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Adoption Success Stories

Adoption Success Stories

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Every year hundreds of cats travel through Ninth Life Cat Rescue. Their new life starts on the day they are rescued and move into a foster home. In Foster care, they received love, affection, warmth and security. Our foster parents care deeply for the cats entrusted to them. Many cats also spend some time in one of our adoption centres. Here, more volunteers socialize and play with the cats while getting to know their personalities even more to help them find a perfect home match for our kitties. And then you come along! You make the decision to provide a forever home to these fur-babies who have already received so much love. All of the volunteers thank you for loving them as we have, and we would LOVE to see how they are doing in their new home.

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Ziggy: A Cat Who Loves Dogs and Kids!

Ziggy is a four year old black shorthair. He is super adorable and the sweetest boy! We adopted him from Ninth Life Cat Rescue in Oakville. His best friend is our miniature dachshund puppy, Harper. They love to play and cuddle all day in the sun. He also enjoys his time with our other dog, Zoey, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. He loves to cuddle and is super friendly, even with people he hasn’t met. I don’t understand why black cats have such a stigma. He is the sweetest little boy! Thank you for rescuing him, Ninth Life Cat Rescue, you have helped complete our family!

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Harley and Ninja

Harley and Ninja

Harley and Ninja are the BEST kitties anyone could ever ask for! I have had them for a 8 days now. In just a week I have seen these already adorable and affectionate cats go from shy and apprehensive to both sleeping with us on the bed at night and giving us unlimited purrs and rubs. For the first few days they would hide in their “safe” places but always come out when called to. I think they were overwhelmed with the big house, new sounds and all the space they has to explore! They are so playful, loving and especially patient and chill with my 3 years old daughter. At bedtime they both visit my husband and I in bed; Ninja usually stays the night. They have the cutest high pitched little squeaky mews! They are so happy, constantly telling me how grateful they are of their new forever home. We have renamed Harley “Murry”, as in Purry Murry because when he gets purring it is as loud as a lawn mower!! (Also referred to as Murr the Purr). Ninja is technically renamed “Little Vader” (we love Star Wars) but we still call him Ninja because, well, he is a ninja – quiet and stealthy! Ninja likes to hang out in the bathroom sink, Murry has a 4am habit of waking me with super headbutts, loud purrs and drool….what else is there to say? Thank you Ninth Life and the person who fostered these two “velveteen dreams”… they are truly 2 wonderful animals with beautiful personalities and not a mean home in their bodies!

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My boys

My boys

After losing our 18yr old cat Tyson, my girls were not getting along so well (he must have been keeping them in line). Snuggy wanted to play all the time and Monkey just likes to cuddle and sleep, so lots of hissing and growling started. Clearly we needed a playmate for Snuggy!
On one of our trips to PetSmart to get some cat food they were having a adoption weekend, there was a whole pile of kittens cuddled together in the corner and two little ones in the middle of the enclosure. One of the girls asked if we wanted to hold a kitten. Of course we said yes. We met Rocky! This tiny little ball of fur was so small he fit in the palm of my hand. My husband and I cuddled him for a good ten minutes before someone opened a can of food, Rocky wanted to eat. We gave him back.

The next week we went back to PetSmart and of all the kittens they had only three were left. Three little black kittens, Rocky was one. We couldn’t believe that no one adopted them. The 3 little guys were cuddled together sleeping. In the cage next to them was Sparky, sitting all by himself.

By the next week we had decided to get another cat. I went back to PetSmart to see if the kittens were still there, they were. All 3 black kittens together sleeping and Sparky all by himself in the next cage. I went to the front and inquired about Sparky as we were only looking to adopt 1 cat and we didn’t want to split the others up. I asked if I could hold Sparky. While I was holding Sparky, Rocky came running to the corner of his cage meowing at me. When I put Sparky back I played with Rocky in his cage a bit. I called my husband in tears saying I couldn’t leave Rocky behind.

