Meet a kitten who was named Median when he was adopted because a couple rescued him from the median of a busy highway. Amelie Nolen adopted him last weekend and has named him Alexander. He is 8 weeks old. What none of us knew was that his back left leg is broken up near the hip joint. He is able to walk but has a limp and is in pain from the ends of the broken bone rubbing against each other. The surgery will remove the ball from his hip joint and the leg bone down to the break. Alexander will be able to compensate for the missing joint and will be able to walk and jump almost normally as he grows up. He will have a bit less strength in that leg, but will still be able to live a normal happy life. As you can see he is a happy little guy even through the pain. His surgery estimate from Banfield is $600. Please if you can help with Alexander’s surgery donate directly from either our webpage ( or ( or you can contact Banfield Pet Hospital at (855) 290-9773 and pay money directly towards the account … He is still listed under Median so far. If that changes we will alert you here. Please help Alexander receive the surgery he needs to finally be out of pain and live a normal happy life with his new adopted family.




Stevie came to us one sick little fellow.  He smelled terrible and quite honestly we didn’t think he was going to make it. We cannot show the graphic photos of the poor kitten as we have too much of a family friendly audience but, needless to say, his little back side had his insides on the outside.  We were not sure he would even make it through the surgery.

This is Stevie right after surgery.

This is Stevie right after surgery.

He was still a bit fuzzy but the surgery was a major success.

He was still a bit fuzzy but the surgery was a major success.

As he was becoming aware of what had happened to him.

As he was becoming aware of what had happened to him.

Stevie needs a nice quiet foster or forever home.  He can't be stressed out and needs to probably be the only animal in the house at least for awhile.

Stevie needs a good foster or forever home.

Right now all Stevie wants is to be close to someone and purr.  Stevie needs a nice quiet foster or forever home. He can’t be stressed out and needs to probably be the only animal in the house at least for a while.

If you think you can help Stevie, please contact Suzanne, the director of Cats Are Us, at (931) 503-0053.  All Stevie needs is a good person to step up and help him start a new life.  Please help.



Baby Face Nelson was dropped off with another furbaby at Cats Are Us last week. They were tied inside a pillowcase together. Baby Face Nelson had wounds on either side. They appeared to be where a dog had grabbed him in his mouth. Off the vet he went and is getting better but it is slow go as you can see from the photos. Baby Face is a sweet guy and has a great disposition.


Our little girl, Sweety has Stomatitis. Stoma is Latin for ‘mouth,’ and itis means ‘inflammation.’ Feline stomatitis is also called by other tongue-twisting medical terms including lymphocytic-plasmacytic stomatitis, feline chronic gingivostomatitis, immune-mediated feline refractory stomatitis, and feline generalized oral inflammatory disease. All of those names describe exactly the same disease.

To cats, however, the condition, no matter what it’s called, means a very painful, serious and chronic oral disease. Feline stomatitis is thought to be autoimmune in nature. The feline immune system seems to overreact to dental plaque around a cat’s teeth, triggering inflammation in the tissues of the mouth. The problem also occurs on the back of the throat at the oral pharynx, and even underlying bone in the mouth can become inflamed or infected. Stomatitis inflammation appears externally in the mouth as angry, red, swollen tissue.

In order for Sweety to feel better and to be able to eat; most of her teeth will have to be pulled. Her vet bill will be around $350.00

You can make a donation online securely through Paypal on the website: or donate in person at 119 Providence Boulevard Clarksville, TN 37042 during adoption hours (Monday – Saturday 8 am to 11:30 am) or drop a check in the mail to the above address. You may also call the vet’s office at (931) 645-9890 and tell them you want to pay on Cats Are Us’ account specifying it is for Sweety.  I will add Baby FaceNelson’s vet’s number tomorrow.  Unfortunately I do not know for sure which vet we are using for him.  I just know he is one sore little guy.

Graphic photo of Baby Face Nelson's wounds.

Graphic photo of Baby Face Nelson’s wounds.

The wounds are on either side and are healing but slowly.

The wounds are on either side and are healing but slowly.

Wounds or not Baby Face was still hungry and welcomed food.

Wounds or not Baby Face was still hungry and welcomed food.

Please help our sick little girl, Sweety.

Please help our sick little girl, Sweety.

Esme, a special needs cat, needs a new home … Can you help?

I am reposting this story because we are still looking for a home for Esme very soon or she is going to be without a home as it is becoming a big issue for his daughter.  Please help this cat if you can.  Just be a foster home to her for a while until we can find her a forever home.

This is an email that we received I wanted to share with you all in hopes of finding just the purrfect foster home or maybe even the purrfect FOREVER home for this special needs cat.

