Success Stories We Have Received
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Leith (adopter of Nancy, now named Nuki)
My friends and family all say Nuki is a cute trouble maker,
and I have to agree with them. For she still is getting on
and into things that she knows shes not to get into.
As the weather cools she has also started to target the warmest
places in the apartment, and she also is starting to be more
cuddly then normal. Other then that she doing about that same
(Picture shows Grissom and Nuki (right) cuddling.)
Dori (adopter of Michou & Sherif)
Here is a video
of Michou and Sherif (size: 4 MB - it might take a while
to load in a new window and will open in Windows Media Player)
at their new home in Boston. Michou is a bronze Shirazi Mau
male and Sherif a bronze Mau male. They were friends at the
shelter when Sherif was a kitten and separated for a year
while Michou went to his home. Eventually Sherif joined him.
Dori says: "They both weigh exactly 10 lbs.! Michou looks
three times the size because of his coat...They are playing
and sleeping together... Everything we could have hoped for!"
Liz Shirley (adopter of Carrefour)
after an initial in-home separation Diablo & Carrefour
were able to smell each other and get used to the scent and
idea of another cat. After the vet visit, I started opening
the bedroom door for the room in which Carrefour was kept,
but left a child gate at the doorway. Carrefour could come
out and roam around, but he would still have a space that
was "his" and could easily hide from the dogs (little
dogs) or Diablo (the other kitty). I was amazed. He was out
wandering within 30 mins. And he had completely bonded with
Diablo within a weekend. I've never seen two male cats bond
Carrefour was around 7 pounds weight, and now he is up to
somewhere around 12 pounds. He is a very healthy eater. And,
I am ever so glad I got one of those covered litter boxes.
He really likes to get in there and throw the litter around.
He also prefers to have a bowl to wash his paws off in. He
seems to use the cat water dish to wash paws, then goes to
drink out of the dog's water dish. He definitely loves water.
He loves shredding paper, and jumping into boxes - even boxes
that are over a meter tall.
I'm still working on trying to break him of some bad habits,
such as nipping/biting people, tearing open people food etc.
He gets into the strangest food too, rice and noodles, besides
the food one would expect, like beef jerky or tuna. And he
absolutely eviscerates (shreds) his toy mice (his "mousey").
It is very hard now to sneak up on him (Carrefour) to take
a photo. My regular camera has a red light that seems to be
cat-attractive, so as soon as they see me with the camera
both cats come towards me. They both snuggle up on the top
of their cat tree, and I can't believe they both fit up there
on the top level as big as they are getting. I'm sorry the
bottom photos are blurry, as the phone camera is not very
good, but it seems to not distract them which allows me to
actually catch them in some interesting poses. Diablo typically
thinks he's the big bad wise older master of the domain, but
when someone comes over to visit, Diablo hides under my bed
and Carrefour after an initial wary look from some hidden
spot, then comes out to inspect the new person. He is very
much a people cat.
Carrefour thought the porch was another room behind a door
to inspect until he realized there was no ceiling and a whole
lot of green stuff down the steps (the lawn grass). Well,
I guess all that grass was not at all appealing to him, so
he decided he wanted back in the house immediately. I think
I won't have many problems with him wanting to sneak out the
outside door. I think he thinks it is cold out there and there
isn't any sand or what he would look more familiar to him.
But, I think he doesn't mind being a traveling cat. I do think
even with Diablo around that he still gets some separation
He would much rather be the bug killer extraordinaire than
be an outdoor or an indoor-outdoor kitty. He jumps so high
to catch the moth or odd bug that sneaks in the door way that
sometimes I think he might actually reach the ceiling fan.
He runs so fast playing with Diablo that I have found paw
prints about 2 feet to a meter up the walls going around corners
in the hallway where he has used the walls to bank around
a turn like a race car. I guess that is so he doesn't have
to slow down, and his feet and claws don't have much purchase
on the wood floors. He has done some rug surfing like Diablo
tends to do... where they run and hop onto a rug that doesn't
have a rubber or sticky backing and use it to slide across
the wood or tile floors.
The other thing that is very interesting is that Carrefour
enjoys watching TV. And I've heard of another fellow who has
a Mau that also enjoys watching TV, not only listening to
the sound, but actually following objects on the screen. He
will sit on the arm of the overstuffed chair or the loveseat
sofa and watch a movie with me.
My neighbor and a few other friends are completely enthralled
by the Mau now. Partly because he is such a people cat, partly
because he has that bit of an exotic look.
More pictures of Carrefour and his cat friends can be viewed
Pat Iverson (adopter of Tout, renamed Tehuti)
Tehuti continues to be an active, amusing, friendly
little (or not-so-little) guy. He's about as tall at
the shoulder as Sevda is, but much more compact (she's
a long slender stretch-limo of a kitty, and he's shorter
& solid - I joke about him being Arnold Schwartzenkitten).
