UPDATE: Cat Rescue Bleg – Minneapolis to Maine

From rescuer Debit:

We have a match! User Aleta has offered to give the kitten a forever home. I’m incredibly happy that she offered and I know he will be loved and spoiled for all of his days. Now we just need to get him to Maine.

I’ve asked for quotes on Uship and so far the going rate is $550.00. Another option is for me to fly him there, which is honestly not my first preference (3 hour flight there, several hours in the airport, then 3 hours home) but will remain on the table. That, including ticket, pet ticket and carrier cost is $378.00.

John spent a lot of his own money on Walter, so I’m going to pay some of it forward by covering the vet fees: exam, shots, FLV tests, travel certificate.

For the transport, I’m putting out the tin cup and relying on the generosity of our community.

Great news! Congratulations, Aleta, on your new feline overlord.

If you can chip in — and I know a lot of people offered, on the original post — email me at annelaurie (dot) bj (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll send you Debit’s Paypal address.






42 replies
  1. 1
    Miss Bianca says:

    Aw, kitty boo!

    Let me get my taxes dealt with to see if I have any money to spare.

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    debit says:

    I want to state that my basement floor only looks like a crime scene in my furnace room.

    @Miss Bianca: Thank you! I’m still waiting on my 1095 so I don’t know what my results are going be: pretty bad or horribly bad.

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    satby says:

    @debit: if you still have my email address debit, shoot me your PayPal info and I’ll chip in.
    Hooray for another furever match!

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    I’m in. AL, I’ll email you when I get home.

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    Auntie Anne says:

    I’m in! Emailing Annie Laurie now.

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    debbie says:

    Yay for the happy news on a very crap day!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Just emailed Anne Laurie for your PayPal info.

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    geg6 says:

    I’m in but it will have to wait until tomorrow. If you can, email me the info and I’ll get it gone first thing tomorrow. I still can’t forget the incredible generosity of BJ’s animal lovers in getting my Koda to me here in the ‘Burgh, all the way from Santa Monica.

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    Mary G says:

    Hurray for Aleta, debit, AL, and Balloon Juice pet blegs. Email sent.

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    CapnMubbers says:

    I’m in! Emailing AL for PayPal info now, thank you Aleta. I’m so glad this kitty is soon to be in a forever home.

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    Skepticat says:

    We have a very strong network of private pilots who transport our rescues and fosters between the Bahamas, the States, and Canada at no charge, and I’m fairly sure there are similar programs in the States. Perhaps some of the local rescue groups have information that would help you locate one? I’m very happy to hear news of this new Mainiac.

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    debit says:

    @satby: I do! And will do.

    Guys, seriously, I get teary every time we do one of these posts. I will never, ever forget how you guys got Walter to me and will always be so grateful. Thank you everyone, whether you donate or not (I know things are hard for a lot of people right now). There have been times in the last two years where I’ve just put my head down and despaired at the potential for awfulness in humanity. You guys keep reminding me how wonderful we can be too. Just, seriously, thank you.

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    rikyrah says:

    Yeah 🤗🤗😍😍

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Any way of sending a check?

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    debit says:

    @zhena gogolia: Yes. Email Anne Laurie and she’ll give you my email address, then I’ll send you my snail mail addy. And thank you.

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    dexwood says:

    I’m in. Just mailed for the info. Who’s a good kitty?!

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    Mary G says:

    @debit: This one made me particularly weepy because she has Tunch’s coloring.

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    debit says:

    @dexwood: He is uch a good kitty. He does this thing where he jumps on my lap and rubs his face all over mine, flops over and kneads the air, then goes back for some more face rubs, over and over again.

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    Middleleec says:

    I’m in. Just emailed annelaurie.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @debit: Oh, no, that is Screaming Cuteness territory.

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    eclare says:

    Just emailed, yay! Love that we get to keep him in the BJ community!

