Mary Lou

August 2019 update.  Mary Lou has been battling pancreatitis in addition to her thyroid and kidney issues.  I am now trying the ear thyroid medication since otherwise she doesn’t always get her medication in food if she doesn’t feel up to eating all of it.  She is also getting her Semintra.  Although her corona virus is not curable, she is doing well with that.  She is stable but we hope for more improvement.  She does love petting and purrs very loudly!

Mary Lou is a spayed female about 10. She can co-exist with other cats if they stay far away from her and don't bother her. She has never been around a dog. Once she knows someone she loves petting but hates being picked up and is not a lap cat. Mary Lou has some medical issues that will shorten her life. She has kidney disease and is on Semintra which she will take when mixed with "Delectables". She is hyperthyroid and takes a pill twice a day which is cut in half and wrapped in Pill Wrap (similar to pill pockets) and then covered with "Delectables". She also has Corona Virus which means she has chronic diarrhea - not terrible but not pleasant. She is not fond of her kidney diet and likes other tasty cat foods. She can tend to get dehydrated and could use some subcutaneous fluids but does not like this. I will probably take her to the vet for this soon. She is a sweet girl and has a life that appears normal but all of these problems and medications will eventually bring about some things to deal with as time goes by. She is at my place in a room with BB, a semi-feral black cat with a respiratory condition. BB tried to be friends with Mary Lou and Mary Lou rejected her so now they live congenially but in different corners and Mary Lou prefers no cat near her. She does love petting and purrs and enjoys it. Does she have a chance at a home? I had given up, but maybe there is a miracle for her.



“This is a photo of Auntie when she was in her barn home.  She developed cancer on her nose so was brought to us for treatment and an indoors home.  She seems healthy other than for - most likely - parasites.  She had an exam and blood tests.  She had a thorough brushing after many years of the outdoor life. She is looking good .  Her teeth are good so she is considered to be 10 or under.  When living in the outdoors and barn she was friendly with people, so we shall see how she adjusts to indoors life and then update this post.  She looks like a very sweet girl.





January 2019 update.  Cowboy is now being treated for pancreatitis.  He is doing well with his treatment and we will post an update as time goes by.

Cowboy is an adult male who lost his home when a baby was about to arrive.  He had become feisty and bit the dad and it seemed too risky to the couple to keep him so they had to make the tough decision to surrender.  Cowboy does not do well with other male cats so he was not a good candidate for the SPCA.  

Cowboy is a gorgeous polydactyl kitty and has 7 toes on his big front feet which look like huge mittens.  He is not fond of people and likes only minimal interaction.  If treats are involved he can be petted for a few seconds at most.   He is very expressive and when a nap is interrupted he can look like Grumpy Cat.  

Cowboy is healthy and has no medical issues.  It would be good if he got a bit of exercise as he is a teensy bit chubby.  He is a quiet cat who likes to nap a lot.

Cowboy needs a home with great patience since much trust-building is needed and he will always be an independent type.  He is available for a foster or adoptive home, but we would require that the potential adopter come to visit him several times first to get to know him and be sure they are able to deal with this type of cat.  He is capable of biting so can only be around mature adults who understand that he needs to be given space.  We must keep in mind he was surrendered due to being capable of striking out and not considered safe to be around children.  

He would be best as an only-cat or with one female cat as he seems to get along with non dominant females who he ignores but at least has no problem with them.  He needs a 100% indoors home with no assess to the outside as he would be an escape risk.  

He is a great cat for someone who loves cats but does not need a cuddly cat.  He is an interesting fellow who is happy with lots of quality alone time.  He would be a great "roommate" for someone who is gone to work during the day.  Over time he could be a great companion for the right person.





April 2019 update:  Torri had a terrible abscess in her mouth that healed with treatment.  We are monitoring her now to be sure it doesn’t return.

Torri is a lovely torbie (tabby-tortie combination) girl who hopes there is a quiet and caring person she can learn to trust and who will have the patience to give her a home of her own forever.  She is a healthy spayed female.

Torri may be around 8 but we can't be sure.  She gets along with nondominant cats after she gets to know them.  Torri was very shy at first and hid a lot when we first got her.  Even with coaxing she was not comfortable with people approaching.  We gave her time and space to feel safe.   Gradually Torri allowed gentle petting but she would wince a bit and then run even with gentle approaches.  She would usually disappear as people came near.

With patience Torri has become very trusting of the other cats and is not hiding.   With people she knows she is much less fearful now and allows light petting and only runs from people she doesn't know or if she is startled.    

