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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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Petal

Petal

I adopted Petal, formerly Coral, at the Burlington petsmart on Nov. 11, 2017. It has only been a few months but we have already bonded so much!!!

One thing that can be said about Petal is that she LOVES pets. She sleeps beside me every night and often times I will wake up to her trying to make me pet her – definitely is the best way to wake up.

Petal is a shy cat (particularly around men!) but has come so far from when we first adopted her. She constantly clings to me … I can’t even go to the washroom without her following me!

Adopting Petal has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am so glad I had the opportunity to give her her forever home!

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Figuring out the housecat life

Figuring out the housecat life

This furry little girl was so so so scared when we brought her home. It must have been quite a life she had before her wonderful foster Mom Stephanie rescued her But 9 months later, while she is still skittish, she is starting to learn how to be a housecat. After not making a single vocalization for almost a year, she greets me most mornings with a quiet meow these days. She plays with her balls and toy mice. She loves to be pet and brushed and she is enjoys watching TV with the family. Every day she feels a little braver and a little more trusting. She is a sweet little girl and we are so happy to have her as part of our family.

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Max

Max

My partner and I adopted Max in March 2017 from the PetSmart Oakville location. Max is an all black cat who was estimated at 4 years old (we’ve since celebrated his birthday!). Max is sweet, playful, curious, shy and energetic.

Max quickly settled into his new home and has brought such joy to our lives. He is my best friend, following me around everywhere I go, cuddling lots and of course doing that weird kneading thing cats do. Max also loves to explore every nook in our home even opening cupboards on his own. Max loves playing with toys and especially likes the crinkle balls. He is so much fun, very entertaining and always there for you when you need a cuddle.

Max was missing most of his teeth when we adopted him due to having feline stomatitis. A few months after Max’s adoption, his vet discovered that there was more inflammation in his gums. The vet recommended removal of the rest of his teeth which we did. Max has since been recovering well. Although he continues to receive monthly check-ups, the inflammation continues to decrease and we hope will be gone soon.

Thank you to all those who took care of Max before we could. Also a big thank you to Ninth Life Cat Rescue for introducing us to Max and allowing us to adopt him. Our lives are all better for it.

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Bonnie, adopted from pet smart Oakville

Bonnie, adopted from pet smart Oakville

On December 22,2017 I went to Pet Smart in Oakville to have a visit with the many cats looking for a home. Bonnie, (we renamed her Callie) jumped into my arms from her cage for some snuggles. I knew then that she had to be mine. I adopted her the same day and brought her home. She is the most cuddly and affectionate cat I have ever known. When she is sleepy her favourite place to have a snooze is in your arms, on your lap or snuggled into your neck. She sleeps between us in the bed at night. Sometimes she will share the pillow with you.
She enjoys watching the birds and squirrels through the window all day. She loves to play with all her toys. One in particular makes its way up the stairs for bedtime.
I am so happy that she is so happy in her forever home with us.
Thank you for all that you do for these loving animals.

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Pippin is one happy cat!

Pippin is one happy cat!

Pippin (previously Poutine) has settled in just purrrfectly in our home. He is the chattiest cat I’ve ever met, and certainly lets you know that he doesn’t approve of closed doors. He loves to see everyone and be in the same room as you, and boy does he love chasing after toys! He is such a sweet and affectionate boy and seems to enjoy having all the space, attention, toys, and love we’re able to give. Pippin is a treasured member of our family and we so look forward to having him in our lives. Thank you, Ninth Life Cat Rescue!

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Week 1 with Ed and Al, formerly Jarr and Earl

Our family has had all kinds of pets over the years, but after our family dog passed on four years ago, we couldn’t bear the quiet void any longer. After searching for the past year for the right fit, my dad found these little guys at the Burlington PetsMart with the intention of adopting only Jarr, but we couldn’t bear to separate these 7-month-old brothers! My sister adopted Jarr, and I adopted Earl. Both were a little evasive and didn’t like being held the few times we met them in the store, and my family was particularly worried about Earl because he was much more nervous than his brother, but I loved him too much to leave him. I knew he’d fair better with his brother around.

Upon awaiting our application to process, we made a list of every set of brothers or BFFs we could think of from fiction we like, and eventually we agreed re-naming Earl (black) as Edward, and Jarr (grey) as Alphonse, after the Elric brothers for their golden eyes. But after bringing them home and seeing how they adjust, their personalities couldn’t be more opposite to their namesakes. Al was immediately very attention-needy, mischievous and curious, claimed my bed for himself but loves to be cuddled. Ed is very shy and skittish, but an absolute purr machine if you approach him quietly and calmly. They’re both adjusting so fast and every time we wake up to find them crammed into the bed they came with, we are so happy we didn’t separate these two. Only one week with us, and a huge difference — and they’re growing so fast!

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Marbo aka. Babu (formerly Marbles)

Marbo aka. Babu (formerly Marbles)

Three months have gone by since we adopted Marbles from his long stay at Petsmart Burlington. He now goes by the manly name of Marbo, and the equally manly name of Babu by my boyfriend…
Marbo is such a wonderful, handsome boy! It started out with a little hissing and a bit of swatting as he got adjusted to his new home and learned to trust us but once he was comfortable he totally took over the place! He’s ridiculously playful, LOVES scratching anything cardboard, and is crazy proud of his shoelaces he stole. Between snuggles and chin scratches, and wrestling (boy does he love wrestling), he’s become such a lovable guy. My boyfriend and I are so lucky to have been able to give our Babubabu a loving home after his rough start!!

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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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So Happy Together!

So Happy Together!

From Molly (aka Mama) and Pippa (aka Pretty Girl): Just a note to let you know that we have been home for a week and have settled right in! Except that they won’t allow us on the kitchen counters or the dining table our new humans seem very well trained otherwise, and are taking excellent care of us. We were so comfortable when we got home that we explored our new house right away, and then settled on our new mom’s lap for a nap after an exhausting but exciting day. Thanks so much for taking care of us until we got a forever home, we are well and happy and looking forward to a nice long life with our people!

Molly & Pippa

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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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