Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

To: All the foster and shelter kitties
A home of your own

To: All the feral kitties
A warm box, and someone to spay or neuter you and feed you regularly

To: All the abandoned kitties who aren't really feral
A caring person to rescue you, and a warm place to go

To: All the foster parents
Infinite love and patience when every one of your too-many charges has URI and diarrhea, and Cathy is calling to place another found, rescued, or sick cat or kitten

To: All the shelter volunteers
Copious amounts of free time, millions of hugs and purrs from grateful charges, and a warehouse full of magic self-cleaning kennels and litterboxes

To: All of our generous donors
A special place in heaven

To: All of our adopters and potential adopters
The purrrfect companion to warm heart and hearth for time past and years to come

From: Santa

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Or rather meow, meow, meow (get this strange hat away from me).

Top to bottom and left to right:
Little Guy, Allie, Tara, Snuggles, Carter, Meep, Groucho, and Haley

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday greetings from Nelson

Nelson was originally Chip, one of the Chipmunk kittens, and you know how they love Christmas!
Hello Denise,

I just wanted to send my wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday. I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Nelson is doing great! He has become much better about not bothering the girls (i.e., the resident cats). I took your advice and when ever he tries to terrorize them he gets it with the squirt bottle. Once we became diligent and consistent he got the point that he should not continue the behavior.

We have had 2 mice in the house which the girls presented to us as Christmas gifts. Nelson does not quite know what to do with the real thing. Even though the girls had already killed the mice he was still afraid of them.

Typical male kitty, lets the girls do all the work! Ha!

Take Care Denise,


Monday, December 15, 2008

Volunteer Opportunity: Gift Wrapping!

Feline Rescue will be gift wrapping at local bookstores: Highland Park Barnes and Noble, Rosedale Borders and at the Midway Borders. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and it’s a great opportunity to promote Feline Rescue! Please contact Sue Knoblauch at, call 651-641-1464 or stop by our Adoption Center to sign up!

Click on the below image for more details!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Peace for the Holidays

This family group (formerly known as Juliet and the sausage kittens) looked like they were turning into a dysfunctional family recently. A strange cat was hanging around outside their house and it got the younger cats living inside so upset that they started fighting with each other. The adopters were concerned that this might become an ongoing problem and sought advice:

Denise, Thank you for getting back to me. The problem started about 10/1 and we had to separate the kids from each other about 10/15 after a “fight to the death” episode. Mama (Juliette) diligently split her time between the kids for more than a month until we finally had a successful “re-introduction” last Friday. After a couple days of checking each other out, they are once again napping, grooming and playing together. We’re all a big, happy family again. Yeah!!!

Apparently, this is not an uncommon problem (re-directed aggression) in multiple cat homes. There was plenty of helpful info online that helped us to understand and then solve the problem. We were approaching the point where professional help may have been the next step – perhaps a kitty whisperer?

I’ll send a current photo of Mama and the kids soon.


Hi Denise, This photo was taken last week just three days after their re-introduction. Jack (formerly Jake) and Lily (formerly Judy) seem just as close to each other now than they were prior to their “spat.” And Mama is just happy to see her kids getting along again - and so are we.

Happy Holidays!

K & K

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

All I want for Christmas a home of my own, with someone to love just me. OK, if you already have another cat or doggy, you just need to love me the best.

Puddin Vanalikalike

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mother & Daughter -- a Special Pair

"So do you guys think that Perdy + Fannie Mae should stay together?!? : )"

I got this note from the foster mom of these cats. I think the answer is obvious, but here is a second photo in case any of you weren't sure....

"So do you guys think that Perdy + Fannie Mae should stay together?!? : )"

Monday, December 8, 2008

Two Cats are better than one -- Proved Again!

Remember the Formerly Feral Fluffy Fancy Pants: Finnegan & Fiona (actually Fergus)? They didn't go to a home together, but both went to homes with a new kitty friend already waiting for them.

Here's Sebastian (formerly Finn) discovering his first pumpkin
and playing with his new friend Mystic.
Notice that even as a kitten he had a desire to tangle with black kitties -- It was meant to be!
Thanks to Finn's adopter for the update! We LOVE to post updates.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Holiday Boutique and Open House is tomorrow!

