Meet Si! This gorgeous boy is about 2 years old. Si was originally rescued as a stray in Buffalo in October of 2016. His rescuers brought him inside, but he did not get along with their cat, dog and children. When Si arrived at Tabby Town, he was very nervous and scared. For a long time he did not want to interact with people. Eventually, he began to warm up and became quite friendly with those he trusted.
Although he was making progress with people, Si’s health began to decline in August of 2017. He does not get along with other cats, especially male cats. He can be very dominant towards them, and also tends to get bullied by other males as well. This was causing him a great deal of stress, which lead to his medical issues.
He began experiencing urinary tract problems. Our vet partner, Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic, did x-rays and determined that he had a large amount of bladder stones and cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). They believe that this especially flares up when he is stressed, and with continued stress, he could develop a blockage. This would require emergency surgery.
To help reduce his stress, we separated Si from all other cats and gave him his own room to run around in. This move has proven to be the best thing for him. Si has become a much more relaxed, confident, and happy cat! His urinary issues have resolved but he is still on a maintenance urinary diet. He has developed a strong bond with a few crew members, and he is the most loving and comfortable with them. He rolls around for belly rubs, meows for attention, rubs all over your legs, gives head bumps, and even is okay with being picked up and sitting in your lap. He absolutely loves Friskies “Party Mix” treats, his favorite toy is bouncy foam balls. He has shown us that he is a truly remarkable cat.
He does not act this way with everyone, though. He is still very cautious around new people which can make it difficult for an adopter to connect with him. He is very guarded, but once you break down his walls he is such an affectionate boy. His adopter must be willing to make multiple visits in order for him to begin to trust them and show his true wonderful personality.
Si will require life-long care for his urinary issues. This mostly consists of a diet of Hill’s Prescription Diet “c/d Urinary Care” dry food and canned food three times daily. He is also on a glucosamine supplement. In a low stress environment, it is likely that he will never develop a blockage, but an adopter must be aware of the possibility.
Si needs a quiet home that will give him all of the love he deserves. He should not be with other cats, dogs, or young children and must be indoor only. We know that he will do fantastic in a loving home. He 'mustache' you a question, will that home be with you?
Si will be a special adoption, if you are interested in adopting this handsome boy, please call the shelter at (716) 822-4910, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to make an appointment with his guardian, Kaylee, who will be handling his adoption process.
Si is neutered and current on vaccinations (Rabies and Distemper).
Adoption Procedure Policy
All our cats and kittens at Tabby Town (TT) are rescued with the goal of adoption. Our organization partners with six local animal welfare groups; each group follows a specific protocol for adoption and TT implements adoptions according to each individual process as required by that organization. There are great similarities among the groups; the most significant difference is that some groups restrict de-clawing. We collaborate with all our animal welfare partners with the understanding that we will follow their specific protocol while working toward a universal adoption process. To that end, our highly trained team of volunteers follows strict guidelines while taking into account each individual situation from both human and animal perspectives.
Here is the process:
-Visitors come to TT to meet cats with possibility of adopting
-If a cat is selected, family goes in a private "meet and greet"to spend time with cat/kitten
-If there is a positive result on both sides, TT's vetting process begins, which includes a thorough questionnaire about animal ownership history and veterinary relationships, attitudes towards animals, as well as financial viability, along with a comprehensive verbal interview. If the prospective adopter rents as opposed to owning his home, written permission from the landlord is required to finalize adoption
-All animal records are reviewed with prospective adopters to provide full disclosure about the animal including history and specific details about the animal's personality, medical conditions, nutritional needs, etc.
-Prospective adopters complete an adoption agreement form which is a legal contract, and pay an adoption donation which ranges from $45.00 to $125.00 depending on cat's age, medical concerns, special needs, etc.
-The animal can leave with the new family that day if everything goes well, the family is prepared for the animal at his/her new home, and assuming there are no concerns or issues that may warrant further investigation. Copies of all paperwork are given to the new family, along with any relevant supplies, etc.
-Each adoptive family receives a certificate for a free first veterinary visit (along a comprehensive list of local veterinary clinics,) to be redeemed within ten days
-TT's team snaps a "new forever family" portrait and frequently posts our new adoption stories on social media to be celebrated and enjoyed
-TT's team of volunteers performs direct follow-up over the course of the following weeks to make sure everyone is adjusting properly and to answer any questions
-TT has a 100 percent return policy for any reason, with the protection and care of our animals as first priority at all times
-TT is always available during the life of the animal, to provide support and answer questions, and to give medical referrals, behavioral advice and to keep track of how each adopted animal is progressing and adjusting
-TT receives literally hundreds of emails, photos, visits, and posts with wonderful stories about our cats and kittens who have found forever homes
-Most cats may be put "on hold" pending adoption (if available,) for up to 24 hours. A deposit toward the adoption fee is encouraged for this request. Under special circumstances a kitten may be put on hold subject to our manager's discretion