Aby-a-Day – 14 Juni: All Angel’s birthdays (Flashback Friday)

As you saw from Wednesday’s post, Angel turned 12 this year. When we got her from Purebreds Plus Rescue, they didn’t know her birthday, so I chose 11 June as the day she could have been born on. Last year, I got confirmation that she was most likely actually born on 4 July 2007, but my dad’s birthday is the 4th of July, so I just keep celebrating on 11 June. She was a year and three (or two) months old when I adopted her, so we missed her first birthday…but here is a photo of me with her on her second birthday.


Angel on her 3rd birthday…still not used to those candles.


Here is Angel and me on Angel’s 4th birthday.


Angel’s 5th birthday fell on a Monday, so we celebrated with Hipstamatic photos.


Look how proud Angel looks to be 6 years old!


Angel’s 7th birthday was her first in our new apartment, and she had her cake on the window seat.


Angel couldn’t wait to eat her 8th birthday cake! I’m surprised she didn’t singe her whiskers!


Her 9th birthday was our last in Boston. She seemed a little intimidated by all the candles.


So, of course, Angel’s 10th birthday was her first in Sweden.


Last year’s birthday…I can’t remember what was going on with the candles. Either her birthday took us by surprise, so we used whatever oddball candles we had…or I was just matching the colours. And now she is 12…that’s a pretty incredible accomplishment.

Reggie hunts with StarClan

Sad news from my friend Kim…her fawn boy, Reggie, died yesterday. He had several tumours in his organs and a polyp in his nostril. He was only 13½.

Kim adopted Reggie and his sister Cheri when they were 10 years old after their human went into an assisted living facility. She got them from Northeast Aby (and Somali) Rescue (NEAR) just before Christmas, 2015. Sadly, Cheri died from the same multiple tumours in multiple organs only a couple of months after Kim adopted them.

Here is Reggie last October on his last birthday (which was celebrated late because Jacoby’s Uncle Clancy had just died. He was so adorably crosseyed, and a drooling, purring cuddler. I’ll miss seeing his photos. My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today. Sleep well in Tuonela, lovely Reggie.

Abys are Everywhere: FosterCat Spaghetti Dinner in Pittsburgh

I just had to share this poster for FosterCat‘s pasta dinner fundraiser this weekend for two reasons. One, it’s for a good cause, and two…it makes me giggle every time I look at it:

Yeah, I could see Jacoby doing that. He’ll do anything for food. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area and want to eat some spaghetti and help some kitties, check them out!

Abys in Need: Louis in Greensboro, NC – Back with his Breeder!

This super-sad story came through the Adopt-an-Aby email list this evening:

I have an Abyssinian Male, 9 yrs old, very typical Aby, vocal, loving, great with kids that I need to find a new home for. We are located in Greensboro, NC. If anyone is interested in giving him a stable forever home, please contact me. Vet reference required.

I just had my first child, am a single mom, and staying with a family member. I have had Louis since he was 6months old.
He is very unhappy! My brother is making me keep him in a semi-heated (barely warmer than outside) sunroom. He has dogs in there as well. One of the dogs is large Border Collie, male, unfixed, he has shown aggression toward Louis, and I am fearful for his safety. It is a very bad situation. I wish I could afford to get my own place again but I will probably be here for at least the next year or so. I need to find Louis a loving home where he can be cared for better than I can right now. This breaks my heart. I am very desperate at this point and need to find something ASAP.

Poor Louis! I don’t like the sounds of that dog, or that sunroom…Abys hate to be cold! There’s not a photo of him right now, but if I get one I’ll pass it along.

If you can help this poor guy, contact Jessica Cecil by email, or phone her at 336-255-0012 or 404-422-7688.

EDIT: Good news! Our friend Selina, who also lives in NC, told me:

I just spoke with Jessica and Louis has been taken back by his breeder!!! She told me that someone had reminded her that she did have a breeder contract & it probably said that the breeder would take the Aby back. So apparently he is back with his original breeder (who she located on Facebook – and who told her that, last night, Louis slept with her daughter!)

