Patches is one cool cat who has been at the BHS since October 2011. He’s 6 years old, and he was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had too many animals. He’s a big boy who is part of the shelter’s “Phat Cat Fitness Camp” program, which helps some of the larger kitties shed some of their extra pounds. Isn’t he so handsome? I just wish I had more information on him. Please go visit the BHS to meet him in person… he’s a sweet and mellow boy who’s been waiting a long time for a home!
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This past weekend I realized that there were several cats at BHS that were in desperate need of updated photos. These were cats that had arrived at the shelter months ago as adorable little kittens… which normally are adopted very quickly, but for some reason these kitties were overlooked time and time again. Therefore, they’ve been growing up in the shelter and are no longer the tiny cute balls of fluff that people usually snatch up so quickly. The fact that most of them are black cats doesn’t help matters any, since black cats are often the last to be adopted.
House, Cuddy, Lambchop, Elena, King Julian, Madagascar, and Maurice are all living together in one of the communal cat rooms at BHS, so I decided to stop in there a few days ago to get some new photos. I expected to be in and out in just a few minutes, but I wasn’t prepared for what greeted me on the other side of the door. Oh. My. Goodness. I was immediately swarmed by lots of happy cats when I walked in the door and was suddenly overwhelmed with the amount of affection they all wanted to give me! I was in kitty heaven… these are some of the most loving cats I’ve ever met. Which makes me even more sad for them, because I know they could have gone home a long time ago if people had just taken the time to meet them and see what incredible personalities they have. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time cuddling with them. House is one of my favorites… he’s so outgoing and sweet. If my house wasn’t already full, I might have ignored protests from my husband and applied to adopt him. You MUST go meet these cats! They may not be tiny kittens but they’re still young, between 6-8 months old. Please don’t let them grow up in the shelter!
House: Male, 7 months old (UPDATE: House has been adopted!)
Elena: Female, 8 months old (UPDATE: Elena has been adopted!)
Lambchop: Female, 8 months old
King Julian: Male, 6 months old (UPDATE: King Julian has been adopted!)
Maurice: Male, 6 months old (UPDATE: Maurice has been adopted!)
Today I’d like to introduce you to another long-time resident of the BHS… meet Luggy! This girl has been waiting patiently for a home since January 2011. I’m not sure why she keeps getting overlooked, but I’m hoping she can find a home before she hits that 2-year anniversary of being a shelter resident… she’s waited long enough! Luggy is an independent girl who is full of personality, and she’s guaranteed to make you laugh with her antics. She’s currently residing in a room with several other cats who are part of the humane society’s “Phat Cat Fitness Camp”, a program designed to help some of the larger kitties there lose some weight. She’s been doing great and shedding some unwanted pounds, and she can’t wait to get into a real home that will help give her lots of play and exercise so she can keep her figure. Luggy is about 3 years old, is spayed and housetrained, and would prefer a home without dogs. Think she could be the girl for you? Please go visit her!
Last week I got to spend a little extra time with Sicily and Simkah, two beautiful girls who came in to the shelter together in September of 2011. While I don’t have much background information on them, I can tell you that they’re both full of personality! Sicily (the tabby) was a ham for the camera, super affectionate and always wanting attention, while Simkah (the black cat) decided that she was far too busy to pose for photos. Fortunately, she started to warm up to the camera a bit and eventually came up to us for a few pets and head scratches. If you’re looking for a couple of friendly and independent kitties to share your home with, check out these two at the BHS!
Boris is a very sweet guy who is down on his luck. He originally came to BHS about a year ago, when he was just a kitten… he was adopted, but was brought back recently because he has since lost his sight, some of his hearing, and wasn’t using his litterbox. It’s heartbreaking to think about how scared and confused he must be right now. Normally I like to take the cats out of their cages for blog post pictures whenever possible, but I didn’t want to scare Boris, so I let him stay in the comfort and familiarity of his own cage. He stayed still most of the time, very unsure of what was going on, but seemed curious. Boris would probably be most comfortable in a calm and quiet home without a lot of activity. It would also be best if he could have his own little personal space rather than the full run of the house, so that he always knows exactly where his litterbox is. Please don’t overlook him because of his blindness… he’s a wonderful boy and deserves a great home! (UPDATE: Boris has been adopted!)
