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As you read our stories and enjoy the photos, please feel free to contact us if you think you might be that special someone for a cat in our colony.  We will consider adoptions on a case by case basis.

Danica came to us as an orphan bottle baby in 2014 and has been the light of my life ever since.  We do not know what happened to her mom.  Danni has her own ‘house’ that she goes to every night to eat and sleep.  She even likes going under the covers when it is chilly out.  In the morning when I let her out she often takes fifteen to twenty minutes just sitting in her house watching everyone.  She reminds me of someone who hates to get up in the morning and can’t function until they have their coffer.  No, we do not give Danni any coffee.  There have been days that we let her out around 9 am and she never bothers to wake up till noon. 

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Mary or as we affectionately call her “Tory the Torti”.  Mary arrived in the dead of winter with three other cats, William, Tootsie and Beaner.  All were abandoned on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere in zero weather.  They had been out in the elements for many days as all were starved and poor little Beaner could not overcome his abandonment and died about a year after we found him.  A local dairy farmer actually found the four and brought them to Gemini Farm.

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Sunshine is one of our senior citizens at about fifteen years old.  She loves to sleep in sunny windows...and eat.  Sunny lived at the kennel where I worked and when I retired I took her with me just to get her out of the cage.  She was getting very grumpy in her confinement and I didn’t blame her.  All those grumpy days are now gone and she is a real sweetie.

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Tootsie is another of the four that were abandon on the dirt road in the middle of winter.  It was bad enough that someone literally guaranteed their death as there was no food for them and no shelter where they were dumped....but poor Tootsie also is handicapped and only has three legs.  At this time you would never know she suffered any hardships.  She is fat and as athletic as her porky figure will allow.

 

3-20-17 update: Poor Tootsie has had a tough three weeks.  First she had a nail that grew back into her paw.  Since she can’t scratch and shed old nails because she is missing a front leg, one nail just kept growing.  That got trimmed and she was on antibiotics for a week.  Foot was fine but Tootsie stopped eating.  We took her to the vet today and had blood work done.  Tootsie is fourteen and old age is starting to get in the way of life.  She has a heart murmur and the beginnings of kidney disease.  So now she gets special food and treats and we give her sub Q fluids twice a week.  We know she will slowly fail but for now she is comfy and eating better.

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Mr. Grumpy is one of our celebrities at the farm and one of our biggest challenges.  He came to the farm about four years ago...a big obnoxious stray tom cat.  He lived to pick fights...and that earned him his Mr. Grumpy name.  Neutering took care of the grumpy part but Grumpy also had some serious dental issues.   After several rounds of antibiotics it was determined that he had stomatitis  http://www.vetstreet.com/care/feline-stomatitis  At that time we had all his teeth pulled and we were optimistic that he would get better.  He didn’t.  So more antibiotics and special meds.  Grumpy is still on the special meds and if they don’t help his next stop is Cornell University.

 

We would like to thank Jean Smith and Paws & Claws Society, Inc of Thorofare, NJ for their amazing support for Grumpy during this ongoing health ordeal.  We will never be able to adequately express how grateful we are for all you have done for Grumpy.

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Norma came to us as a kitten.  Someone asked me if I had any gray kittens as they wanted to adopt a gray kitten.  I didn’t have any but a friend who rescues horses had a litter of gray kittens and was thrilled to have one go to a good home.  Well, the adopter decided to adopt at another rescue (which was fine) and we ended up keeping Norma here.  She is about twelve years old and hangs out in the sun room most of the day.

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Denny, known far and wide as “Rat Breath”, loves his job on the farm....killing rodents.  He came to us as an abandoned kitten along with his two brothers, Kyle and Joey.  Originally they were named after three NASCAR drivers. “Ratty” is more dog like in personality than many of his feline friends as he loves to go on walks, comes when called and in general is far less independent than many of the cats here.  He loves people and loves the barn and can be found there much of the time.  Of course in the winter months he goes out to hunt but spends a lot of time snoozing by the wood stove in the living room.  A very ‘rough life’ for a kitty...NOT!

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Kyle is Ratty’s brother.  He too loves the barn and woods and is always out prowling his territory in nice weather.  However, Kyle is even more of a wood stove lover than Ratty in winter weather and you can find him lounging in the living room most of the winter months.  It is said that cats are valuable working members of a farm and Kyle is clearly a part time worker.

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Brownie is one of our ‘true’ ferals and his brown eyes are the reason for his name.  He has no desire to be friends with any human.  As you can see, our ferals are allowed in the house through a cat door that is always open.  Some, like Brownie, choose to come in for the winter.  Others decide the barn is a better place to be.   He came to us from another rescue organization who did not have the correct environment for ferals.  Here at the farm we feel it is important to work with other rescue groups so the animals in our care end up at the best place possible for their individual needs.  We have often gotten an animal in that did not do well here and worked with other rescues to find that perfect place.  Cooperation among rescue groups is the best way to help the animals that are not adoptable.

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Tom is one of those cats that is often misunderstood.  First of all, he looks pretty grumpy.  Sometimes what you see is what you get.  Other times what Gus wants is a scratch behind an ear.  Sometimes he wants that scratch so bad he will reach out and grab you.  But never forget when he no long wants a tickle behind the ear he is very quick to swat at you to tell you to leave.  With that attitude he isn’t every going to find a home.  He is a senior citizen cat that came from another cat rescue.