He cuddles up to everyone in the house - residents or
visitors. Sometimes Tehuti cuddles up to the other cats,
starts kissing them and then nips them to start a game
of tag. He's also an avid fetch player when he feels
He survived his first CFA cat show last weekend - a
2 day, 7 ring catshow. He made every final (we don't
have to advertise that there were only 7 "household
pets" present, including Tehuti, and 10 slots in
each final, so that all the household pets made the
finals). He was obviously a bit nervous to be out in
the open on a judging table, but he wasn't terrified,
and he visibly relaxed over the course of the show.
He even made 6th place instead of 7th in two of the
judging rings, even though he didn't play with the judges'
toys the way other, more experienced cats did, but he
did give one of the women judges several head bumps.
Carol Anne (adopter of Kiki)
Wanted to let you know I've just arrived back in Midland and
got Kiki settled into my bedroom. She is absolutely a beautiful
cat. She is relaxed and calm and travels like an old pro -
a wonderful disposition. We didn't have any problems finding/meeting
with Callie and she said Kiki did very well on her part of
the journey, such a nice young lady. I have all paper work,
and now just need to let her have time to recover from the
trip and get comfortable around here.
A few days later: Kiki is doing well, I woke yesterday
to purrs and wet nose kisses and last night we were cheek-to-cheek,
with both on our backs... would have made a lovely photograph!
This morning, I cracked open the bedroom door; she's starting
to show an interest in what goes on in the rest of the house.
There was a glaring stand-off with the "herd" for
a few moments, and then everyone went their way. Kiki is sweet,
loving, gentle, but she does like her own space, so I let
her set the pace for our interaction, and she seems very content
with that. I'm in and out of the bedroom all day and we have
short visits, sometimes she gets up to greet me and sometimes
she just raises her head from a nap and gives me a "wink".
She's totally exploring the bedroom, checks on me in the shower
and is starting to "help" me get ready.
Nicole & Joe (adopters of Dahlia)
Nicole and I couldn't be happier with Dahlia. She's
cuddly and friendly to everybody, very talkative, catches
all of the bugs in the house, stalks the bird feeder
and knocks over the pot with the catnip growing in it
- she helps herself to the catnip sometimes. We couldn't
ask for more. She's awesome.
She's a healthy, whiny, curious cat. This morning I
had to rescue her because she got herself trapped in
a box that I'm not sure she could get back out of on
her own. I felt like I was playing marco polo: "Dahlia?"
"Meow" Move toward the sound. "Dahlia?"
"Meow" Move closer to the sound, and I soon
found her purring waiting for me in the box. She's very
dog-like, i.e. waits on the sidewalk for us when she
hears our cars come home, and comes running in through
the door when we stick our head out and yell for her.
She's pretty cool. So thanks again for her.
Julie (adopter of Layla)
I got Layla safely. She is adorable! I am just back to
the hotel - it took forever to clear customs! She is playing
in the room, already ate a huge meal and is very affectionate.
She is really tiny. At the same age, my kittens are double
the size! I quickly examined Layla. She looks quite healthy
except for the ears; she may have ear mites or some kind of
fungal infection, but we will soon take care of it. That's
not a big deal.
Now she is just trying to defeat me to walk on my keyboard
like it is something very cool to do! She is looking quite
good for such a long way here; I was expecting her to look
worse. Thanks so much for our new baby girl. She is all I
expected her to be. Great thanks to everybody who has been
involved with her and her shipping too!
Sherry sent us the following story. We liked it so
much we decided to list it here, even though it's not about
an EMRO cat. Enjoy!
Here is a great story worth your time to read. We are volunteers
at our local shelter and one day I decided to get my teenage
daughter a cat of her own. I've held back on countless other
homeless animals as we have two special needs dogs already,
but my teenager seems to be struggling during this change
from child to adult. Well, I have seen this gorgeous cat and
held her for a bit. She was one of about 20-30 strays at the
shelter. I went home to take my daughter to the shelter to
"look". To her surprise there was a kennel with
her name on a hot pink piece of paper. She held her and I
told her she could look at the others before we took her home.
Well she looked and decided that would be her kitty.
I was waiting in the vet office the other day and started
browsing through the June issue of Cat Fancy. Lo and behold,
there was our cat on one of the pages. I showed it to the
vet's wife, who was working the desk, and she stated that
she has never heard of one. Apparently, the shelter here has
not either. I just think this is amazing, and I'm still in
shock. Her name is Echo, but I have suggested several times
that we name her after one of the Egyptian goddesses. How
is that for a story of a saved nearly extinct cat?
Mike (adopter of Ashley)
Ashley, now Ashes, is doing great. She is very lovable. She
loves our son, our dog Szera and our other cat Smokey. She
can jump like no cat I've ever seen.
Deonne (adopter of Marmar)
Just wanted to update you on Marmar. She is doing great, has
settled into her new home and is peaceful and content. I have
attached a picture of her laying on one of her many favorite
places, my foot stool. She is so full of love and such a doll.
Thank you so much once again for Marmar.
