Fritz & Frodo at City College

Meet Fritz and Frodo! These tuxedo brothers are under a year old and are looking for a home of their own at Beyond Nine Cat Rescue.

On October 25th, 2019 they took a field trip to City College in Hollywood, FL to participate in the Vet Tech program. The program covers “How to Restrain a Cat” which is first done with stuffed animals. Techniques are demonstrated and practiced so that the future vet techs don’t stress feline patients. Enter Fritz and Frodo!

The students soon learned that live patients are much wigglier than the stuffies (stuffed animals) they had been practicing on!  Fritz and Frodo were gentle and being silky smooth and slippery soft, they had a lot of fun twisting and contorting circles around the students! We even got some photos of everyone working together:



Well done to everyone at City College! These kitties weren’t stressed at all!  We hope you continue to do well in your studies and help a lot of kitties become healthy and happy!

As for Fritz and Frodo, they had a lot of fun and would like to remind everyone, if you would be interested in adopting a couple of amazingly soft and stress-free tuxedo kitties, email us at meow@BeyondNineCatRescue.org or give us a call at (833) BEYOND-9!!!

Connor

Meet Connor!

 

Meet Connor! Connor came to Beyond Nine Cat Rescue with his brother Cameron back around October of 2017. Recently, Connor was diagnosed with a condition that makes his hips prone to fractures. All cats have a growth plate at the base of the femur head (ball) which is made of cartilage. When kittens, these growth plates normally fuse or close down before the cat reaches a year old. In rare circumstances, this does not occur and the cartilage remains, leaving a weak link in the hip joint and making it prone to fracture. Connor has this condition in both hips and unfortunately, his left hip has fractured.

 

Connor being a sweetie pie

 

Conner was in an extreme amount of pain and unable to use his left rear leg. Surgery was needed as soon as possible. Dr. Kenneth Moore of Broward Veterinary Specialists performed FHO surgery (Femoral Head Ostectomy) today, October 1st, 2019. This is a procedure where the head of the femur is removed. Initially the muscles around the hip hold the joint in place, but eventually, a “false head” forms from the scar tissue and that will be Connor’s new hip joint.

 

A very regal Connor cat!

 

He’s a wonderful cat, loving and trusting, and couldn’t stand to see him in such pain. Everything went perfectly with the surgery and Connor is resting comfortably for the first time in weeks, yet major expenses like these really take a toll on our resources. Please consider helping us cover the cost of Connor’s surgery and make a donation today! Beyond Nine Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) so for most, donations are tax-deductible!

 

Please consider a small donation today!

Click here to help Connor

 


10/01/2019 – Post-op update! Connor came home today. He’s doing great….moving around, eating, using the litter box and, of course, snoozing. He’ll be wearing his “cone of shame” for another 10 days at which time his sutures will be removed. Dr. Moore says his surgery went great and he’s rehabbing like a champ!!

 

Connor after his operation

 

Volunteer Hub

Are you a volunteer with Beyond Nine Cat Rescue?

If you are, then you know how challenging it has been to get all of our team members together for a meeting. It’s a lot like herding cats! As suggested by one of our volunteers, we’ve created a new Facebook group on the Beyond Nine Cat Rescue page.  It’s a closed group called B9 Volunteers. We’ve been sending out invitations yet if we’ve accidentally missed you, please request to join the group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/B9Volunteers/

We’re going to test this to see how it works out as a communication hub.  It’s a place for our volunteers to make suggestions, report issues, help coordinate or schedule activities and pitch in for a variety of events and needs around the shelter. Best of all, it’s online so it fits everyone’s schedule! We think it could be a good way to keep everyone current within our organization. If you haven’t done so yet, please join and if you’re having any challenges, you can reach out to Sharon, Nicole or Debbie for help. We hope to see you online soon!

Oh, and if you’re not a volunteer with us, we would love to have you join us!  Click here for more info!

Masquerade Madness!

It’s time for another fabulous Beyond Nine Cat Rescue party! We’re calling it “Masquerade Madness” and it’s going to be fantastic! All the proceeds raised will help hundreds of cats and kittens in need by providing food, shelter and medical care while they wait for a new forever home.

Your $20 donation at the door includes complimentary valet parking, a complimentary cocktail, dinner, and dessert. We will have a lot of great stuff in raffles and a silent auction. Oh, and did we mention it’s a masquerade? Bring your best mask! Prizes will be awarded, it’s your turn to shine!  This is going to be lots of fun for everyone! me-OW!

Friday, November 15, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

1200 N Ocean Boulevard
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

We hope to see you there! Need more info? Send your questions to meow@BeyondNineCatRescue.org and we’ll help you figure it all out!

 

Weston Road Animal Hospital Feline Wellness Package

www.westonroadanimalhospital.com

Weston Road Animal Hospital, friends of Beyond Nine Cat Rescue, are promoting feline wellness with a comprehensive wellness package for felines in the local area at a cost of $220. This package includes:

  • Complete Physical Exam
  • Comprehensive wellness bloodwork (CBC, Full Chemistry, T4)
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal Analysis
  • Purevax Rabies Vaccine
  • Purevax FVRCP Vaccine

This package is only available until September 30th, 2019. Call the Weston Road Animal Hospital at (954) 389-5656 for questions or to make an appointment!

For direction, hours or more information about Weston Road Animal Hospital, visit their website at www.westonroadanimalhospital.com

 

Is Beyond 9 Closed?

No, we’re not closed for business! The adoption center on Dixie Highway was closed, that’s all. We’re still showing cats at our PetSmart and PetCo locations. As a result, our ability to show cats has been greatly restricted, which means we’re not getting as many adoptions as we once did, and that means we can’t help rescue as many cats as we would like. If we’re able to find a new adoption center, we’ll update everyone!