Come do your holiday shopping at the Feline Rescue shelter tomorrow afternoon. You'll find unique and fun gift ideas, and get a chance to meet some of our wonderful cats and volunteers. All proceeds go directly to Feline Rescue, Inc.

Holiday Boutique and Open House
Saturday, September 6th
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Silent Auction
12:00 noon - 3:30 pm

Feline Rescue shelter
593 Fairview Ave., St. Paul
(2 blocks north of University and Fairview Ave.)

Many thanks to our generous donors - we have received lots and lots of donations, so there will be lots to choose from. There will be pet-related items, like scratching posts, carpeted stairs for older cats and dog, cat beds, and cat and dog toys. And there will also be plenty of non-pet-related items available, like house plants, wine glasses, original art work, and knick knacks.

Please come!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Adoption Event Sat. Dec. 6, 11-2

Feline Rescue foster kittens and momma cats will be meeting and greeting people at the Roseville Petco from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 6.

This year's summer kittens are now adolescents, and we expect an enthusiastic turnout, many at their first (and we hope their last!) adoption event. If you live in the Twin Cities and have room in your home for one or two great little cats, come meet Andy and Barney, The Little Women kittens (Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Laurie, and yes, Laurie is the boy), the Vanalikalikes (Georgie, Pookie, Puddin and Pi) and cousin Shinichi Spud, Johnny, Matt and Damon, the Radcliffs (Perdita, Fanny Mae and Penelope), and... I know there are more, but I can't remember all of the names! Anyway, there will be lots of cats, so come on out. (You can look them up by name in our PetFinders listing.)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

We're new!

The outdoor feeding station at the Feline Rescue shelter was turned against the wall one day and when it was turned around, there were two cold little buff-colored kittens. It was clear they had been living outside because of their rough footpads, fleas and ear mites, but they were very friendly so they had been cared for by people at some point. The fleas and earmites were treated, they were neutered and off to a foster home as soon as we had room.

Here is what their new fostermom has to say:
This is the best picture I could get so far of Matt and Damon. They are sweethearts! They purr and purr and snuggle and PLAY. Penelope is so excited.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Where's Frankie?

Some kitties won't take "No" for an answer when they are looking for love, warmth, companionship and maybe a bath. Frankie is one such kitten.

It all started with Frankie and Johnny.
Frankie and Pookie at the beach.
Frankie and Seri -- bathtime.
Frankie and Spud and Pookie restin' in the treetop
Frankie and John form a perfect heart.
Frankie and Dolly: A fluffy friend on a chilly day.
Frankie and Sharae: Even she can't resist him.
Frankie surrounded by his adoring foster family.

And yes, Frankie and most of his friends are available for adoption!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Update on Jelly & Java/Georgie

I received an update on a pair of my "sausage" kittens.

Hi Denise,

I've attached a photo of Jelly and Georgie in one of their favorite spots, near me and the computer under a warm desk lamp. With the onset of cold weather, we're cuddling more than ever, but they always take plenty of time to play and chase each other as well. They are wonderful companions and we are all thriving. Thanks again for giving them such a good start.

Happy Holidays,

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Kitty TV

Daisy, one of our special needs foster kitties, is pictured below mesmerized by her new live action fish show on her special kitty TV courtesy of her foster parents. The fish are overwintering inside after their water garden was drained. A couple fish may need to become permanent inside residents for Daisy's entertainment.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Little Women family ready for adoption

Remember the momma cat and newborn kittens that I brought back from Red Lake Rosie's Rescue in late July? They were briefly known as Tatiana and the Tinies until we figured out that there were four girls and one boy kitten and I assigned them names from one of my favorite books from childhood, "Little Women".

They are four months old now and ready for adoption. You can link to more photos and more information about them on







Friday, November 21, 2008

Adoption Event Sat. Nov. 22, 11-2

We are very excited about our first adoption event at the Calhoun Village Chuck & Don's. Our kitties will have a chance to meet a whole new group of people.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I've been fostering Jasmine for about a month now, and I'm so excited to finally have pictures to share with the world! I first spotted her in my yard, she was in bad shape. She had clumps of fur missing and was terribly skinny. I thought for sure she had to be older, maybe even 15-16 years old. I knew she would need my help and would need a place before winter, but she was way too cautious of me and wouldn't come close. After about a month of feeding her on my front porch, she started to look better. Her fur grew back and she didn't look like an old cat anymore, she looked young and healthy.