Deonne's report of Marmar's arrival:
Marmar and Faisa have arrived safe and sound. I was a little
concerned about Marmar as LA is an hour drive home and Marmar
was meowing on the drive home but she soon settled down to
the motion of the car and took a nap. She has found her food,
water and litter box. Last night she slept on my bed and cuddled
up with my toy stuffed husky. She is such a darling and sweet
cat. Purrs non stop and follows me where I go and occasionally
love nips me on the foot. I have kept her in my bedroom since
I brought her home and she is content right where she is.
Erin (adopter of Shadow,
now named Doha):
Upon arriving in the US, I discovered that "Shadow"
was actually a girl, so I've named her Doha. She's quite content
in her new home and loves taking naps in the sun. My roommates
adopted a cat while I was in Egypt, so she has a friend Buddha.
She was quite skittish at first - she still can be around
new people - but she's become quite the little brave adventurer
over the past few months.
Spring has definitely sprung in DC, with plenty of insects
flying around the house. Doha is quite the little hunter!
People are always impressed with her athleticism! She sprints
around the house chasing whatever she can - almost always
I've begun letting her outside in our yard; I got tired of
her looking longingly out the window. She's quite curious
and loves to smell all the different plants on the lawn.
I love my cat! She's a sweetheart that loves following me
around the house. Oh! I almost forgot, her favorite food is
fish - she refuses to eat any beef or chicken. I like to joke
that it's because she's from Alexandria!
Joe (adopter of MishMush
Just wanted to check in and let you know that MishMush and
Sara are really happy! They're at my dad's house until I can
get a place that will take pets. They have it made there,
three floors, toys, heated floorboards, sunny windows, plants
(both to chew and to knock over) and lots of visitors who
Ismo (adopter of Tristan):
Tristan is very keen on our family. He is a member of our
family. In the picture Tristan is with our other cat Batman.
They are already friends and good company to each other. Tristan
and our dogs have also no troubles.
John (adopter of Elwan):
I've been supervising Elwan's introduction to his new home.
Elwan's doing extremely well. He's taken to his new surroundings
like a duck takes to water! For the first couple of days he
was sticking his nose into EVERYTHING. Shadow (he's my 14
year old cat) intially was a bit of a drama queen, mostly
hissing and growling. Elwan was very good about it and things
have settled dowm quite a bit. I saw them sleeping together
on the couch yesterday.
I took Elwan to the Vet on Monday. He checked out fine. There
was some ear mite eggs in his ears though. They did have to
sedate him in order to draw a blood sample and micro-chip
him. He can be a real handful. He's a very affectionate cat,
a real sweetheart. Thanks for taking good care of him and
sending him to me.
Ismo (adopter of Tristan):
Tristan is safely here in Rantasalmi with us and everything
seems to be going well. He isn't so shy any more as in the
first place. He is also eating and drinking quite normally.
He is purring us and when he wants more touching he rises
up on the rear legs. Also lies on his back. Such a wonderful
cat he is. Keep on the good work!
Sara (adopter of Yonni):
Yonni is a sweet cat and just about as nice as they come,
Anne (adopter of Minna and Shahira):
The girls arrived last evening! Minna promptly came out of the
carrier and started investigating my bedroom. Shahira, true
to form, hovered in her carrier before making a run under the
bed. Minna is so sweet and delicate, she curled up in bed with
me and spent the nigh there. Shahira is beautifully exotic,
I love her long slender body, and over all shape. I can imagine
the beautiful kittens she could have. While Minna and I slept,
Shahira investigated and played most of the night. My room is
a haven to cats! It needs a good cleaning out. I've been going
through my closet removing things to give away, so I've got
a big box full. And I still have all of the gift packaging ...so
that made of a nice crunchy pile of exploring stuff. Sounded
like she was having a high 'ole time. Both girls are eating,
using litter box and look healthy. We have a vet appointment
tomorrow afternoon. Well, this has been a wondeful end to all
our efforts. Another happy story... let's pray for many more!
Rachael (adopter of Dahlia):
Dahlia continues to do exceptionally well. My son (3 years
old) runs around the house with a string behind him, and she
chases him. There is a lot of thudding of feet, and wild laughing
from my son. He enjoys her so much, and she tolerates him
past what we'd ever expect. He's good with her, but he's still
kind of loud sometimes and shrieks with laughter, and she
is unfazed. She's a great lap kitty, and also enjoys sleeping
in the paper recycling box. By today, I'd say she looks comfortable
almost all the time. Every once in a while the dogs make her
nervous, but she is pretty good with them, too, as you can
see from the photo I took today. The five of us continue to
sleep on the bed together at night. (me, husband, two dogs,
kitty) This is only her third day in the house, so this progress
is just great. Even yesterday she seemed very comfortable.
She hasn't scratched any furniture and is perfect with the
litter box. We'll take her to the vet soon, to get any shots
they like that she might not have, and to get her micro-chipped.
