A Gift Arrives

We adopted Chris in late 2009 from a shelter named Sav-R-Cats in Surfside, South Carolina (near Myrtle Beach). I met Chris while I was volunteering for Sav-R-Cats and worked with Shirley and Linda who are not only still there, but still keep up with Chris and his shenanigans. They decided to send Chris, Frankie and Puck a gift which arrived the other day.

Cats inspecting packageFrankie and Puck were interested right away, Chris was off doing his own thing and was not aware something new was in the house. As soon as I opened it, the two of them were inspecting the contents.

Cats inspecting package

Soon Chris sensed something was up and was there in an instant to lend a paw in the inspection process.

Even the box itself was thoroughly checked out.Cats inspecting package

Inside the box were some lovely, handmade blankets, two with a gold cat and one with a black cat. One each for Chris, Frankie and Puck.cat blankets

But there was something else in the box.20150212_Cats_0960

Cats inspecting package

The blankets were already a great gift but there were also toys in the box.


Some of the toys were labeled “Loony Loops” and “Springs.” There was a toy called a “Hexbug,” which looked interesting but I decided to save that for later. The first one I took out was a spring which Chris immediately started chasing around the house.


They loved the blankets too.


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There was also an envelope.EnvelopeInside was a nice card and note from Shirley, Linda and the cats at the shelter.



Sadly, many of the cats on the note were Chris’s shelter mates in 2009 and are still there. There is Ace, Ralph, Jack, Jerry and Yoda, Cole, Carter, Sarah and Alinda. I took Pictures back then for Petfinder and remember some of those names, like Jerry and Yoda.

cats Yoda and Jerry

Yoda and Jerry at Sav-r-Cats, dated October 3, 2009.

These two cats are best friends and must be adopted together, which may have made it more difficult for them. They have lived a good part of their lives in a shelter (Jerry since 2006) and could possibly die there without ever knowing a good home. Of course, they are treated well at the shelter but I would love to see these two and the other “old timers” find a loving home to live out their remaining days.

Another cat that I remember on the card is Sarah. It seems the males are more likely to be long-timers at a shelter but not always.

Sarah, Sav-r-cats

Sarah, dated November 11, 2009

There is also Jack, who reminds me of our departed cat Tigger.

Jack, photo taken October 3, 2009.

Jack, photo taken October 3, 2009.

Not on the card is Hope, who I photographed in early 2010.

Hope, dated February 11, 2010.

Hope, dated February 11, 2010.

If anyone lives near Myrtle Beach, or know someone who does, and would like to help a cat or two that have been in a shelter too long, please contact Sav-R.Cats.com or check out their Petfinder page.

Update: It turns out that Hope was adopted so that is good news.


27 thoughts on “A Gift Arrives

  1. rose huss

    That was such a thoughtful gift…Chris really likes the spring toy…he’s been like a kitten running around the house chasing it. Thank you Sav-R-Cats!

  2. onespoiledcat

    What a grand box of “wonderful” stuff!!! It always pains us to think of older kitties in shelters who have such a slim chance of knowing “forever” – yes they’re safe and warm and well fed but they just are less likely to be adopted and those who have lived most of their lives in a shelter – well – bless their hearts BIG TIME.

    Hugs, Sammy

  3. randomfelines

    what wonderful gifts. we have those springs here….Daiquiri loves them and carries them around growling. 🙂 We are kinda of sad about those kitties still at the rescue…but glad they are safe with no “time limit”

        1. Charles Huss Post author

          That is why I volunteered there. I started volunteering for the Humane Society but felt like I was spitting in the ocean. They had 200+ cats in tiny cages and would let us take out only one at a time.

  4. The Swiss Cats

    What a beautful gift ! But we’re sad for the other kitties though. We hope they find finally a forever home too ! Purrs

  5. The Island Cats

    What a great present from your shelter friends. Those blankets looks really nice. And we purr that the long-time shelter residents find homes soon. It’s sad…but at least they are being well taken care of.

  6. Summer

    How nice of the Sav-R-Cats humans to send you these gifts! I am always a little sad to see kitties who have been in a shelter for so long without finding homes. Yes, they are well loved and it’s way, way better than having nowhere to live at all, but I wish all kitties had their own homes.

  7. Kat Leddy

    My husband had done some heating/cooling work for Sav-R-Cats almost 2 years ago. He came home from work and told me about this older male cat “Doug” who had been adopted but then returned to the shelter. Doug was born without a tail, so he sometimes makes a mess in his litter box. A few days later my husband came home with Doug. He has adjusted very well to his new home and family. I was concerned in the beginning if he would get along with our dogs (5) rescues, but he does great with them. He likes to sleep on my desk when I am working on my computer. He is such a sweet and loving old guy, except for when he has to have a potty trim. He stays mad at me for the rest of the day. I am so happy Doug found my husband and our family.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Chris was returned too. I’m glad you and Doug found each other. I think sometimes the more difficult pets find their way into our hearts easier for some reason.

  8. rumpydog

    How lovely to think of you in that way. And I do hope those kitties find their forever homes. Sadly, there will always be more kitties than homes until we humans decide to do something about that.


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