We adopted them both! Almost 2 years ago now we adopted Sparky and Rocky. We couldn’t be happier that we did. They are hilarious, chasing each other around and wrestling. Chirping to locate one another and me too. They get along great with Snuggy. They go to her for comfort and a bath. Monkey doesn’t mind them that much either. She gets a little annoyed when they are running and jumping all over the house. Rocky is my little shadow, from the moment I get up in the morning until I go to bed he is not far away. Sparky is finally calming down enough to sleep next to my pillow at night. Rocky sleeps at the end of the bed. They have grown so much in the last two years.

I want to thank everyone at NLCR for finding and helping the cats/kittens they rescue. Without you I wouldn’t have my two little boys!

Rocky

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Happy 1st Birthday Evan!

Happy 1st Birthday Evan!

Today (August 9 2017), I am celebrating Evan’s first birthday! When I think about how my little Evan began his life, probably in a barn and experiencing a horrendous car ride to his Foster Mom’s where she found him covered in vomit from the car ride, I am so grateful to the people at Ninth Life Cat Rescue for the love and support they gave to him during his first few weeks of life. Their love and support is part of who he is today – extremely confident, grateful, loving, affectionate, playful and a curious adventurer/daredevil who makes everyone’s day- human or fur- happy, loving, and entertaining (minus a few hair raising experiences!).

I first saw 2 month old Evan perched comfortably on a cat tree at Pet Smart. He was observing the “play” happening below him, and deciding which group to join. I loved his confident, chilled out manner, and when he joined a couple of playful cats, he showed me that he could be the life of the party or he could decide just to have his privacy and chill. He was a happy chappy, with his own mind and ideas- he was his own cat! I liked that, and I and thought he would be a great match for my other newly adopted, shy, but friendly, 6 month old black cat, Simon. Simon, who came from another rescue, grew up without a mother, and after a month, I realized that Simon needed a little buddy who he could play with, love and who might show him a thing or two!

In fact, I kept Evan’s name. Of all the Evan’s I know ( and I am a teacher, so I know a few), Evan fit the “Evan” image. Sweet, innocent, charming…but under all of that charm, you often found a little monkey under there! This became apparent within the first few days… Read More →

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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

In on a regular day in April, Mowgli (Mogley) magically arrived in the adoption centre. Working at PetSmart in the pet care and training department, I cared for many beautiful rescued cats day in and out and loved it. But when Mowgli and Logan came in as a duo, I was infatuated!

Mowgli being my first EVER not only grey cat, but long haired too, his personality continued to consist of hugging you immediately and he always kisses everyone at least once in the first encounter! He truly is the happiest cat I have ever had the privilege of knowing and loving.

He was brought home to be a younger brother by another kitten only 3 months older than him, and they clicked perfectly in the first 24 hours. Tarr Tarr is solid black and lean like a jaguar, hence he is our Bagheera! They are two peas in a pod truly!
Oh yes, and Archie. Everyone loves the ferret as the youngest brother.
Triangle of Brothers <3

Thanks to Ninth Life adoption centre at the Burlington Brant Street PetSmart and to the PetSmart staff for making this experience possible and caring so deeply for these cats!

Shoutout to Jean, Pam and Lori, thank you forever!

