Friday, December 21, 2012

Help Rehome these two great Wisconsin cats!!

Update: April 2013

BigBoy and MooMoos will stay in their loving home. It's been so long waiting to rehome them, we realized we cannot live without them, or fathom them living with somebody else, so we will "hide" them from the landlord and live Happily Ever After. Although we appreciate your prayers to keep us together and safe from our landlords cruel anti-animal stance. 


Updated Jan. 5, 2013:

(Updates  on the bottom after original post)

New forever home needed in Wisconsin or the upper midwest!!


Big Boy relaxes on a bed

MooMoos sleeping on a lap

Big Boy crammed on a window sill enjoying a sun-puddle

MooMoos relaxes on the couch
The beautiful cats above are Big Boy and MooMoos (Lady)... they're littermates.
These two great cats need a new forever home.  They are 4 years old, and have been with us a little over two years. We hate to let them go, but we have no choice. Here's a little backstory about why.

Several years ago, I had two wonderful cats ( Bill The Cat and Tiger Tommy...if you're on twitter they're @_Bill_The_Cat and @TheNascarKitty). They lived a very long great life, going to rainbow bridge in late 2009 and 2010 respectively, at the great ages of 18 and 22 years old). I had them from just after birth and they made me a cat lover. They were both rescued from certain death and where my first cats.

After Bill & Tiger passed, over the years I rescued 5 other cats, including Big Boy and MooMoos. At the time I owned a large home and actually also "rescued" my teenage niece Sara by adopting her in her time of need. As the economy turned south, I was laid off permanantly from work, and during my job search I ended up losing the house to foreclosure and moving to an apartment that let me "pretend" to have only two cats and looked the other way.

I found a great job in a distant city, and commuted 90 miles a day for a couple years, but the travel time, lack of sleep and stress took it's toll and to save my own health, Sara &  I had to move to a new apartment in the city I work in.

Long story short, we could not find a single apartment that would allow 5 cats, even with a great referal from our current landlord, so we did what nearly everybody we know does....listed two cats and planned to keep the others secret.

This worked well, until a month ago when the building superintendant let herself into the apartment, along with her husband and a contractor that was making a quote to do some future work on the building. They entered every apartment with no advance notice, (they apologized for forgetting to give the required 24 hour notice). They also reported all the extra animals in the building to the landlord, who eventually (very politely and professionally) contacted each tenant to make arrangements for updating their leases to be current and truthful. (The superintendant has been fired for these unlawful entries.)

In our case, he agreed to let us keep 3 cats, even though it's strictly against the lease (two cat maximum) (we also had to pay an extra $750 non-refundable pet deposit and an extra $75 a month rent-which we happily agreed to). That means we have to rehome 2 of the cats. And, unlike many other tenants who didn't want to pay a deposit, or extra rent, and just dumped their pets on the pound or turned them out, I cannot bear to let my beloved pets go unless I know they are going to a good home where they get proper love, attention and protection.

I know that when you adopt a pet, you are adopting them forever, and I agree that's the case, but I also know that I can't risk losing our home, and the home of the other 3 cats we have, all of who have special needs. We will cry many tears and feel an empty spot in our heart, but we know Big Boy & MooMoos will do the best of them in a new home, as long as they are together.

Big Boy admiring his handsome little face.


Big Boy

Big Boy is a 20 lb gentle giant. He believes he is a kitten. So don't be surprised to find him trying to sleep on top of you, or sitting on your lap cutting off circulation to your legs.  He gets along with other cats fine, although he is kind of a "wimp". The 5 lb kitten we rescued a few years back used to "beat him up" when playing.  He will play hard with all kinds of toys, LOVES to be teased with a small rope string, and will play until exhaustion. He loves to be petted and snuggled. 

MooMoos (Lady) Showing off her long pretty legs.

