7:56 pm

Rose's Mom Heather here. I feel for Julie. I can't imagine how hard it is for her to go through this. Rose was brought to the Sanctuary my husband and I volunteer for by her family due to a foreclosure situation. I always hope that somehow her former family knows that she has a new forever home where she is loved and how grateful we are for the love they showed her before that helped to make her the wonderful cat she is now.
Purred by: Elsa: Dream Girl #31 Angel (Catster Member)

March 9th 2012 at 10:36 am

Art do you know if Julie will still keep looking for yet another place that will allow her more cats, so that one day she can go and re-adopt those she gave up?

Or even if she had friends that could hold on to her kitties till she finds an even better place than her new place is in allowing more cats. It's nice they allow her to have some of her kitties but it would be so much better if she could keep them all.

This would be a huge heartache for so many of us if we had to give our kitties away!

I would like to send her a card to cheer her up; I'll bet she is very sad. And feeling very lonely. Would you pawmail me her address?

Or if we can't do that, it would be caring of us to leave little gifties on her remaining kitty's pages? I was trying to figure which kitties are now with her. Are they Tiny Dancer, Squirt, Jules-Verne and Chief Red Cloud?

I'd like to mention this in my diary about sending her a card, or leaving gifties for her other kitties.

Thank you Art.

Love Elsa, xo
Purred by: Art Blakey (Catster Member)

March 9th 2012 at 11:03 am


Julie has signed a contract and paid her deposit. At this point, she just doesn't have the money to try for another place. Since she is on a very fixed income, she said this will probably be her final place (no way for her to save up enough for a deposit on another place). The only way she could afford the deposit on the current place is because she didn't have to pay rent for a month (while it was going through the foreclosure process).

For weeks before she even considered taking any of her cats to a no-kill shelter, she did ask her friends (and for her friends to ask their friends) about taking some of her cats. No takers.

I'll pawmail you about the other suggestions (hopefully, pawmail is working now!). It's a bit of a delicate situation right now and I'm not sure she's up to talking about the cats she had to re-home. It might re-open some very painful wounds.

Heather & Artie


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