I didn't want to do that first thing when she got here, as
it might stress her out. I'm really looking forward to getting
to know her better. She already shows an amazing amount of
personality for someone that we've known for 3 days. My experience
with dogs is that you don't really start to know them until
they've been with you about 3 weeks, and in some ways, not
for about six months. So, I'm guessing there's much more to
her, but she is already delightful in every way. My husband
is delighted to have a cat, especially this one. He says it
feels so much nicer to have a cat along with the dogs. My
son is thrilled to have a friend that weighs less than him,
doesn't crash into him, doesn't thwap him in the face with
her tail, and doesn't sit on or step on his toys. Our Labs
are a little graceless, although wonderful girls and very
G.S. (adopter of Luli):
Luli has arrived and is well. He was quite vocal at times
during the 2.5 hour drive from Los Angeles to San Diego, but
I was able to comfort him by either speaking soothingly, singing,
or by placing a hand near the "window" of the carrier.
Luli would sniff my hand anytime I placed it on the carrier,
which I considered to be a good indication that he was not
afraid of me. Upon arrival at home I had to temporarily isolate
Luli from the other two cats by placing him in the upstairs
bathroom/dressing room. I made food/water, toys, and litter
box available to him there. At this point I had to go pick
up my daughter, Selena, from her mother's home. I told Selena
that her super-special Christmas present was waiting for her
at home and because the Christmas plans had changed a bit,
she wouldn't have to wait until Christmas Morning.
I instructed her that there would be no touching/holding,
no loud noises, and no sudden movements...needless to say,
Selena was rather puzzled by this. I lead her into the room
with her eyes closed and then had her open her eyes. Initially
she appeared to be confused, but as soon as she laid eyes
on Luli she brightened up like the sun cresting the horizon
on a beautiful new day. Selena helped me to prepare the guest
room so that it would be safe for him and over the next couple
of days, we would spend more and more time just sitting in
the room with him and talking to him. He was quite thorough
in his inspection and exploration of that room.
He would occasionally vocalize as though he were calling out
to other cats hoping to hear familiar voices in response...I
could tell that he missed his previous home. [The guest room,
wherein lie his pet carrier to which I've added a sleeping
pad, litter pan, food dish and some toys, will continue to
be available to him as long as he continues to have a need
for it, such need demonstrated by retreating to the carrier
to sleep at night]. After a couple of days, the door to the
room was left open so that he could explore the rest of the
house as he saw fit. Sunday the 24'th was the first day that
he had full access to the entire house, and he spent the day
thoroughly exploring the entire house. It wasn't long before
he ran into the other two feline residents.
Brutus [22lb male black longhair] is curious about Luli and
appears to be not the least bit hostile toward him. Butterfly
[13lb female tortiseshell calico) on the other hand wants
nothing to do with the lanky interloper [typical of her, actually,
she does the same thing to Brutus for a week or so every summer
when I have him shaved]. Selena and Luli have taken an immediate
shine to one another. In fact, he has nuzzled up against her
hand on multiple occasions and he's allowed himself to be
petted by her at least twice.
He's also nuzzled up against my hand not ten minutes ago.
He is playful and is not afraid to vocalize when he wants
some attention. I've noticed him following Selena around from
time to time... Luli really seems to have made himself quite
at home here. Selena adores him and I find him to be a delightful
addition to our family. Thank you very much for everything
you have done to make this happen for us. Please find attached
some of the photos that I have taken over the last couple
Celeste (adopter of Nivene):
Nivene arrived in Boston on Saturday and after a crazy time
in the international terminal, I was able to connect with
the escort Christine Carriere. She is a delightful young woman
and reported having a very good trip with Nivene. We arrived
home in Maine about 7pm EST. As soon as she emerged from her
crate, she was purring and cuddling up to me. She is an amazingly
affectionate girl and is enjoying playing with all of the
Christmas toys my friends and relatives have sent in anticipation
of her arrival. There have been no problems with the dog and
she and the other cat will work out their heirarchical differences
soon I am sure. Thank you so much. I know this was an excruciatingly
long process, but she is the best Christmas present I have
ever received! I hope to send pictures soon.
Judith and Edward (adopters
The beautiful blue Socrat with gorgeous green gooseberry eyes
arrived at Logan airport showing no untoward effects from
his 18-hour plane ride. We do think he was a bit tired of
being cooped up, however; he jumped quickly from his carrier,
ready to drink and eat as soon as we were willing to feed
him, and he was more than eager to use the kitty box! He has
been using his travel carrier voluntarily as his den ever
since he arrived. He will not accept being put into it by
us, which (in addition to a sixth sense regarding appointment
days leads to his complete disappearance) has caused to miss
two trips to the vet for his initial physical exam; unfortunately
that also means that he has no met any of his Mau-mates yet.
He has met our three dogs and quelled all three with one look!
They keep their distance. We hope that will change once he
sees that Anwar and Dani treat them as rather loud, unruly,
overgrown cats. He is especially fond of Edward and comes
running to him as soon as he hears the door opening, purring,
rubbing against his legs, and, of course, “mau-ing”.
