Cat Rescue Bleg — Ann Arbor, MI


From “longtime BJ lurker/infrequent commenter” Alexi:

I’m hoping you might help lend your megaphone to the effort to find a home or homes for Sweetpea and Freya.

Sweetpea is a neutered male, 5 years old, dark chocolate colored with black markings. His name comes from his bright green eyes. He is affectionate with family, though shy with strange humans. He gets along well with other cats and dogs.

Freya is a spayed female, about 3 years old, tortoiseshell. She is friendly to humans, dogs, and other cats.

Both cats currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan; we are looking to place them together or separately. They have only lived with each other for a year, so we think they could adapt if separated.

They belonged to a good friend of mine who died in December. Her family doesn’t have any resources to take care of the cats due to the inhumane nature of the Medicaid/SSDI system. My friend had spinal muscular atrophy, which causes progressive paralysis. She wasn’t allowed to have savings of more than $2000, and her partner (also disabled; they couldn’t marry due to Medicaid) was employed as her care aide for the last 20 years, so now the partner has no income until she can get herself back on SSI. It’s just a tough situation, and it would be a big help if we could find placements for the cats.

I have attached photos of each kitty. Apologies for the quality on Sweetpea’s portrait.

If you’re interested / know someone who might be / have a lead for an alternate placement, leave a comment below, or email me directly at

23 replies
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    Jerzy Russian says:


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Would take them both if I could, but I can’t, so I won’t.

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    MomSense says:

    Ah they are so sweet. I’m really sorry about your friends.

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    I wish we could take them, but we can’t right now. Besides, we live 800 miles or something from where they are. Good luck. If any site can find somewhere for these two, it’s this one.

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    Barbara says:

    I can’t take them but I would gladly kick in some funds to help find them a home.

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    Madeleine says:

    I live in Ann Arbor and, though I must remain catless (allergies, travel) , I’ve put out a couple feelers among cat lovers I know.

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    MazeDancer says:

    If this is a question of money, could we sponsor food and litter for a year or something? Endow a Chewy ,com gift card type thing. Hate someone who has just lost beloved to lose their cats.

    Or maybe the partner doesn*t really want cats.

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    Beezus says:

    @MazeDancer: Too far away and 3 of my own, however, I would ALSO chip in to allow these people to keep these cats if possible…

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    Sherparick says:

    We just lost our tortoise shell beauty. We unfortunately live 700 miles away. I will email Ann with my contact information if nothing closer develops. Sorry for your lost & the cruel situation that causes such unnecessary pain.

    In other news, also sad, the great SF writer & poet Ursula Le Guin has passed away at 88. The Left Hand of Darkness is one of the great novels of the 20th century. And she was a great cat lover.

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    janeform says:

    I live in Ann Arbor, and will put out feelers. If you can’t find someone to adopt these dear kitties, the Humane Society of Huron Valley just off Plymouth Rd. is excellent, and could find them homes. They even have a Tiny Lions lounge, devoted to cat adoption. I’d be happy to help with getting the cats to HSHV if that’s the route you end up taking.

    @MazeDancer: I’d contribute to sponsorship if Alexi’s friend’s partner wants to keep the cats.

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    Mary G says:

    I am at my max on cats and live too far away, but would be happy to chip in if the partner wants to keep them.

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    Geeno says:

    Upstate NY – not too far away if you can cut through Canada, but while I would take them in, my wife would put me out if I did.
    I’ve been working on her since our old tabby Otis died (age 17). She’s warmed to the idea a little, but she’s not there yet.

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    Sab says:

    We are in Akron Ohio (northeast side of state). We have four cats and a cat-friendly dog. We would happily take them, but I am sure you will find something closer with fewer cats under one roof.

    Gorgeous cats.

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    Joy in FL says:

    @MazeDancer: Helping pay for the cats’ needs if they can stay where they are is such a good idea. I will gladly chip in for that or for transportation if that’s what ends up happening.

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    LunarG says:

    I live very near Ann Arbor & am putting feelers out. Worst case scenario, we could take one, but we have 3 already…

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    B says:

    I would also chip in to help partner keep them. How very sad to lose your partner and your pets.

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    rikyrah says:

    They are beautiful. I hope that you can find them homes. I will put something for travel expenses..just ask.

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    Johannes says:

    Gorgeous kittehs, but I’m too far off ( and am running an old age home for cats in their late teens just now.). If a fundraiser to keep them where they are or to get them to their forever home is needs, count me in.

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    Alexi says:

    @MazeDancer: I appreciate the offer. Unfortunately, it’s just not practical in this situation to keep the cats. She loves Sweetpea and Freya, but is about to lose her housing. It’s hard to find a place that will take cats, and the Ann Arbor public housing commission does not allow new tenants to bring pets.

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    Alexi says:

    @Sab: Thanks; I will keep you in mind if we can’t find folks nearby.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Alexi: You got the email I forwarded, right?

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    cain says:


    You need to bring one in as a “trial”. Gets em every time. Do some fostering, that’s one good way to get a cat in. :)

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    Alexi says:

    @Anne Laurie: yes, thanks! I responded but didn’t CC you. Waiting on a reply. I am also talking to our church about donations for the family— trying to see if they are set up for online donations because I am not sure people would feel comfortable with my personal PayPal.

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