Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sad news/need help again

We have just received the sad news that Delilah's new Mom has passed away...Our hearts go out to her family. We find ourselves once again looking for a home for poor Delilah who has now had 2 human Mom's die...If anyone can open their home and heart to our sweet Delilah (or if you know anyone who may) PLEASE let us know ASAP!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gracie after the dentist

Gracie went to the dentist today they said she was very well behaved and she lost 3 teeth, she's been doing well, she came home and went all the way up to the third floor! She's never done that before, guess she needed some liquid courage! Ha...another video is her with her new catnip blanket, got her all frisky. And one of her "adjusting" her water bowl? Dont know what that was about...anyway, Gracie says hello everyone~ love you

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Videos of Gracie

Hi everybody!

Im doing well, thanks for everything!

Update on Gracie, Queen of Sheba

Hello all,

This is Jen, Gracie’s adoptive mother...she is doing very well, after a touchy start. She was pretty skittish, and can still be sometimes, but she's much more tolerant of me than she used to be! Her main domain is the basement, she has a patio view of the outside world, which she appears to love. I even heard her hissing at the squirrels and birds the other day! I swear she wanted to go out there and get one! I’ve carried up stairs to the living room several times, and she hangs out for a little while then she goes back downstairs to where I think she feels pretty safe. But the last week, I’ve actually found her in the living room on her own! So I thin she’s getting much more relaxed and is checking out how big her new kingdom actually is…Ha!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

OMG! Gracie has a new home!

I wanted to let all of Gracie's friends know that it seems like she's finally found her forever home. A week ago Tues, Gracie left her home in my very small bathroom to live with an adopter named Jennifer in a townhouse in Northern Virginia.

Right now Gracie is spending her days in a very nice, finished basement - her very own suite. The basement is walk out level so Gracie can see all the goings on outside (birds, etc). There's a small secure fenced patio with on way for a cat like Gracie to escape so one day, Gracie might even get to spend sometime outside.

Unlike my noise house (two barking large dogs and hissing cats), Gracie's new home is quiet - she is the only furry resident. A nice calm environment for her.

I really, truly doubted that this day would ever arrive for the very sweet but exceedingly shy, senior, diabetic girl. Words can't describe how thrilled I am that someone else saw how special Gracie is and was willing to commit to loving and caring for her. Right now, Jennifer is fostering her but I expect that in a week or two, Jennifer will finalize her adoption.

A huge thank you to everyone at Homeward Trails, especially Lori and Sue and also Leigh and Rebecca.   And a very big thank you to all of the kitty city volunteers who cared for Gracie while she was at Kitty City. And also thank you to all of Gracie's friends who have taken an interest in her story and sent good thoughts and prayers her way.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Amazing Grace

Gracie is thriving. She recently visited the vet for her annual check up and rabies vaccine. According to the Dr., she is doing GREAT! He was so impressed at how great she looks and how well she is doing on insulin. She is still doing really well on a very small dose of insulin just once a day.

As important, everyday she seems to look forward to her pets with more enthusiasm. Gracie has become a first class purrer. She absolutely adores having her head rubbed and thinks a scratch on the side of her face and neck is particularly nice.

Some days she greets me with a hiss but that's just meaningless trash talk because as soon as I bend down to pet her, she is all purrs. I can pick her up and hold her like a baby without a complaint from her and she'll sit on my lap for ever as long as the pets keep coming.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Gracie's winter "vacation" ends

Gracie and I are so thankful to Sue B! Sue opened her home to Gracie and cared for her while I was out of the country for many, many weeks. Gracie kept another cat company and was stoic about her insulin shots. She gave up trying to hide from Sue pretty quickly.

Gracie comes back to my home this weekend which isn't the best accomodation for her for so many reasons.

Fingers still crossed Gracie finds her guardian angel soon!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Doesn't Gracie finally deserve some happiness during her final years

Gracie had been acting listless for the last week or so, which prompted a visit to the vet on Friday. And the discovery that Gracie is suffering from diabetes. One more rotten blow in a life that has been less than ideal.

Gracie has spent her whole life leary and fearful of humans. Only in the last few months has she come to appreciate and enjoy a tender touch from a human. She's amazed me in her progress and how enthusiastically she's come to enjoy a head rub. Her loud, content purring has warmed my heart. It is so gratifying to see her happy. Given her new zest for human companionship, I was feeling encouraged that she would soon find a forever home to enjoy her golden years.

So it is particularly heartbreaking to see her options suddenly narrow. In a perfect world, Gracie's condition would not be so dire - with one or two injections of insulin a day, her health should rebound and she should live to enjoy a good handful of years. Insulin is not expensive (less than $1 per day) and injections are easy to give.

However, Gracie has been living the last two months in a boarding facility - very nice and cosy with lots of human interaction but unfortunately, not staffed enough to insure regular injections. I so wish that I could care for her but in a little over a month, I will be unavailable.

