2018 Success Stories
Eli Rescues Hollie
Hollie and her two friends, Middie and Boozer, had a human family. But a new human came to live with them and the three cats were put in the basement ... for about two years. The people continued to feed and take care of them while trying to find them a new home, but the sudden separation took its toll on Hollie. At FUR, she craved attention from the volunteers, following them around, giving hugs, jumping on laps, even climbing on chests and shoulders so she could bury her head in necks and hair. She even became a bit possessive of the people. Then one day a lovely young man, Eli, and his dad came to FUR in search of the purrfect cat, and Hollie won their hearts! Hollie now has a family again!
Jenney Finds a Family
Jenney's had a string of bad luck, but you'd never know it from meeting her. First, she was hit by car when she was just a kitten. That trauma left her with a wiggle in her walk and damage with her peripheral vision. Then her human momma had to go on dialysis, and people on dialysis aren't supposed to have cats, so Jenney came to FUR. Then this sweet, playful cat found a great home, but her second mom had to return her due to circumstances beyond her control. Back at FUR, though, Jenney was just as sweet and loving as could be. It was as if she didn't have a care in the world. That's when a lovely family from Black Mountain found her and took her home. This amazing little girl finally has her happy ending!
Maddie & Abra's Dream Comes True
Maddie and her daughter, Abra, had been long-term FUR residents. While sweet as can be, the timid pair would tense up when most people would pet them -- even some of our FUR volunteers. We had started to think that the pair would stay at FUR until a volunteer had space open in their household. Then Peter came in looking for a cat. He was not intimidated by their shyness and knew he could give them the kind of home the girls would blossom in. And just like that, they became a family!
Sissy, Chips & Jossi Go Home Together
Jonah and Megan (along with their parents) came to FUR Adoption Day in Feb. 2018 looking to add a feline friend to their family. Little did they know they'd fall in love with a pair of siblings -- Sissy and Chips. These kittens were rescued from a TNR site after it was discovered that their momma was too sick to care for them. They were placed in foster care with a FUR volunteer, where a third kitten who was also being fostered, Jossi, bonded with them. On that miraculous day when Jonah and Megan fell in love with Chips and Sissy, their mom couldn't bear to leave little Jossi all alone -- and so Jossi got adopted, too! What a wonderful day it was!
Rambo & Shadow Get a Second Chance
Cynthia Buff came to FUR looking for a young Calico and left with two senior males. Rambo, a Siamese mix, and Shadow, a tux, were turned into the County Shelter with instructions to euthanize them because they were old. Obviously, the Shelter ignored those instructions and called FUR, since senior cats have very low adoption rates. FUR pulled these lovable boys into our sanctuary, and we are so glad we did! Rambo and Shadow have been together for many years and we are thrilled that they can remain together in a loving home. We love it when the stars line up just right!
Amber & Vicki Find Each Other
Amber was alone, scared and pregnant at an RV camping ground in Bryson City when a wonderful person found her. The timing was perfect…that night she gave birth to three beautiful kittens. The whole family was brought to FUR, where they were given warm beds, lots of food and all the love they could handle.
Little did I know that my stay at FUR would be relatively short. When Vicki came to FUR's Adoption Day in Feb. 2018, we both knew pretty quickly she was my purrfect person. Now I have my very own family, and very my own dog! He does my bidding, but don't tell Vicki that!
Milo & Meeka Hit the Jackpot with Kori
These two siblings, along with their momma and the other two in their litter, were living alone in a crate in a storage unit. Fortunately they were discovered by a good Samaritan who brought them to FUR. Despite their precarious start in the world, Milo and Meeka and their siblings grew up in a safe environment where food and love abounded. They became sweet and playful and mischievous...everything a kitten should be.
When Kori came in for Adoption Day in Feb. 2018, she was instantly drawn to this family. Choosing one is always hard, so she chose two -- one as a gift for her fiance'! Today, Milo and Meeka (now Milo and Misha) are living the spoiled life...as every cat deserves to be!
Felix & London: Purrfect Buddies
Felix was taken in by FUR as a young kitten and placed with a foster momma who specializes in babies. Right away, we knew he was very smart and could easily be trained using kitty treats.
Playful and energetic, Felix would have been a great contender for the Feline Olympics. But alas, when little London and her parents showed up at Adoption Day, Felix chose a furever home over his Olympic career. And who could blame him, really?
The best part is that Felix has fit in with his new family just fine. He gets along well with their dogs and has even won over London's dad, who tends to be a dog guy. It's a purrfect match!
El Gives Patches the Life She Deserves
This sweet momma and her little of four itty bitty babies were living alone in a crate in a storage unit. Fortunately they were discovered by a good Samaritan who brought them to FUR. Despite their precarious situation, Patches and her babies soon learned they were in a safe environment where food and love abounded.
When El came in for Adoption Day in Feb. 2018, she was instantly drawn to Patches. As her litter had just been weaned, we were a little reluctant to let Patches go, but El understood the hormonal changes that might affect Patches.
What a good decision it was. Patches settled into her home immediately and is living large with her new parents!
Volunteer Marion Takes Betty Home
Sometimes our volunteers develop a special bond with a cat in our care. That's what happened with volunteer Marion and sweet kitty Little Betty.
Betty simply adores people, but she despises being around lots of other cats, so she chose to spend most of her time outdoors at FUR. Marion recognized that Betty was not happy outside, either, so she took her home to see how she would adjust to being indoors only with an actual family, even one that already had other cats.
