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So a friend of mine has an ex with a cat. She has had him for several years, and I've got to know him over this time. He is a peculiar cat, and has a spot in my heart. He is the first cat to ever give me a "hug*", and this ilicits an even stronger response to find him a home.<br><br>
My friend told me his ex is fed up of having the cat (his name is "Mr. C", btw) and is at the point where she wants to just pay and have him put down. I was appalled by this and asked that she bring the cat to a shelter, in which the reply was it was too much effort.<br><br>
For the past few days I've called practically every single shelter in Montreal and the surrounding areas (I take the bus and subway, so I can't travel too far), and NONE are taking cats. I even offered absurd donations and 12 months volunteering time. I am now at the point of calling shady shelters that won't even give any info other than a phone number and will just "meet to pick up the cat", which sounds WAY too sketch for me.<br><br>
I would adopt Mr.C myself, but I have savage cat allergies, and even though I love his hugs, my face and neck get itchy and hives form for a few hours/my eyes itch and burn so much I want to rip them out.<br><br>
So the reason I made this post is, what do my friend and I do? His roommate has allergies as bad as mine, so his roommate said he does not want Mr.C to stay with them. What do we do? If no shelter will take him, even more money and volunteer time... I'm at a loss here. The only real suggestion I got from one SPCA was to put ads up everywhere offering Mr.C for a small cost (because apparently free cats end up in dangerous hands). Do I spam adverts? My friend's ex is giving us a few more days before she brings Mr. C to the vet.<br><br>
There's also a couple of horror stories about what happened to Mr. C before the ex decided to finally shell out money to have him put down in which I won't mention, but add to the fact that I want to help him. He's a trooper, he really doesn't deserve this.<br><br>
Thanks in advance to all who reply.<br><br>
* When I write "hug", I mean he gets onto your lap, stands up on his back paws, puts his two front paws around your neck, and then proceeds to caress and your face with his head while licking you and purring.<br><br>
A pic of Mr. C.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i88/Kristopher7/photo.jpg?t=1303767404" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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He is so cute! Aww man I hope he finds a home. I don't have any advice, but best of luck. He looks so sweet, and that "hug" things is adorable!<br><br>
Maybe there are some VBers near Montreal, or even ones in the NE states that would take him, or know of someone who would.
 

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do you know anyone who could take the cat for just a few days each so you get more time?<br>
what places did you call?
 

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Could you put yourself on allergy medication or is that out of the question?
 

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Might be a bit awkward, but you could ask around people you know, or neighbors you've at least met, if they'd be interested in taking him.
 

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Awww he's so beautiful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I wish I lived near, I always bond best with peculiar cats! Sadly I live across the ocean and more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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so sad! well, I was in a similar position recently because my roommate is allergic. All I can suggest is find a foster home asap, and look for people to adopt on craigslist, veterenerian and health food bords, basically put an ad wherever there may be people who love animals
 

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Hi,<br><br>
My best friend lives in Montreal and I've asked him to put the word out (quickly) to see if anyone is looking to adopt a cutie-pie kitteh. I can't say if he'll have any luck, but he knows a lot of people, and may be able to help. I hope so.<br><br>
I will PM you if anything comes up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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BAAAAH. What a cutie! I don't really have any advice, but best of luck to you and the cat.<br><br>
Also, the ex-girlfriend sounds like a... well. I can't imagine ever getting "fed up" of a beloved feline friend. God forbid she ever has kids :S
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>reneeannem</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2876031"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi,<br><br>
My best friend lives in Montreal and I've asked him to put the word out (quickly) to see if anyone is looking to adopt a cutie-pie kitteh. I can't say if he'll have any luck, but he knows a lot of people, and may be able to help. I hope so.<br><br>
I will PM you if anything comes up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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That's wonderful, thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Sorry for the late reply, I've been very busy with school and work. I did decide to foster for a limited time, the red eyes, itchy skin, and Sam being annoyed are manageable.<br><br>
I have some ads up and have also gotten people to spread the word, hoping that a sort of massive wave effect will come out of it. The only real issue I have is that Mr. C is 13 yrs old. He is VERY affectionate and loves to cuddle, he is neutered, but he's old. I had some interest, but his age turned people off. I have asked literally every human that I talk to, and have even embarrassingly called people I haven't talked to in months or years, asking if they'd want to adopt Mr. C.<br><br>
Another question, is the SPCA credible? I had spoken to their foster coordinator, and she said as long as he is healthy they would try to find him a home and not euthanize him.
 

