Sprocket is Looking for New Place to Roll Around

Look at those lovely citron eyes!

Sprocket is a very friendly and affectionate 7-year-old male cat who gets along with men, women, children, dogs, and other cats. He’s a playful white neutered male with big black spots and markings and he still has his claws. Sprocket has been an indoor cat his entire life since venturing outdoors wasn’t really an option in his current neighborhood.

From his family…

The reasons we can’t keep him:

We have a new baby on the way and with our current work schedules it is very difficult to give Sprocket the attention he wants, needs, and deserves. This will only be worse once the baby comes and he has been living on our small enclosed back porch for a few months since we are remodeling parts of our house  as we continue searching for a new home for him… He’s very lonely and we’re desperately seeking a loving new family to adopt Sprocket as soon as possible where he can be part of the family again and get some attention and interaction with both people and hopefully other animals too…

If interested in this lovely cat,please either email Chris at christopher.vendilli@gmail.com or call him at (412) 849-6276.

Wouldn't you like to take me home?

And enjoy a slideshow of photos of Sprocket rolling around and being charming…

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Photos were provided by Sprocket’s family.

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Pumpkin Pete Needs a New Human

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Pumpkin Pete being his friendly self.

How can people do this?

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Pumpkin Pete wondering if you'd like him.

This poor guy (NEUTERED) was left behind by a sub-human when they moved away ! (people can be so mean) He has been living OUTSIDE for months, but remains extra-special friendly! He waits for me each day for his food & water.  He really-really-really NEEDS a person to call his own! 

I’ve named him Pumpkin Pete and he actually comes to the name! 🙂  He knows my car and comes running for his pets, hugs, belly rubs and food  LOL

 Does ANYONE out there have room in there heart/home for Pumpkin Pete ?

Pumpkin Pete lives in a parking lot near Pittsburgh, PA. You’d make an orange boy who is neutered and friendly very, very happy if you could take him in! Send an e-mail to the person who is caring for him.

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Pumpkin Pete getting ready for belly rubs.

Often, pets left behind, especially cats, become part of a stray and feral colony, and in fact that is often how some colonies seem to form. I know that many of the cats I’ve taken in from my neighborhood over the years were left behind by people who rented in residential homes turned into apartments on the street next to me. Often this was not intentional as I’ve returned cats who escaped during moving to their people, but there have also been the cats that people hadn’t wanted in the first place, like Sasha, a cat I took in then returned to his owner but should have known better, especially when she called to say she’d moved and left him on her front porch…

And with the housing crisis, the economy, jobs, income, sometimes people need to give up their pets to someone who may not be as committed as they were and the cat ends up outside; unfortunately, sometimes people just abandon them because they don’t know what else to do. We know better, but this is often how they end up.

Anybody out there for Pumpkin Pete? Send an e-mail to the person who is caring for him.

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A Foster Home for Sylvester

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The new Sylvester, trimmed and brushed!

Sylvester the lovebug, the last of Dorothy’s Pets, continues to flourish, especially after his spa day where he was groomed and trimmed, all the while purring and kneading in happiness. Look, he’s even making biscuits with his front paws in this photo! He’s come a long way from the scruffy kitty with the open sore on his neck we met last fall who hid under the bed. I think he looks like a plush toy and he’s sounding more and more like a perfect loving companion for someone who is waiting for an only cat.

Sylvester still needs to find a new home in the next month. He is still staying at Dorothy’s home and Melanie visits him every night. She had initially decided she’d try integrating him into her household, but the logistics of 14 cats and three dogs is already complicated. Adding Sylvester’s natural shyness and multiple skin conditions resulting from diet and a severe flea allergy would not be the best conditions for his progress—both his personality and health might suffer and revert to where they had been, sad for a cat who’s come so far. Dorothy’s home will be up for sale in the next month, and Sylvester needs to find a home before everything is removed and strangers come walking through.

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Cocoa.

Another complication for Melanie with one of her own

Melanie has been working with Dorothy and her pets for nearly a year, all through Dorothy’s diagnosis and decline from brain cancer last year, and Dorothy’s death in February, all the while caring for her own rescued animals. Anyone who has rescued animals knows what a toll this has taken on her time and her means.

Now Melanie has another complication and a sad diagnosis with one of her own rescues. Her beagle, Cocoa, was just diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma, and she needs to raise money to help continue with Cocoa’s chemo.  Melanie has set up a new ChipIn account to continue with donations for Sylvester’s continuing care, and for others who would like to help this rescuer who has done so much with one of her own: http://dorothyspets.chipin.com/sylvester-and-cocoa.