It comes from a gentleman named Roy Crowder who writes “I have a domestic, short hair named Esme who is approximately 5 years old.  I found her in the mouth of a dog one day when she was still very young.  Her spine was injured either at birth or from the dog attack and as a result she lost the use of her back legs.  I took her in and she has been a part of our family for many years.  She is a loving, active cat that doesn’t let her disability stop her!  It pains me deeply to send this email to you, but my wife and I have recently had a child and have found that she is very allergic to cat dander.  We currently have to keep Esme and our daughter in separate parts of the house and watch our interactions with Esme so that we don’t transfer dander to our daughter’s area.  Needless to say, this is a terrible situation for everyone.

I cannot and will not relinquish Esme to a kill shelter.  I have been scouring for places that would take her and came across your website.  My wife and I love Esme very much and just want her to go to a family that would love and care for her as much as we do.  Please, if you have the availability, consider taking in Esme and placing her in a loving home.  We would sponsor her for as long as needed and would donate if you would let us.”

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This email touched my heart as I hope it will touch yours.  Please, if you think you could adopt or foster Esme, contact Jennifer at 931-241-7675 or Cats Are Us at 931-503-0053.  Mr. Crowder states that Esme has been around 2 dogs off and on throughout the time they have had her.  When he first found her she lived around his roommate’s Jack Russell Terrier and he sometimes dog sat for his parents’ Yorkie.  Generally, Esme takes a day or 2 to warm up to the idea, but she has never been aggressive with other animals.  Please see the pictures of a very special cat who will offer you nothing but love and affection if you open your doors and your heart to her.  Transport of Esme will be provided if you agree to foster or adopt her.

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A family adopted two of our kittens not too long ago.  The kittens are now 7 months old. The family fell in love with the kittens and the kittens with them.  The wife intended on making a visit home to Japan and is there now.  In the meantime her husband was offered a job in Japan which he intends to take.  They want to take the kittens with them but the laws are very strict on rabies there as Japan is one of the few places in the world where there is no rabies. They have asked if we have any information or know anyone who can help them with what them with being able to keep their cats when they go to Japan.  Anyone who can offer any information on how the laws are there or on any way to help them please notify Jennifer Shoopman at (931)241-7675.  If they can not find a way to not have to put them in quarantine for a 6 month period and have to pay what we think is around $32 per day for their board while they are in quarantine, they will  have to re-home their cats.  They love them and they want to keep them but they need information and help.  Thank you for all help and information provided.  I will be posting photos shortly but this is such an urgent need I wanted to post this as soon as possible.  The family needs to move to Japan in one month around the beginning of November.  So the need is urgent!  PLEASE HELP!

Tokyo Bound Kittens

Tokyo Bound Kittens


For all my life I have loved animals.  I grew up on a farm with horses, cows, goats, sheep, mules, burros, ducks, geese, turkeys, peacocks, dogs and cats.  You name it we had it on the farm.  There were acres and acres of land to wander and lakes to fish in and a world full of wonder and joy for a kid.  It was nothing for me to grab a cane pole, dig up some worms and take off on the back of whatever horse or mule close by, followed closely by the beagle pup I grew up with and be gone most of the day fishing or exploring the woods.  Then I would hear my Mom calling the cows to come back to the barn for milking.  I would know it was time for me to come home and help her throw down hay to the cattle while she milked the cows.  It was hand milking then … not all this mechanical stuff nowadays.

milk catBut my favorite memories were of all the cats in the barn waiting for a squirt directly into their mouths of fresh warm cow’s milk.  The cats would have milk all over their faces where Mom had squirted milk in their anxiously waiting mouths.  I would watch as the other cats would clean each other’s faces to get the remains of the milk.  My Mom would take in every stray there was anywhere nearby and take care of them.  They all were fixed and taken to the doctor and lived much loved lives.  My Mom knew them all and loved everyone.  It was a great life and, even though, we were very poor, I would not change anything about those wonderful times.

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There was always an animal to take care of and my Mom would have a baby sheep or goat or puppy or kitten in the house bottle feeding them and helping them to grow big and strong.  One of my favorite memories was my Mom hanging clothes on the clothes line out back.  At the time we were taking care of an impish little black sheep.  The incline of the back yard was a down slope and as my Mom bent over to get clothes out of the basket to hang on the line here comes the black sheep.  He was barreling directly for my Mom and, before I could get the words out of my mouth, the black sheep ran directly into my Mom’s behind.  Mom sent rolling down the hill and the sheep was standing at the top of the hill bawling its head off.  I swear the sound was almost like laughter.  Needless to say, my Mom was furious with that lamb.  Meanwhile I was laughing so hard I was crying and when she saw me she broke into laughter herself.