Here’s another long-time resident of the BHS… meet Queen Frostine! I love this girl… not only is she stunningly gorgeous, but she’s very affectionate and playful. She came to the BHS in April 2011, after someone found her in a box with her 1-day-old kittens on the side of the road. I will never, ever understand how someone can so heartlessly dump an animal like that. All of the kittens have been adopted, but Queen Frostine has been waiting patiently for over a year for someone to take her home. She was a good mama to her babies, but now it’s her turn to be someone’s baby! She’s still fairly young, about 3 years old, and she gets along well with other cats. Please visit her at the shelter if you think she could be the girl for you!
I don’t have many photos of Precious, because quite frankly, she’s a little grumpy in the shelter environment and doesn’t appreciate any attention I try to give her. I think she’s the most beautiful kitty, with her sweet face and big round eyes, but anytime we open her cage it’s an invitation for some swatting and hissing. She seems so stressed and unhappy, and as a result, most people pass her by. Precious came to the BHS with her sister Pumpkin after their owner died, but Pumpkin was adopted a while ago, leaving her all alone. She must be so sad and confused, it just breaks my heart. I hope there’s someone out there who can give her a chance to live in a home environment again… she just needs a little love!
This week I was getting some updated photos of a kitty for the blog, one that had been at the shelter for a long time. However I hadn’t realized that he had an approved application, and in the middle of the shoot, his new parents came to pick him up! So I happily turned my camera onto another kitty, also a long-term resident… but he went home the next day! (Congratulations Bear and Grasshopper!)
So without any particular kitty to feature today, here are a few others that qualify for a great promotion that BHS is currently having. For “Black Cat Fridays” and “Tortie Tuesdays”, you’ll get 50% off the adoption fee for black and tortoiseshell cats during April and May! This is only a handful of the kitties that qualify, so check out the BHS website for a complete list of all the cats available!
Boots: Male, 7 years old
Miley: Female, 2 1/2 years old (Miley has been at the shelter for over 2 years!) (UPDATE: Miley has been adopted!)
Simkah: Female, 2 1/2 years old (UPDATE: Simkah has been adopted!)
Cali: Female, 4 1/2 years old (UPDATE: Cali has been adopted!)
Izzie: Female, 5 1/2 years old (UPDATE: Izzie has been adopted!)
Maybelline: Female, 2 1/2 years old (UPDATE: Maybelline has been adopted!)
Velvet: Female, 9 years old (UPDATE: Velvet has been adopted!)
Please visit the Baltimore Humane Society if you’d like to meet any of these wonderful kitties!
Cudo and Lady Heather came to the BHS after they were found all alone in a flood area, in August 2011. At first, they were both extremely fearful and could not be handled (Cudo was originally named “Cujo”, yikes!). After a few months at the shelter, though, they are now completely different cats! Walk into the communal cat room where they reside together and Cudo will come running to greet you, rubbing against your legs and asking to be petted. He’ll be especially happy if you toss a ball for him or shine a light on the wall for him to chase. Lady Heather has become sweet and friendly as well, though she’s a bit more reserved and will wait patiently for you to approach her, rather than demand attention. I think these two have become favorites of some of the staff and volunteers, myself included. Cudo and Lady Heather are both between 2-3 years old, and are already fixed and housetrained. They would love to go home together! (UPDATE: Cudo and Lady Heather have been adopted!)
UPDATE: Moe has been adopted!
Moe is, without a doubt, one of my favorite kitties at the BHS right now. He’s such a stunningly handsome boy, and for some reason I just melt every time he looks at me with those big green eyes. He has also been one of my toughest subjects at the shelter. Moe was surrendered in April 2011 because his owner had allergies, and he was absolutely terrified in his new surroundings. He hid under his blanket for weeks, and no matter how hard I tried to get a decent photo of him, I just couldn’t do it without stressing him out. I tried week after week, only to be growled and hissed at every time, and every photo I got made him look aggressive. Finally after four or five weeks, I managed to get this shot:
It was enough to show people what he looked like, but it certainly wasn’t going to make anyone want to adopt him. Finally, after another five or six weeks, Moe was relaxed enough to lift his head and look straight at the camera. He didn’t look particularly happy, but at last I had a shot where he didn’t look angry or upset! Fast forward to a couple of months ago, and Moe had adjusted well enough to move into one of the communal cat rooms where he could hang out with several other kitties. I decided it would be a good opportunity to get some more photos of him… just look how happy and relaxed he is now! He’s come such a long way! He loves to play with toys now and enjoys being petted. Moe is still a quiet gentleman, but he’s really come out of his shell and would make a wonderful pet for someone. Please go visit him at the BHS!