We feel that in her very own totally 100% indoors (no patio time, screens on windows, etc.) foster or adoptive home, either as an only cat or with a very mellow nondominant cat who likes other cats, she will flourish with patience.  It will be very rewarding to watch a wonderful kitty like Torri evolve with love and time in a quiet home with a person who understands her need to move slowly.   She is not a cuddly lap cat but would be a friendly companion for someone, even if they are gone to work during the day.  We feel she needs patience to develop a trusting relationship. 



August 2019 update on Archie: Archie became a stray when his owner died. Archie has kidney and thyroid conditions and has again developed a skin condition. He is doing well and with treatment his hair is growing in over bald spots. Archie has a sponsor, Denis, who has donated monthly for several years to cover his food and meds. Archie now also has senior visitor, Pat, who is his best friend. She visits him several times a week. She is his best friend and her visits are the highlights of his day. He loves his one or two hours of lap time and we are thrilled that he can have this attention and love. He is a great kitty.


Archie became a stray after his owner died. He came to us with broken toes and was somewhat in bad condition due to being attacked by other cats. He is FIV positive now after a rough time outside. He is an adult neutered male.

It took awhile for Archie to heal and he also had a skin condition that is now under good control with proper food. He is a sweet cat who gets along with other cats but can be dominant and pushy with some. Archie is fine with people he knows but with new people he is not only super shy but can be very very scared. Archie needs a home with an extreme amount of patience as he does not like change at all. After all he has been through and the time he has been here recuperating (fine now though!) he thinks of this as his home and has panicked when meeting new people. With patience he could be a very nice companion.

Archie must be 100% indoors (secure screens in windows and no patio time) as he would be an escape risk due to being easily scared of new circumstances. An apartment or condo with door to a hallway (not outside) and enclosed sunroom would be best for him.

With his FIV positive status he is healthy now. We cannot predict the future but hope he has many years ahead without health issues.




About Sooty

I’m called Sooty and don’t mind the name as I prefer it to the old standbys of Shadow or Blackie or the ever-popular Midnight. I’m a black fluffy cat and we are known for our sweet personalities. I’m a little chubby because I need a nice indoors home with people who will play with me so I can get more exercise.

As with all us guys here at the “feline hotel”, I prefer not to cry to you about my troubles before rescue but we were all “down on our luck”, to say the very least, before making our way here. One day I found myself homeless and without any food and it was very frightening. I am not one to beg at doors or rummage through garbage cans as, after all, I come from a long line of royalty (but, unfortunately, was mixed up at birth with an ally cat – or at least that’s my story).

Anyway, I found an okay place to sleep with one serious drawback – no room service! I could see a nice feral feeding station across the very wide street. Having nine good lives ahead, I decided it was worth it to risk just one and make a run for it. Since I am here to write this bio, you can see that I still have nine lives left. However, the nice woman feeding gourmet meals at the station disagreed with me about whether there was actually a factual basis for the “nine lives myth” as she called it. She then cleverly tricked me into coming with her.

I’m now inside and glad I am. No more cold rainy weather and also, believe me, the snow looks much better through a window than on my fur. I had a wispy tail from those days out in the elements and it has improved greatly – although it might not yet be luxurious as it was before my homeless period. I brag to the other male cats here about how much I miss the excitement of the gamble I took running across that busy street, but we are all really happy to have a safe comfy home every day no matter what the weather.

I didn’t trust people for awhile after rescue – I had been on my own in survival mode for quite a while. Now I see there are huge benefits as I LOVE having my back scratched just in front of the tail. I’m laid back and get along with other cats and especially like the mellow ones. I mostly ignore the bossy ones and they even seem to like me. Sometimes I let them all curl up with me if it’s a cold night, but I’m most comfortable going off to my sunny window for a nap during the day. I’m friendly but not “needy”.




Sooty continues to have little cysts that need surgical removal once or twice a year.  He is very comfortable here and we stay on top of his vet needs. 



Sooty has a sponsor who supports his monthly food needs. Sooty is good friends with the other cats. He is pretty good with people but is hard to handle or get into a carrier unless he knows someone very well. He recently had many small cysts removed. They were not malignant but we do not know yet if they will recur.



 Sooty had a recent back injury but has healed nicely. However, we don’t want to rush him. He is on a special diet to try to lose weight. It was most likely his weight that contributed to his fall. He is very bonded with the other cats here. We are going to delay seeking an adoptive home until his weight is reduced.