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Shim and Stanley

Shim and Stanley are best friends and have spent their entire lives together. Stanley (black) is also known as the greeter. He has a loud purr and happily greets everyone that comes into the room. He loves getting attention and did very well with the young children in his previous home. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and will be have to be on an inexpensive medication for the rest of his life. His friend Shim (dilute Calico) is a bit more reserved and did not seem to care for children so much. However, once she got used to the ...
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Mickey

This handsome lad is Mickey. Mickey was returned to us when his family adopted a dog and he didn’t appear to be too pleased with the new arrival. Shortly after he came back, we noticed that Mickey had difficulty urinating and he had to have emergency surgery when he became blocked. Mickey will have to be on prescription food for the rest of his life, but has been doing great ever since we started him on that. He is a friendly, laid-back cat who doesn’t seem to mind the company of other cats. DOB: February 16, 2010      ...
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Marlow

After traveling the world, Marlow is now ready to settle down in a forever home. This big boy was originally adopted from Pet Refuge as a kitten. Imagine our surprise when we got a call 10 years later that he was surrendered to a shelter in Canada. Since we are committed to our animals, no matter where they end up, we reached out to our rescue networks and organized a transport from Kitchener, Canada back to South Bend. Luckily, Marlow enjoyed traveling and made a great passenger. Update: Marlow is currently on hold while we are working on some medical issues ...
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Sandy

Sandy has experienced quite a few disappointments in her life. She has been adopted out and returned numerous times. The last time she was returned to us, our vet determined that she was in quite a bit of pain from several inoperable mammary tumors. She does not like to be picked up (and will let you know about her displeasure), but she is otherwise enjoying life at our shelter. Please consider sponsoring her so she we can make sure that she gets the care she needs. DOB: May 2008 ...
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Cowboy

This big handsome Dude is a happy, easy-going cat despite all of his health issues. Cowboy is a senior cat who has battled chronic upper respiratory infections his entire life. On top of that, he was also diagnosed with diabetes. His diabetes is well managed in his foster home and your donations will help us keep him healthy and happy there. Please consider donating for Cowboy. ...
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Sophia

When we took Sophia to the vet for a dental, the vet found that she has an irregular heartbeat. After taking x-rays and doing an ultrasound of her heart, the vet determined that she has fluid in the sack around her heart, fluid around her lungs and fluid in her stomach. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for her but she is not in any discomfort or pain. One of our previous adopters offered to take her into hospice foster, so Sophia will get to enjoy the rest of her life in a loving home. (*) Please consider donating to help us take ...
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Seymore

Seymore is diabetic and could use your help to pay for his insulin. DOB February 14, 2003 ...
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Cheeto

Cheeto is full of life and personality! This beautiful 4-year-old buff and white boy is enthusiastic, playful and loves to be the center of attention. He would do well with another active cat that doesn’t mind having a playmate that likes to be the class clown. At Pet Refuge, his favorite activities consist of chasing toys, climbing up cat trees and entertaining our volunteers. Cheeto is a young, healthy cat, but he will have to be on prescription food because he is prone to developing urinary crystals. He is neutered, microchipped, front declawed and up-to-date on all of his vaccines ...
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Lilly

When I first met this beautiful 6-month-old kitten, she was in a small cage at a different shelter, desperately trying to get my attention. Lilly was sticking her little paws out, rubbing against the door, clearly wanting to be picked up and loved on. Lilly had been part of a large cat hoarding case and she was probably in the worst medical shape of all the cats that had survived the ordeal. She had upper respiratory and eye infections – like almost all of the other cats from this trailer. And on top of that, she had a bad ear ...
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Chrissy

Chrissy is a gentle, sweet girl with a little handicap. She was dropped off at the Humane Society with a head injury of unknown origin, and as a result she hangs her head to one side and is occasionally a little off balance. We can only guess what accident or abuse caused her injury, but despite this, she has amazingly kept her trust in people, and remains an affectionate, brave little girl. Her strength through crisis and difficulty is truly inspiring, and her friendly demeanor will melt anyone's heart. UPDATE: Chrissy has made amazing progress in the few months she ...
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Twilight