He does not yet want to be picked up, but gives tiny nose
kisses when he is at face level with a human. Basically, I
would say he is a happy, well-adjusted Mau who “marches
to his own drummer”! I’m hoping he will eventually
also find me acceptable. Ann and I agree that it may be related
to his favorite female placing him on a horrid airplane and
leaving him there for far too long! Once he recovers from
this “betrayal” he may well come around and accept
me too. In the meantime, interacting with one new human is
totally acceptable progress at this point. He is an adult
after all, not a kitten like the other two. Socrat has seen
the world and knows enough to be wary of it, sophisticated
gentleman that he is. The kittens continue to thrive and play
and EAT! The dogs worry constantly about their love of high
places (so do we when they decide to come crashing down!)
and really want to mother them. Like two-year-olds Anwar and
Dani are convinced that they are ready to control the world
with no help or advice. The most common words spoken in the
house has become, “Now what?” I hope you will
convey to the workers at the Shelter what wonderful work they
do in their daily care of these cats and how much we appreciate
it. The cats are so well socialized, accepting, trusting,
and friendly. I cannot imagine how the workers manage to do
this when they are dealing with so many cats, but it is as
if each has been brought up by loving individuals in a family.
Our lives are much enriched by their arrival of all three
Maus who warm our hearts with their loving, free spirits.
Thank you, all.
Helen and Chris (adopters
of Nasser [now 'Bazzie']):
...Nivene truly had a most extrodinary litter and bazra is
the most exceptional animal i have ever owned and i cannot
tell how happy he is and dreadfully he is spoiled. he is king
of his home and has all his siblings compeletly under his
rule. if you like i can send you more photos, since all we
do is take his eminece's photo (no-one photographs better
than bazzie) he really is the prince of las vegas, a title
he was obviously born to! all my friends are completely in-love
with him and the story of his journey here to "sin city"
has become legend here. how wonderful is fate, no?
Linda (adopter of Mr. Giggles):
Thank you for all your help and e-mails. Here's an update
re Mr. Giggles and his adoption thru Kitten Rescue. Thank
you for all your support during a difficult decision.
Sandy and family
to previous owner from the shelter called "Kitten Rescue"
in California: Yes, he did get a wonderful home with
a couple in their early fifties who adopted from me this year.
Unfortunately that kitten died from FIP at 10 months old;
3 months after they adopted him. They spent $5,000 trying
to save him. I inquired if they wanted to meet Mau Mau (that's
what I named him on Petfinder) to keep company with their
other kitten. They fell in love with him right away. They
had a brand new bed and new toys for him the day I arrived.
Their kitten gave him quite a bad time but he didn't really
take any notice and kept trying to make friends. He slept
with Gary and Lynn almost right away and had the run of the
house. He and the kitten did make friends pretty quickly.
He's great with their grandchildren too. There is no doubt
they will keep him forever and take good care of him. They
don't let their cats outside and take them to the vet regularly.
If they send pictures, I'll forward them on to you.
Susan & Peter (adopters
of Tasnima, now 'Emma'):
Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how well our little
Emma is doing. I'm so glad we decided she was the one! As
you know, I had some concerns that she was too untame, but
what a change! It's been only a few days since we brought
her home and already she's sitting in my lap, purring away
without a care! We're so pleased she's joined our family.
Emma's doing great. She's incredibly smart and very affectionate.
Already, she comes when I call her. Her head perks up when
she hears my voice. It's as though she understands every word.
She sat in my lap purring for a good 1/2 hr last night, which
is surprising for a kitten of her age. Many thanks again to
you and EMRO for saving these wonderful creatures.
Nanette (adopter of Faisa):
Let me first start off by reassuring you that Faisa is soooo
happy! It has not been all fun however, due to the fact that
she was very sick when we got her. It may have been the stress
of the flight and move flaring up a prior sickness, but when
she arrived she was sneezing and very congested. Since I have
been home a lot this year due to my studies, I was the first
to notice it. Unfortunately it was passed on to our little
Frankie, and hit him worse since he was strictly a house cat
and had never been sick. He ended up with a very high fever
and had to be taken for help right away. In the end it all
was nothing too tragic though! After a few vet visits all
was well. I do have to say though, it was incredibly interesting
giving two cats, with paws full of claws, a total of 5 medications
2 times a day!! hehe but I know they appreciated everything
once they began to feel better. :)
On to the good news again! Faisa has completely become part
of the family. She is a complete lap kitten. She always sits
with me on the couch while I type papers on my laptop, or
watch TV (she watches TV too! primarily the big cat shows
they have on the Discovery Channel). Daniel plays with her
with one of the many cat toys we have, running up and down
the stairs while she chases him trying to get the feather
at the end of the string. After all of the store bought toys
we purchased for the cats, we were surprised to find out what
Faisa's favorite toy was. We get the morning paper (it is
held together by a rubber band) and sometimes it is left on
the floor. Not before long we would see her fly across the
tile, jump in the air, wiggle her little butt and race back
across the room. All that excitement was just for a little
rubber band. She loves them!! As for Faisa and Frankie, they
are two peas in a pod. They take naps together everyday and
sometimes just lay and lick each other. They both are a handful
though! Hahah Daniel and I have agreed that they are good
practice for when we are married and have children. However,
it is never anything that a time out in the dreaded bathroom
can't fix. They both hate it! If one does something really
naughty he gets put in time out. Its a lovely bathroom with
cushioned rugs and cool tile, but its the separation they
cant handle! If one is in time out, the other will lay outside
the door sticking his/her paws under to get a feel for his
friend until the other is let out (mostly just enough time
for me to clean up what he/she has dumped over ). Once the
captive has been freed, the two will just run off together
in a whirl of play. Even when speaking of them being naughty
though, I cant help but smile and laugh at their mischievous
ways. We both love them dearly and miss them when we are apart.
