Just another update on Loki. I had a friend over for dinner who has a big female dog. At first, …[more]
This picture is showing you one of my favorite places in my new home, looking out the window …[more]
Hans and Heidi (aka Wills and Kate) are just doing fine. They really enjoy each other’s company …[more]
Seniors Lucie (above) and Lacie, plus their “kitten” Suzie, found a wonderful new forever home …[more]
Hi everyone.. This is Emma…AKA “Petula”. I wanted to let you know that I am a very happy … [more]
After a rough start in life, Emmet was a very shy boy. No one could get near him. He spent … [more]
Pippin and Priscilla originally came to Safe Haven as bonded older kittens. They quickly found … [more]
Sammie and Sadie were originally adopted as kittens by an elderly couple who also had a three … [more]
Hi everyone.. This is Emma…AKA “Petula”. I wanted to let you know that I am a very happy and quite spoiled [kitty]. My people tell me they bought a bigger house for me to run in. I am so excited! I sent a couple of pictures of myself. As you can see, I am quite beautiful… that is what my people tell me all the time … like I don’t already know that! Lots of toys to play with and sunshine to bask in my beauty.. I am a feline! Thank you again for taking me in and finding me a good home. Emma..
Sammie and Sadie were originally adopted as kittens by an elderly couple who also had a three year-old cat named Callie. The couple and their three cats lived very happily for the next 13 years. The couple who cared for them and loved them also grew older during those years. The little old lady died, but her husband continued to care for the trio he always called “my wife’s cats” as well as he was able to. Eventually, at age 90, he could no longer care for them or himself, and had to move into assisted living.
He was not about to abandon the cats, though, and tried very hard to find a good home for the three now-elderly cats. But no one wanted to take them … they were “too old” and “too many.” He called PFOA, but we were full and had a waiting list. Nevertheless, he put the cats in their carriers and came to Safe Haven. By chance, one of our board members was there, and she agreed to take them as soon as she could if room could be found for them at Safe Haven in the meantime.
The bonded trio stayed at Safe Haven for three months until there was room available at their promised home. Callie, the older cat, moved there first. Sadie and Sammie remained at Safe Haven several more months before they could rejoin Callie in their new home. Thrust in a new environment with a number of other cats, Sammie and Sadie initially hid and refused to eat, but only for a few weeks. Soon they were everywhere, including the kitchen cabinets, the owner’s bed, and a small cat-safe yard. They even made friends with the little old three-legged dog. They gained weight and their coats began to shine. They had found their new forever home.
Pippin and Priscilla originally came to Safe Haven as bonded older kittens. They quickly found a home together with a quiet person who dearly loved her kittens. Not exposed to other cats and people, the sisters’ bond with each other and their “mom” became very strong. However, three years later, their adoptive mom had to move, and could not take Pippin and Priscilla.
Returning to Safe Haven, the sisters were thrust into a new, uncomfortable environment with many other cats and people, far outside their comfort zone. For months, they hid under a blanket on the couch in their room. Because they were so shy, it took much longer than normal for them to find the right new home. Almost two years passed before they were adopted again, and unfortunately this was not their much-desired forever home. And so they found their way back to Safe Haven once more.
This time around, the girls had a shorter wait. A couple from Forks came to Safe Haven and took Pippin and Priscilla home. It is a wonderful environment for the girls, providing a safe outdoor area as well as everything a self-respecting cat could ask for in a home. On cold nights, there is a wood stove to keep them warm. Pippin sits in front of the fire and watches the flames. Priscilla is more interested in curling up to sleep.
They love to sit in the living room window and watch the birds. In the summer they bring in moths and turn them
loose – it takes their parents quite a while to find them! They have also brought bugs in to their parents, and one day they accidentally brought in a dog. The neighbor’s dog had managed to get under the fence, came over to play and followed the girls inside. When the girls realized that the dog was in the house, they chased it back outside.
Best of all, there is a nice long couch in the living room. Pippin and Priscilla have taken it over and like to curl up
there often – one on each end. They are happy girls, with no more need to hide. And no blankets required!
LACIE, LUCIE & SUZIE
Seniors Lucie (above) and Lacie, plus their “kitten” Suzie, found a wonderful new forever home together! Their new family, “The Motley Misfit Pack” sent us a great update and lots of photos. We wanted to share them with you. Here’s the email, with photos below:
I am not entirely sure who runs this account but I was just hoping to let you know the three lovely girls we adopted from you recently are doing wonderful. I’m very grateful to know they were well taken care of before we got them and I hope we can continue to provide a home they thrive in. The three senior ladies we adopted were named Lacie, Lucie, and Suzie. I just wanted to check in and have you know they are in a good home and seem to be very happy. They’ve already made a little bit of progress with their weight loss and seem to love to walk around and explore the house. There are some recent pictures of them on this profile in the more recent posts and the “cats” highlight. If you would like, you are welcome to check those out and I can send you some other pictures if you want.