Sylvester’s new profile

Here’s what Melanie has to say about Sylvester:

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Sylvester hanging out.

Sylvester is awesome! He’s approximately 5 – 7 years old and neutered. His owner passed away in February and he’s still living in his home, but once the house goes up for sale his future is uncertain. Right now me and my husband care for him every night.

Sylvester is incredibly affectionate. I cannot stress this enough. He loves to snuggle and makes a great lap warmer. He’s also very generous with his head bonks. He’s become more playful since we started caring for him. He loves feather and laser toys. He does this really adorable play hiss when he’s really excited. It’s hilarious. We just had him professionally groomed and the groomers loved him! She told me that as they were shaving his belly he purred and kneaded the entire time.

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Sylvester waiting for love.

Sylvester does have some allergies and must be kept indoors only because he cannot be exposed to fleas. When we first began caring for him he was in a lot of discomfort and was scratching himself raw. We found a vet to work with and he’s done a complete turnaround. He’s healed and his care didn’t turn out to be nearly as expensive or extensive as we initially thought it would be. Plus he’s incredibly easy to care for and that really helps. He’s just an all around great cat.

We would like to see Sylvester placed as an only pet in the home due to his severe flea allergy and he must be kept indoors only, no exceptions.

If you would like to hear more about Sylvester please contact me. He probably only has about a month left before his home goes up for sale and he must be removed.

Watch a video of Sylvester in action!

Contact Melanie

Sylvester lives in Baden, PA. If you are interested in adopting or fostering him please e-mail Melanie.

Sylvester Steps Out, Update on Dorothy’s Pets

Dorothy Must Finally Let Them Go: A Final Wish

An Update on Dorothy’s Pets: A Final Wish

Chipin for Dorothy’s Pets: A Final Wish

A Final Wish


Pretty Patches is Looking for a New Home

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Patches is looking for a home where she can work her special magic.

A friend put out this message about a cat her family had adopted for her mother in a time of need. Now the beautiful long-haired calico Patches needs to find a new home where she can bring comfort to her people. No one in the family can adopt her so they hope to find a good home with someone who will love her just as much. Patches is young and has many years to spend with a new family.

She writes:

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Patches brought comfort to her person.

Patches is a petite, sweet-tempered lap cat. We rescued her from Animal Friends for my mother 2 years ago when my mother was fighting cancer.

Since losing my mom last summer, Patches is a little lost and my dad can’t take care of her. We are hoping to find her a good home. She is a little shy at first, but snuggles with my children and myself whenever we visit. She is a bit of a puffball, and she has amazing markings. She has only been an indoor cat and she is about 3 to 4 years old.  She will make a great addition to any family.

Patches is in Zelienople, north of Pittsburgh, PA. Please call 724-719-2229.

Animals helping people heal

What a wonderful idea for the family to choose a feline companion for a family member fighting illness, and to choose a rescue kitty as well. Often when illness strikes people are advised to or choose to give up their pets because their care is too much on top of the illness. There are times when this is very true, as we’ve seen with a few rescue stories here on The Creative Cat, such as Dorothy’s Pets. But this family knew that a feline companion could help this woman by providing the companionship and unconditional love that is the gift of any animal companion. Read about actual studies into this in Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other and Research says cats have healing powers.

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Sylvester Steps Out, Update on Dorothy’s Pets

    The new Sylvester!

The new Sylvester!

Melanie has good news of all Dorothy’s pets as well as memorials for Dorothy herself, but the most wonderful news is the wondrous progress and change in Sylvester, the allergy-ridden cat who at last update was still hiding under the bed and resisting treatment. Dorothy would be so happy to hear what Melanie reports.

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Sylvester the lap cat.

Sylvester has turned into one of the most affectionate cats I’ve ever met.  He’s super snuggly, gives nose kisses, and loves to cuddle on the couch.  He’s become very playful and loves those little mice and the feather toy.  He’s lost a little weight and we will continue to work on that.

He’s so much happier now.  He’s always purring and follows us around when we get there.  He has this great meow that makes me laugh every time.  He loves to play and loves to cuddle even more.  He’s generous with his very strong head bonks! He also loves to rub his face on our faces and gives good nose kisses.  He’s a complete lover boy.  I’ll get some better photos of him once he’s all healed up and I can have his coat groomed.  He’s beautiful now, but he’ll be even better once he’s all cleaned up.

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Sylvester waiting for more.

Melanie adds that, while all the others of Dorothy’s pets have homes, Sylvester is still at Dorothy’s house and Melanie would really like to find a foster or adoptive home for him.