Thank you so much for finding our Faisa and sending her to
us. We adore her. I have enclosed a few pictures for you to
Judith & Edward (adopters
of Anwar and Dani):
We're definitely recovering, especially the two little ones
although they're still very quiet. They are delighted when
we come in to see them and provide a living, breathing, loving
jungle gym for them to play on! Yesterday, our dog Sophie
barged in and met Dani. So much for a gradual, planned introduction.
They touched noses and everything was fine until Sophie invited
Dani to play -- the movement we call Flop-Flop: the nose goes
down in a submissive position repeatedly with the rear end
in the air and the tail waving madly. Dani wasn't interested
at all -- at all! But it wasn't a negative meeting, just a
matter of communication. Anwar looked on, but didn't come
forward. He has been so dignified so far, but not distant.
Sophie went in again today when we fed them and both let her
know with polite little growls that there would be NO sharing
of food, which is good. I'm glad that though they have had
no experience with dogs before they are not at all intimidated
by them. They have been playing with the toys and Anwar loves
most the little mice you sent with them. Running up and down
the scratching post is another fun game and Anwar loves to
go in Dani's travel bag and peer out the other end at us as
if playing peek-a-boo. They're very enthusiastic about Science
Diet Kitten food and keep trading bowls just to make sure
the other doesn't have a better version, I guess. I am so
glad we adopted two at the same time. I think a single would
have been very lonely after they had lived in the shelter
and are now in a very different type of environment. If people
are willing and able to do so, I would suggest that potential
adopters consider it. Many of the shelters here now require
adopting in pairs if there is not already a cat in the home.
You cannot imagine how grateful we are to you for all of your
incredibly hard work and persistence. Making travel arrangements
like these would obviously tax the abilities and energies
of any ordinary travel agent. The kittens are wonderful, beautiful,
adorable -- they couldn't be nicer and we are so lucky to
have them. Thank you again for what you have given us.
Natalie and Jon (adopters
Abu has done more than settled in, let me tell you. When we
first got home he hid under the sofa for about an hour and
then just like a light switch he was out. Purring and cuddling
and VERY very talkative. He is completely comfortable everywhere
in the house already and has found his own little spot on
the couch. We will be sure to send you pictures as soon as
possible! Thanks again for Abu...he is everything we wanted
Helen & Chris (adopters
He really is a wonder, completely fearless and bold, incredibly
affectionate and social and just the most perfect pet one
could wish for. He has given us such joy and is so happy in
his new home and his new siblings. I am attaching some photos
to show you how well he is, including my personal favorite
which i think you will find amusing. The little man never
stops kissing me, actually it is his preferred mode of waking
me up at 4:30 am! But how can you be angry at such an adorable
guy? You can't that's all. We very very much hope that we
can adopt another kitten before too long and will have a long
enduring relationship with you and EMRO. God bless you everyday
for providing us with such happiness.
Deb (adopter of Nasseem,
Eva and Possum):
The cats fit in just great. All three slept with me on the
bed and they love their new cat tree post by the big window.
It's fun having them around. They are eating very well &
purring all the time. Nasseem is quite the curious one, he
love attention which he is getting plenty of! I am going to
settle in and take her to my vet in a few days. I will keep
you posted. Please tell everyone the cats are doing great
in their new home. Thank you once again. Eva and Possum really
like being together, and Naseem is a clown and loves to play
with everyone. I let the cats explore where ever they want
now. Slowly Eva and Possum are coming out of the big bedroom.
They are quite lovable.
Jennifer (adopter of Lion):
I love Lion! She is the sweetest cat I have ever met. She
had no problem with jumping up in bed and sleeping with me
the first night she was there. She has such a good personality.
Not very often you see that. She is friendly and sweet. She's
trying to be friends with the cat that have now, but I think
that it's going to take some time for my Cleo to accept it.
She hasn't been too happy, lol. But, Lion is being very good
with her and I know that everything will smooth over shortly.
I couldn't have asked for more! Gail [pet escort] was a pleasure
and everything went great. I'm so happy! Thank you for everything!