MooMoos (Lady)


Lady is large for a girl-cat. She's the size of a normal sized Tom Cat (which still makes her smaller than her brother Big Boy).Although we originally named her Lady, she looks like a little holstein cow, and her meow sounds like a moo..so she's MooMoos now.  She's the MASTER of head bumps. LOVES it when you get down on the floor to play with her...or approach her for a head bump session. Her favorite thing is napping on a bed or chair (or your coat if she can pull it off the hook). She WILL be sleeping on your bed...or you will be sleeping on HER bed technically LOL. Her favorite toys are mini tennis balls, large foil crinkle balls, strings with feathers, and her "ball in a ring" toy. She pretends to be grumpy, and will often act angry at the other cats...even "batting" at them, but she hits very soft and I think the other cats think she's petting them. The only cat she actually interacts with is Big Boy, who she enjoys beating up (in a cute fun way). She will snuggle on your lap until  your legs fall asleep. Then wake up and go take a nap. She LOVES to be warm...and will lay on a heated blanket until we're afraid she's roasting herself. She occasionally has a sensitive tummy problems, so we don't change her food brand, or give her wet food or treats. She LOVES her dry kibble. 

We rescued these two from a basement they were being kept in when they were 2. They had been left with somebody while their owner went on vacation. The owner got arrested and ended up in prison down south somewhere for many years, and the cat sitters had no interest in having them, so he put them on Crasigslist. Both kitties eat Purina ONE Indoor Advantage and do very well on it. It's a little more expensive than a lot of foods it uses real chicken and good ingredients. They are both neutered, and are NOT declawed. We trim their nails often, and although they pretend to protest they let us get away with it. 


Time for a new home!

Please help spread the word! We need to find them a new home, preferably within a couple hours of Madison, WI (we will deliver if needed). They really don't like car rides, so we don't want them to have to endure too long a ride if we can help it. We will provide a bag of their food, a bunch of toys, and one of their litter boxes (so they have one with their own scent on it). Will will also send a blanket with our scent on it so they have a familiar scent to comfort themselves as they acclimate to their new home.

As the days go by we will add to this blog with fun facts, photos  and info about Big Boy and MooMoos.

 Contact info:

Contact Douglas or Sara at WisconsinCats@gmail.com
It's not safe to put a phone number on a web blog so:
If you'd like a phone number instead, ask by email OR  contact us on Twitter  at @TheNascarKitty or @SaraBeth3394 so we can send you a secure one by DirectMessage.

We give our express permission to share and cross post this blog in whichever manner you think would help the most. Thank you and God Bless You for your help!! 


Update:

Jan. 5, 2013: We have received OVERWHELMING support on facebook twitter, blogs, just about everywhere. People are calling friends and doing all they can. We really appreciate it, there are SO many animals that need homes. We are really destroyed that our 2 cats, that have a home that's supposed to be their forever home, have to give it up. Maybe in the future, responsible cat owners can help change landlords vision of cats. 

In our home of 5 cats, you would not even suspect we had one cat, if it weren't for the cat toys laying around anyway. They haven't damaged or destroyed anything, they don't have an odor, but landlords live in fear because of the irresponsibility of some pet owners. 

We have received one request to rehome them, that upon further investigation we had to turn down, I simply cannot send my beloved angels to a home with 12 other unaltered cats and 4 kittens, even if the landlord in that situation is "looking the other way". We had to politely decline. 

We've got a few leads and a lot of potential leads, but we will keep looking until someone commits. 

The tears flow often and hard, we are showing them as much attention and love as we can possibly give them, we con't want them to feel our distress and get depressed. But it HURTS so much looking at them and knowing that someday soon they will not be here.  I'm sure it will get even worse for us after they are gone. 

That's why we need all the help we can finding them a new home where we know that they will be given all the attention and love they have now, and protected and cherished. Then maybe someday our own broken hearts will heal. 

Thanks for all the help, and please contact us with any questions. We will immediately send you phone numbers so we can discuss the cats over the phone. 

Contact info: 
or you can contact Doug at @TheNascarKitty on Twitter

or Sara at @SaraBeth3394 on Twitter. 

Thanks SO much. 

18 comments:

  1. Our hearts go out to you friend. M said she'll help tweet some too and maybe we can post something in my blog. Because of M's health, she just doesn't have the stamina to go at this hot and heavy. You blog is GREAT!

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  2. I posted on my FB page, but I live in Nor Calif, not sure if it will help. If someone steps up who is farther away and they need transportation, let the paw bloggers know and maybe we can set up a transport group to get them where they will be safe. I am so sorry this happened to you.

