Friday, July 27, 2012

Introducing Paul

 Meet Paul,   he arrived in early 2008 as a 4 week old kitten with his sister Tess, coming for a bad hoarding situation.  We are a life time care sanctuary, so he and the others are not for adoption, they has a forever home with us.  We want to share with you some of his life.

First day as he arrived.

A few days after he arrived.

With a lot of medication, time and love  he started growing into a cute playful kitten

Helping us with the laundry

10/09 He started having lots of problems with his one eye and it was removed

Paul just loves this crunchy food, it is super high quality and gives him the energy to keep up playing with the kittens.  It can be found on our Amazon wish list

Here is a cute video of Paul with a cat nip toy

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A wonderful story about us, hope you enjoy!

Meet the Happy Kitties of Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary

Alana Miller takes in blind cats from around the country, giving them a chance at happy lives. How many blind cats? At last count, 93.
Angela Lutz  |  Jul 25th 2012  |   19 Contributions

It doesn’t take long to realize that blind cats are just like other cats. They run, jump, and play. They can be demanding when they want attention and supremely affectionate when they get it. They chase after crinkle balls, race up cat trees, and go cuckoo for catnip. 
Alana Miller sees it happen every day. She has owned and operated the nonprofit Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in St. Pauls, North Carolina, since 2005. The fact that her blind cats are normal, happy cats is something she would probably scream from a mountaintop if she could. “I don’t know how many times I have to say to people: A blind cat does not know it’s blind,” she says. “It knows it’s a cat. It acts like a cat.”
Blind cats enjoy the climber at Alana Miller's rescue sanctuary.
Miller volunteered at another area shelter for several years before opening the Blind Cat Rescue. At the time, she never thought she would open a cat shelter of her own; in fact, she only adopted her first cat because her son wanted a pet, and she started volunteering because her teenage daughter needed an adult chaperone. She’d always been more of a dog person, but the day a blind cat arrived at the shelter is the day Miller finally got “sucked in.” 
“The vet said we should euthanize [the blind cat], because what kind of quality of life is it going to have?” she says. “And I thought, we don’t kill humans because they’re blind; that’s crazy.”
Abbey, before and after.
Gallee, before and after surgery.
Gina, before and after surgery.
Shortly thereafter she took home her first blind kitten, and he “ran, leapt, twirled, and played with toys” just like any other cat. And then the second blind cat came home with her. Word got out, and by the time Miller had four blind kitties living with her, she decided to get her nonprofit designation and “do this for real.” 
Today the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, which is located on the grounds of Miller’s farm, houses 93 cats, most of whom are blind. The rest either have FIV or feline leukemia; some are blind and FIV- or FEL-positive. The one thing they all have in common, though, is that they would have been euthanized at most traditional shelters. Instead they have the chance for a normal life and a forever home at the Blind Cat Rescue, where they live in colonies of no more than 12 (with separate areas for FIV- and FEL-positive cats) and receive all the TLC, toys, and treats they can manage from the staff and volunteers. 
Visitors at Blind Cat Rescue.
Because many cats at the sanctuary come from situations involving abandonment, abuse, and neglect, they are frequently in poor health with myriad other problems in addition to eye infections and blindness. Miller has gone to great lengths to save the ones who need it. For example, earlier this year, a 14-year-old cat named Abbey arrived at the shelter after being dumped at the pound by her longtime owners. She was suffering from a severe eye infection that blinded her, as well as depression.
“She was just devastated,” Miller says. “We ended up putting her on a feeding tube, the whole nine yards. And to watch her finally come back from that depression and find out that it’s okay, and to see her finally eat on her own or play with catnip … to see her being a happy cat again and get past that devastation is very rewarding.”
Gallee snuggles with a staffer.
Another 10-year-old cat named Gina came to the Blind Cat Rescue all the way from a New York City pound after being dumped by her former owners, who, according to the facility’s paperwork, had kept her for less than a year. Her eyes were rock-hard from severe glaucoma, her teeth were rotten, and she was unspayed. Again, Miller did everything she could to save the ailing cat, and today Gina is “a sweet, loving little girl who is happy and healthy.”
Here's a video of Gina: 
Yet another cat named Elle arrived via animal control after being caught in a humane trap. As a stray, Elle had gone blind due to hyperthyroidism, and her fur was so matted she could barely move. Her liver was also failing. With the help of Elle’s foster-caretaker, Miller was able to nurse Elle back to health by putting her on a feeding tube, administering the herb milk thistle to restore liver function, and ensuring she received the eye surgery and antibiotics she needed. 
“She’s still alive 14 or 15 months later, happy as a lark, eating real good,” Miller says. “She purrs and is a sweet, loving cat. She had to get over that we weren’t going to hurt her, because she’d had bad experiences, and humans were not a good thing. So it was good to watch little miss Elle become a living cat.” 
While many people might have given up on these cats, Miller was willing to fight for them as long as they were willing to let her.
“An animal that’s ready to die has a look, and once you see it, you know that look,” she says. “And [Elle] didn’t have that look. As long as she was wanting to live, I was wanting to keep fighting for her."
Blind cats Buddy and Izzy.
The sanctuary attracts many visitors during its regular open houses, when people from the surrounding community –- as well as some who are just passing through -– can drop in and interact with the cats, who are always eager for some kind pets and a warm lap. Many visitors are also the cats’ sponsors; Miller provides opportunities for individuals to sponsor specific cats for a monthly fee, which helps cover that cat’s basic needs.
Miller also updates the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary’s Facebook page with photos and videos almost daily, giving everyone the opportunity to understand what Miller already knows: that blind cats deserve the chance to be happy and loved as much as any other cat. 
“Watch the videos and you will see them race up climbers, you will see them leaping over toys, you will see them chasing and playing with balls,” she says. “They don’t know they’re blind. They just know they’re cats, and they act like cats.”