Thanks for taking good care of the girls,
The Motley Misfit Pack
Hans and Heidi (aka Wills and Kate) are just doing fine. They really enjoy each other’s company and very much enjoy exploring the great outdoors.
Wills has great fun rounding up the peacocks and also spending time annoying the Canadian geese on the beach. He is up for anything. Helping in the garden, checking out every nook and cranny, swinging on the drapes, chewing the cords off blinds. Loves to sleep on your knee but don’t move!
Wills loves company and runs to meet anyone who might visit just wanting to talk to them and ask for strokes.
It has taken a lot of work with Kate to warm up to us – close to a year of constant attention and getting her to trust us totally. She did not like you touching her with both hands at the same time but that has passed. She loves belly rubs and cuddles in bed but don’t expect her to sit in your knee.
Kate has become very talkative and certainly knows what she wants, especially at breakfast time. No lying in bed for us! She is the opposite of Wills and is very cautious around humans she does not know.
Wills and Kate are a great addition to our family and provide us with constant amusement. It was perfect timing when we adopted them as it was just at the beginning of COVID-19. They helped keep us sane during dealing with the restrictions.
Thank you for allowing us to adopt them. We will continue to make sure that they always feel safe and comfortable with us. Best regards and feel honoured to have the pleasure to wait hand and foot on these two beautiful creatures.
Just another update on Loki. I had a friend over for dinner who has a big female dog. At first, when I checked in with Loki she was hiding out not only in her safe place, the bedroom, but under the bed. I just told her that the dog was only visiting and that this was her house. Later, after dinner, I went back in to check on her and not only was she sitting up on the bed but the dog was just standing at the foot of the bed, very interested in making friends. Loki, wasn’t keen on that idea, but she wasn’t bolting either, she just sat there looking at this dog. Then I called for my friend to come to see what was going on and she still just sat there claiming HER space even with another unknown person. (Of course my friend was very respectful of her and did not go into the room, just said hello from the doorway.) As soon as they left, she came out into the living room and wanted to play. This was her playing and relaxing in HER house…this rolling on her side/back is something she just started this week!!
Thought you’d enjoy seeing her progress! Have a great day!!
Thanks for saving Loki.
This picture is showing you one of my favorite places in my new home, looking out the window from the cat tree. I wasn’t sure what was going on around here at first, so I hid under the couch for 3 or 4 days while I checked things out during the night when the lady was asleep. I finally decided to talk to her a little, from under the couch, to see what she would do. It seemed like she might be OK, so I came out and let her pet me. Ahhh, that felt so good, I couldn’t help it – I purred and purred some more. It seems like she is going to keep me, so I am pretty excited about this new home. It is quiet and after checking all over, everywhere, several times, I am sure that no other animals live here…it’s all mine to explore as I wish without anyone getting upset or chasing me off. I get wet food in addition to my kibbles and a treat at bedtime. I sleep on the lady’s bed on this wonderful, warm, fuzzy mat. When she watches a movie on TV I like to snuggle in on top of the cushions on the couch. There are toys, and my favorite is a ball with a squeaky mouse inside. I also like to pretend that I am scared of the lady and tear off down the hall when she comes out of one of the rooms, but I don’t hide because I’m not really afraid. I’m just pretending and it makes her laugh. When she has her coffee in the morning, after I eat my wet food, I like to stretch out on my back and stretch my toes out long and then doze off. It’s our cozy time.
So, thank you for taking such good care of me and letting that lady take me home with her. I know you miss me, but I have decided to stay here forever.
After a rough start in life, Emmet was a very shy boy. No one could get near him. He spent his time at Safe Haven hiding. In warm weather, he had a hiding place in one of the cat-friendly structures in the patio area outside his room. When it turned cold, he hid under the couch inside. Finally, he found his forever home with a couple from Port Angeles, who was able to see through the shy exterior. They decided that Emmet should come home with them. Although it was difficult for him to adapt to new places, the couple was very patient with Emmet, and gradually he became more comfortable in his new home.
Then disaster struck! The couple had to move to Oregon and would be living in a camper. Concerned that the change in environment would be too difficult for Emmet, they reluctantly returned him to Safe Haven, where he resumed hiding under the couch. Gradually he would come out – mostly for food. Occasionally he would tolerate limited petting.
Many months later, Emmet was readopted by his original family, now living in a permanent home. On a sunny Sunday they made an all-day trip from Oregon to take him home. A few days later, we received an email from his new family: “We are very excited to report that tonight Emmet came out of his ladder cubby and sat with us to get some much needed petting and brushing … lots of brushing … fur everywhere. He even followed me out into the living room and looked out the patio door. He purred the whole time. He did not even jump when one of us got up to leave his room. But the most amazing thing is that he actually climbed up on our laps to be petted while we were sitting on the floor. He meowed and purred like before.”
When Leo went home, his new mom created a wonderful booklet of Leo’s first few days in his new home. Click on the first photo to the right to see the slide show. We think you will enjoy it as much as we did!