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    Aleta says:

    We’re so excited. I believe he’s going to be very happy here. Hard to explain how I could feel a strong bond with him already, but true. These comments give me tears. Pictures later of course. Thank you.

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    Aleta says:

    @Mary G: We had a similar cat quite awhile ago. His loss was painful and I can’t wait to do right by this guy and make him happy.

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    Currants says:

    This is one of the things I LOVE about you all. I’m not really even a pet person (my daughter disagrees but she’s the one with the dog, not me), but your generosity to fellow creatures lifts me, and has since I started reading in 2008. (Glad you ditched Sullivan and Freddie though, I must say.)

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Aleta, you are going to adore this kitty.

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    dexwood says:

    @Currants:
    Better yet – this place helps animals and people. No species discrimination here. Is that cool, or what?

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    catpal says:

    cute kitty. happy to help with this rescue. sent email.

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    Wolvesvalley says:

    I’m so glad to see this news! I’ll be chipping in — just waiting for Anne Laurie’s reply to my e-mail.

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    debit says:

    You guys! I just watched my inbox blow up and am so grateful for your lightening fast response and generosity. I’m headed to bed in a bit, but will check back in the morning. Each and every one of you is amazing.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    I’m in also, just sent email. What a sweet kitteh.

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    Wolvesvalley says:

    By the way, is there an update on Murrey, the dog in Dayton, Ohio, who needs a home? Did he find one? Is he still being fostered? I’d love to know if he has a happy ending, too.

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    debit says:

    Folks, I think we’re covered! Again, thank you so much for your caring and generosity. Unless there are objections, any funds left over after transport will go back into the BJ rescue slush fund. Is there such a thing? If not, there should be.

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    Aleta says:

    I can’t believe this kindness from you all.

    About an hour ago a complete shock, my beautiful cat Charlie died. Maybe of a sudden heart failure. He had hyperthyroid but not high enough to treat last summer; the vets said we had to wait for higher levels to show. They said all his signs were basically normal and no damage could occur while waiting 6 months to test again.

    He tested high in Feb and 3 weeks ago we took him to a center to get radioactive iodine treatment. A very low risk treatment.

    He was 13 and we expected he’d have full recovery (98% chance). He was fine while there they said, and he had come home. They had not picked up any heart prob before or after. I loved this cat so much. He had super powers of the cat kind. It’s devastating and hard to even realize.

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    debit says:

    @Aleta: I’m so sorry. {{}}

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    Laura Too says:

    @Aleta: Oh, my! I’m so sorry for your sudden loss.

  37. 37
    Aleta says:

    My partner just said to me, you all are acting like part of the universe to help us get through this, making this (in Debit’s words, her subject line to me from the start, Operation Infinite Kitty) happen for us.

    It’s a little comforting to think of an Infinite Kitty Loop. Powered by a blog.

    I can’t describe the wonderfulness of Charlie. He did the kind of things that are called psychic. I feel so badly for not helping him more.

    You all are incredible for this, bringing us Infinite Kitty.
    In Japanese: mugen (neko)
    We’ll treasure him.

    (The comment keeps disappearing so I’m removing the kanji)

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Aleta: oh, poor kitty. Yes, you definitely need this new little one. I have found that only more furbabies fill the holes our old dear companions leave in our hearts with their passing.

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    Auntie Anne says:

    @Aleta: Oh, poor kitty and poor you! But maybe Charlie, with his super cat powers, could rest easy knowing he’d already picked out your next companion.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    @debit: I’m in for the slush fund (still haven’t rec’d a reply to my request for your Paypal details, maybe it went into the ether) for pet transport needs, excellent idea.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    @Aleta: I wanted to add that my sole experience with hyperthyroidism in a cat was a similar manageable situation until very suddenly it wasn’t, and the cat’s age, 16, and enlarged heart meant the outcome of one year on pills was better than predicted, but the end was still a shock. I didn’t have a new friend for a long time, which was a mistake, so I’m glad the universe is bringing the new friend to you.

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