Sylvester is still living in Dorothy’s home for now.  We do plan on moving him into our home.  It’s been taking us a while to get prepared for him since our time has been very limited.  We are trying to rearrange things in our basement to set him up in a temporary cat playpen while we introduce him to the rest of our crew.

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Sylvester is ready for play.

Due to the fact that I have 14 cats and 3 dogs already in my home I am not the best home for Sylvester.  He really wants to be loved on all of the time.  He’s incredibly affectionate and I know that he would not get the amount of attention that he requires.  He deserves much better than I will be able to offer him.  I am also concerned that since he does have a flea allergy that I will not be able to prevent his exposure to fleas with so many animals here.  I have never and do not have a flea problem in my home, but it’s inevitable that he would be exposed with the dogs going in and out of the house constantly. I would love to see him in a home as an only pet or with an indoor only cat friend.

The original Sylvester

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Sylvester's original photo and description.

This is Sylvester. He’s approx. 5 years old. Sylvester suffers from allergic dermatitis and he had severe skin wounds when he was found. He allowed Dorothy to bathe him and bandage him. He is so patient and gentle. He really trusts Dorothy and is very close to her. He is extremely sweet, but needs time to trust someone new. I pet sat for Dorothy once while she was in the hospital. Sylvester hid most of the evening, but I woke up on the couch with him sleeping on my chest. Sylvester still has skin wounds from his allergies. Sylvester was under the care of a dermatologist at PVSEC and needs to continue care with them.

Melanie says thanks

I want to thank everyone for their supportive and kind words and donations during this time.  I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate everything.  I know Dorothy did her best to hang in there until she knew her pets were taken care of.  That meant everything to her.  I could not have done all of this without you.

I have used all of the donations that I received to care for Dorothy’s pets.  They have been used to help me with Sylvester.  If anyone would like to contribute to help me continue to care for Sylvester it would be more than appreciated.

http://dorothyspets.chipin.com/dorothys-pets

All the other pets and where they are

Barney and Petey are doing very well in their new homes.  Their new owners are thrilled to have them as part of their families.

Lilibel and Mickey were living with Dorothy’s friend in Ohio where Dorothy was moved to in her final days.  They have been found a home together with a wonderful middle aged couple that are huge cat lovers.

About Dorothy

Many of you already know, but for those of you that do not, Dorothy passed away on Friday, February 3.  She is finally at peace.  She was cremated and her wake is on Friday, March 2 at Bohn Funeral Home in Ambridge.  Her funeral is on Saturday, March 3 at St. John Baptist Church in Baden.  If anyone would like specifics, please e-mail me.

Contact Melanie

Sylvester lives in Baden, PA. If you are interested in adopting or fostering him please e-mail Melanie.

Dorothy Must Finally Let Them Go: A Final Wish

An Update on Dorothy’s Pets: A Final Wish

Chipin for Dorothy’s Pets: A Final Wish

A Final Wish


Losing Apartment, 9 Cats Need Foster Homes

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Four of the cats who need a home, looks like Lily, Samantha, Jennifer and Toby.

A friend sent an e-mail over the weekend informing us of a friend of hers who had lost her job several months ago and is now losing her apartment. The nine cats she lovingly rescued will need homes by Friday, February 17—but only temporary foster homes because she intends to get back on her feet when she finds another job and take them all back into her home.

She is offering to pay all their expenses, and just asks that you keep them safe while she re-establishes herself.

I will note that I have fostered one or more cats for people in transition several times, and each time, once they got back into their own apartment, they came back for their cats. I tend to trust these people, and knowing their cats are safe and loved lets them work on finding new homes and new jobs without worrying about what would happen to their pets. You not only help the pet, you help the person as well—often, giving up a pet is the most difficult part of financial hardship, leading to depression and completely inhibiting any chance of rebuilding one’s life.

I had word today that three of the cats may have been placed, though I’m not sure which three that would be from this list. But it doesn’t matter, if you can foster one or more, just comment on this blog post and I will put you in touch with their person or one of the people helping her. I get the idea the mid-month eviction was a total surprise and they are looking for a home for her as well as her cats.

We are near Pittsburgh, in Western Pennsylvania.

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Four more of the cats who need homes, looks like Lily's kittens, marked with an (*) below.

Her note is below, as well as the descriptions of the cats, several of whom were rescued from near-death experiences.

I have 9 cats in need of temporary foster homes. The following is a brief history/physical description on the kids. All of them are in good health, strictly indoor kitties, no special needs/diets.

I will provide for food, litter and any vet needs. They just need safe shelter while I re-establish myself. I love them all very much, and would like to have them all back once I’m settled. They are important to [me], but their welfare comes first to me since…they are my only family left. Should they be placed, I hope it would be OK to either see them, or be updated on how they are.