I'm so lucky to have such an incredible animal become a new
member of the family. She acts as if she's known me since
she was a kitten and it's only been 2 days. She loves to play
and she loves to sit in your lap and cuddle. She's incredible!
I'll send pictures soon.
Gail (pet escort for Lion):
Lion is the most wonderful cat I have ever met and I told
Jennifer how lucky she is. Everyone that has met her has fallen
in love with her and wants to adopt a mau. The plane ride
was great. She slept the entire time and was very calm. She
is eating very well, very happy and lovable. I will email
you after I drop Lion off. Transition was great. Everyone
fell in love with the cat and she travelled well to NJ. She
was picked up last night and Jennifer was very happy. Several
people here are now interested in adopting Maus. My father
is a contributer to several newspapers in the area and he
is writing an article on EMRO and about Lion and I passed
out the brochures to some doctors and veterinarians that are
interested in Maus.
Steph (future Mau adopter):
I'm so excited at the possibility of adopting another Mau.
My beloved Sam made me fall in love with the Mau breed. They
are such wonderful, awesome cats! Their personalities are
unique; friendly and loveable, sometimes a bit shy. Sam was
very protective of me. He would sit and guard the bathroom
door while I was in the shower every day! He was quite funny.
He was always waiting at the door when I got home from work,
like a little dog. He really was my best buddy. I miss him
a great deal.
S.R. Lista (owner of Theba):
If you'd like to read an interesting story, I have one you'll
appreciate. I've owned dogs all of my life, even today, but
eight years ago a Mau showed up at my door and my dogs adopted
her (or so you might think). According to my Vet, Theba was
pure Silver Spotted Mau. Although Theba died from cancer early
this year (2006), she actually ran my household. Theba slept
with my Labradors; ate with the Labradors (her own food);
and, Theba played with my Labradors. God help anyone who tried
to hurt my female Labrador 'Sandy," because Theba would
attack and scratch that person so bad that you'd think they
were attacked by a wildcat. When Theba died, and I had her
cremated (the ashes are in a wooden urn next to where my Labradors
sleep), you would think it was the end of the world. My Labradors
lay by the ashes every day and you sometimes hear them whimper,
because they truly miss Theba.
Wherever I went in my home, Theba was there. She laid on top
of my computer monitor when I did my research, or laid on
my lap when I watched television. Theba was my constant companion
(friends of mine, cat lovers, would say that Theba appreciated
my saving her and she became devoted to me). My friends were
surprised that I could easily call Theba and she responded
exactly like my Murphy and Sandy. When contractors were building
near my home, nearly every home in the neighborhood was plagued
by field mice, except mine. Theba was a tremendous hunter
and caught everything from mice to insects. People were always
surprised when I took Sandy to the Vet, because I also had
to take Theba. herever Sandy went, Theba had to attend. It
was as though Sandy and Murphy were Theba's pets and I just
provided their care, food, and love. Sandy and Murphy loved
Theba so much that since she died, they now sleep alongside
Daniel (adopter of Faisa):
Faisa is doing great. She is adapting well to the house and
to the other cat, Frankie. They are not best friends yet,
but appear to be on the right track. As soon as I get good
pictures of them, I will email them to you. Once again, thank
you very much for giving me the opportunity to adopt Faisa.
I'll keep you updated on how things are going.
Jessie (adopter of Hamsa
Hi! i just wanted to let you know that miss Hamsa and little
Samir arrived this afternoon. They are so beautiful and precious!!
Everything went very smoothly, and i am very
appreciative to Toni St. John for bringing these little darlings
on such a long journey. Hamsa and Samir seemed to get along
just fine in the same carrier. in fact, i think it was
probably good for them to have each other for such an adventurous
experience and they seem to be good buddies now :) They are
settling in just great here! at first they were
hesitant and checking it all out, but now they are rolling,
jumping, and playing! They are both eating and drinking well,
and making good use of the litter box. I have scheduled a
veterinarian appointment for them on Saturday morning, so
i am looking forward to getting them all checked out. i have
talked to my mom about their grand arrival and she is jealous
that she can't be here yet. She is very excited! I want to
thank you and Gloria again for all your time and effort in
seeing these adoptions through! Your assistance and caring
is much appreciated! Also, please keep me posted about Dalia
and Donya! I will also keep you updated about Samir as time
goes along. I am so thrilled to have him, he is so dorable
and spunky! We'll be in touch!
Yvonne (adopter of Fifa):
Kathleen arrived with Fifa and after going through customs
handed Fifa over to me. She said Fifa was an excellent traveler
and it was an enjoyable experience for her. I have her address
so will keep her updated as to Fifa well-being. My return
flight to Houston was delayed due to weather and machinery
problems; my flight arrived in Houston about 1:30 AM and we
arrived home at 4:00AM. Fifa slept and I was delighted to
see she is such a good traveler in the car as well. Fifa slept
next to me last night as she was somewhat apprehensive and
curious concerning her new surroundings. After exploring my
bedroom, she settled down next to me and slept like a log
(as did I), until the phone rang this morning with a call
from Janet inquiring about her. Our other animals are still
at my youngest daughter's home and I will get them later today.
