Elvis, a very striking 16-pound orange tabby cat who is well known and very popular with the North Star Historic Conservancy crowd, arrived at AnimalSave’s new cat sanctuary just before Halloween. Our little Trick and Treat!
His caretakers at the Conservancy who brought him to us weren’t sure about his age or history, but legend has it that he had been a fixture at the North Star House for at least ten-years. Some of our own volunteers recognized him immediately from visits to the North Star House.
He had his spot upstairs, but regularly came downstairs where he took his place on his favorite chair to attend events. Weddings, parties, fundraising events – he wasn’t picky. He loved the excitement of the gathering and receiving lots of attention and petting from the crowd. Always sweet and gentle – even with children – he was a much sought after guy.
There are many “Elvis Stories”. One has it that a group was meeting at the North Star House and a man was sitting in a comfortable chair. Elvis began rubbing against the man’s leg and walking toward the door. The man got up and walked with Elvis toward the door. As he opened the door to let Elvis out, Elvis turned, ran and jumped onto his favorite chair that the man had inadvertently occupied! This is a smart cat.
We aren’t sure of his age, but he is an oldster with some medical issues. His friends at the North Star House were concerned about how well he would deal with the upcoming cold, winter weather and about being able to properly medicate him for an ear infection. They contacted AnimalSave about helping Elvis.
AnimalSave, as you know, has for nearly 20-years been a refuge for homeless cats and dogs – rescuing and finding homes for hundreds of them each and every year. The Cat Adoption Room is an open setting with free-roaming cats and lots of visitors. It provides a perfect venue for most of the cats we rescue to be seen by the public and folks wanting to adopt a “furr-ever” cat or kitten.
We do, however, have many cats that are more difficult to adopt. Older cats, cats with medical issues, cats with behavioral issues, very frightened and shy cats that just do not do well in that setting. Thanks to ongoing donations from generous animal-loving folks, AnimalSave has been able to open a separate facility here at the AnimalSave Center.
Penny’s Place was named in memory of a much-loved cat that lived a long, long life with a generous donor. It offers a roomy, comfortable space for these cats who need extra time to recover and heal. It is our hope that they will eventually find their forever homes. However, many of them will find refuge at Penny’s Place for the rest of their days.
Elvis is here at Penny’s Place in his own suite. As a celebrity of the North Star Historic Conservancy he has a regular group of visitors.
He has been to see Dr. Curtis at Best Friends Animal Clinic. We knew he was old, had bad teeth and a large growth on his chest. Dr. Curtis confirmed that he was old, needed extensive dental work and that the growth should be removed. Blood work and a chest x-ray determined that he is in exceptional shape for a guy his age and that he should do well with the procedures. We’ve started him on a course of antibiotics in preparation of the surgery that will happen the week after Thanksgiving.
We feel privileged to be able to help sweet, sweet Elvis. Now all we need is your help with the anticipated expense of $1,200. I know it is a lot, and he is just an old cat. However, when he leans his head against you and looks at you with his soulful eyes, saying no is just not an option.
Please help us help Elvis. Your donation will be much appreciated.