LAWRENCE ended up with a big MCA fan club because lots of our volunteers got involved in turning him from a very aggressive kitty into a trusting, outgoing, confident guy. MCA volunteer Debbie managed to get him out of the Los Banos shelter by finding a temporary place for him to stay before we could take him in. Once he came to us, he spent months in a very large cage learning how to interact with humans and teaching our Kitty Cuddler team what we humans needed to do to earn his trust and show him humans could be kind, loving and safe. We can only guess that he came from a scary environment where being aggressive kept him safe.
One of our Kitty Cuddlers — Sally — then took him home for a few weeks which really helped us figure out exactly what kind of adoptive family he needed. He would chirp and trill as he discovered life could be pretty darned good when you let yourself relax and enjoy it. Once he was ready for adoption, one of our volunteers described him to a tee when she said, “He’s such a big yummy boy.” After nine months with us, he found his perfect forever home with Alison where he shows off his gorgeous green eyes, big fluffy tail and grand spirit.
A big, handsome, friendly kitty had been hanging around MCA volunteer Wayne’s neighborhood, and Wayne wanted to get him off the streets and into a home through MCA. When Wayne sent an excited text — “I GOT HIM!” — to our director, we knew he’d managed to get this kitty, now named ARLO. Arlo LOVED hugging you, sitting around your neck as you walked around, sitting on a shoulder, a lap…. In short, he just loved being loved and loved giving love.
But . . . when we took Arlo to our vet, his future started looking bleak. Blood work showed his liver values were very high, which meant something very bad was going on with his liver. After a consult with the radiologist who performed an ultrasound on the liver, it was determined he had a “toxic injury” to the liver. Our vet suspected Arlo had eaten something while living on the street that had damaged his liver. The hope was that over time this injury would dissipate and his liver values would come down to a healthy range. Sure enough, after a month, a follow-up test showed his liver was now normal. He still presented an adoption challenge, though, because he needed special food (expensive) and fluids every day due to early kidney disease. Arlo didn’t see adoption as a challenge, however. His extraordinary personality won him a new home pretty quickly, and he is now living on cloud nine now with new mom Alena. (You can get your very own picture of Arlo when you buy our 2018 calendar because there’s an inset of him on the ‘Message from the Head Cat’ page.)