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Tinkle is her name, and unfortunately, her name fits her.  She lost her home and family because she really doesn’t like the litter box.  Fortunately for us, she has access to outside and will go potty outside.  Tinkle is affectionate, easy to live with and if she had only learned to use a litter box she would have stayed in her home.  Cats that ‘miss’ the litter box almost always get taken to shelters or abandoned in the country.  Please read the information at the link to learn all the things you can do to make sure your cat likes it’s litter box.  http://bestfriends.org/resources/cat-not-using-litter-box

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Pinky is on the left and Smudge is on the right.

 

Pinky and his sister Blacky came to live with us about ten years ago.  They were two unwanted kittens that someone found.  Their names came from their nose color and not the color of their coats.  Poor Blacky developed kidney failure and we had to put her to sleep.  Pinky is doing very well and is another cat that seems to think that playing jokes on other cats is a fun thing to do.  He loves stalking an unsuspecting cat, jumping at them and then running off.  If cats could giggle, Blacky would be giggling most of the time.

 

Smudge is a semi-feral who was rescued by another rescue group and brought to the farm because he really isn’t adaptable. He tolerates humans and will allow me to medicate him if he has a problem, but there is never a time that he really wants to be with people.  All the cats get canned food at night and Smudge is starting to come out of his shell to meow and run in circles around me to get me to hurry up and get the food in the dish.  Nothing like a plate of stinky canned food to get a cat to appreciate you!  Of course, once the food is served, he abandons me.

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Jace, along with his brother Jeb, came to us from another rescue because the two boys were not adoptable.  They were older kittens when they came to the rescue and extremely shy.  Strangers terrified them and there was just no hope of adoptions....so they are now permanent residents of the sanctuary.  As you can see, at the moment of this photo Jace was about as relaxed and happy as a cat can be.

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Front row from left to right is Little Bit and Nelson.

Second row from left to right is Mr. Grumpy and Mary.

On the couch from left to right is Dimes and Mazzie

Rover  As in Range Rover.  Rover, Yaris, Ranger and Ford were born here.  Their mom “Vanna” was dumped out of a van and we were never able to prove who abandoned her.  She was pregnant at the time.  Vanna is no longer with us as she developed throat cancer....but the boys are still here.  Ford has actually convinced a neighbor that he should live at their house and the neighbor has agreed.

 

This litter had wonderful personalities and should have been very adoptable...but no amount of advertising found them homes so they are living here as very happy farm cats.

 

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Connie Cat has been with us a very long time and I am pretty sure she is between ten and thirteen years old.  She is a true feral who has never allowed to to get close to her until the last few months.  She learned early on that the house was a better place than the barn in the winter but usually preferred the barn to avoid human contact.  Old age has changed her mind.  Connie was one of the first cats I took in from another rescue.  I guess you could say she made the sanctuary official.

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Peekaboo Blue!  Blue is a semi feral that, as usual, came from another rescue who were unable to find a home for him because of his attitude.  Blue now tolerates petting and does seek us out for attention, but he really isn’t adoptable.  In this photo he is standing inside our donated feral cat release cage.  The cage is used to hold ferals when they arrive on the farm.  This allows them to be safe but also to watch what goes on at the farm.  They become accustomed to the activity, learn that the barn means food and shelter and are usually ready to be released in a week to a month, depending on how quickly they settle in.  While Blue looks like he is being held captive, the open door is actually just in front of his head.  He is just being cute!

 

Blue got his name because he arrived in a blue cage. 

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Ranger is another Vanna kitten.  Of course they are no longer kittens and are about nine years old....but we still call them kittens.  He is a sweet guy but prefers roaming the pastures and barn yard to hanging out in the house.  In the winter, the house is just fine.  He is yet another cat that was highly adoptable as a kitten but no one wanted him.

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Cowboy’s story is interesting.  One of my co-workers (back when I was working about twelve years ago) called me to ask if I could take a stray cat.  I said yes and she brought him to me at work the next day.  I don’t know what I expected but I didn’t expect what she handed me.  The poor cat had been in a cat carrier for almost a week.  He was semi-feral so no one ever cleaned the carrier.  He had an upper respiratory infection and diarrhea.  To say he was a very sick and filthy kitty was an understatement.

 

On the ride home I was trying to figure out what to do.  If I got him out of the cage I couldn’t handle him to take him to the vet.  The solution...stop at the vet on my way home.  By the time I left the vet the cat had a new name .... “Cowboy”, named after the Dallas Cowboy jacket I had on.  He was also vaccinated, neutered, wormed and put on antibiotics.  They even hosed out the carrier so the rest of the ride home (he was still sleeping from the neuter) was in a nice clean carrier with a warm blanket.

 

Cowboy gradually became a social butterfly and developed an interesting personality.  He is quite a talker and has an opinion on any topic.  He must be in the middle of everything...so you could say he is a nosey guy.  His personality is still there but unfortunately, he has had his share of illness.  About three years ago he had vertigo and has never fully recovered from that.  He also has a small tumor in his ear that is inoperable so he is off and on antibiotics depending on how irritating the tumor is.  Cowboy still enjoys life and with his cute personality and virago related head tilt, he gets a lot of looks from visitors to the farm.

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Nancy came to us pregnant about five years ago.  She is a very sweet, but independent, bobtailed kitty.  Her kittens Nelson, Big Sis and Little Sis remained at the farm as there were no adopters interested in them.

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The Wobblies

These three have a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) that causes balance issues.  The condition happens if the kitten’s mom is exposed to disease, nutritional deficiency or trauma during pregnancy.  winter Wendy and Willie are 3 of five other kittens that we have with this problem.  The condition is not contagious and will not get worse.   CH kitties must be strictly indoor kitties and need a safe environment away from dogs or children that might chase or accidentally frighten them.  They will panic when frightened and then are less coordinated than when they are calm.  Their capacity for love and devotion is just amazing.