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My name is Bear!

Domestic Shorthair Kitten for adoption in Rockville, Maryland - Bear
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Kitten for adoption in Rockville, Maryland - Bear
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Hedgesville Hounds

Facts about Bear

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Black (Mostly)
  • Age: Kitten
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Short
Bear - Kitten - baby - male - dark gray - almost black short coat - hint of stripes, one foot dipped with white

Bear’s healthy and vigorous little life is a joy to record. His struggles were profound, as was the love that supported him through them. Yet to meet him now, one could never guess that this tiny fellow, who stalks and pounces, climbs into laps, and bats his toys about expertly, had a very hard beginning.

Bear was found in a parking lot in West Virginia by a Good Samaritan who called Animal Control, and stood by to protect the litter of four kittens until a humane officer arrived. Extremely underweight, about 8 days old, and dehydrated, Bear and his siblings stood little chance of survival.

A Hedgesville Hounds volunteer responded to an internet plea from Berkeley County Animal Control for help, and late the same night, all four kittens were transferred to her care. Sadly, two of them died soon after from maggot infestation. Bear and his sister Bella’s chances looked equally grim, but their foster mom, herself a former NICU nurse, applied herself to supporting their chances at living.

The effort required weeks of intensive care, many sleepless nights, and tube feeding of the kittens, but slowly Bear and Bella began to respond. There were setbacks as well, but the babies joined the fight to live, and began to bottle feed on their own. In fact, there came a day when, having been introduced to kibble, Bear determined that he would leave the bottle behind and go straight to solid foods.

Bear’s kitten-hood now is filled with the adventures and exploits of a lively, curious, and very sweet and friendly creature, who zooms towards anyone who calls “kitty, kitty”. Interactive and very playful, Bear delights in snuggling and being held. His foster family gladly indulges Bear in his penchant for perching on their shoulders for long periods of time, during which he must imagine himself as a brave explorer.

Bear has been raised in a family of doting boys, a supportive husband, a dedicated mom, and three dogs. In Bear’s world view, life is filled with other beings who love and celebrate him.

In our world view, Bear’s life is a miracle which we all celebrate.

Although Bear is still quite small, we are now looking towards his future. He will be available for adoption sometime after August 17th, when he will receive his first vaccinations. If you are interested in adopting Bear, please fill out our non-binding application for cats on line.

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About Hedgesville Hounds

About Our Rescue Group...

The Hedgesville Hound group was formed in 2003. We are a 501(c)(3) organization comprised of people who have several decades of combined experience.

Hedgesville Hounds exist everywhere. They are dogs of every breed - every size - every age - who by circumstance, ignorance, or cruelty and neglect, were put at risk. Sometimes they are cats, and even rabbits.

Our effort has been quite simple - to give these animals a voice. And a little help with arrangements. And then let these wonderful creatures do the rest.

We are an all foster care organizations. These animals are in homes being loved and nurtured until their adoptive family finds them to take them to their forever home. Only rarely, when special circumstances arise, do we board or kennel our animals. We want to set our adopters and our animals up for success and we feel foster care is the best way to achieve that.

Come Meet Our Pets...

for information please fill out a non-binding application.

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Our Adoption Process...

To learn more about our adoption process, click here for adoption process information