There’s good news about the four senior cats who a few weeks ago were hours away from euthanasia at the shelter in Martinez. They were saved — though it was a perilously close call. Now they all are safely enjoying their foster homes and getting over a bit of a ‘cold” no doubt from the stress of the shelter.
These four beauties – bonded pairs of purebred Applehead Siamese and Maine Coon mixes – were rescued by BrightHaven headquartered in Santa Rosa. The organization began and continues to this day as a holistic sanctuary for senior and special needs cats and dogs. Now it has aggressively stepped up its rescue operation to save animals in high kill shelters around the Bay Area and other animals left homeless for any number of reasons – owners died, homes lost to foreclosures, owners can’t afford vet bills and so on.
BrightHaven’s rescue operation like the sanctuary is largely focused on senior and special needs animals. Because of this, the organization has a compelling proposition for adopters – vet support for senior animals or animals with significant special needs, though you may be asked to take your BrightHaven adoptee to a vet in the organization’s network.
About the bonded pairs of cats
You won’t find a more affectionate pair of cats than Chester, 16, and his love Bubbles, 15. The two are loving and gentle cats. They are completely attached to each other but easily form bonds with humans. Both of them love to petted and brushed and will seek out any available lap. Their gorgeous, silky coats and inquisitive natures belie their age. You would think they were half as old as they are. And those eyes – could they be any bluer? Recent blood work shows age related – kidney issues but that they are otherwise in good health.
Corey and Smokey are 14-year-old females. Corey is a bit shy in dramatic contrast to her buddy Smokey who charges around telling everyone what to do. Smokey is affectionate – she loves laps and brushing. She is being treated for hyperthyroidism with daily pills and the situation is being monitored. Corey is in fine health and though quiet also likes to be brushed and petted.
If you or someone you know is interested in either pair of these wonderful cats, you can contact Susan Hoffman, who directs BrightHaven’s cat rescue operation. You can call Susan at: 415-359-4113 or email her at: [email protected]
Special senior dogs also looking for home
A slight departure for the SF Cat Rescue column, but since we’re talking about seniors, you’ll also love to hear about Boo Boo and TC. Like the Martinez cats, these 10-year old owner-surrendered cattle dogs were close to the end of their allotted stay in the shelter in Lake County. Dedicated rescuers came together to take this adorable and loving bonded pair who could not stop shaking from fear in the shelter. Thankfully, they got out in time and four days later after their terrible ordeal, they are all about kisses, catching the ball which they pass to one another (could they be any funnier), and rolling on their backs for tummy rubs. They seem to be in excellent health though could benefit from a bit of Jenny Craig or the canine equivalent.
Muttville, another fantastic rescue group headquartered in San Francisco, has Boo and TC in foster care, and the girls are up for adoption now. You can find out more about them on the Muttville site at www.muttville.org with information on how to adopt.
Hats off to the Bay Area rescue organizations – and to all rescue organizations – who are tirelessly trying to save as many animals as possible during this economic crisis. Even if you can’t take Chester and Bubbles, Smokey and Corey or Boo Boo and TC, please do two things.
• Forward this article to anyone and everyone who might be looking for the incredible love only our four-legged companions can provide and who like many of us have a very soft spot in our hearts for the seniors.
• Support your local rescue by volunteering, fostering or sending donations — whatever you can do will be of enormous help and deeply appreciated.