Here are the kitties:

Jennifer — 14 y/o Black DSH, spayed female. She prefers quite places and people. She is also known as “Jettie.” She was rescued from Ft. Wayne, IN Animal Care/Control Death Row at approximately 2 years of age.

Samantha — 14 y/o Red Tabby DSH, spayed female, declawed. She is very active for a Senior, and does have a tendency to try to”escape” to the outdoors, but usually stops once she sees grass. She is very social with other cats and with people. She is also known as “Skeeter.” She was the stray that wouldn’t go away and was approximately 2 years of age when she came to us in Ohio (and was already declawed).

Lily — 6 y/o mottled Tortie DSH, spayed female. She also prefers quiet places and people, but does rule the roost. She was rescued from intentional drowning. She is also known as “Momma” since she gave birth to 5 kittens.

Toby — 5 y/o White with Red Tabby spots DSH, neutered male. He is pretty active,gets along with other cats and people. He is cautious on first meeting. He is also known as “Oby,” and rescued from the engine of a truck in Ohio at just a few weeks of age.

*William — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, neutered male. Very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Woobie” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Piet — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, neutered male. Very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Peeker”and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Juliana — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, spayed female. Friendly, but reserved, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. She is also known as “Pinkie” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Wilhelmina — 4 y/o Chocolate Sealpoint-looking DSH, spayed female. She is very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. She is also known as “Willa” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Beatrix — 4 y/o White/Red/Gray DSH, spayed female. Friendly, but reserved, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Beebee” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

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Four of the cats who need homes.

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Dorothy Must Finally Let Them Go: A Final Wish

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Lilibel, Sylvester, Mickey, Barney and Petey are looking for homes.

Melanie posted a detailed update on Dorothy’s pets on the original story, A Final Wish, and Dorothy must give up her pets and likely leave home for the hospital. I’ve left the comment there and also made a new post of it just to make sure it gets the most circulation possible. Her comment is immediately below, then the original story’s text with links to the original story and updates so you can read all the wonderful comments from people all over the world.

Latest Update:

Sadly, Dorothy has started on a very fast downward spiral. Her breathing has been very labored. I have been doing my best to keep up with her needs and the needs of her pets. I just received an emergency call from Dorothy’s POA. Dorothy cannot breathe today and will possibly be on her way to the hospital. Dorothy cannot care for the pets any more and has finally asked for them to be removed from the home. The POA (asked that her name not be mentioned) has asked me to remove Barney tonight and the cats by this weekend. I will be contacting Barney’s potential adopter to see if she can take Barney right away. I really need homes or foster homes for the cats as soon as possible. If anyone can help I would really appreciate it.

Thank you.
Melanie

Information from a recent update and the text of the original article

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Barney

Barney is starting to show his age more. I think it’s possible that he may not be with us long enough to see a new home. His potential adopter is very understanding and patient regarding the situation.

To date we don’t have any adopters for any of the cats.

Dorothy is still hanging in there. Her short term memory continues to get worse as well as her breathing. I think everyone is surprised though at how she is still really fighting this cancer as it has spread through her lungs, brain, and now liver. She’s truly sticking around to make sure her pets are found great homes.

To date we have raised $370.00 through the Chip In site. I would really like to be able to get Sylvester’s medical care taken care of so we could really use more traffic to the Chip In site.

http://dorothyspets.chipin.com/dorothys-pets

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Sylvester

Right now Sylvester has a very large wound on his neck from scratching and his poor bum area is raw from him biting at it. I need to get him more comfortable, but I cannot afford his care and Dorothy’s funds are currently wrapped up in paying for her hospice care and medical treatment. Any help would really be incredible. Also I would love to see Animal Advocates get some donations for really stepping up and going out of their way to help us with Petey. I’m going to make a donation to them once I have Dorothy’s pets settled and their medical expenses taken care of.

The word about Dorothy’s pets spread quickly and nationally. I want to thank everyone who forwarded my plea and donated to the Chip In. It’s been wonderful to receive so much support. Things have really died down and I still need homes for the Lilibel, Mickey,and Sylvester. If anyone has any suggestions to help me get the cats into loving homes, please let me know. I have sent many e-mails and left many voice mails with cat groups that I am comfortable working with, but so far I have not received any responses.

Once again, thank you to all that have helped so far. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

Melanie

Here’s the original story, but please also click to that post to read all the wonderful comments…

In our rambles finding our forever pets, we’ve all encountered a lifelong animal rescuer, an individual so dedicated to capturing animals and making them well and whole that their life story is wrapped around with all the animals they saved. Such is Dorothy, who has saved and nurtured probably more animals than she can remember.