So he’s out of the sunroom, away from the dog, and living the good life with his breeder. Hurrah!

Abys in Need: Magnolia and Susana in NC Need a New Home (EDIT: Adopted!)

Edit: Good news! These two girls found a new home – together – this afternoon!

Thanks to Merry, Hobbes and Louie for this heads-up:

Two beautiful Abyssinian cats lost their owner in a fatal car accident and need a good, loving forever home. Magnolia is 4 and Susana is 2. They are both spayed and up to date on their shots. We would like them to go together but will entertain other options to get them into a good home.


(If I had to guess, I’d say Magnolia is the red/sorrel and Susana is the ruddy…)

Please call Phil at 919-619-6803 or email Storkman7@aol.com.

How sad! This is the sort of thing I always worry about with my kitties. I don’t know exactly where in North Carolina these two girls are, but I think they’re somewhere around the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh.

Abys in Need: Two females in Lansing, MI (Plus one)

I got this email last night from one of my Aby mailing lists:

“I own a feline blood bank. We obtain cats from various different situations, screen them for infectious diseases, isolate them and eventually use them as blood donors until we can find them a forever home. We received a call about a year ago regarding an Abyssinian cattery whose owner died. We took in four adults hoping at least one would be a type B. None were and only one, despite good nutrition, treatment for several GI parasites and good husbandry, is large enough to act as a donor. One has found a new home but we still have two
females we need to place. They are both very nervous and shy but do seek attention. We do not have much information on age but one is probably closer to 7 or 8, the other 3 to 4. They are not particularly attached to each other but, they both get along fine with other cats. We spayed both and they are current on vaccinations.”

There aren’t any photos of the two girls, and I don’t know what colour they are. But if you’re interested in giving one or both of them a forever home, contact Kathleen Edsall, DVM – Nine Lives Blood Services
Work Phone: 517-367-6050, Cellphone: 517-410-3350
Email: kathedsall@yahoo.com

Just after I posted this, I got another email about another Aby in Lansing:

Lansing, MI – Adult female Abyssinian. “Needs loving home. Adult female (small, only 6 lbs) Abyssinian. Rescued and ready for a forever home. Spayed and up to date on shots. Needs quiet home. Gets along with cats. Don’t know about dogs. Very nervous cat but seeks affection. Prefer home experienced with Abyssinians.”

There was a note on this: “Note: I don’t know whether this is one of the Abys from the bloodbank listing or not. She might be.” There also isn’t a photo on this Craigslist ad, and if you’re interested, email: mtgvj-3212365934@comm.craigslist.org.

Abys in Need: Abyssinian and Egyptian Mau in Iowa Shelter

Stories like this always make me sad. Two seven-year-old bonded buddies, King Louie the Aby and Little Dragon the Egyptian Mau, are looking for a new home in Iowa. They’re being fostered on behalf of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines. It doesn’t say why these two gentlemen are in need of a new family, but they’ve been homeless for over a month already.

King Louie is a purebred red/sorrel Aby. He’s a little chubby, and he’s the shyer of the pair.

Little Dragon is a striking silver Egyptian Mau, and he’s said to be “like a dog” in many ways.

According to the website: These guys are a friendly pair who make themselves at home quickly. Dragon, a purebred Egyptian Mau, is the more affectionate, outgoing and vocal of the two. It may take a little longer for him to warm up, but once he does, he’ll be your best bud! He actually acts like a little dog sometimes — he likes being roughhoused, head-butted and scratched. Louie, a purebred Abyssinian, is a watcher-on-the-sidelines. He observes everything, and you can see how intelligent he is as he considers every situation. These boys are a great pair and love each other very much. They need a very quiet home with either older kids or no kids and preferably no other pets. Louie has a tendency toward bladder crystals, so he will need to be on special food for the rest of his life.

If you know anyone in the area who needs a couple of lovely boys, please contact Carol at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org.

