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    URGENT: kitties, inc. CHer, OH

    crosspost:
    *************
    Location: Springfield, OH, willing to deliver.
    Hello all.
    I've posted on here before, as well as contacting various websites and
    local shelters that have either turned us away due to overcrowding or
    never responded.

    It seems it's hard enough to find a home for a healthy cat, let alone
    Batman, a one-year-old with severe Cerebellar Hypoplasia symptoms- the
    inability to balance properly, not in so much a funny "drunk" way, as
    constantly falling and needing special care and handicapped accessible
    liter. The vet speculated that it's probably the result of abuse as a
    kitten- we found him at 5 weeks old in a box with his siblings, who
    were all physically sound.

    Batman was my cat and my responsibility, as I was the one who tried to
    keep him from being put down, as was suggested. My sisters and I first
    bottle fed him, then trained him to eat and drink from a bowl and use
    the litter box, but this took time and my mother was understandably
    upset. Tension rose between my mom and my sister, so I took the
    still-very-small Batman to my house and continued litter-training him.
    It required him to be shut in one room, as being too far away from the
    litter box was a problem. After a couple months, a friend had found a
    stray kitten the same age as Batman, and as I was at work much of the
    day and he was shut in a small room, I decided to take in the other
    kitten, Arthur, as a playmate. Several more months went by, by which
    time I was unable to keep the house. My mother took in both cats while
    I found a place to stay, eventually moving in with my boyfriend, who
    is allergic and not willing to take in one of the cats.

    Batman is still living at my Mom's house, and she's made extraordinary
    efforts to make a livable space for him, going so far as to give up
    her bedroom and sleep on the couch so that we have an enclosed space
    for him and the two other cats. After lots of trial and error, she
    devised a simple handicapped-accessible litter station for him, and
    reports he's had no accidents since before Christmas.

    My mom is a recently retired teacher, and has taken in animals all her
    life- birds, raccoons, and too many cats and dogs to mention. Her dog,
    Sidney, to whom she is very attached (often confusing the dog's name
    for mine), is fourteen years old and ailing. Mom spends countless
    hours cleaning and caring for her own aging dog and cat, and the
    foster animals- of which she now has four: Batman; Arthur; Atya, a
    tortoiseshell kitten that my sister found who takes Phenobarbital
    twice a day; and a sweet small brown dog who was losing her fur, and
    whose breasts were completely covered in painful cysts. (We have had
    half of the cysts removed, and she's scheduled to have the other half
    taken out soon; the fur on her back and legs is growing back thanks to
    frequent washings with a medicinal shampoo).

    Even with all the work my mom has put in to taking care of Batman,
    she's indicated several times that it's just too much. She urges me to
    find a home for him, sounding more desperate every time, and I believe
    she is considering putting him to sleep.
    All of the four foster pets I described need homes, but Batman's case
    is the most urgent. Please forward and cross-post this if you wish to
    help. I took on more than I could handle with Batman, feeling as I
    still do that it would be deeply wrong to allow such a happy, loving
    animal to be put down, and I'm hoping I can find someone out there who
    knows how to care for a cat with this disability who can pick up where
    I left off.

    As mentioned above, we're willing to deliver Batman to the right home-
    if you're serious about wanting to take on this responsibility but
    live far away, contact us anyway. My sister was even talking to a
    special-needs cat farm in Colorado- we are willing to make
    arrangements for this cat.

    Georgia Papadakis
    Contact: [email protected]

    Pictures:
    Batman: http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/b1.jpg
    http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/b2.jpg
    http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/b3.jpg

    Atya: http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/kitten.jpg

    Arthur: http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/a1.jpg
    http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/a2.jpg
    http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/a3.jpg

    Arthur and Batman:
    http://www.georgiapapadakis.com/batman/ab.jpg

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    Please let me know if you find a home for Batman or if he can go to the Special Needs farm in Colorado. I have a CH kitty too.

    Thanks, and best wishes,
    Pat
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    So has there been any success in finding a home for Batman? I have a CH kitty, too, and I know that, after much work and training, they can live a quality life. Please update us on this.
    Blessings,
    Mary



    "Time and unforeseen occurrence befall us all." Ecclesiastes 9:11

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    I don't know of anybody that's heard any updates from them.

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    I wrote to her directly asking if she'd found a home for Batman.. I got a message back from her today saying a woman in Indiana with another CH cat will take him. They were going to deliver him to her today but couldn't because they had a blizzard (Ohio weather this year...!). They will leave with him tomorrow.

    I wrote back and wished them all the best, and added if for any reason it doesn't work out to let me know.

    Pat
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    Great! THANKS!!

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