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Caterpillar

Caterpillar

I just recently adopted this cute kitty. It’s been a great journey so far and I hope we have a long journey with it too. When I first saw it, I fell in love with the way it purrs at me and meows. I knew this is the right cat for me. I have been diagnosed with bipolar at 14 years old and I wanted a cat to help me with my journey to the light. My sister has autism and I wanted her to be comfortable with her self and know it’s okay to be different. Everybody is different in there own way, just like cats. I never have really owned a cat before but with my knowledge hopefully, it can live a long happy life with us. Even though cats are costly, it’s worth to see life grow and develop a love for the cat throughout the years. I haven’t done much work to help the SAFE Haven community but in the future, I wish I could help and volunteer more at the shelter. I would like to donate some food and also a cat tower for the cats at the shelter. I recommend you to adopt a cat from SAFE Haven, the employees and volunteers have the right advice to give at such a low cost. Just pay under 100$ for everything already prepared for you to continue your journey and your cat’s as well. I hope people that are reading this story get inspired and grow a love for themselves and others. Happy New Year!

The Story of Caterpillar

Mia

Mia

Mia was adopted in January of 2003. She was estimated to be about 11 months old, so we put her birthday in February of 2002. She was called Marie at that time, but due to her love of chasing and batting little balls around the house, we changed her name to Mia after Mia Hamm, a noted women’s soccer player of that time.

She was a wonderful pet. She loved everyone and even ran to greet them at the door. She was talkative and let you know if you walked near her, just so you wouldn’t step on her. She loved to have her face rubbed and would wake you up in the middle of the night if she needed it rubbed then. But I didn’t mind.

She put up with us having to babysit other cats and even dogs, but she was queen of the house and preferred to be the only fur-baby we owned.

Mia lived her 9 lives. She had to have a front leg removed in 2012 due to cancer. She ran, jumped and went up and down the stairs just fine for years after. But age and illness finally took it’s toll on her comfort and quality of life. She left us on December 9, 2019. She would have been 18 in February 2020. She is missed.

SuzziQ

SuzziQ

SuzziQ (was Doozy) was many firsts for us and SAFE Haven. She was our first stray that went to SAFE Haven, and, subsequently, our first foster for and adoption from SAFE Haven. She was the reason we volunteer at SAFE Haven (for 11 years)

As a kitten, Suzzi showed up by a local gym in late fall. We fed her…but when the forecast was below freezing, we grabbed her and put her in my gym bag….Now what? We already had 4 cats!!! Suzzi went into the spare bathroom and we searched for no kill shelters. SAFE Haven called us, and we took little Suzzi in.

We were impressed by the cleanliness and order of SAFE Haven and how caring the staff and volunteers were. After touring the shelter, we applied to be volunteers also.

Suzzi did OK at the shelter, she was adopted a couple of times, but returned. She would hide in her new homes. So, SAFE Haven asked if we could foster her for a month – to give her a break from the shelter.

Of course, she never went back. The staff said that Suzzi liked other cats. One of our other cats, Nemo, also liked cats, so we introduced them. It was love at first sight. Within a day, they were sleeping in the same box. With Nemo as her mentor, Suzzi blossomed….and we ended up with a fifth cat…..

Suzzi learned one humorous skill. She loved to chase strings – that was her big joy. She learned to toss a string over her head so that it would land on the base of her tail. She would then run in circles, chasing the string, like a dog chasing her tail.

We are still part of the SAFE Haven family and are happy that SuzziQ brought us into the family

Clark

Clark

We were volunteers and foster parents at SAFE Haven for a couple of years and when there were two kittens, Eveyln and Clark, who tested positive for ringworm, we took them in for recovery and treatment. We figured it was much easier to maintain quarantine in our home rather than the shelter, especially with my background in microbiology.

While one kitten was outgoing and rambunctious (and extremely adoptable, she was only in the shelter for 3 days after getting a clean bill of health), the other was poor Clark. Between being yanked out of the feral colony he was found in and the ringworm treatments, he never really seemed comfortable around anyone but us. Coupled with that, our resident elder and foster socializer, Chester, had become rather fond of his much younger buddy. So, in spring 2014, we made Clark’s adoption official.

Fast forward a few years, and the rather large, shy kitten had become somewhat of a house bear, with all the size and clouds of fluff for days. He can frequently be found passed out under, on, or over whatever is around, and never too far from his older brother. He is still frequently scared of his own shadow, but has gained the confidence to bully a German Shepard who’s 8 times his size. He has yet to win a fight with Chester, though not for lack of trying, and has finally come to accept that not everyone is quite as scary as they might first seem.

Elvis

Elvis

When we got Elvis at SAFE Haven, they recommended having him stay in a small area to let him acclimate to his new surroundings. So we put him in a small utility room and took chairs in to sit with him for a while. After less than 15 minutes he clearly was bored and wanted out so we opened the door. He immediately took a complete tour of his new home, room by room and returned to us a few minutes later and effectively said “this will do”.

He loves people. Our previous cat had just tolerated people. Elvis is a great cat!

The Story of Elvis