Domestic Shorthair, Male
Color: Brown w/white
Born: January 12, 2005
Special needs: renal insufficiency
We are sad to report that our Spatzi crossed the Rainbow Bridge on the evening of October 14, 2021.
Spatzi was a beautiful Siamese mix. His companion of the last ten years has been Spanky, a very handsome tuxedo cat. Two of the gentlest souls you will ever meet, they have been the text book example of well-behaved, loving cats. Spatzi was the more outgoing of the two, often greeting you at the door with a friendly meow and a leg rub. Spanky tends to be more laid back, often lounging in a bed or cat tree. He is easily approachable and loves to be petted and fawned over. Spatzi was in early renal insufficiency and was easily maintained with the fluids he was given twice weekly.
Domestic Shorthair, Male
Color: Black w/White (Tuxedo)
Born: July 1, 2008 (approx)
Special needs: none
Spanky is a very handsome tuxedo cat. He was bonded to his “brother” companion, Spatzi for ten years until Spatzi crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 14, 2021. Spanky is one of the gentlest souls you will ever meet. He is the text book example of a well-behaved, loving cat. He tends to be more laid back than his brother was, often lounging in a bed or cat tree. He is easily approachable and loves to be petted and fawned over. Spanky has diabetes and receives twice daily insulin shots, but is quite well regulated. Come and meet this handsome boy and you will discover his purrfect purrsonality for yourself!
FAGIN (March, 2003 – September 16, 2021)
FAGIN was born in March, 2003 and had been at Safe Haven since July, 2003. He was a green-eyed, short-haired black male who could best be described as a “big lug” full of love. He would “head butt” and lean into his human and feline friends to show his affection. He liked brushing and belly rubs on occasion, too. Fagin was under dietary restriction, and had been quite successful losing some excess weight. Since 2003, he lived at Barker House with his brother, Thistle.
We are sad to report that on September 16, 2021, Fagin joined his twin brother across the Rainbow Bridge. As much as we will miss Fagin, we know that he will be so happy to be with his brother again, together, forever.
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One day, in early 2011, a sweet, gentle, affectionate little Manx kitten named Lucy-Alice was adopted from PFOA. Lucy-Alice resembled a very small, very colorful Lynx, with her gorgeous green eyes, pointed tufted ears, and calico tabby markings. It was easy to fall in love with her, and she found the best of homes with a couple who adored her.
What her loving parents didn’t know, was that some Manx cats are afflicted with Manx syndrome, a spinal disorder. The mutation that causes the loss or shortening of the tail also affects the spine, spinal cord and nerves. As a result, cats with this condition may have problems with bowel and bladder control. The condition generally shows up in kittens by the time they are four months old.
Lucy-Alice did not show any signs of Manx syndrome until a year after she was adopted. Of course, by this time, Lucy-Alice was a much loved member of her new family. When she began to have little “accidents”, they hoped that they were just that – simple accidents. But they were attached to Lucy-Alice. She was so loved. “Maybe she will grow out of it,” they thought. “It will just take a little more time.”
After considerable more time, they had to acknowledge that Lucy-Alice would not grow out of it. Their decision was heart-wrenching, but unavoidable. They contacted Nancy, the Shelter Director at Peninsula Friends of Animals. Could PFOA take Lucy-Alice back? This was not a decision to be taken lightly. Lucy-Alice would require a substantial investment of time and money. A generous gift from a very special supporter allowed PFOA to set up a special area, called “Turtle Towers”, for Lucy-Alice and an older kitten, Bobbie Jo, who also has Manx syndrome. Unfortunately, Bobbie Jo, having lived her first years of life as a single kitty, did not enjoy the company of gregarious Lucy-Alice and trouble broke out between the two girls. It became apparent that the best thing would be to separate the pair.
Lucy-Alice is one of the sweetest, most loving kitties anyone could ever hope to meet. Everyone who spends any time with her falls irrevocably in love with her. And that’s what happened when Tracy, Animal Caretaker at Barker House, first met Lucy-Alice in the summer of 2016. On a bright, sunny day, a couple of months later, Tracy came to pick up Lucy-Alice and take her to her new home at Barker House, a small PFOA facility designed for the care of special needs animals. Lucy-Alice will probably remain at Barker House for the rest of her life. There are very few people who have the type of facilities, and the time, money and dedication needed to provide a good home for her. PFOA is committed to providing Lucy-Alice with the best quality of life possible.
We are grateful to the sponsors who contribute to the care of Lucy-Alice, as well as our other special needs animals. While we still hope that Lucy may find her own family to love and care for her, it is not likely. So, for the rest of her days, Lucy will enjoy her life with her beloved caregiver in the sunny warm rooms of Barker House.
MARTHA was born in May, 2001 and came to PFOA in February, 2002. She loves attention and “talks” to the volunteers who regularly visit her. She was recently placed in a foster home, where she has adjusted well and has a happy home.
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