Then one beautiful October day she decided she would stop being cautious and become my friend. I was calling her name and putting out soft food for her like I did every day, and she ran right up and jumped on my lap. I brought her inside and she's been my best buddy ever since.

Jasmine is only about two years old and is a joy to have as a companion. She immediately starts purring as soon as she sees me and true to her Siamese roots she is quite a talker. Her meow is more like a "squawk" and it is really quite funny. She is a great bed buddy and loves to curl up next to me and purr.

If you're looking for a door greater, Jasmine is the cat for you. She would love nothing more than to share her home with a human or two that will attend to her every wish. She is quite the attention hound when she wants to be, and she loves to play. My cats aren't too thrilled to have her in the house, but I think she would be fine with another friendly cat, or she would be fine as an only cat as well. All she wants is attention and petting, and she will reward you with her lovely blue eyes and constant purring!

If you're interested in hearing more about Jasmine let us know!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Senior Cats on TV

For those who missed seeing it "live," KARE 11 broadcast a short piece highlighting Adopt-a-Senior-Cat month. Look at all of those lovelies, hoping someone will invite them home for Thanksgiving (and forever after).

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Adoption Event Sat. Nov. 15, 11-2

Feline Rescue will have a wonderful group of adult, young, and baby cats attending the adoption event Saturday, November 15 at the Roseville Petco from 11am - 2pm. Below are some of the kitties who will be there for you to meet.

From top to bottom and left to right are Autumn, Perdita, Diego, Barney, Fannie Mae, Fluffy, Flower, Henry, Minnie Mite, Peanut, Penelope, Otis, Missy, Sadie, Tara, and Tippy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Cat Month

Senior cats are in trouble if they lose their home and it happens all too often.
A couple has a baby and the cat has trouble adjusting...
A new cat or dog joins the household and they don't get along...
The owner, due to age or financial problems, is no longer able to keep their pet...

Many shelters routinely euthanize senior cats and sometimes any cat over one year of age because of the difficulties of adopting them out. Cats over the age of six or seven may be considered "senior" when they are really still in the prime of their life since indoor cats generally live to age 15 or more.

There are benefits to adopting a senior cat. They are generally calmer and less likely to get into trouble. Their personalities are established so you can really find a good match for your household. They are far less demanding of attention and generally happy just to be in your company.

Feline Rescue promises a lifelong commitment to the cats we take into our care. If they don't get adopted, they stay with us, but living at a shelter is seldom the best life for a cat. We have several cats who are really looking for their own homes now to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shelter and we are reducing their adoption fee to try to help make that a reality.

Please click on the attached notices for more information.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Location: Chuck and Don's Pet Food Outlet,
1661 County Road C West,
Roseville -
Located in the north corner
of the Byerly's Shopping Center
on County Road C and Snelling Avenue.

Description: Feline Rescue, Inc. is offering FREE nail clippings for cats and kittens. Also, learn why cats scratch, tips on clipping your cat's nails and recommended cat scratching posts/surfaces.

All cats and kittens must be brought to Chuck and Don's in a carrier.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Survivor Update

Two members of the Survivor family, Brigit and Phoenix, have found a new home. Phoenix ended up being even more special than we already knew he was when we determined that he is deaf. Once the kittens had fully recovered a call went out to the deaf community and immediately a family responded. Both husband and wife are hearing impaired and their new family has experience caring for other deaf cats so the kittens will be learning sign language. What a perfect match!

Following is an update received a few days ago from their new family:

Brigit and Phoenix are doing great and are reportedly very playful. They love being with their new mom either playing or sleeping with her when she watches TV.  Their new family also has a service dog, Pepper, who is currently separated from the kittens by a gate while they get to know each. Phoenix is very interested in Pepper and tries to get close to him.

Both kittens are eating well and love to sleep together on the love seat in the family room which is currently their own room as they adjust to their new home.  They also love to play in their water which their new family found out when they had some work done to their house recently.  The kittens were put in the bathroom with their food, water, litter, and toys for a couple hours to ensure that they would not accidentally get outside. The bathroom was quite the mess when the repair work was done and the kittens were moved back to the family room.  "Oh my gosh, kittens made a big mess in the bathroom."  They thoroughly enjoyed playing in the tub with the faucet dripping and loved the sink too.  Their mom commented that it was very lucky that the toilet seat was closed.  Now they want to go back to the bathroom to play so sometimes they get their wish when the gate is moved farther down the hallway to allow them access to the bathroom from the family room.

