Mar 9, 2013

#HagridandFriends: Our Most Amazing Transport Yet - Cats Coming and Going Everywhere!

It's transport day again! This weekend is one of the most special transports we've ever worked together on, Cuteheads. So many special kitties with so many special circumstances, all going to their forever homes. Every weekend should be this wonderful!

All the fabulous kitties on this transport!
First, I just want to say that I am so grateful to all of you for all you help to be able to make these things happen. I know I say it all the time, but helping organize these things truly drives me. I have such a strong passion for it, and my favorite thing in the world is to help these kitties. People ask all the time how I do it or when I find the time. I don't know. But if a kitty needs help and we can do it, you just find the time. I could work 25 hours a day on this and not get tired of it. Every time we're able to save more, it just makes me so happy.

I can't thank you all enough for making it all possible. Everyone should have something they feel so passionately and strongly about. It's a gift, it really is. I hope we can keep doing this forever, and save tons and tons of cats together. I won't stop if you won't. :)

And now, without further ado, meet the kitties traveling this weekend!


Hagrid at the shelter. This is the picture we all fell in love with!
Hagrid has a huge head. It's what made me fall in love with him, I think, and I'm pretty sure what made his future mom, Cutehead Danielle B., love him, too! He is also one of the sweetest, most friendly cats... who just happens to be FIV+. Danielle wanted to adopt him before he was tested, and when he tested positive, she didn't hesitate for even one second. FIV kitties are perfect! And Hagrid just might be the most perfect one of all! Cutehead Dawn S. has been fostering him for the past few weeks (and fattening him up so his head matches his body!) and he is going all the way from Pompano Beach, Florida to South Kingston, Rhode Island!

Me petting Hagrid the day before transport. Such a happy boy!

Sweet, fluffy, beautiful Sunshine.
Sunshine is a lucky ginger fluffy girl who was found on the side of the road by our fellow rescue friends, Maribel and Kd. They saw her there, scooped her up and instantly fell in love. Sunshine is a true beauty and sweetheart, and they were working very hard to find her the best forever home. And then she tested FeLV+. Feline leukemia isn't like FIV. These kitties will probably live shorter lives and it is contagious through sharing litter and food bowls and stuff. Maribel's heart was broken for Sunshine and what would now make it harder to find a home. Luckily, the good people at Rikki's Refuge in Virginia were kind enough to say Sunshine could go live there! Hurray! She's traveling from Miami to Orange County, Virginia.


Romeo the loverboy. (Yes, that was a booger.)
Romeo is a little loverboy who was passed up many times at at Broward Animal Control in Pompano, probably because he was black (or maybe because he had a booger in his shelter photo!). He got sick at the shelter and things weren't looking good, but luckily he had people like Maribel looking out for him, and he got healthy again and is now heading for his forever home with our friend Holly in Madison, Ohio!


Sweet momma Kiera from Gaston County, NC.
Kiera is a super friendly, gorgeous black cat... who is pregnant. She was at Gaston County shelter in Dallas, NC and things weren't looking good for her chances (or her babies!). But again, another miracle happened and the great folks at Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) of Maine said they would take her in! So she is coming from Dallas, NC, sleeping over at Cutehead Desiree B.'s house Saturday night and joining the transport on Sunday to head all the way up to Maine where she'll have her babies in a loving, safe place -- and they'll all get adopted!

Brutus and Marigold

Emily, Brutus and Marigold.
Brutus and Marigold have had a rough past month. Their mom passed away recently, and that left them and their sister Emily with no one to care for them. They ended up at a shelter in New Jersey. Luckily for these three, their mom had a blog about them for many years, so many people came to get to know them. They are knows as "The Royals" in the Cat Blogosphere, and many people loved them and immediately set out to make sure they found new forever homes and stayed safe. Within a couple weeks, over $1,000 was raised, a fellow cat blogger friend, Rhonda flew in from Utah to help get the kitties out and take Emily home with her -- and Brutus and Marigold are hopping on our transport and heading to Massachusetts! Right now they are sleeping over at longtime Cutehead Carol K.'s house, and she'll take them with her when she helps drive all the kitties home on Sunday!


Arnold waiting for someone to save him.
Arnold is a last minute addition to the transport who made it just in time! He is a semi feral that our good rescue friend, Cutehead Donna S., championed to rescue in Virginia. He is now going to Rikki's Refuge in Virginia, where Sunshine is going!

What a great trip!

So cats are coming from Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey and heading to Ohio, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine! That's a heck of an amazing puzzle and we couldn't do it without everyone's help!

I'm going to use the Twitter hashtag #HagridandFriends to tweet along as the kitties travel and also post updates the whole weekend on the Cute's Facebook page. Follow along and cheer the kitties and drivers on!

P.S. I hope you all don't mind, but I set up a little chip in to help cover the expenses I paid out of my own pocket for supplies and things to get these kitties on the road. You'd be surprised at how fast it adds up with all these transports we do! It's not raising much, but it would help me a ton. If you can spare a few dollars, here's the link to the donation page.