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  3. I saw the link to this on Facebook and my heart goes out to you. We found ourselves faced with this same problem. We lived for years in an apartment that didn't care how many cats we had, but then found ourselves needing to move. We also have five cats, and, like you, were not able to find another rental that would allow them all, so yes, we lied on the applications and said we only had two. And yes, we got caught and got a notice saying that if we didn't get rid of three of them, we'd be evicted.

    The management office then called me and wanted to come and do an inspection. I said, fine, and before they came, we snuck three of the cats out, and I stayed with them at a Motel 6 for a few days, in an attempt to make them think we got rid of them. My husband was on hand for the inspection. The inspector guy seemed happy to see only two cats, but we waited a couple more days, then we snuck them back into the apartment in the middle of the night.

    I don't know what happened, but we got an eviction notice anyway. I suspect someone entered the apartment when we were not at home, but I have no proof of such illegal activity. We're in New Hampshire, where state law requires 24 hour notice unless it is a bona-fide emergency. In any case, we had to go, and we were given 30 days to go.

    Luckily for us, our story has a happy ending. We had been talking about buying a house anyway, but we had planned to stay at the apartment for one more year and then move. I know that this is not an option for you, not with a fairly recent foreclosure on your record. But even with buying a house, we were afraid that we'd not have enough time. But we were able to find a great house that is only $50/month more than the apartment, with the help of an awesome realtor who lit fires under bank people and stuff to move things along fast. I had researched eviction laws in our state, so I was fully aware of our rights, and knew I could stall it for 90 days or longer. We only had to stall it for 30 days, as the guy who sold us the house was elderly and moving to an assisted living home, but did not want the house to stand empty. I suggested that he rent it to us until closing, and he readily agreed. It also worked out because my husband was in the Navy, and we were therefore eligible for a VA loan which requires no down payment.

    But until we worked all of this out, we lived with the same fear that you are now. What would we have done with three of our kitties if there were no other option? The local no-kill shelter is full. It's a scary thing for anyone to have to face.

    I think Savannahspawtracks above has a great suggestion. I know they do not like being in cars (neither do ours, when we moved from the apartment to the house, a ten minute drive, they cried their eyeballs out the whole time). But if it comes to that, where only someone further away can take them, rescue groups do have volunteers who will drive legs of a long distance trip.

    Good luck! I shared this on my personal Facebook page, and will also do so on rescue pages who might be able to help.

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  4. I come from Marg's blog: I do hope you find a good together home for Big Boy and MooMoos. I can't imagine how painful this is for you. I don't have many readers but I will share your post. Who knows... maybe Santa will find a way to help you and your kitties. Good luck!

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  5. I reposted this all over Facebook in anything Wisc related to animals. Hope something come sup - will repost again!

    cats of wildcat woods

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  6. Heard about these precious kitties last night. Will share, good luck to them!

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  7. We all are purrrrrring that you two get to find a noo home together. We're with savannahspawtracks about the location -- there are enough cat (and dog, and even rat and other critter) bloggers out there that just about anyplace in North Maerica is reachable.

    PS: OUCH! Do you know you still have that people-hating Word Verification on?

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  8. Saw this on facebook posted by Daisy The Curly Cat. We do not have many readers, but will share.
    Good luck to your sweet babies!!

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  9. Dear Doug, we really hope that Big Boy and MooMoo will find a loving forever home and will get to stay together. It's heart broken to know that this probably rip your heart out to give your furry babies away.

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  10. Oh my. I'm crying so hard I can barely read the rest. I am so sorry you have to rehome your furry children. I hope u find them a loving home. Love and many hugs to you both.

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  11. Would they get along with a 2.5 yr old Doxie mix? She had a cat for her 1st yr. Dolly in Chicago

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  12. Dolly, sound like a great place for them. Please contact us on the email at WisconsinCats@gmail.com so we can exchange phone numbers and talk.

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  13. Thank you everyone who has been helping. It means a lot to us.

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    1. Nothing has materialized yet. But we are hopeful.

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  16. Any updates? I've shared on my FB. I do a lot of rehoming of cats/rescue, so if you need any tips or guidance, just let me know! (emailed you too).
    Julie

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  17. Hi, again. How are you and the kitties doing? Any current updates?

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