Three of our animals were adopted this week. Mugsy went to his new forever home over the weekend. Princess Leia went to one of our shelter partners, Aggieland Humane Society, where she found her forever home and Cinco’s foster Mom decided she could not let him go and decided to adopt! We couldn’t be happier for them all! If you’d like to adopt a puppy, kitten, dog, cat or horse, check out our web site www.t-bar.org and then email email@example.com or call 936-878-2349 to let us know!
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Princess Leia is a beautiful orange and white little girl with a rambunctious personality, while her brother, Luke, is an adorable brown tabby boy who prefers to elicit pets from his foster parents and chase his sister around until itâs time for supper. Leia has a very soft coat and enjoys pets almost as much as she enjoys pouncing on her brother when he’s not looking.
Little Luke and Leia were both rescued during Patricia’s post-hurricane storms that hit Texas this past October when they were just a couple weeks old. They were found in a loading dock of a Church building in College Station, hiding in whatever they could find that provided shelter from the rain and winds of Patricia. Leia was soaking wet and freezing cold when she was caught by her now foster mom. She cried the entire way home and barely moved from her dryer-warmed blanket. Once she was dry and warm, her personality began to blossom and she realized how AMAZING pets feel! It didn’t take her long to feel at home. Luke on the other hand found his way to the feral cat shelter his now foster-mom set up to keep the babies, who were too smart to be trapped, warm and dry during the storms and flooding. Being the smart little boy he is, he was warm and dry in the shelter; however, it made it too easy for trapping. Soon enough, he was now in his new temporary home and reunited with his sister.
Though these sweet babies were born feral, they were trapped at such a young age that they got to learn the luxuriates of the spoiled, indoor life and quickly adjusted to their new human foster parents and the warm, dry home they never knew existed! Now these two are looking for a furever home that will continue to love and care for them as cherished family members so that they never have to feel as cold and miserable as they did when they were just weeks old.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (936)878-2349 and leave a voice mail. A TBAR volunteer will return your call at their earliest convenience. If you would like to adopt an animal, please download and submit via email or regular mail an adoption application (www.t-bar.org/about/forms) so that the foster home can arrange a meet and greet with your family.
Today’s Throwback Thursday is Sable! This tiny little kitten was taken in by a wonderful foster home who has bottled babies before. Bottle feeding puppies and kittens is very hard with a very low survival rate for the babies. Sable is one of the lucky ones. Thank you Simone Belota for fostering Sable! Now he’s a healthy adopted kitten. Hooray for Sable!
Have you thought about getting a cat? You can get great pets from animal rescues and shelters. The kittens we have right now were raised by loving foster homes and will be wonderful additions to anyone’s family!
“TOP TEN” CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT (from the American Humane Society)
- If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves – and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile. A great place to start your search is online. Sites like petfinder.com let you search numerous shelters in your area simultaneously to help narrow your search and more quickly find the match that’s right for you and your new feline friend.
- Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.
- Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment – even before the exam itself – so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.
- Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction.
- Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.
- Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers.
- Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow).
- Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember – take it slow.
- Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.
- If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. Though well-meaning, the surprise kitty gift doesn’t allow for a “get-to know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry – this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being.
If you are interested in adopting a cat from True Blue Animal Rescue, check out our list of adoptable cats, download our adoption form, and contact email@example.com or call (936) 878-2349 for more information!
Sable is a grey/brown tabby kitten (either short haired or medium haired –he has a little fluff going on right now) who will be looking for his forever home once he turns 8 weeks old on June 16, 2014, but applications are being accepted in the meantime. Sable is the typical rambunctious kitten; he likes to crawl over his brother and cry when it’s “feed me” time and falls quickly asleep after eating. He’s a talker right now, begging for love and attention at all times and loves the company of his foster mom. Sable loves his pitbull sister and protector, Lily, but is ready to look for his own forever family!
T-Bar is a no kill rescue organization and we operate totally by foster homes. Please help us find homes for all our animals. If you are interested in meeting or adopting Sable, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (936)878-2349 and leave a voicemail. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Gizmo and his litter-mates were born in a College Station trailer park, but when their mother was unable to produce milk for her babies, a TBAR foster stepped in to bottle feed the 3 week old babies.
The babies were picked up and went straight into foster care where they received lots of love and attention. Gizmo grew into a very handsome little boy who loved cuddling and being the center of attention.
Now Gizmo has been fortunate to find a loving family who will provide for him and give him a restart to a happy life, as well as letting him be their little couch hog!
TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal rescue organization. If you would like to help animals such as this one, please consider donating to TBAR, volunteering, fostering, or adopting. Donations go directly toward care, feed, and veterinary care of the rescued animals and every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation. Rescue a pet: adopt instead of shop and spay or neuter your pets!