I tell you this story to help you understand that because of my Mom and her big heart I, to this day, cannot turn away from any stray or hurt animal.  big heart 1I have always had a house full of my favorites, cats.  When we moved here and I heard about Cats Are Us I knew I had to help them in some way or another.  Becoming a foster parent for Cats Are Us was the way I decided to help out.  I have never regretted it for one second.  However, being a foster is not always easy and fun.  My first foster was adopted very quickly but the second took a bit longer.  When someone was finally interested in adopting her and I had to take her to meet her new Dad; it was the hardest thing I think I have ever done.  Then many more followed and with each a piece of my heart became attached to them.  I still cry when I adopt one of our foster kittens and probably will every time.

fb 18 jelly and biscuitHowever, I had a joyous moment about two weeks ago that made every tear worthwhile.  I cried even more only this time they were tears of joy.  While helping out at a Pet Smart adoption event, two of my kittens I had adopted out previously to a very nice husband and wife came to visit.  I had no idea they were there and when the director told me I had company and I turned around.  Well, I just could not believe my eyes and the tears just flowed.  Both the kittens looked so happy and their new Mom and Dad were radiating with pride.  I felt like my grandkids had come to visit!  I don’t know that I have ever known such joy in my entire life.  I will never forget that moment in time.

babiesStill you must be prepared for some heartache with fostering as well.  Just recently I took in four little kittens that needed bottle feeding.  They were very young but looked healthy.  Looks can be deceiving sometimes.  My friend and I went to bed and during the night the kittens became very sick.  We lost them one at a time and I cried barrels of tears over each one.   I buried them in the back yard and placed a rock over their graves.  I almost decided I just could not foster anymore because it was just too hard to lose one.  These were my first I had actually fostered that had lost their lives.  But one little boy still hangs in there.  We call him Tiny Dancer.  He is getting more and more strength with each day and he looks at you like you are the most important thing in the entire world to him.  I still cry over losing his brothers and sister but I know I have saved so many more from being lost, hungry, hurt or killed and they have all known love they may never have known except for a foster parent.

fb mya stacy mooseLast week we had a little kitten that tested positive for FIV.  I could not take him into my house because I have other cats that might contract the illness.  It was almost certain that he would be put down. But a miracle happened when the doctor’s daughter found a foster parent who could take him and keep him until he was old enough to re-test and maybe the anti-bodies would be gone from his little system and the virus would be gone along with them.  Now Moose is being diligently cared for by an extremely caring foster parent and her family.  Moose is being loved and nurtured by the whole family.  Not only is the family saving a life but they are teaching amazing values to their children about the care of all creatures on our planet.  Moose was given a chance at life because of a foster parent.   I don’t say this to pat myself or Moose’s foster parent on the back but to pat ALL foster parents out there on their backs.

FB J EdgarAll of you who take the older cats who have just about run their last race or have handicaps or are so scared because they have never known what the love of a good human being is like.  You are special and never let anyone tell you differently.  You give love to an animal that may have never known it except for you.  You are the voice of the voiceless.  You are what make the human race really human. Fostering a kitten is not easy but it is heart-warming and fostering an older cat and finding it a forever home is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can ever have.   And thank you to all the folks throughout the years who have given their hearts and their homes to adopt an animal from us.  You are our champions!

I want to say thank you to all of you who help at Cats Are Us.  No matter whether you help clean a litter box at the rescue or help at the adoption events or foster cats or donate time or money or run around like a mad woman like our director does making sure everything runs smoothly and no creature (not even a cricket) falls through the cracks.  Sometimes it gets hard and you want to throw in the towel but you all keep on going.  Volunteers … every one of you … YOU make our Cats Are Us work.  Without you there would be NO rescue and many, many lives would be lost along the way.


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Helping a fellow rescuer in need …

Crates needed after rescuer’s partner passes away

Ella Logan - Animal Advocate

Ella Logan – Animal Advocate

Hey all, this will be out of the area for most of you but a good friend to animals in NH is in GREAT need of dog crates. She and her partner, Neil, were a rescue team but he died suddenly a few weeks ago after a heart attack. They never used crates because they worked from home and just rotated who was with the dogs. She is now left with 15 dogs and ZERO crates. Her financial situation is dire and she needs to gain employment outside the home now but can’t leave 15 dogs alone without having them safe. Most of us know how devastating dog fights can be and the last thing Ella needs right now is another loss.

There is someone in Kingsport, TN donating 2 crates but we need to find a transport to get them to Ella in NH.  If any of you have extra crates or are running a transport that direction please let me know.  Also, if you have contacts in that area please forward this as you can.  Ella works in rescue and animal advocacy and is a legit angel to most who know her. Thanks for helping me get the word out. (Fundrazr link is below if you come across people who want to just donate, and also offers free shipping on many of their XL crates). Her Facebook page is but it is a graphic advocacy/rescue posting page.   Please use caution to the sensitive before you visit it.

Thanks all!!
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi