Here at Tree House, we can’t speak enough praise about the power of adopting in pairs – especially for kitties that enjoy the company of other cats (see some of our recent blog posts here and here). We are happy to report that many of our favorite pairs have recently found homes, including 4 FeLV+ kittens! Here are their adoption stories:
They may have “Ice Age” names, but they always warmed up our adopters’ hearts. Sid the Sloth, Manny the Mammoth, Ellie the Mammoth, and Diego the Saber were four tiny cuties in our FeLV+ Pop-Up Adoption Room that came to us in October after being transferred from a traditional shelter. They were found to be FeLV+, which can sometimes lead to a shorter lifespan in kitties, which in turn can lead to a bit tougher adoptions. But when two separate couples came in to meet our adoptable kitties and were open to FeLV+ cats… matches were made! Sid the Sloth and Manny the Mammoth are now living the good life together, and Ellie the Mammoth and Diego the Saber have taken up residence in their forever home.
It was a match from the very start – Schmidt and Slow Pokey (pictured above) came to us at different times and from different places, but quickly became the best of friends. Slow Pokey (more black than white) was transferred to us in early September from another area shelter, and was admitted along with an FIV+ kitty named Jello. Schmidt (more white than black) was found outdoors at the end of May along with another FIV+ kitty – Big Guy – and came to Tree House in late September. (FYI – both Jello & Big Guy have also been adopted since being admitted to Tree House!) Once they were in the same FIV+ colony room and out on our adoption floor, they immediately started playing with each other and grooming each other, and we quickly decided that they needed to go home together. When a couple came in to adopt, very open to many different kitty ages and personalities, they fell in love with these two silly boys… and the rest is history.
Carlton Banks and Uncle Phil came to us straight from West Philadelphia – just kidding 🙂 They were abandoned outside together in September, and were just chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool in our Bucktown adoption center. While they were treated for a few illnesses, they were separated – but it was apparent that these two were bonded, as they were grooming each other, nuzzling, and playing together immediately about re-introduction. Carlton is the shyer of the two; he was very reluctant around humans and quite happy to let Uncle Phil take the lead, although he slowly started to trust humans with help from lots of treats and a sparkle wand. Uncle Phil is very laid back and doesn’t mind being carried around like a baby or having his belly rubbed, which made him a natural for Animal-Assisted Therapy at a senior center. A family visited Tree House and were interested in adopting a pair of kittens. Although all the kittens attempted to impress, they were won over by Uncle Phil’s affectionate nature and Carlton‘s potential to be just as cuddly as his brother. “Looked at our kingdom, we were finally there, to sit on our thrones as the princes of our forever home.”
If you are interested in adopting a pair of kitties yourself, come visit two adoptable (and adorable!) twosomes at our Uptown location: Absolut and Bella Bunny, Picklehead and Little John. And we have five purrfectly bonded pairs at our Bucktown location: Fluff and Jairus, Muddy Mudskipper and Powdered Toast Man, Gene Belcher and Mr. Fischoeder, Glenn Rhee and Maggie Green, Lucky Cat and Chance the Catter. Read more about them here.
We also wanted to give a very special shoutout to a long-term resident of our Bucktown location – Toonces – who just became part of a twosome when he went home to another Tree House kitty! He was rescued from a busy intersection in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood during the middle of a blizzard, and this incident left him very hesitant and nervous around humans. It took him quite a while to adapt to shelter life, but over time as he started to come out of his shell, we saw a sweet and silly kitty emerge. Toonces is basically a big kitten himself and enjoyed befriending the rare kitten who passed through the back room. He relished every opportunity to spend his days hanging out on the catio where it was not uncommon to see Toonces leaping around like a tiny reindeer! Despite having kitten buddies and the outdoor space, Toonces was still very stressed out and developed crystals in his urine. He made yet another move to the wet food only room. His new diet and a quiet space made for a much happier and healthier Toonces! He finally found his stride in his new environment and finally started to trust humans again. He loves to have his head and cheeks petted and if you catch him while he’s lounging, he might even let you give him belly rubs! Still, Toonces was frequently overlooked by adopters, as he was still slightly reluctant around new people. This smart-faced tabby was waiting for the purrfect adopter who understands his slightly quirky purrsonality. When a former Tree House adopter came in to find a friend for her kitty at home, she spent quite a bit of time with Toonces. When she returned again, Toonces greeted her at the door with his tiny little kitten meow! He knew that he finally found his special human.
Also adopted in the past few weeks: Jermaine Jackson, Brother & Sister, Cheboygan, Santa’s Little Helper & Randy Jackson, Benjerman, Bleach, Mort, Star Cory, Menchi & Carson Fiona, Charles Franklin Marbles & Salem Wisco, Krewella, Bacardi 151, Hemingway the Chinchilla, Bluebell, Krakowski, Pop Life & Ray Bolger, Jax Teller & Gemma Teller, Ahanu, Mai Tai, Jager Bomb, Annie Christian & Dancing River, Theo Hermosa & Arrieta Hermosa, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Luke Cage & Pietro Maximoff, Sabina Ott, Sylvia Rivera, Gaspar, Zorbie Hermosa & T’Challa, Bryzzo Hermosa & Madda Hermosa, Smokey Robinson, Uncle Phil & Carlton Banks, Love Gwen, Tina Belcher, Sammy Hagar, Rum Runner, Tiny Squirrel, Night Mist, Nikki Wednesday
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