If we could find the perfect forever home for Joseph, it would be at the end of a country road.
On a rolling farm.
With a friendly pony
and friendly cows
surrounded by beautiful fields
(oh, heck, let's make it blueberry fields since we are in Maine)
and to feel safe in the arms of a warm and loving guardian.
Welcome to your forever home, Joseph!
We couldn't be more pleased to announce that
Joseph was adopted on Sunday!
Being the brave risk taker he is, Joseph took out to explore his new home right away,
and found everything in perfect order!
Joseph came to us looking tired and bedraggled only two short months ago.
He healed, ate, slept, sunned and filled out into a gorgeous boy.
We are grateful for the many people who donated to help Joseph including Kari, Betty, Gail, Trish and Caren!!
For those of you who want to know why we couldn't keep Joseph, please keep reading below....
Otherwise, thanks for stopping by!
Why we couldn't keep Joseph:
Many of you have given us wonderful advice on how to integrate a kitty who doesn't like other cats into a multicat household. Under different circumstances we would love to take on a project like that. However, my beloved boy, Snafu (who is growing more deaf each year) has anxiety and social issues, which have been heightened due to the unfamiliar smell of new cat on everything and especially on me. Snafu's demeanor has changed and I'm working with him medically and behaviorally to resolve the change (I hope after Joseph's smell is gone, he'll come back to himself). Since Snafu has the only other room in our cottage, there wasn't a place to separate Joseph out.
Also, we have two elderly special needs dogs that need a lot of our attention. Cooper is mostly blind and deaf as well as senile, and Buzz is living with cancer (lymphoma). So we could not add more stress factors into our household.
We are looking forward to winter coming, slowing down and becoming more contemplative.
Well, today is October 1st and we had an appointment to bring Joseph to Pal's No-Kill Cat Shelter.
We couldn't do it.
A couple of weeks ago, I visited the shelter and was amazed at how many cats they had living peacefully in one huge cat room. They have an outdoor enclosure and a special room for peers and cats with special issues. A young woman was there just to snuggle and be with the cats and another woman helped me by answering a ton of questions. While I am grateful this shelter is doing everything they can to make these kitties happy and get them adopted, I felt it had to be a last resort for Joseph.
Joseph's spirit would not thrive within the accommodations for cats who do not like other cats. Two cats fell into this category, and they were in 24 x 20 metal crates. One was a tuxedo male. They did have clean litter, food, water and a nice bed.
Joseph currently lives in our workshop and is visited 4 times a day.
Above is a picture of the workshop with Joseph in the window. It was taken as I was coming back from taking the dogs for a woods walk.
Here is his view out the window (with his own bird feeder).
Inside, he is so happy to have visitors.
We play for a couple of minutes and he shows off his climbing skills by going up to the loft.
He has his own special room where we secure him in at night.
It has his food and water up on a shelf with a special drawer bed stuffed with old down jackets.
But Joseph's taken to sleeping in his chair with an old down sleeping bag draped over it.
About an hour or so of each day, he gets transported to the cat enclosure for time outside (he's always talking).
He loves to use our shoes as a scratching post (in a friendly way).
Many people have assured us that cats will do well outside in the winter as long as they have good bedding (ie. down jackets and sleeping bag).
Joseph is doing well with our accommodations, but he still would like to be with people, so we continue our search for his forever home.
Here is a fun video of Joseph walking the rafters while we play.