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pictures, thanks and more

Some misc. pictures of the cats taken by Karen & Lisa and lots of thanks for all the gifts from our Amazon wish list!

Thank you Denise D. for the filters and batteries!
Thank you unnamed for the 6 cases of food!
Thank you Diane for the camera!
Thank you unnamed for the big box of trashbags!
Thank you Joan S. for the food for Snicker ;)

Thank you unnamed for the Tiki Cat & if you are missing a book,
 it came to us, email me and I will send it to you :)
Thank you unnamed for the 2 beds!
Thank you Meredith G for the food!
Thank you Mary Karen for the food for Snicker!
Thank you Sonia L for the syringes!
Thank you Suzanne B for the food and kind words!
Thank you Chad for the bag of toys!
Thank you Maria L for the 2 bags of toys!
Thank you Jimmy & Brenda T for the food and syringes!!
Thank you Denise for the litters and kind words!
Thank you Julie P for the filters!
Thank you Holly D for the food and message for Snicker!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Cat for the Kuranda climber!

Also check out their blog about their visit with us :) 

The star outside our building









Paul & Mickey insisting on attention



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Snicker Update

SNICKER UPDATE:   The little guy is doing well.  Not eating a lot on his own yet but getting supplmented from the feeding tube.  Will have his liver rechecked in a few weeks.
We want to thank all the people sharing so generously  with us from our Amazon wish list: 

Thank you Laura & Gene, Patrick & Cody M. for the food and treats!
Thank you Tamara D-S for the beds!
Thank you unnamed for the periwinkle bed!
Thank you unnamed for the toys and food!
Thank you unnamed for the bed!
Thank you Maria L. for the beds!
Thank you unnamed for the litter!
Thank you Monica for the tunnel and stairs!
Thank you unnamed for the foods!
Thank you Denner W. for the bed!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Abbey & catnip

We were putting toys that we received from our Amazon wish list and Abbey came to investigate.  Hope you enjoy her reaction

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Open house 7/15/12 pictures & Thank yous!!

A few pictures from our last open house, hope you enjoy :)
 Also lots of thank you to the following for your wonderful gifts from our Amazon wish list:
Thank you Laura D, Guinness & Sake for the cat litters!
Thank you Gail M. for all the cat litters!
Thank you Tamara D-S for the sweet dreams and beds!
Thank you Scott F for the food and kind words!
Thank you Denner W for the food!
Thank you Todd for the foods and prayers!
Thank you Shelby M for the toys!
Thank you Jillian M for the trash bags & toys!
Thank you Gaymon W. & Leo for the food!
Thank you Diane S for the tape measure and tool kits! 
Thank you Esastella C. for the food and kind words!!
Thank you Julie H for the food and water filters & kind words!!
Thank you Steven & Figaro for the litter (we like unglamorous gifts (big smile)
Thank you Lynne R. for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the food! 
Thank you unnamed for the litter! 
Thank you unnamed for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the 2 bags of kitten attract! 
We are humbled by how kind and generous you are to the cats!! 

Also, thank you our photographers! Robin, Joan & Kiely for their hard work taking pictures and videos for us yesterday!!

PS: (If you do not fill in a gift note Amazon does not tell us what your name is so we can thank you, they also do not give us your contact info, just your name when you do put in a message)

Robin & Kitty talking
Robin trying to take pictures with Mickey climbing all over her.

Felix & Lorraine

Joan & Mickey

Suzanne & Mack

Maggie helping us unpack boxes

Chester giving Karen a shoulder massage

Sybil giving Ray a spa day

Camille getting some action too

Joan & Paul

Lorraine & Zoe

Ray enjoying some snuggle time with Sybil

Mickey making sure Vince knows how happy he is to see him

Open house 7/14/2012

Thank you to everyone that came to our open house 7/14!!  I will be posting pictures later,  but thought I would share these videos with you.   Hope you enjoy :)

                                          Please remember these cats are blind :)

                                          Katie (gray) is FELV+ & Blind,  Kiely is FELV+ & seeing

                                         Robin is trying her hardest to take pictures of the cats, as you
                                         can see, that is not always easy.  She makes our calenders
                                         and the pictures for our cookbook :)   And you see many
                                         of her pictures on our website, Facebook page & Smileboxes :)

                                         Hope you enjoy :)