Betty settled in wonderfully, and even started exploring the house and meeting the other family members! That was all the reassurance Marion needed -- she decided to formally adopt her. Betty now feels safe and can relax and enjoy her years to come!
Ariel Gets Her Second Chance
The offspring of a feral Mom who was returned to her colony after being spayed, Ariel ended up with a person unwilling to take care of her young kitten needs. FUR was more than willing to step in and she thrived in our Sanctuary, with boundless energy and pure fearlessness.
This sweet, playful girl has wholeheartedly seized all that life offers with all four paws - the fun, the food and the companionship. So it's no wonder that Anna Eason and her daughter, Taylor, fell in love with Ariel when they came to visit.
We're so grateful to the Eason family for giving this little girl a second chance in a home of her own.
From Death Row to Furever Home
Buggy, a 12 year old, partially blind female, was turned into the Haywood County Shelter with a specific request: please euthanize her. She had a home but had recently started throwing up and peeing outside of the litter box, her people said, and they thought death was better than life at the Shelter.
Fortunately, the Shelter does not euthanize healthy cats, and aside from her vision issues, Buggy was healthy. She was kept in quarantine and monitored -- no throw up, no litter box accidents. That's when they mentioned her to FUR.
We brought her to our Sanctuary and put her in a room with one of our laid back Sanctuary cats. Buggy was sweet, loving, curious and adapted unbelievable well, given all the recent stress in her life. When Wendy Klotz came in to check out the Sanctuary (she already had three cats), it was clear that Buggy was choosing her. So, Wendy filled out the paperwork, renamed her Bella and took her home the same day.
We are so grateful to the Shelter for giving Buggy a second chance, and to Wendy for seeing the value in this beautiful senior who was abandoned. This is truly a happy ending!
Three Kitties...One Home!
It's a blessing to have a visitor come to our Sanctuary and choose to adopt a cat. But when Amy Pearce and her friend Sara came in and adopted THREE... well, that was almost more than our heart could handle!
Orion (pictured with Sara) is one of 9 kittens from two litters birthed and co-parented by sisters Sophie and Sadie. He and his siblings were rescued from a potentially disastrous fate.
Walna (pictured alone) was pulled from the County Shelter profoundly depressed. She eventually rebounded in our Sanctuary and became loving and curious.
Spanky (pictured facing away with Amy) was a stray kitten rescued about 8 years. During that time, he has always been sweet and loving with people.
We are so grateful to Amy and Sara for giving all three of these fur-babies new leases on life! Thank you both!
Opal Becomes a One and Only!
When Sandra and Jeffrey Seiler came to FUR to look for a new cat, they were looking for one who enjoyed lots of attention. It's no surprise, then, that they picked Opal!
Opal is from one of two litters co-mothered by moms Sadie and Sophie, who was offered up for adoption at a yard sale -- until they were rescued and brought to FUR. This little girl has the kind of face that can melt any heart. Though she enjoys playing, she's a bit more mellow than the others and loves a good cuddle session.
A huge thank you to the Seilers for choosing sweet Opal as their one and only! We just know Opal is going to live a spoiled life!
Sophie Gets a New Family!
You may remember Sophie as one of the two sisters who came to FUR with their litters of nine kittens, having given birth just a few days apart. They were rescued from a home that didn't believe in spaying or neutering, and, at just 1.5 years old, they were already on their second litters. Their babies were being offered up for adoption at a yard sale!
The lovely Shick family came to FUR's recent Adoption Day in search of the purrfect pal to go with three year old cat (who they had previously adopted from FUR. Momma Zara was looking for a young adult, while her girls were eager to for a kitten.
Sophie was the purrfect compromise! Young and sweet but still playful, this little darling won all three hearts! We are so thankful to the Shicks for giving Sophie a second chance with a loving family!
The Mannys Give Olaf a FURever Home!
Olaf had been at FUR since he was just a few days old. His momma and auntie each had a litter of little ones just days apart. The nine of them looked so much alike that we couldn't tell which momma they belonged to!
As they got older, the mommas and some of Olaf's littermates found their furever homes. That’s when Christy Manny and her young son came into FUR. It was love at first sight – Olaf knew they were his purrfect people right away! So when they took him home, it's no wonder he settled in right away. Look at what a wonderful home they’ve given him!
We are so grateful for the Mannys! Hopefully the rest of his siblings will find their furever homes soon as well!
Oliver Gets a Home to Call His Own!
I had been at FUR since I was just a few days old. My momma and auntie each had a litter of us little ones just days apart. The nine of us looked so much alike that volunteers couldn't tell which momma we belonged to!
As we got older, momma, Auntie and some of my littermates found their furever homes. But I was still there. That is, until the MCCall family came in. It was love at first sight – I knew they were my purrfect people right away! And look! There is even a young human to play with!
I, and the FUR family, are so thankful for the McCall family! Hopefully the rest of my siblings will find their furever homes soon as well!
Momma Molly’s Dreams Come True!
Molly was left at the Shelter in the Spring of 2015, pregnant, frightened and with no hope of adoption. FUR rescued her and, after she gave birth to 6 beautiful kittens, it was clear that she was not community cat material. Though spunky, loving and talkative, she got stressed out when close to another cat.
For 3 years, she lived at FUR as an indoor/outdoor cat who would disappear for days at a time. So when our neighbors and friends Jim and Patty Burke told us that Molly had been spending time at their nearby residence…and that they would like her to stay, our hearts just soared!
Today, Molly has the inside-only home she’s always dreamed of, and a family full of love and patience. Thank you so much to the Burkes for giving this sweet cat a second chance in life.