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Three is not a crowd

Three is not a crowd

In October we rescued a 3 month old tortie and named her Ziggy. She was full of spunk and super playful…too playful for Baxter, our 9 year old tuxedo. Ziggy tried and tried to get Baxter to play, and although our old gal was happy to cuddle and groom with Ziggy, she just isn’t all that playful. I tossed around the idea of getting a third cat – one closer in age to Ziggy – so that I could rescue another needy kitty and get a playmate for my hyper kitten as she approached her first birthday. I checked out rescue sites to see if anyone caught my eye. I knew I didn’t want another young kitten. I knew I wanted another tortie (I’m a sucker for their bold personalities). At the end of June I came across 2 year old Hershey on this website. I read her (very well written) description, and I had a good feeling. I jumped in my car and went to meet her. It was love at first sight. A week later, she came home with us. We took the time and effort to introduce her properly to Ziggy and Baxter, and after a week, they were freely interacting with no fighting. There were (and still are) the occasional bumps in the road. There has been some hissing, some posturing – but there has also been some running and chasing and playing together. They are still working out their pecking order, but they are doing it fairly, and no fur is flying. Hershey is very comfortable and loves all of the toys and cat perches and cozy beds that Ziggy and Baxter are happy to share with her. She is affectionate, chatty, playful, silly and she fits right in. I can’t imagine our home without her now. Many thanks to Ninth Life for making our decision and transition easy and stress-free.

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My Max and my Ruby Roo

My Max and my Ruby Roo

We adopted Max and Ruby at the end of January, about a month after we had lost our cat Patches. It took a while for them to adopt us back but 6 months later they are right at home and it was like it was meant to be. They brought life and happiness back into our house. They are true brother and sister because they love each other and yet fight like crazy. They are NEVER far apart from each other. They have made my entire family smile and if it wasn’t for Ninth Life we would have never got these special kitties. Thank you Ninth Life for all you do <3 Max and Ruby have found their FUREVER homes xo

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My lovable boys!

My lovable boys!

Not a day goes by where I don’t talk about our two lovable boys, Bob and Frank (previously known as Duke and Fate) who we adopted last year from Ninth Life Cat Rescue. I was originally looking to adopt one cat only as we had said goodbye to our cat Charles a few months before. I was really interested in Duke who was available for adoption at the Burlington-Brant Pet Smart but was told that he would need his new friend Fate (now Frank) to come along. When I visited them it was an easy decision as I wanted Duke (now Bob) to have an easy life compared to before. Both of them came from very difficult lives previously, but I am so proud of how quickly they settled in – and have taken over the house. Bob love to plop down for belly rubs and purrs constantly and Frank is like teenager – always looking for something to get into and is very frisky. They are always together and also take over my bed too. Basically, everything we do is for them, but that is what cat’s do. They’ve also taken over our hearts and we love them both so much! Thank you Ninth Life for letting us love them! We can’t imagine our life without them now. xo

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Purrfect Timing ~ Casper

Purrfect Timing ~ Casper

We have been longing to have a family pet for a few years, but with our busy schedules and other circumstances, it just hasn’t been possible. We happened to be at the National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart back in May and laid eyes on Casper for the first time. I reached my hand in to see if he would let me pet him and he immediately started purring and practically wouldn’t let me stop. We knew we had to take him home! He was very timid the first few days, and we thought it would be a long road to adjust, but one day the following week he allowed me to scratch his neck (like I did the first time we met) and since then something just clicked and he cannot leave my side now if I am at home!! He LOVES to be snuggled and scratched and talked to (he even squeaks back very conversationally!) He is the light of our home and I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to give him up, because he is a darling boy and we grow to love him more everyday. His left ‘tattooed’ arm is so adorable 🙂

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Seth – He’s awesome

Seth – He’s awesome

Seth at one year old. We adopted him on May 13 2017 from Ninth Life Cat Rescue at PetSmart in Oakville and what a good cat he is will keep you updated on his growth.

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Lux

Lux

Lux used to be so shy, she even hissed at me during our first out of cage visit, but after I brought her home my little tubby cat has become so affectionate. She loves to roll around on the balcony and sing her little heart out. She’s also been known to wake me up by grooming me.

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Peggy

Peggy

I adopted Chelsea, now named Peggy, about 5 months ago. She is an incredibly sweet cat, very loving (when she wants to be) and super well behaved. A completely different cat than the one who hissed and bit me when I met her in the pet smart! Just goes to show you can’t judge a cat based on first impressions! She’s happy and healthy living with me. I have absolutely no regrets with adopting her and look forward to the years we get to spend together<3

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