Clearly, Twilight wasn't treated very well in the past, but you'd never know it with his friendly attitude towards humans as well as other kitties. Shortly after he came to us, we discovered that his teeth were in terrible shape and that he desperately needed several teeth extracted. During this surgery, Twilight had an extremely rare reaction to the anesthesia and suffered a stroke. He is now recovering and literally has to learn how to eat, drink and walk again. We are hopeful that Twilight will eventually make a full recovery, but it'll be a long road. Please consider sponsoring ...
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Porter

Porter is a real sweetheart who loves to be around people. Unfortunately, Porter's diabetes has recently become more serious and he now requires twice daily shots. Since he is now on insulin instead of a special diet, he is living freely in a special needs foster home experienced with diabetic cats. We are still working to get his sugar regulated with insulin but he is starting to feel better. In his foster home, he especially likes to snuggle with a special 10 yr old human but he is a pillow-hog ! (*) DOB: March 2006 ...
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Marcella

Despite a whole number of medical problems, little Marcella could not be any sweeter or more loving. When Marcella was originally brought into Pet Refuge, she was covered in urine and feces. Her poor little bottom was so swollen and infected, we couldn’t even determine if she was a boy or a girl. Our vet determined that Marcella was born with male and female reproductive systems and needed reconstructive surgery. In addition, she suffers from an atomic bladder and atomic colon, which means that she has very little control over her bladder and colon. Unfortunately, there is no surgery available ...
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Bristol and Adrian

Bristol and Adrian came in together. At first we thought they were siblings because they are so attached to each other. But it turns out Adrian is older, so they might be a mother-daughter pair. They are definitely related and very close. Adrian came in with an infected mouth and her teeth were so bad that all of them had to be removed. Because she is older and was in poor shape she had difficulties during surgery and experienced a rare reaction to the anesthesia. This reaction was similar to a stroke. For a while we were very concerned about ...
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Leonardo

Looking for an ornery cat with lots of personality? Then Leonardo is the cat for you! This gorgeous Maine Coon loves attention - but on his own terms. He's been known to nip your ankles to get your full attention and dart out the door when you're not watching. Leonardo needs a family with a good sense of humor that will put up with his quirks. And he would do best in a home without small children. Leonardo was found as a stray by another shelter. One of his rear paws must have been caught in a trap at one ...
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Elliott

Elliott is a playful, friendly little guy that likes giving head rubs to people who give him attention. He likes to be captain of his domain, and would highly prefer a household that doesn't have any other cats. Elliot requires special food. DOB: 1999 ...
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Tater Tot

Tater Tot is a very sweet and loving girl. She would love to cuddle in bed with you. If she knows and trusts you she likes belly rubbed. She likes to drink water from the sink or shower. Tater Tot has a playful side too but does not often get a chance to show it right now because she is a bit apprehensive in the big cat room with all the other cats. Tater Tot is one of our cats who is on a special food to control kidney stones. DOB: May 11,2006 ...
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Barron

Barron is a quiet friendly boy with cute facial markings.  Although he does not come out to meet you, he does like to be talked to and to be petted.   Barron does not interact with other cats but might be ok with other quiet cats.  Poor Barron is not well.  He has a heart condition and is on Urinary SO for bladder stones. DOB:October 2008 ...
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Lacey

Lacey has one green and one blue eye.  She is a beautiful cat who is a bit shy and was very scared around all the cats and action at the shelter. Unfortunately, Lacey went into liver failure when she stoppped eating. Lacey recently went into a quiet foster home and is doing much better. (*) DOB: June 21, 2002 ...
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Mandarin