Let's cheer these kitties on and get them home!

Special thanks to everyone who shared to find these kitties their homes and drivers and Stacey of Good Karma Pet Rescue (as always), drivers Kd P., Vicki H., Gretchen H., Shirley G., Desiree B., , Karen A., Daniel C., Amanda D., Gary P., Donna S., Keely F., Linda G., Carol K., Barbara T., Kevin H., Barbara N., MaryAnn G. and Sheryl M -- and foster mom, Dawn S. Extra huge thanks to new forever moms, Danielle B., Holly T., Rhonda P. and Laura F.! And big thanks to our rescue friends at HART of Maine, Sue, Margaret and Barbara! Other thanks go to Linda R. for going above and beyond to coordinate The Royals rescue. Amazing, everyone. Just amazing! If I forgot anyone, please know I love you too!

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  1. i have a shelter cat, funny thing is she was in the shelter during part of the time i was in the homeless shelter. can`t figure out why she stayed there as long as she did, but glad i would up with her

  2. Donated to help!! We are talking to onr of the ladies involved with The Royals - its quite a story! Thank you for saving lives Dorian.

  3. Bravo Dorian!!! I will visit the ChipIn too.

  4. Dorian, you are amazing and all the people who help in this program are too. Thank you and bless all of you. Love seeing the pictures of the kitties and the updates along the way!!! Truly wonderful!!

  5. YAY love them all, Thanks and Blessings to all who helped and adopted these lucky kitties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Thank you so much, Marjorie! Much, much appreciated! :)

  7. So glad you found her! She was just waiting for you, that's all. ;)

  8. Thanks, Brian! Say hi to your dad for me! :)

  9. Thanks, Leona! This is only so amazing because of all the incredibly wonderful people who help make it happen. I love our community of friends here! We are saving so many kitties! Yay!

  10. Whoooo hooo! Cuteheads are the BEST!

  11. Great story, I live about an hour from Kingston R.I., It's amazing to this transport forming and then moving. God bless all of you and may good weather be with you. I'm
    hoping this last snow storm will be the last this season, and that the roads will be cleared for our travelers.

  12. you so such an amazing job i'm in awe. you go girl! so many kitties you are saving.

  13. Made a donation. It seems I cannot help with the transporting as they always go up the east coast or through the central part of the state by-passing the Tampa area...but I can help a little financially. Thank you to you & the others who are helping secure good homes for all the cats you have all helped.

  14. You can bet M and I will be following the tweets on Twitter. We are so proud of you and your volunteers for all you do to help rescue kitties.

  15. Pawsome work Miss Dorian. Do you have an email address I can share with my good friend Miss Tammy who saved me from the kill shelter? She has been doing animal rescue for over 20 years; she has coordinated transport with Pilots N Paws and has a story in the book Dog Is My Co-Pilot. I know she would like to add you to her list of contacts. paw pats, Savannah

  16. ummm I see it says my whole name; I am http://savannahspawtracks and my huMom is the Mom Linda who helped with The Royals...purrrs

  17. Of course, Savannah! Your mom is wonderful too!

    My email is Pilots N Paws is a great group!

    Share with anyone. :) Always great to meet more animal lovers!

  18. Fantastic! Thank you again for helping to save these kitties lives.

  19. Bless you Dorian for all you do. Wish I could help dollar-wise but cannot at this time. You do such wonderful work and bless all these kitties heading out to new homes. I fell in love with the pic of Sunshine especially - I hope she enjoys Rikkis for a good long time as well as Arnold. Maybe they'll be friends.

  20. Margaret MorrisonMarch 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM


  21. Simply amazing. A huge THANKS to everyone involved. Amazing.

  22. As much as I hate hearing of harm coming to cats, I love hearing of cat transports.
    What beautiful cats!

    The donations appear to have come on well, too.
    Thanks to those who used the above link (at the end of your article) and donated.

  23. Andrea & the Celestial KittiesMarch 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Yay for kitties getting their new homes!

  24. Thus is awesome! So many kitties being saved. Keep up the great work everyone!!!

  25. Hi there... they're all beautiful kitties, and I'm so glad that they have guardian angels that watched over them and made sure they all got good furever homes.

    I have a question... I'm in the Wichita, KS area, and I just recently took in a pregnant feral kitty. I finally got her inside because I didn't want her to have her babies outside. Do you know anybody in the Wichita area that would be able to foster her and her babies? I already have four indoor cats, which is the limit that I can have per my landlord and Wichita/Kansas law.

    Best wishes for a great day, and smile often...

    Kathryn and Raja

  26. KUDOS AND LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. We're so happy this transport is well under way!

    We wrote a story about it as our way of saying thanks from The Cat Blogosphere:

  28. Such a great day! So happy to be a part of it!

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