My name is TomTom!

Siamese Cat for adoption in Durham, North Carolina - TomTom
Photo 1 - Siamese Cat for adoption in Durham, North Carolina - TomTom
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Independent Animal Rescue, Inc

Facts about TomTom

  • Breed: Siamese
  • Color: Tan Or Fawn Tabby
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: C-15-037
  • Hair: Short

Description: For the first months that we cared for TomTom at his outdoor home, his fur was matted with mud and his eyes were so swollen that we could not see his true colors. After he came indoors, we were delighted to find that he is a Siamese mix kitty- a very handsome buff- orange tabby, with white vest and feet, and crystal blue eyes. His transformation is truly miraculous. When we took him back to visit his old friends, it brought tears to the eyes of a group of grown men.WATCH THIS VIDEO OF HIS TRANSFORMATION

Personality: In spite of an incredibly difficult life, TomTom has charmed everyone he met along the way because of his upbeat personality and cheerful disposition. Now that is without pain and can see where he's going, he has a new spring in his step and has rediscovered the joys of being able to run and play. Since discovering how comfortable the sofa is, he is becoming more and more of a lap cat, and likes to park on his foster Mom's lap during TV or reading hours. He is a true gentleman who will brighten up anyone's day, and his ideal home would include a mellow and accepting cat for company.

Animal History: TomTom is a tame kitty who found himself as a long term resident of an outdoor feral cat colony. An IAR volunteer started feeding the cats on weekends and it was clear that TomTom was not well, but his caretakers were not willing to let him go, as they had been told he had incurable dental disease and needed to be euthanized. They had cared for him for several years by feeding him wet food, soup and scrambled eggs. Finally last winter, Tom was no longer able to eat reliably and got weaker, so we were able to rescue him, fully expecting to have to follow through with that awful prediction. However, thanks to wonderful veterinary care, he made an amazing recovery over the last 6 months. He received extensive dental treatment which left him with healthy gums and a select few nice teeth. After healing from that, we discovered that his swollen eyes were due to his eyelids being turned inside out, causing extensive irritation. That was surgically corrected in September. His pictures show that he continues to heal and reshape the eyelids, and he really enjoys showing off his baby blues!

Read more about TomTom on the Independent Animal Resuce website.

Or, Apply Online to Adopt TomTom!

About Independent Animal Rescue, Inc

About Our Rescue Group...

IAR started with one woman's big dreams, a bigger heart, and a very distinctive purple pickup truck that helped her rescue countless numbers of unwanted, abused, and homeless Triangle pets. Originally founded in 1994, IAR earned an official 501 (c)(3) status in 1995. IAR is currently governed by a Board of Directors, managed by elected officers, and supported by over 100 unpaid volunteers. There are no paid positions within IAR, so 100% of all donations directly support animal care and rehabilitation.

Our mission is to rescue and provide safe and responsible care for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. We shall strive to help all animals in need through our service programs. We will serve our communities through promotion of spay or neuter for all companion animals, and the education of children and adults in the humane care, respect and responsibility for animals on this earth.

At IAR, we believe that the welfare of animals is paramount. We feel that we can alleviate problems associated with animal overpopulation and abandonment using a 4-pronged approach: (1) Rescue and adoption of unwanted and abused animals; (2) funding of spay/neuter; (3) education and outreach on animal welfare to our youngest members of the community; and (4) legislation and lobbying efforts on behalf of animals.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our wonderful IAR cats and kittens are out and about greeting folks at the Durham Petsmart (Patterson Place) and Petco (South Square) locations almost every Saturday and Sunday (1pm-5pm). In addition, some of our cats are housed at these stores for short durations. You can visit these kitties anytime during store hours! If you see a kitty that you'd like to meet and possibly adopt, please fill out an online application at We will be in touch shortly!

IAR dogs and puppies are available for "meet and greet" at the Durham Petsmart (Patterson Place) on the first and third Sundays each month (2pm-4pm). Please check our calendar for specific dates and locations where you may meet your new best friend!

Our Adoption Process...

Adoption Requirements

  • 20-year commitment to the animal

  • You may not be an undergraduate student or member of the military

  • You must be a US citizen

  • You must allow a home visit (an IAR volunteer to visit your home prior to adoption.)

Adoption Process

  • Fill out an adoption interest application HERE or call us at 919-403-2221. A volunteer will contact you shortly to discuss your application.

  • Our goal is finding lifelong, loving homes for our animals, so we try to find the best match between animal and adopter. We can help advise you on which animals to meet based on your situation.

  • You can meet some of our animals at our monthly adoption fairs, or we can arrange for a meeting in the foster home. If it’s a good match, the foster parent will come to visit your home in person. This is to make sure your home is safe and secure for a new companion animal.

  • Note: IAR makes every effort to please our adopters, but our first concern must be for the animal’s welfare. We reserve the right to deny any application.

Adoption Fees

Cat Adoption Fees

  • Cats and kittens: $100

  • Senior (7 years and older) and/or special needs cats: $50

  • Pairs of cats or kittens adopted together: $150 for the pair ($100 plus $50).
Dog Adoption Fees

  • Dogs and puppies: $150

  • Senior (7 years and older) and/or special needs dogs: $75

  • Pairs of dogs or puppies adopted together: $225 for the pair ($150 plus $75)