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This situation is so damn stressful, I'm really growing my rage and disdain towards people who abandon pets, through this experience. I keep getting calls from shelters that say "oh, we have a spot now" and I auto call back to get a , "oh filled, call back later, and we have no wait list". All my wave effect leads have dried up since Mr. C is 13 and nobody wants to get attached to a potential cat that may pass away soon. Craiglist and such have had no replies, even though I'm scared that some maniac will want Mr. C just to do bad things to him.<br><br>
Then my allergies are making me miserable (which is probably why this post is so sour), and Sam is suspect of the closed door in the house and spends a lot of time sitting at/laying at/smelling the door in which lies Mr. C.<br><br>
Wow, at least it's an experience, and I'll grow in some measure because of it. I'm not sure in what way I'll grow, though.<br><br>
But again, Mr. C doesn't deserve to die.<br><br>
And the work continues.
 

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Yeah, they all said no.<br><br>
BUT, the good news on that note is that... even though I have called dozens, there are still more that I keep finding in my region via google or web rings.<br><br>
The more I do research, though, the more disgusted I am with the situation. Just in this city, there are dozens of rescues and shelters with hundreds and thousands of cats. It's worse that I wanted to believe, and I really wish it was easier to fix.<br><br>
I honestly think pet owners should need to register for a licence, and when this plan is put in place, all pet stores are closed, and a covert team of high caliber put in place to shut down and weed out underground animal farms. This practice of licence, and hunting will continue and all domestic animals live out their lives 'till death, and domestic animals cease to exist. But I digress, that is in my vegan utopia, and this thread is about Mr. C.
 

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Wow, I just got off the phone with a private rescue coordinator, and she told me that if you bring a cat to the SPCA it will most likely be euthanized within days, and especially at the Berger Blanc*.<br><br>
My view of the world of abandoned pets is getting grimmer by the day.<br><br><br><br>
* The Berger Blanc was recently put under investigation by the city after undercover investigative workers released footage or VILE conditions, such as euthanasia without anesthesia, dogs living with corpses, etc, etc, very disgusting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br>
Apparently Montreal is the only city in Canada that uses a private, profit driven company for animal control.<br>
Here's a link to the video story if anyone is interested.<br><br>
Montreal CTV News story, DISTURBING VIDEO IMAGES, so don't watch it if you aren't in the mood.<br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYeKlyHZ22o&feature=player_embedded</a>
 

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Yeah, they all said no.<br><br>
BUT, the good news on that note is that... even though I have called dozens, there are still more that I keep finding in my region via google or web rings.<br><br>
The more I do research, though, the more disgusted I am with the situation. Just in this city, there are dozens of rescues and shelters with hundreds and thousands of cats. It's worse that I wanted to believe, and I really wish it was easier to fix.<br><br>
I honestly think pet owners should need to register for a licence, and when this plan is put in place, all pet stores are closed, and a covert team of high caliber put in place to shut down and weed out underground animal farms. This practice of licence, and hunting will continue and all domestic animals live out their lives 'till death, and domestic animals cease to exist. But I digress, that is in my vegan utopia, and this thread is about Mr. C.</div>
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i know it's bad. keep trying, you'll find him a home.<br>
are allergy meds an option for you?
 

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I don't know if this website may be any help? <a href="http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org/" target="_blank">http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org/</a><br><br>
That's very good of you by the way to take care of Mr. C by the way, although his age may be a challenge there's bound to be lots of people out there who are happy to give him the home he deserves, you just have to find them. And if you do bond with him and want to try to keep him, I was actually diagnosed as allergic to dogs when I was little, but I was put on treatments to desensitize me and now I can be around dogs without any problems. As far as cat allergies go, most people are either allergic to the fur or the dander, with fur allergies being easier to manage. A doctor can tell you way more about this of course than I can, although I have 2 cats and friends who are allergic to them, so if I know one of these friends are coming over then giving them a good brushing, vacuuming(or in your case at least every second day would be the best way to go), giving my cats a good clean with the wipes they've come out with to bathe cats, and then when they're over having Claritin handy to give my friend if they still have symptoms seems to be the way to go.<br><br>
That's awesome that you're doing everything you're doing for Mr. C. Good luck to both of you!
 

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Not to sounds silly but do you know any elderly people that may benefit from a cute fuzzy affectionate companion? Do nursing homes have any type of programs where they adopt animals for their clients? Just brainstorming here, but it wouldn't hurt to look into maybe?
 

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Kris -<br><br>
go to the pharmacist and ask for non drowsy allergy medicine! I understand the preference to not take meds, but it really will help make your life more tolerable. And in the meantime you can be taking high doses of vitamin C, grapeseed, and any other supplements (do a search) that can boost your immune system and help you deal with allergies. I've been able to work through some of my own allergies. There are some people who are allergic to cats in general, but then seem to adapt over time to their own cats. There's no need for you to suffer physically with this.<br><br>
You've done a really good thing. I hate people who abandon their pets too. I hope the woman who did this gets some hell back some day.
 
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