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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Mar 8, 2013

Super Smash Kittens - This Would Be the Cutest Video Game!

Maybe I'd actually play video games if they were this cute!

You get to pick which kitten you want to be, and the you and the other kittens duke it out until there's just one left standing. You even get to pick your setting (I love the Couching Tiger one!) Plus, it's just really cute to watch kitties frolicking around!

Thanks to Cute's friend, Marcos, for sending in this cute Super Smash Kittens video!

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Mar 7, 2013

Sleepy Time for Tiny, Purring Kittens

Foxy and Goose are all ready for night-night. They are pooped out from all their playing and now just ready to take a little nap, belly-up, of course.

These two kittens have the loudest purrs! I think I'd be sleepy, too, if I had that calming rumble going on inside me all day!

P.S. Big transport starts tomorrow! One kitty will be traveling to get ready... I'll post lots of info. I can't wait for this one!

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Mar 6, 2013

Kitty Belly Alert! Kitten Flying Overhead!

Halfway through the week and what we really need is some cute kitten belly...

Watch your heads, everyone! It's a kitty fly-over!

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Mar 5, 2013

Two Cats Tuesday: Pimp Passed His Test!

Happy Two Cats Tuesday, Cuteheads! Today we have some fabulous news. Really, really fabulous!

Pimp went to the vet to have his blood work done. If you didn't know, he's hyperthyroid, so it's important to monitor his levels and make sure that he is under control. If his levels get too high, then his little body and organs are basically in overdrive all the time and that is not good at all.

Blood work again? Boooooring.
We got blood work done a few weeks ago, but somehow they lost it between the vet and the lab, so we had to go back again (as you can imagine, Mr. I Pee In My Carrier At The Vet Every Time was less than thrilled). Anyway, that was Saturday.

Today the vet called, and guess what? GREAT NEWS! Pimp's thyroid levels are in the normal range! Hurray!

I was honestly worried because he's been getting into Moo's food a lot. We are keeping Pimp's thyroid under control with the prescription Hill's y/d food. It works great, so long as that's all he eats -- but if he gets into Moo's food, his levels can fly up really easily!

And he's getting very sneaky and very fast about nabbing Moo's food. He watches for when no one is looking, then makes a mad dash for the bowl (I hear his tag hit it, so that's how I know) and then a dash away with a kibble in his mouth. He knows he's bad!

Do this look like the face of a sneakster to you?
Luckily, though, not too bad! This news made my day!

In other news, doesn't Pimp look like he should be a meme up there in that last picture? So serious!

P.S. We are still looking to fill two legs for our transport this weekend! These are for Saturday, March 9 in the afternoon:

Savannah, GA to Manning, SC
Manning, SC to Fayetteville, NC

If you can help, please fill out this form so I can contact you: Let's save some kitties!

Loverboy Romeo says please help me find my ride home! 
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Mar 4, 2013

3 Seconds of Kitty Silliness

It's Monday and what we all probably need is a little giggle! Here's three seconds of a kitty just being silly, doing kitty things like kitties do.

Boing, boing, boing!

We still need drivers for this weekend's transport! We have tons of kitties going from all over to all over. It's a blast, but we need help to save these lives.

If you live near these areas or know someone who does, please fill out this form to help!

Greensboro, NC to Raleigh, NC

Savannah, GA to Manning, SC
Manning, SC to Fayetteville, NC

Richmond, VA to the DC area
DC area to Havre de Grace, MD
Havre de Grace, MD to Columbus, NJ

Orange County, VA to Linden, VA
Bedford, PA to Pittsburgh, PA

Please volunteer to help drive if you can and spread the word!

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Mar 3, 2013

Kitten vs. Styrofoam Peanuts!

Remember when you were little and those ball crawls were so much fun? I think this is just like that, but for a kitten!

Kitty is in a box, which is fun, but she's surrounded surrounded by Styrofoam peanuts... which is even more fun! And they're all moving! And them more she moves, the more they move! Eeeeee! Too much fun, and too much cute.

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