Cats in Need: Clark Kent in West Philly

I just wanted to boost this signal on this, because it needs to be spread around the internet. When I first saw this, I wasn’t aware the report about Clark Kent was originally from Thanksgiving when I shared it. Clark Kent and is currently recovering well (but with kidney problems) in a foster home. His “owners” were charged and ordered to appear in court but were MIA (shocking, I know, that they didn’t bother to show up). I’ll share any further info I come across about Clark. It could happen to any cat. All this guy did wrong was get sick…and have bad people.

Via Citykitties:

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, West Philadelphia, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at http://www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.

Clark Kent’s whole story is here on City Kitties’ website – He is declawed, too!

Click to donate.

Originally posted by at Kittypix on LJ

A Letter From Purebreds Plus

I got this email from Purebreds Plus and wanted to share it…

It’s the Holiday season again… This is not a “time of good cheer” for many kitties, however – so many are abandoned during the holiday season! Unfortunately, times are tough for a lot of kitties. The economy has taken its toll and cats have been abandoned in record numbers and the holiday deluge has already started.

A little known fact of the Holiday season is that it is also the time of year for increased owner relinquishment of cats to shelters. Whether the reasoning is to make room for the “new Christmas kitten”, or because it is easier to turn in a cat than pay boarding while away for the holidays, or because there isn’t enough money to care for them or a foreclosure and no place to keep them, or due to death or infirmity of the owner, this is a period we see a spike in owner-turn ins.

In addition to the occasional large scale and small scale rescue situation, this year has been extraordinary as cats at risk and needing rescue have included some bneeds rarely seen in rescue – such as Egyptian Mau, American Wirehair, Ocicat, and Singapura. In addition, Operation Noble Foster has helped arrange temporary foster
homes for approximately 620 military pet cats this year alone.

Purebred Cat Breed Rescue has many people of diverse backgrounds working together who are deeply committed to helping cats. Not one of them earns a salary for their hard work in this regard, often putting in long hours. I know money is tight for a lot of you in these hard economic times, but I also know most of you genuinely care about cats. If you can even spare one dollar or even some loose change, we’d be very grateful for your help. Pennies do add up. Just imagine what your donation (large or small) can do to help an abandoned kitty or one facing death row in a shelter!

Despite the extraordinary generosity of the cat fancy and other animal lovers that funded our rescue efforts this year, it’s time for me to pass the hat again and ask for your support.

In summary…. HELP! PLEASE! We need donations and we need your help to continue saving cat lives! Let’s make as many at risk kitties as we can have a better holiday season and a better 2012!

To donate by credit card or Paypal, just go to
the Purebreds Plus website and click on the Paypal button on the right near the top of the page.

Alternatively, you can donate to Purebred Cat Breed Rescue by mail. Make your check payable to “Purebred Cat Breed Rescue” & send it to:

Purebred Cat Breed Rescue
c/o DeLynne Satimore, Treasurer
114 Pavilion Drive
Brandon, MS 39042

Thank you all for all you have done to help and for your patience reading this plea!

Linda Pollack Mercer, M.D.
President, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue, http://www.purebredcats.org

I know how much this group does for their cats from the work they did with Angel: rescuing her from a shelter, medical treatment for her URI, regular spaying and two eye surgeries, and then fostering her for 10 months…and that was just one cat! They do this, and more, for hundreds of cats every year.

Abys in Need: Update on St. Anne

Good morning…Update on St. Anne posted to the Aby Rescue list:

“She has Tritrichomonas foetus (an easily diagnosed and treated intestinal parasite) but we cannot afford vet bills since we have fallen on hard times…Plus she is stressed out and giving herself hotspots. We are blaming it on stress but maybe a vet could find an underlying reason/skin irritation? I want everyone to know up front that she has a problem. It would do her no good to go to someone else who can’t afford the vet bills. We are only giving her up for her own good and it is breaking our hearts.”

I know what it’s like to deal with overgrooming; Tessie’s had that problem since May.

If there’s any more information posted, I’ll pass it along.