Their family says they are happy, cute, purring kittens. "We love them so much."

Momma cat, Tara, is still looking for her forever home.  She is more relaxed and playful with her kittens safe in their new home and she has also turned into the ultimate lap cat. Take a seat and Tara is on your lap purring away.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lovely Lorelei

Lorelei and her single kitten Rory were fosters in my home for a while. Rory has been adopted but, as happens so often, the mother cat waits.

Feline Rescue received a call about a stray cat and her kittens that a family was caring for in their porch. I drove up to get them. They were shy, but with food to tempt them we were able to lure them into the carrier. I was surprised at how placid the mother was for the drive. It was like she knew she was getting help.

I named Lorelei and Rory for the mother/daughter characters on the TV show "The Gilmore Girls". They lived happily enough in my bathroom at first, but the other cats in my house made Lorelei very nervous. She was fiercely protective of Rory. We always wondered what her story was and what might have happened to the rest of her kittens.

She is in another foster home now with other cats and getting along fine now that she doesn't have Rory to protect, but she would dearly love a real forever home. She has all the beautiful colors of fall -- perhaps now is her time!

Friday, October 24, 2008

These cats want to be your one and only!

Feline Rescue, Inc. is currently facing a shortage of space to accommodate cats that prefer to live with humans, and not other cats. The current need is particularly acute: unless one of these cats finds a forever home within the next 10 days, Gypsy Rose Lee and Raja will need to share a room.

Gypsy Rose Lee
I have decided to perform a little song and dance routine in the hopes of finding a home for myself. “Do-re-meow” Uh oh! Maybe I had better speak instead. While I am most grateful for the food, shelter, health benefits, and volunteer company, what I really want is for my human(s) to bring me home. Although my spirit is young, my body is not: my days of singing and dancing are over. Oh, I will still jump up in the air to play with my toys, but I think it is about time I settle down forevermore. I am a gentle lady: my deep, throaty meow is left over from my burlesque days. I love to be petted and brushed. And most of my day is spent napping. So if you have a place in your heart and home for a senior companion, come take me away!

Yes, I am noble, but not beneath begging for my forever home. Life at the shelter is very difficult for me: there are so many cats here! I can’t help but Grrrr here, Grrr there, GRRRR everywhere. One or two cats I might be able to tolerate in time, but not 69! I want nothing more than mutual respect from a quiet gentle adult human or two. I would love to be able watch outdoor life through a window, or soak up warm rays of sunshine while
I nap. That is all for which I ask!

Yes, I know I am a cat, but cats make me anxious, and when I get anxious, well, ... I spray. To tell the truth: I am a loving lapsitter. You sit and I will jump on your lap. No, it is not necessary to pet me: I am fine without your hands rubbing my body. Okay, if you would like to pet me, how about gently brushing my forehead with your fingers? I will tell you when to stop. I am pretty quiet, except when I am upset about something; then, I complain. I am an intelligent adult who loves to play, either by myself or with humans. Hide-and-seek is one of my favorite games: stash some toys under a blankie and I will dig them out to entertain myself. Although I have been “in the system” since I was a kitten, I would rather not spend the rest of my life in a homeless shelter. Too many cats! And I seem to bring out the worst behavior of some of them. Remember when you were in grade school, the kid that was the target of the bullies? I am the feline equivalent of that child. Please, won’t you help me transition from underdog to meerkat?

For more pictures and information on these and other Feline Rescue cats, please visit our shelter or check out all our available cats at

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Little Sid

Little Sid was one of my first foster kittens. He and his buddy Roly Poly were adopted together several years ago, but recently they were both returned to the shelter due a change in circumstances in their home.

How sad and scary for them to leave their family and their home and be in a shelter for the first time with so many other cats! Roly Poly has been adopted into a new home, so now Little Sid is left without his lifelong friend.

He's not little any more, but he got his name because he resembled the cat of a friend called Sid. The original Sid has passed away now, so I guess Little Sid could drop the "Little" in this name, but he's kind of used to it by now.

Please consider stopping by the shelter to meet Little Sid and the other cats waiting for homes. They all have a sad story that's just waiting for a happy ending.
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