Some of you may have heard we also have a shelter and wonder what’s the difference between an adoption center and a shelter?

Our adoption center was open to the public. It was our main way to show cats to the public so that they could get adopted. This was the home for our happy, healthy and approachable cats.

Our shelter, on the other hand, is not open to the public. This is where we home cats recovering from illness, cats who are FIV+ or have FeLV, cats who are injured or perhaps have challenging behaviors. These are the cats no one wants because most of these cats don’t show well. They don’t like people or are easily scared or lash out. We provide them a safe place to live, away from the public, otherwise, they would be euthanized. Sometimes we can rehabilitate them if so, they would have gone to the adoption center to meet the public.

If you don’t have an adoption center, how can I meet your cats?

We post the profiles of our cats here on our website via PetFinder. If there are any cats in our listing that you would like to meet, just email us at meow@BeyondNineCatRescue.org or call us toll-free at (833) BEYOND-9 and we can arrange a showing of them at our PetCo or PetSmart locations.

Adoption Center Closure

As seen on WSVN Channel 7:

Oakland Park cat shelter on verge of closing; cats left with nowhere to go

We have some very sad news to report. Our adoption center at 3501 N Dixie Hwy will be closing on Sunday, June 16, 2019.  The City of Oakland Park won’t give us an occupational license because they are turning the area into a culinary arts district and an animal shelter doesn’t fit into that category.

We’ve tried asking for a variance from the city and we’ve tried to find a new place to set up an adoption center yet nothing has worked. Now our time has run out and we have to vacate the premises as soon as possible or we are liable for daily fines. Fortunately, if we move the cats out immediately, the City of Oakland Park will stop assessing the fees and rescind those that have already accumulated. We have no choice but to close down the adoption center and begin moving the cats out immediately.

Most cats don’t like changes to their environments and there are a few in particular that we’re concerned about. When cats are seriously stressed, they can stop eating, close down and literally die. If you have been following our Facebook posts about Max, Jean Luc or Baby Girl, now is the time to adopt one or all of them! There are about 50 cats at our adoption center that need to find a permanent or temporary home fast! Fostering or adopting any of them would be an immense help. To date, a few wonderful people have already offered to home a few cats yet we still have a lot more in need. Help spread the word!

We are still at a variety of locations such as PetSmart and PetCo, but the capacities there are limited. If anyone knows of a small retail space that is zoned for use as a cat adoption center, please let us know. Email us at meow@BeyondNineCatRescue.org with the details. We would love to set up shop again. In the meantime, we’ll post updates on our facebook page and website. If you don’t have facebook, follow the feed on this website. With a little luck, we’ll land on all four paws!

 

Titan

Meet Titan!

 

It was Friday the 13th in April of 2018 when a strange-looking kitty showed up at an apartment complex. His fur was scary looking, and this skinny little wobbly creature was aggressively trying to get into people’s apartments. As you can imagine, that wasn’t going over very well with the local residents. Unfortunately, people were getting mean. Some were throwing rocks or trash and other things to make him go away. Fortunately, good samaritan rescued him and this furry mess of a cat finally ended up with us at Beyond Nine Cat Rescue!

 

Titan when he was first discovered, April 2018

 

We immediately got him medical attention and he was in bad shape! He had worms which was easily cleared up but the main problem was mange. Mange is a skin disease caused by mites and if left untreated, it can be fatal. Looking at his coat of fur, Titan has had mange for quite a while. It was so bad, he could barely even see as it had begun to grow onto his eyelids.

 

 

Titan recovering from mange

Isolated in a cage, little by little, Titan started to recover. We could tell he was immediately happier and less stressed. Having a full bowl of food can really change a kitty’s attitude! The medicines he received immediately helped. The itching subsided, the irritation subsided, everything just got better and better.

Titan all safe, all smiles

 

Titan soon began to make friends with our volunteers and other shelter kitties. Within a few months, he gained some weight and was looking good! He finally got to a point where we could release him from his cage and he became a very happy member of our shelter. All the cats seemed to like him, and everyone was impressed by his recovery. Titan had arrived!

Titan fully recovered
Titan is such a handsome kitty!

Enter 2019. Early in the year, his condition began to change. Titan started having strange fits and would swipe at us or other cats. Sometimes he struggled to eat and after a while, he began losing weight again. We took him back to the vet and this time he was diagnosed with feline stomatitis which is a very painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums. Titan was miserable. One minute he’s sitting there calmly, minding his own business, and then from out of nowhere, he would belt out a scream. That’s how intense his pain attacks were. It crushed our hearts when we got the news that the only relief for Titan, and the recommended form of treatment, is to have all his teeth removed.

 

Titan taking comfort at Beyond 9

 

A full extraction of all of Titan’s teeth would normally cost upwards of $7,000! Fortunately, we have vets (aka heroes) who give us great discounts. For Titan, we’ve got a quote of $2,300 so we’re getting him the care and relief he needs. However, most of our supporters know we already struggle to keep up with the routine expenses and medical bills to feed some 200 cats in our care. One kitty like this can really hit us hard. We sure could use your help to cover Titan’s medical bills, please! If everyone could pitch in a few bucks, it would make a really big impact on Titan and allow us to continue the work we do for all the cats in our care.

Please consider a small donation today!

Click here to help Titan

 

We’ve had some work done

You may have noticed that Beyond Nine Cat Rescue has a new website address. We are now located at www.BeyondNineCatRescue.org and will redirect traffic from our old site soon. We’ve also updated all our content and created a new look and feel. We hope you are liking the changes and visit us often!

Picture via catsparella.com