Meet Chandra

While we were at the cat show, I took a break to go look at the display of rescue kitties up for adoption that was set up in the foyer.


All the active, lively, cute kittens were up front, working the crowd and charming everyone, but I went around the back to visit the older cats, the ones that tend not to draw as much attention, and I saw Chandra.


Poor girl seemed completely overwhelmed and a bit terrified…and she was a very unusual ticked tortoisehell – essentially, a non-purebred Abyssinian-type torbie! There are tortie Abys, but they’re mainly bred in Europe (along with the silver Abys) and aren’t recognised here in the State.

This is Chandra’s story:
DOB 8/18/2010
Hi, I’m Chandra, and you could say I have a sad story to tell. I was found by the good people of the rescue with my three kittens outside in the rain with no dry accommodations. They took us in and it was a good thing they did. I ended up with terrible mastitis and couldn’t feed my babies. I’m very healthy now and my babies are being fostered. I’d like to tell you that I’m a very petite girl who is just a love. I’m more of the quiet type and am really enjoying getting to know what it means to be petted and loved. I’ve been spayed and am now up to date on all my shots and have tested negative for Feline Aids and Leukemia. If interested, please contact compassion4catsNLC@comcast.net or call (860) 886-5085.


Poor girl! As it happens, her kittens are in the pink cage at the upper right of the first photo. Chandra may or may not be part Aby…but she does look like an Abyssinian, with those big golden eyes and that little white chin.

A letter from Purebreds Plus

I got this email today and thought I should share…

Dear Purebreds Plus Adopters, Supporters, and Fellow Cat Lovers:

The air is getting cooler, the decorations are already brightening the house, and children and grandchildren have made their holiday travel reservations. The kitchen is fragrant with December cookery, and a certain furry someone – or maybe a hairless, wrinkly someone – observes the proceedings with more than casual interest.

“Don’t you need help stirring?” asks the Aby, who has already been reminded at least once not to hop up onto the table.

“Don’t worry, Mom. I’ll take care of any food morsels that drop on the floor,” declares the Ragdoll.

And as for the Chausie—let’s just say that it would be unwise to leave that meat in the sink while you go to answer the telephone!

On a more serious note, this is the season when many of us sit down to plan our end-of-year donations, a contemplative time in which we try to align our charitable gestures with our values. There is the food bank, perhaps also the literacy program of the public library, a church or synagogue, and a foundation looking for ways to prevent or manage type 1 diabetes. And then, the Aby hops up onto the table to remind you that there is that rescue where she received nourishment, affection, and possibly expensive veterinary treatment until the day when you appeared and the two of you changed each other’s lives forever.

In recent years, the continuing economic crisis and the rising cost of veterinary care have caused many rescue organizations to close their doors. Fortunately, Purebreds Plus has been blessed with great adopters for our cats, and many wonderful donors and sponsors. Thanks to your adoption fees and donations, we have weathered the economic storm and continue to operate during this time of great financial difficulty. However, in order for us to continue our work, we need to come to you and ask for your continued financial support.

This year, our group rescued many hundreds of cats who would otherwise have ended their lives at local animal shelters. Many of these cats were from people giving up pets in the context of foreclosures. Some cats come into our care with severe medical issues. One poor, brave little kitten named Piper just had to have an eye removed, on an emergency basis, costing our rescue well over $1000 dollars.

Please consider supporting our work by making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation, in any amount, will help us to continue our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing purebred and other exceptional cats. We hope to be able to continue not only to save lives like theirs but, in so doing, to enrich lives like yours.

You can make your donation online on our website, at http://www.purebredsplus.org, or mail it to:

Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue, c/o Cyndi Saxton
5939 Davidson Ct.
Valley Springs, CA 95252


Laurel Fagan, President
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue

Angel had to have the same surgery as Piper – Twice, because when her eye was removed, a prosthesis was put into the eye socket, which her body subsequently rejected, so that had to be removed as well. She was fostered from late December 2007 until I picked her up in early October 2008 – nearly a year! She was just 6 months old when they took her in.


