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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 heros) 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