Fifa is in my studio with me. She has eaten tuna this morning
as she must not be familiar with dry catfood. She will learn
to eat the dry catfood as I cannot leave wet food out. After
a week or so when she is over her jet lag and more familiar
ith her new home, Fifa will start fitting into our routine.
The pictures I've sent show Fifa in my studio where she will
spend the week. She is a beautiful Mau with a calm temperament.
This has been a excellent learning experience as how to assist
a heroic effort to save one noble species of God's creation.
God saw that his creation was good and so does EMRO!
Ann (adopter of Jerry, Filfilla
Just before Christmas 2005 I visited one of the local animal
shelters in Cairo and instantly fell in love with this gorgeous
silver Mau. At the time of my visit he was taking a little
nap so I decided not to disturb his sleep, yet as I was heading
for the front door he came up to me and instantly jumped onto
my shoulder for a ride. I took him home the next day and he
quickly made his presence felt. Jerry is the sweetest cat
ever, yet he can be very shy. Jerry is loyal to me: he waits
for me at the door when I come home, he loves to cuddle up
in bed and every morning he guards my bathroom door, come
what may. At night he keeps himself occupied by opening all
my kitchen cabinets, no doubt he's in search for more food,
this cat loves his food! I adore Maus for their intelligence
and sociable character; the fact that they can be shy at times
only adds to their charm.
After a few months I started thinking about getting a 'roommate'
for Jerry, I went back to the shelter and adopted Filfilla,
a sweet bronze Mau and a real girlie. It certainly wasn't
love at first sight between those two and for the first week
or so things were rather tense at home. Filfilla is opinionated
and she definitely has attitude, so she stood her
ground and quickly became the queen of the house. Jerry and
Filfilla made up and ever since they became a bit of an item.
It's fun to watch them play together or just hanging out together.
In a nutshell, it is a match made in heaven!
The newest arrival in my cat family is Socrat (there is debate
as to his breed), he is very sweet and continuously gets himself
into all sorts of mischief and trouble, including an escape
from the house which left him on the streets of Cairo for
just over a week. Luckily we managed to trap him and he's
now back at home safe and sound. Socrat is still trying to
find his way around Jerry & Filfilla, occasionally I have
to take on the role of peace keeper, but given time I am sure
Socrat will carve out his own niche!
(adopter of Ole and Oscar):
I wanted to let you know the boys are doing great!!!! They are
enjoying themselves and both seem very happy! I believe they
are pretty much settled in. They purr a lot and talk to me a
great deal. They certainly let me know when they want me to
pet them, play with them, or pay more attention to them. The
boys are quite vocal and don't have any problems speaking up!
It's very cute. Ole sleeps with me most nights. Occasionally,
he will wake up in the night and give me love nibbles. Oscar
will come visit during the night, but he usually doesn't stay.
Everyone seems to be adjusting very well to one another. CJ
is doing very good, considering he has uninvited visitors as
far as he is concerned. They all seem to be accepting one another
more and more each day. The other night I took a bath and Ole
sat on the edge of the tub the entire time. He was quite curious
about the bubbles. His back leg slipped into the tub and I was
surprised to see that it didn't bother him at all. He just pulled
his leg out, shook it off and went about watching the bubbles!
He's quite a character. I love them both very much and can't
thank you enough for bringing them to me. They're wonderful
The Luckiest Cat in the World
Isis looked like an ordinary shorthair cat roaming the streets
of Cairo, Egypt. Felines were treated as sacred in ancient
times, but that was long ago. Now she was just another underfed
stray hiding under a car. When the vehicle pulled away the
skin was torn from her back. She would have died of her injuries
had she not been spotted by Suzy Tawfik, an Egyptian humanitarian.
Suzy picked up Isis and brought her
to my apartment. I was a Fulbright Fellow at the faculty of
Veterinary Medicine of Cairo University. With the expert help
of my colleague and friend Dr Hendrikje Roeder, a German veterinarian
we managed to clean Isis up and bandage her wounds. To keep
her from biting her bandages we placed a cone of cardboard
around her neck like an Elizabethan collar. Our homemade device
made Isis look like she was pretending to be a daisy in a
school play but she tolerated it and her wounds healed rapidly.
As soon as she was healthy she went looking for trouble. Isis
has a habit of investigating things too closely. One day she
got out on the patio and leaned over for a good look. I don't
know when she fell off but as soon as I missed her I searched
everywhere. Finally I went to my first floor neighbor to see
if Isis had fallen two floors into her garden. We opened the
door and there she was with a stiff front leg and a bloody
nose but no major
injuries. If she had fallen out the window on the other side
of the building she would have dropped five floors to the
street and probably died... instead, she got a ticket to California
with seven of her nine lives. I would also add that Isis is
lame. I think she had a major injury sometime in the past
to her left hind leg and she limps on that side. I guess that
means she only has six lives left to spare!
Updated November 17, 2010