So if, as the letter says, you’re looking for a worthy organisation to send a donation, Purebreds Plus is a pretty great one to consider.

(And check out Canela, a red Aby who was just adopted. She looks so much like Angel it’s a little spooky! I would not be at all surprised if she comes from the same breeder.)

Aby-a-Day – Day 282 of 365

A silly self-portrait of Jake and me on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.


My “Check Meowt” shirt is from Feral for Life, which helps fund helping Brooklyn’s independent rescuers continue to help the borough’s homeless cats and kittens. It’s cute and helpful!

Abys in Need! 40+ Abys seized & available as rescues in RI

You remember those Abys I found in Rhode Island via Petfinder? Well, as Paul Harvey would say…Here’s the REST of the story. And it’s not a happy story, but I hope it’ll have a happy ending.

Forwarded message:
“I thought you would be interested to know that the Potter League for Animals removed 48 Abyssinians from a cat breeder in Newport, Chickwick Abyssinians, from her house. They also removed a corn snake, one dog, a turtle and two other household cats. She now has no animals. This situation was discovered because there was a fire in her home and when the fire department came they discovered such filth that all these cats were living in. I looked at her website and it is a pretty nice website, you would NEVER think that she had terribly sick cats and kittens. The Potter League has most of them presently, they have other rescue groups coming in and believe it or not only one had to be put to sleep because its eye was not in the head and one did die at The Potter League. According to one woman from Potter’s she is a greedy woman and only cares about selling her kittens. She lives on one of the most beautiful locations in Newport, you would never think this woman would live in these conditions.”

If you’re interested in helping to rescue one or more of these Abys, please contact the Potter League for Animals (Newport, RI), 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown RI 02842
Phone: 401-846-8276
Email: info@potterleague.org

MORE Abys in Need! Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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!

Abys in Need: Benin, Asmara and Botswana

Anyone in the New England area want to rescue an Abyssinian? The Potter League for Animals has three of them who need homes!

Look how sad they look in their cages:



Botswana – they call her an “Aby Mix” but she looks like a purebred Red to me.
She looks like Angel with two eyes.
They’re all spayed or neutered, too. I can’t imagine anything sadder than an Aby in a cage, and I can’t believe a shelter has three young, purebred Abys at once. So if you know anyone who needs an Abyssinian in their life, spread the word!

Edit: Benin isn’t on the list anymore…I hope that means he’s been adopted!

Purebreds Plus Update

Last weekend, I posted about the 35 Abys and other Exotics that Angel’s rescue was fostering

Good news! If you look at the site again, you will see that Abys Topaz and Mango and the Bengal Bella have been adopted, and Abys Maxim, Fagan and Arora have adoptions pending. Karen, the woman who fostered Angel, currently has Savannah Sahari and Abys Dakari, Sha Sha and another, ruddy, Angel.

I sent the rescue a donation (gotta love Paypal), and got the following email:

Dear Coco and sweet Angel,

Thank you so much for your recent donation to Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue! We truly appreciate all your kindness and generosity in helping us take care of our rescued Abys. They are all amazing cats and Sha Sha and Angel are just sweethearts, and have made such wonderful progress in foster care and we’re just delighted that we’ve been able to help them.

I remember your one-eyed Angel well…we’re so incredibly glad that she has such a wonderful home with you! Thank you for sending the link to your blog…the photo of Angel and her one-eyed stuffed Mini-me was just awesome!

Thanks again for giving our sweet Angel a lovely home and thank you for your generosity towards our other kitties!

Sonbol Ansari
Vice President
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue

That made me feel warm and fuzzy. I’m glad we are able to help.

It’s funny, I’ve been living in the East for 12 years and Boston for 10, but I still end up making connections back in my native Northern California. Small world.

Purebred Abyssinian Needs a Home ASAP

Simba is a 4-5 year old male Aby in Maryland who needs to be rehomed as soon as possible. If a home is not found for him, he’ll go to the pound.

More information in the LiveJournal Cat Lovers Community.

Spread the word! The handsome man needs help!