And in these extended families of rescued animals are always those who stayed with the rescuer because they were difficult to adopt with extreme or complicated medical needs, behavioral issues resulting from abuse or simply a personality that didn’t quite fit into another household. A rescuer like Dorothy would simply keep them on and care for them for the rest of their lives.

Dorothy has tragically developed brain cancer and is very near the end of the time she’ll be able to care for the five animals who still live with her, and as her final wish for their welfare she’d love to know they are in loving homes before she succumbs to her condition. If you can foster or adopt, or know of a rescue or shelter that has room for any of these special needs cats or dogs, Dorothy’s friend Melanie is the contact person whose information is at the bottom. Please share this as far as you can and hope that Lilibel, Mickey, Sylvester, Barney and Petey can find homes as nurturing as Dorothy’s.

From Melanie

My dear friend is nearing the end of her life due to cancer. She has 5 great pets that need re-homed soon. Dorothy would like to continue to care for her pets until she is too ill to do so. This could be a couple of weeks to another month or so. Dorothy has been a rescuer and friend to the underdog for most of her life. She is really trying to hang in there to make sure her pets find great new homes. I hope you can help make her final wish come true.

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Lilibel

This gem is Lilibel. Lilibel is approx. 11-12 years old.

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Lilibel

She was declawed by her previous owners. Lilibel tends to be a wall flower, but will come around to make herself known now and then. She is super sweet and cuddly with Dorothy, but takes her time warming up to strangers. Lilibel has an eye condition called chorioretinal scarring, but she is not blind from the condition. She also carries the feline herpes virus, but is managed well with Lysine.

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Mickey

This orange cutie is my absolute favorite cat! His name is Mickey. Mickey is approx. 12 years old and is just as sweet as can be. He loves cuddle. You can hold him like a baby and he’ll stay like that forever. He’s the sweetest cat I’ve ever met. Everyone loves Mickey. He’s just that cool.

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Mickey

When Mickey was younger he suffered from a urinary blockage. Since then he’s had a couple of surgeries to remove scar tissue from his bladder. This has caused chronic inflammation of the bladder and unfortunately does suffer from inappropriate urination. Some of this could be behavioral, but it’s mostly a medical issue. This could probably be controlled with the appropriate medications. He needs someone that is understanding and willing to work with him regarding this issue.

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Sylvester

This is Sylvester. He’s approx. 5 years old. Sylvester suffers from allergic dermatitis and he had severe skin wounds when he was found. He allowed Dorothy to bathe him and bandage him. He is so patient and gentle. He really trusts Dorothy and is very close to her. He is extremely sweet, but needs time to trust someone new. I pet sat for Dorothy once while she was in the hospital. Sylvester hid most of the evening, but I woke up on the couch with him sleeping on my chest. Sylvester still has skin wounds from his allergies. Sylvester was under the care of a dermatologist at PVSEC and needs to continue care with them.

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Barney

Barney is 15 and has Cushings, seizures, and cancer. He is really looking for hospice care.

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Barney

Even though Barney has these health issues, he is still full of life. Barney loves going on walks, acts like a puppy when it’s time for “cookies”, and loves a good butt scratch. He’s a scraggle-butt cutie that still has a lot of fun left in him.

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Petey

Petey has been adopted, but you might like to know about him anyway. This little guy is Petey. Petey is about 3-4 years old. He’s a Jack Russell mix so Petey will require a home that can run him and wear him out. Petey requires a lot of attention and wants to be close all of the time. Dorothy is his third home.

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Petey

Sadly, Petey may have been abused in his past. He required hip surgery on both hips because he “fell down the steps” in his last home. Though Petey went through a lot before getting to Dorothy, he is a snuggle bug and is incredibly sweet. Petey does need an alpha owner. He is very submissive with me and my husband, but tends to be more pushy with Dorothy. Since Dorothy has become more ill and has not been able to provide Petey with the exercise outlet he requires, he has become frustrated and has be-gun to take it out on the other animals in the home even though he’s lived with them for 2 years. Dorothy is ok with having Petey re-homed sooner rather than later because she realizes that he needs more than she can provide him in her current condition.

Download the flyer and send it in e-mail

Melanie made up a flyer to distribute so you can share it as an e-mail attachment or print it out and post it.

Contact Melanie

These guys currently live in Baden, PA. If you are interested in adopting one of these cool critters, Melanie will take them to the vet to receive an exam and if necessary update their vaccines prior to adoption. You can e-mail Melanie.

An Update on Dorothy’s Pets: A Final Wish

Chipin for Dorothy’s Pets: A Final Wish

A Final Wish