When Bernie and I moved down here from northern New Jersey we had two Maine Coons, Jazz and Django. They lived with us on the third floor of The Oaks and were happy to entertain guests upon request. A little over a year ago Django crossed The Rainbow Bridge and Jazz joined him 3 months ago. The third floor felt very empty. Rather than go to a Maine Coon breeder we decided to foster/adopt a rescue and because Bernie is allergic to most cats we knew our search for that special kitty was going to be tough.
Here in Christaisnburg there is a wonderful organization called The Crazy Cat Lady Animal Rescue. Their mission is to find permanent, loving homes for fosters while providing them with temporary shelter and responsible medical care. They educate the public on the importance of pet sterilization, responsible pet ownership, and the humane treatment of animals. Since 2014 they have placed over 160 foster animals into permanent homes. They do monthly adoptions at our local Petsmart and we asked them to be on the lookout for a Maine Coon or Maine Coon mix.
Last month they found a red tabby Maine Coon mix in a shelter 45 miles from here but by the time they got there to pick him up he had been adopted. Two weeks ago they found another Maine Coon mix in a shelter about 50 miles from here but because he was a stray there was a 7 day hold on him in case his owner showed up. Happily for him but sadly for us his was reunited with his owner just 2 days before we were going to adopt. Then the unexpected happened. The Crazy Cat Lady got a call from yet another shelter to pick up 3 long haired kittens, breed unknown, and she thought maybe, just maybe, Bernie would be OK with them. We had a meet and greet and YES YES YES…Bernie didn’t have an allergic reaction.
As of last Thursday, the third floor of The Oaks became the foster home to Jasper “The Purrminator” Wurtzburger. He’s a super snuggly happy boy with a quiet little “mew” and a giant purr. At 6 weeks of age and less than 2 pounds it’s hard to believe such a loud sound comes from such a little guy. I can’t imagine how loud that purr will be as he gets older. For future guests who are allergic to cats there’s no need to worry. While with us Jasper’s domain will remain limited to the third floor and on occasion the basement, but if you’d like to meet him I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to grant you an audience.
P. S…After 2 months of living at The Oaks it became obvious to us that this wonderful little guy really needed to be with other kitties. The CCLAR (Crazy Cat Lady Animal Rescue) helped us find him a new home with multiple cats and within the first hour he bonded with a kitty that looks he could be his big brother. It broke our hearts to give him up but for the love of a cat we did what was best for him. We have gotten several updates and can tell that we did the right thing and he is a very happy boy. The search goes on for the perfect cat for us.