Since this is a worldwide blog, I decided to look a little farther afield on Petfinder to if there were any other Abys in shelters outside of New England. Looking up Abyssinians on Petfinder is somewhat entertaining; it’s interesting what some people will call an “Aby.” In fact, the National Aby Rescue has a little primer on “How to identify an Abyssinian”, and it’s funny because it’s true. I mean, it’s hard to confuse a red-point Siamese with an Aby, isn’t it?
Out of 261 “Abyssinians” (to be fair, there are some ticked tabbies on there), I did find six purebred Abys in shelters. Apart from the three Rhode Island Abys, I found:
Jared is a purebred (Blue) Abyssinian rescued from a breeder who had made an appoinment for his death because he had contracted the Feline Leukemia Virus because of carelessness by that breeder. Jared has issues with his eyes and has limited vision but his spirit is very much intact. This boy is such a character, he will do all sorts of tricks for attention. He plays like no one’s business. He doesn’t realize he is sick and besides his eyes, you can’t tell either. HELP will cover all his medical expenses for his lifetime, if you will just give him the chance he deserves, he deserves his own family. Jared, boy, born approx 1/09.
He’s not even a year and a half old yet, but he looks like a little old man! He sounds like such a sweetheart. Jared’s in Belton, MO, south of Kansas City.
CJ is a 7 year old Ruddy Abby rescued from the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. A complete and total lovebug, he is very affectionate and very demanding of your attention. He would do well in an active home, or with a retired couple who are home all day to cater to his every whim. His pedigree is attached. Not that it is doing him any good, but still, he is very impressed with it!
CJ is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.
CJ gets me in the heart, because even though he’s 7, he looks so much like Jake and Gun-Hee…and has a boy called CJ! This handsome man is in Oklahoma City, OK.
Abbi is a purebred Abyssinian kitty who was adopted from a Connecticut animal shelter at about one year old, having already been declawed. Unfortunately, the vet who performed the declaw surgery apparently went too deep, which combined with her current weight may be the reason Abbi walks a bit funny, won’t jump more than three feet or so, and needs to land on something soft when jumping down, but is otherwise okay. We currently have Abbi on a diet of grain-free canned food only so she can gradually lose a couple of pounds and regain the elegant body she should have. Sadly, her human family reluctantly gave her up due after they had to move into a much smaller living space that provided no relief from allergies in the family.
TEMPERAMENT: Abbi is very sweet, loving, and bonds easily to people. She loves to play with water and even have a sponge bath. She is a gorgeous purebred Abyssinian girl with a short rust/cinnamon coat. AGE: born approx. May 2004. MICROCHIP #: 013-558-011 DATE OF STERILIZATION: 2005. VAX RECORD: Rabies: 5/10/10; FVRCP: 5/10/10; FELV/FIV: 5/10/10 neg. ADOPTION FEE: $100
Abbi breaks my heart. I cannot imagine crippling any cat, let alone an Aby, by hacking off her fingertips! Poor girl can’t run and jump…it’s a well-known fact that Abys defy gravity! How sad that she can’t even walk normally. Abbi is in Santa Fe, NM.
Also, I did hear back from Norm Auspitz at the National Aby Rescue in response to the email I sent about the three shelter Abys from last week. He told me he forwarded my email to the NAR email list and that they will start to beat the bushes. I emailed him back to thank him, and to send him the links to the new Abys I found.
Once again, spread the word!