Templeton was found by Cajun George (if you know, you know) over 3 years ago as a stray. George brought him to us on the bus because his car wasn't running. He is FIV+ and at the time our small allotted space at the shelter for positive kitties was occupied. We had a vacancy at our Thrift Shop, so we tried him out there. Not all kitties can handle the store, but Templeton was a pro, right away. Up until Templeton, the store cats could be adopted. The love everyone had (has) for Templeton, staff and customers, changed that and he is a permanent resident. He greets customers, helps with checkout, approves the outfits of the day, gives hugs and head boops and in general, just makes everyone happy. He's been know to get into mischief - climbing into the ceiling, breaking lamps, runing out and visiting other stores - it just adds to his charm. During the pandemic, he came to the new shelter and became a lobby cat. Shelter staff also fell in love with him and couldn't let him go permanently back to the store. We now share custody. Templeton goes to work Tuesday - Saturday and has his days off at the shelter.
Everett, Toga, Michael, Fernanda, Pascal, Sofritas, Winnie, Ariel, Toast, Alonzo, Peter Parker, Hamish, George, Sailor, Mary Jane, Bayard, Cheshire, Aman, Pandora, Flounder, Jelani, and Sonia found their new homes! Click on the picture to expand!
Dapper Dan's Story
Back in February, Dapper Dan was left in our parking lot in a box. He was covered in urine and feces, was missing a lot of fur and seemed to be paralyzed. We took him to Oso Creek and he had several pressure sores, urine scalding and was indeed, paralyzed. He is also incontinent. But, if you've been following his story, you know he is also so, so sweet. He healed quickly, but after an xray showed a spinal injury, we know he will never walk again. We recently had a scare because he had stopped pooping and was diagnosed with megacolon. We now help him use the potty every day and give him more medication so that doesn't happy again. Along with his diaper, shorts and bow tie, we put on what we call his sled every day after his bath so he can scoot around the lobby without getting sores on his legs. He makes the rounds every day to visit the employees in the lobby area, checks to make sure we didn't accidently leave a food bowl down in his reach (he has to eat special food, so the food for the other lobby cats is put high so he can't reach it), and then finds a comfortable place to nap. Recently he's been able to get into this Christmas tree bed on his own and he is so very proud of this accomplishment. He's almost to the point he can also get out on his own. We think he can do anything he puts his mind to.
Week ending 7/18 - 17 Adoptions!
This week Audrina, Skipper, Bee, Tonka, Peach, Froggy, Myles, Julio, Max, Cornbread, Lima, Salt, Avery, Pepper, Kiwi, Aries, & Gretchen found their new homes! Click on the picture to expand!
Week ending 7/11 - 22 adoptions!
Tigger, Kay, Milo, Ruby Bean, Pigeon, Ripple, Diego, Yolanda, Kanga, Kiddo, Sebastian, Amira, Ruby, Pita, Hobie, Brodie, Piglet, Brittney, Thumbelina, Jamie Lynn, Marcel, and Jenny went to their new homes this past weekend! (click on picture to expand!)
Chad and Valencia
Chad and Valencia were outdoor cats at our last shelter. Chad showed up at the shelter one day, not neutered and causing lots of trouble (mostly for the neighbors). Valencia was originally left at a local Vet's office and came to the shelter as a teenager. After 6 long months of hating us with a passion, we decided she would be happier in our feral enclosure. They were both supposed to be in our feral cat enclosure, but both were too smart for it and wouldn't stay inside. So they became greeters and would greet people as they walked up the sidewalk and into the shelter. Once they started showing that level of friendliness, we tried to make them to be indoor cats, but each try was met with failure. They liked people enough to occasionally rub against their legs, and be within arm's length, but that was it.
Then we moved to our current building. We had an elaborate plan to acclimate them to their new surroundings so they wouldn't get lost. We knew they wouldn't stay in the new enclosure either, so wanted to make sure they knew this was their home. We didn't get past stage 1, which was putting them in the lobby, where we planned to keep them at night. During that time, they both decided they were indoor cats. They hang out on the couch in the Director's office, sit in the windows, lounge on the cat trees and *want* to be petted. We are amazed with every head boop from Valencia and every time Chad sits in someone's lap.
Another change, is they are madly in love with each other. They nap together, groom each other and just genuinely enjoy each other. In fact, they are engaged. There will be a wedding soon. Stay tuned!
Callie, Abilene, Viola, Marco, Tullah, Haki, Rosie, Onyx, Pearl, Torrin, Chuck, Thalia, Jasper, Banjo, Sandy, Chantel and Jaday all found their forever homes last week! Click on the photos to expand!
Princess Cecily's Story
Cecily was brought to us by the Coastal Bend Cat Rescue who answered a call for help for a litter of 3 kittens. Once they picked them up they saw that all 3 were Manx kittens and Cecily had severely deformed legs. Her two brothers didn't have any problems and were adopted as soon as they were big enough. Cecily suffers from Manx syndrome. In addition to her legs being deformed, she is incontinent. As Cecily grew, her legs started bothering her and her Vet team thought it was best to remove them to prevent infection.
We are asked weekly if she needs wheels. If you saw her run on her two legs, you would know that the answer is no! This little girl is super fast and even runs on our exercise wheel.
Because of her incontinence, she started wearing clothing to keep her diaper on at an early age. One of our volunteers (now called Her Royal Seamstress) started making her cute outfits and a Fashionista was born! She now has fashion shoots every week in a new outfit. She started her own Facebook page, Facebook group and Instagram page. Her likeness is on tshirts, journals, pins, with more coming soon! She has been featured in national publications and on the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl.
She's become quite an Ambassador for the shelter!
If you want to follow her on social media, here are her links:
A New Name for our Clinic!
Hal Suter was very involved in and loved the Coastal Bend ~ whether it be the environment, sports, politics, or cats!
He wrote for local newspapers, held board positions, and enhanced the Suter family legacy of environmental activism and coastal protection.
Hal had a major impact on many issues that have affected the lives of people in South Texas, the Coastal Bend, and the State of Texas.
He was particularly fond of the Cattery and multiple environmental organizations, such as the Coastal Bend Regional Group and Lone Star Chapters of the Sierra Club, the Surfriders Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy.
We are honored that our clinic was chosen to memorialize Hal Suter and continue good works in his name.
We're happy to see Mimosa, Sparrow, Betsey, Tippie, Radish, Nutmeg, Pablo, Heart, Stormy, Claudette, Sloan, Porky, & Buttercup find their new families!
We're a cage-free shelter for cats with over 15 years of knowledge!