“Fanny From The Flood” She was named this because she was one of several cats that we rescued after a horrible flood in our area. Many of the cats we rescued were able to be reunited with their families but we never found Fanny’s family.  Fanny is a beautiful cat but not very fond of socializing with people.  She isn’t nasty but wants nothing to do with sitting in your lap or hanging around hoping for attention.  It is her lack of interest in human attention that prevented her from convincing someone to adopt her.  So Fanny is a permanent resident of the sanctuary.

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Meet shy Harley.  Harley and his brother David came to the farm with their mother from a feral colony.  All of them were sick and their mom, while not feral, was and still is very shy.  David had to be put to sleep about three months ago because he developed Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) This is a fatal disease that research suggests is related to a mutation of the coronavirus.  http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_ftp.cfm   

Harley and David were very bonded and poor Harley has never recovered from the loss of his brother.  Fortunately, he has other cats that he grew up with and that helps but it is sad to see him struggle with life from day to day without his brother.  He is very bonded to me and follows me around all day long but I know that I am only second best to his brother David.

You probably noticed that Harley’s ear is ‘tipped’.  This is how we identify cats in feral colonies who have already been fixed  http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/how-to-tnr/veterinary/eartipping  Since Harley came from a colony and we were unsure whether we could find another option for him and his brother, we tipped his ear for identification.  If he had stayed in the feral colony anyone caring for the colony would know, just by looking at him, that he was neutered.  There would be no need to trap him.

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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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Bully and his two sisters came to us from private individual who found them abandoned in a park.  His sisters got adopted but no one wanted Bully.  Just to be clear....he really isn’t a bully.  He is a sweet cat that gets along with other cats, dogs, chickens and all the other animals on the farm.

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Fred is one of our oldest residents.  We think he is about thirteen.  Poor Fred lost his home when his owner ( and best friend) had a stroke and went into a nursing home.  No one wanted him even then because he was too old.  Personally I think senior citizen pets are wonderful but the adopting public wants puppies and kittens.  Fred’s goal in life is to sit in your lap and purr.  He would love his own lap instead of having to share with other cats.

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Nelson is Nancy’s bobtailed son and litter brother to Big and Little Sis.  He loves to find me at night and curl up in my lap while I watch TV.  You would think that cats like Nelson would be highly adoptable but because there is such a horrible overpopulation problem, kittens that normally can find great homes in our area don’t have a chance.  I cannot stress enough that if you love them you will spay/neuter them.  Everyone can help reduce the number of unwanted cats if they just don’t allow their kitties to have babies.

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Amy & Sheldon are a bonded pair and must be adopted together

Amy is Sheldon’s sister and if anyone has a sense of humor, it is Amy.  She finds it amusing to sit or lounge on a table or counter and slowly push everything on the surface over the edge and onto the floor.  If she didn’t break things in the process we would find her antics highly amusing.  Even with the damage we still laugh at her.  Amy would love to have a home of her own where she could amuse a new family.

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Sheldon is a rescue from a feral cat colony in our area.  His mom was feral (wild) and when she was removed from the colony she came here to have her kittens.  Sheldon and his litter mates Amy, Leonard and Bernadett were sickly kittens with all sorts of health issues related to their mother's terrible life living as a wild cat trying to feed herself.  Most of their health issues did get resolved and Bernadett and Leonard found wonderful homes.  Amy is still here with us and doing fine.  Sheldon still has scar tissue in his left eye that will never be completely normal plus virus related dental problems that will cause him problems for the rest of his life.  Because of those problems, he will remain with us unless a VERY special home comes along that understands that Sheldon will need regular and sometimes expensive medical attention.

 

Oh, almost forgot.  Sheldon has a wonderful personality and is one of the cats in our colony that all our friends look for when they visit.  Sheldon is our welcoming committee and if there is a reward for his personality I’m sure he would be “Mr. Congeniality.

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Rodeo was rescued from a local Amish auction, along with his sister Rose.  No, the auction wasn’t selling him.  However, people with pets to place are allowed to try and place them with people at the auction.  Gemini Farm tries very hard to get the kittens that come through the auction before they are given to someone.  That may sound a bit odd, but let me explain.

 

The only way to stop the production of unwanted animals is to prevent their birth.  The ethical and humane way to do that is to spay and neuter cats and dogs before they can produce a litter.That means that responsible pet owners and rescues will do everything possible to make sure the pets they offer to the general public are already fixed or the adopter signs a contract to have that surgery done at a later date.  Gemini Farm, in partnership with Paws & Claws Society, Inc from NJ, is implementing a spay neuter program for feral colonies and strays.  Once the auction kitties enter the Gemini Farm colony they are eligible for this program.  Gemini Farm, with guidance and financial assistance from PACS makes sure all the medical work is done before adoption and that ensures that these kittens will never contribute to the local cat overpopulation problem.  Read more about this spay/neuter program on our TNR page.

 

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Rose Let me introduce you to Rose, Rodeo’s sister.  Rose and Rodeo have convinced me that when adopting a cat, adopting two littermates together prevents the emotional stress of being separated from litter mates, makes the transition to a new home much less stressful and provides hours of enjoyment to the new parents who will be able to watch the kittens play together.  I always knew that it was better to adopt littermates together but Rodeo and Rose have shown me that not only does it help rescue folks find room for more rescues in their facilities but it dramatically improves the lives of the kittens.

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Oreo came to us because of a divorce.  He is one of the silliest cats we have with this needy personality.  He finds one cat in the house and follows that cat around meowing.  Oreo plays with our rat terrier and when not playing, spends his time lounging on the couch.  He is a good guy.

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Milk and Oreo came to the farm together when their owner had to move and couldn’t keep them.  He has the personality of an explorer and that gets him in lots of trouble.  He has been locked in a closet several times, today he was locked in the shower accidentally and when he first came here we don’t know what he did but after being missing for two days he came home with a broken jaw.  The jaw was repaired but was so badly broken that he still has a little twist to the lower jaw.  It adds personality.

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Little Sis is the most talkative of the three Nancy children.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a cat meowing, go searching for the cat thinking it is in distress, only to find Little Sis meowing for the fun of it.  She is yet another cat that deserves a home of her own.

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Big Sis Nancy's daughter, Big Sis, spends most of her time hanging out in the sunroom.  She is a very sweet girl and except for the fact that there just aren’t enough homes to go around, Big Sis would have been a wonderful pet for a family.  Here at the farm, we are surrounded by cats that were highly adoptable and their only crime is to be born into a world that cannot provide a special home for all the little lives.

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