Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nelson is 10!

It is so gratifying to get updates on our foster cats and kittens from their adopters. It's really special when you still get updates after ten years!

Nelson Axel celebrated his 10th year with me in his forever home. He was born 10 years ago yesterday and, thanks to you and Feline Rescue, I’ve had the pleasure of his company all these years.

I’m including some pictures taken over the past few months of my boy and his 4-year-old adopted sister, Lana Kitty Pierson, as well. Lana is a little petite Torbie, also from Feline Rescue.

I’ve also included a photo of Alvie, Nelson’s biological sister who lives at Calhoun Pet shop. I still visit her and she is doing well. Every time I look at her all I can see is that her face is just like Nelson’s!

Nelson still hates Lana :-(, but they live in separate spaces in my home and both are happy and thriving. 

I was hoping that when I adopted Lana that Nelson would be tolerant of her but that never worked out. As you know Nelson has some serious behavioral problems due to a neurological issue so I knew going into the adoption of Lana that it may not work. I was concerned that Lana would not get the life she deserves nor would he however I was wrong. Both seem very content, affectionate, and happy so life is good for them and me

I adopted Lana from another Feline Rescue foster caregiver, she was the mother of 5 beautiful babies. 4 out of the 5 had already been adopted and one of her babies, Frankie, was still living with her. Lucky for me, Lana was available and, knowing that Mama cats don’t get adopted as readily as kittens, I wanted to give her a good home. She is very petite and I cannot conceive how she managed to carry 5 kittens.

Lana is very affectionate and kind. She is also very friendly to all who visit and loves to watch birds, bunnies, and squirrels, just like Nelson.

Nelson still has to eat raw rabbit only and take Prozac, but his issues are now under control, so he is happy in his own skin and able to give and receive comfort and love. He is very bonded to me and very routine-oriented. If his routine gets interrupted he gets anxious and irritated, he lets me know this by being very vocal. He has always been very vocal and enjoys telling me just how he feels about things.

He brings a smile to my face every day and has become quite a snuggle bug. I feel very fortunate to have both him and Lana in my life.

Thanks to you and Feline Rescue for all you do to help our feline friends. What a bunch of caring and compassionate folks you are!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Photographing Kittens - the Group Challenge

Photographing a cat can be difficult (because they're cats!) and photographing a silly, energetic kitten is even more of a challenge. My own foster kittens' photos are either blurs or a bunch of kittens sleeping.

Kris Kaiser (KrisKreative Photography), has been taking amazing photos of our cats and kittens and has taken on the advanced challenge of photographing groups of wide awake kittens. It's almost magical watching her capture those moments, engaging the kittens and getting them to sit together. We're very thankful to have her sharing her skills with us to help our cats and kittens not only get adopted faster but to provide wonderful visual memories to our foster volunteers.

Bella, Jax and Izzy

Dimitri, Sonia and Alexei

Tortellini, Rotini, Ravioli and Macaroni

Roy, Clarence and Esther

The Peanuts Gang

Porter, Liesl and Brigitta

Sashimi, Maki and Nori

Check our website for our list of available cats and kittens and for more information about adopting through Feline Rescue.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month

June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month. A good reminder that Feline Rescue is a great place to consider when adding a feline companion to your household!

View our available cats and kittens >

There are approximately 5,000 animal shelters in the country. Seven in ten cats in US shelters are euthanized annually because there is no one to adopt them (ASPCA). This isn’t a surprising statistic considering that an average non-spayed female can have 1-8 kittens per litter, 2-3 litters per year, and that a single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years (Fayette Humane Society).

Feline Rescue and other shelters offer variety: sleek/chunky, gentle/sassy, young/senior, naughty/nice. So many different colors and shapes, so many different personalities. Some cats who are “perfect”, some who are sight-impaired, some who are deaf, and some with FIV or Felv. So many wonderful cats ready for loving homes where they can offer so much in return.  Shelters offer such diversity of cats that really, there is a cat for everyone.  

Besides sheer diversity, other benefits are derived from adopting shelter cats.  Staff know a cat’s personality and can discuss whether or not an adoption can be a good fit, and they can offer advice on cat behavior. Feline Rescue and many other shelters spay or neuter cats and provide veterinary care to ensure their cats are healthy when adopted. Many shelters also willingly accept cats back if an adoption doesn’t work out.  

A win-win-win situation: An overabundance of cats / shelters where the focus is to place as many cats as possible in good homes / people adopting from shelters.  

A compassionate and wise solution when considering a new family cat: Adopt a Shelter Cat. Save a life, make space for another cat, and enhance your life.  

Feline Rescue's adoption center is located at:  
593 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104

Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – Noon and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Photo credit: Mandy Dwyer - Glimpses of Soul Photography

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