Mandarin is a beautiful dark red tabby. He loves the other cats and kittens in his foster home and he has been a wonderful big brother to all his tiny foster siblings. He plays with them very gently and it is very sweet to watch their interactions. Mandarin is doing very well with his foster mom and will come running towards her when it's time for canned food. He recently started hopping on the couch, demanding attention and he will affectionately nibble on your fingers and toes like he is trying to nurse. However, Mandarin is very shy around people ...
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Pumkin

Pumkin is a very sweet and loveable laid back kitty who likes to talk to get your attention. He gets along well with dogs and children, but he does need to be the only cat in the house. Pumkin came to us with a history of urinary problems. He has since been put on a special diet which has been working well for him. He is looking for a family that will stay faithful to keeping him on his Royal Canin Urinary SO diet permanently to help prevent future urinary problems. Pumkin does not attend all adoption events, so if you would like ...
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Gerry

On Medical Hold Gerry is a shy girl whose meow sounds like a growl (and, sadly, frightens the others cats with whom she lives). She likes to be petted and loves her morning treats. She would probably do best in a quiet house with no other pets since she doesn't really like other cats (or kids). Our vet recently determined that Gerry is suffering from severe food allergies. Gerry is thus on a special diet of cooked chicken. Please consider donating towards her care ...
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Reba

Reba is an elegant brown tabby Main Coon mix.  She is a senior who has had a very difficult time which has led her to become easily stressed.  Poor Reba has lost her home at an age where a cat should be allowed to settle in and enjoy life but now she is surrounded by other cats and they do not seem to care for her presence (front declawed) DOB:September 2003 Update (2015): Reba is in the early stages of kidney failure and love to find a sponsor that could help contribute to her ongoing medical needs ...
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Mai

Mai is a bit shy at first, but if you don't rush her she would like you to pet her. Mai is not comfortable being held unless she knows you really well but she loves to give head butts and will rub her little head in your hands. She has adorable blue eyes. DOB: June 20, 2005 Mai was recently diagnosed with feline hepatitis and we would appreciate donations to help us pay for her ongoing medical needs ...
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Marley

On medical hold Pet Refuge rescued Marley and his brother Maury from a local shelter that was overcrowded. His brother Maury was adopted quickly, but, despite his young age, Marley developed a number of medical issues. He has chronic eye infections (caused by a clogged tear duct) and has required multiple dental surgeries. His mouth continues to bother him on a regular basis and our vet is monitoring him closely. At this point, Marley is not available for adoption. However, we would very much appreciate donations to help us with his ongoing care. Marley is very happy in his foster ...
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Chandler

"On Medical Hold" Chandler is a sweet loving boy but finds all the cats at the shelter a bit overwhelming so sometimes he hides. Unfortunately, Chandler was recently diagnosed with a dry form of FIP and will have to be on steroids for the rest of his life. Please consider donating towards Chandler's ongoing care. DOB:March 2009 ...
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Walter

On Medical Hold Despite everything that this boy has been through, Walter couldn’t be a happier or more social cat. Walter has been tossed around quite a bit and has been returned to Pet Refuge numerous times. Unfortunately, his previous owners also neglected to take care of his medical needs and after his most recent return, we discovered that Walter was not only diabetic, but that he was in desperate need of a dental. Walter moved into a foster home in 2015 and we are working on getting his Glucose levels regulated. Walter loves being in a home and sleeps ...
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Snickers

Snickers is about 12 years old and a big boy of about 18 pounds. He is diabetic, but overall doing well on insulin and a special diet. He loves people, does well with dogs and other cats, although he can be a bit bossy at times. He loves being the center of attention and is very affectionate. DOB: 2003 ...
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Katie

Katie is a very pretty calico girl with sparkly green eyes. She loves to be petted and brushed. Katie would like a low stress home with a very understanding and experienced cat person. She is an older girl who is so very sweet but does have some stress issues after a hard life. Katie has a thyroid condition and needs to be on daily medication. Katie is also in kidney failure. Please consider supporting Katie! (4 paw declawed) DOB:February 1, 2003 ...
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