"Tess & her brother Paul came from a hoarder situation in Washington DC. When she first arrived she was sick and blind. Now she is healthy sassy little girl. She loves to run and play and thinks your legs are meant for climbing." - BCR
Our third commentathon fundraising has ended. With your support, we have received around 5,100 comments since Oct (I put together an amount of $255 in the fund). Thank you so much for your support. Many of you have nominated shelters to receive this fund and to be featured on Love Meow. They all deserve to be recognized. One of them got the most nominations of all. We would like to introduce to you a very special rescue group: Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary.
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary began in 2005 in a mission to provide refuge to blind cats who were determined unfit for adoption and had once been scheduled for euthanasia. It is a cage-free, no-kill facility where all the feline residents are given a lifetime of love and care.
"Maggie had a very hard time adjusting when she got here. She does not like other cats, does not like dogs, would swat first and ask questions later. Who could blame her, in 1 year she lost her lifetime home, got stuck in a shelter, lost her sight, and lost her second home and now had to adjust to a third home. She is doing much better, she loves to be pet and is quite the talker." - BCR
There are currently 45 cat residents on site. “Rescue isn’t glamorous… it is about restoring hope and dignity to creatures for whom no one else cares about. We are but humble vessels to help these magnificent creatures find their forever homes. The responsibility is big but the returns on our emotional investment are greater.”
Blind Cat Rescue accepts any cat that is certified by a vet as a blind cat. “Cats with 20% or less sight are accepted as blind.”
There are always questions about how blind cats adapt to living in a home and how they tell where they are. Blind Cat Rescue has some tips for all of us.
“Blind cats are cats that just happen to not be able to see. They have no idea they are blind, they know they are cats, they act like cats. Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do. Cora, who sees nothing, climbs to the top of a 7 foot climber… she got there all by herself, and she will come down the same way she went up. One of the only things I have found that stops a blind cat is a gate, fence or wall. Because they canot not see the other side of a gate, they have no concept that they can get to the other side. Blind cats can climb trees (they tend to back down feet first to get down), climb on cabinets, etc.”
“If you pick up your blind cat and move him/her from point A to point B, try to put your cat down where they have a good idea of where they are. Example, at their litter box, their food, or where the floors have different textures. My daycare playroom and dinning room went from carpet to tile, if I wanted Louie to leave the playroom, I would put him so front feet were on the tile and back were still on the carpet… now he knew where he was.”
They are going to build a new building to house HIV & FEL+ cats. You can help through their website here.
Here are some of the cat residents at Blind Cat Rescue. They all have come a long way since the day they were rescued.
"Little Snicker came to us from the pound. He was very lucky to have some nice ladies working there that liked his friendly personality and went the extra mile to find a place for him instead of euthanizing him. He is super super friendly." - BCR
"Sugar is the cutest little girl and her name fits, she is so cute you just want to eat her up. We are very excited to announce that Sugar has been adopted! A wonderful lady visited the shelter and it was love for both of them. Sugar is going to be so much happier, (she was frightened of the other cats) She will not have other animals to deal with and is going to get spoiled rotten." - BCR
"Little Chester was found as a stray by some people who could not afford to keep him or take care of him. They were told by the local animal control center that he would be euthanized because he was sick and blind. They needed a no-kill shelter that specialized in blind cats and found us. They begged us to take him. Chester is a super super friendly fellow who loves to be in your lap, rubs against you and just wants to be with you." - BCR
"Yoshi was a little stray living outside and being taken care of by an elderly man. He had to go to hospice care, so his caretaker started trying to find a home for him. Not only did she drive 3 hours to bring him to us, but she paid to have him fixed, shots and combo tested." - BCR
"Abigail was rescued by a wonderful group in Pennsylvania when a woman had 63 cats seized by animal control for neglect. They contacted us to see if we could take the blind ones and we said ok. 2 wonderful voluteers put them in the car and drove 8 hours to bring them to us." - BCR
Little Greta owes her very life to a volunteer (from another shelter). She took Greta home to foster her until she could find a home for her. Greta was born blind and was also very thin and sick with an upper respiratory infection. She was at the top of the kill list. Vicki contacted us and asked us to take her. What could we say? She is the sweetest lover you will ever meet who loves to cuddle and stroke your face.
"Molly, (named for Good Golly Miss Molly, because she never stops talking) was dropped off at a vets office in a near by town. They contacted our rescue and asked if we would take her and they vetted her out for us. She is a very friendly little girl who loves to be in your lap and kneeds and purrs like crazy." - BCR
"Camille was found in a box outside the gate of the local shelter. They asked us if we could take her. She is a very friendly girl. She has lots of friends and you will find them snuggling together." - BCR
Teddi is now safe with us. She is a tiny little thing. She is sweet but understandably very skittish (due to her traumatic past). Our vet feels like she is probably around 8 years old but she is the size of a 6 month old. I sure wish she could tell us her story!
"Oreo was rescued by a wonderful group in Pennsylvania when a woman had 63 cats seized by animal control for neglect. He adjusted well from his ordeal. He is a wonderful loving little fellow and is always the first to be wrapped around your legs or in your lap. You can hear him purring from across the room." - BCR
"Coconut is both blind and deaf. Although his world is a dark and silent world, he is a very loving fellow. He is a very handsome cat with one blue eye and one green eye. Coconut was rescued by the director of a Humane Society in Virginia. She adopted him into her family. Fast forward a few years, she is now getting divorced and must give up her house. The apartments she is moving into only allows 2 cats and her other two are very old that she has had for many years. She contacted the HS that she got him from (she no longer works there) and they said they would accept him back. She did not feel safe taking him back....it is kitten season and he would spend the rest of his life in a cage or worse. She asked us if we would please accept him. He is a sweet fellow that gets along with everyone." - BCR
Greta Prances with pink ball:
Lilly & Nicky are full of life having a lot of fun playing just like their seeing counterparts. Neither of them have eyes.