I am hoping and praying that in the next few weeks, Gracie finally gets a little bit of good luck and I find some kind soul who will give her the home she so much needs - one where she will be able to get the TLC she so deserves and the medical care she so much needs. Failing that, I'm hoping to find someone willing to foster her at least until the end of February.

Please help Gracie by spreading the word about her. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gracie Loves Her Pets!

Gracie is no longer slinking away when I enter her room. Occasionally, she still hisses at me but a second later, she's lowered her head, her signal to me that she's looking for some pets on the head.

She isn't rubbing her body against me like her brother, the outgoing Georgie does. But she will walk back and forth in front of me, rubbing against the edge of the cabinet, purring and inviting me to pet her.

She and Georgie love feline greenie treats and I had been using these to lure her out but now she'll come for pets even when I don't have greenies to dispense.

I"m so impressed with how bold and more social she has become with really not too much effort on my part.

She has such a pretty face and such a soft, happy look while I pet her head, which she loves!

Friday, September 25, 2009

COME MEET GEORGIE MON 9/28, 6-8pm in DC!


When: September 28 from 6pm – 8pm

Where: at PetMAC Laundromutt, 1722 Florida Ave NW Washington, DC 20009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gracie Getting Bolder!

Yesterday was a milestone for Gracie. At first, every time I entered the bathroom, Gracie moved behind the toilet out of reach. A few days ago, she stayed put when I entered the bathroom for a few minutes but then moved to her "safe" spot and I had to coax her to me with greenies (treats) before she let me pet her.

Yesterday tho, Gracie did not slink away. Instead she stayed put and allowed me to pet her for several minutes. Now when I enter, sometimes she lets me pet her, sometimes she slinks away. But I expect that in a week or so more, she'll be letting me pet her more and more and slinking away less and less. She definitely enjoys getting head and butt rubs and she's slowly starting to believe that I'm more likely to give these to her than to do some nasty thing like put her in the crate or give her a bath! LOL!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Georgie and Gracie Await A Change of Venue

Gracie and Georgie are still hoping to find a foster home or a permanent home. Both are living in my small bathroom for now as we search, which is only a short term option.

Georgie: Is it my imagination or does Georgie seem more relaxed now that Vixen has found a home with Lauren? Georgie has always been an outgoing cat. He's alway been eager to greet people and always interested in rubbing himself against you and requesting pets. In fact, if pets are not forthcoming, he's been willing to be direct in filling you in with what he wants by gently nudging your hand with a paw - ey, come on, pet me - can't you see that I need some pets?"

But he also sometimes gets overstimulated and when he does, he gives you an evil eye and then you know that a swat might be coming. Or if you groom him where he doesn't like it, he is sure to let you know that you've annoyed him with a swat.

But since Vixen has gone, he seems to be more tolerant of me. I'm getting less evil eyes and hardly a swat since Vixen has gone. hummm.... I've always liked Georgie - he has such a big personality and is generally good tempered. I like him even more now that he seems happier and more relaxed.

Gracie: She is making good progress. Perhaps she's finally forgiven me for dragging her into the cat carrier to strange places and bathing her not once but twice. She rarely hisses at me now and the last two days, she's been purring and rubbing away as I pet her. Today, for the first time, she came to me for pets. She changed her mind after a few minutes but I am still so impressed by how much more social she has become in just a couple of weeks. She is so sweet and now that she's getting over her shyness with me, her lovely personality is coming out.

Please consider fostering or adopting Georgie or Gracie. They can go to a home together or separately.

Update on Nany - in her foster home

Nany is a beautiful grey long hair and mom to Gracie, Delilah, Henry and Georgie. She is very sweet cat but very shy. Nany went to live in her foster home with Annie and Markus about two weeks ago. We are hoping that Nany will become more confident and trusting of people and she seems to be making slow but sure progress.

For the first few days, Annie only knew that their was a cat in herbathroom because the food was eaten and the litter used. Then, Nany would stay out for a few minutes before ducking under the cabinet. Now, she stills feels most comfortable under the cabinet but she is allowing Annie and Markus to pet her and she is purring when they do. She also is beginning to venture out into the rest of the apartment a few feet to explore.

Nany is hoping to find a permanent home soon. She really has so much potential - she is one of the most docile, sweetest cats around. She just needs someone with a little patience and TLC.

And Then There Were Three

Now Delilah, Vixen and Henry have found new homes. We are so grateful to Kat, Janet and Lauren who have adopted these sweet cats and to Lori of PetMAC DC ( who has worked so hard to help Bebe's cats find foster and adoptive homes.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Vixen Settles In

Vixen seems to be settling into her new home quite nicely. She went to live with Lauren on Tues and spent her first day in the bathroom, getting used to her new digs. She was a little tentative about the move and about Lauren tho she has a hard time resisting a nice pet, especially from someone also offering yummy feline greenies.

The second day, Vixen got to explore the bedroom and it hasn't taken Vixen long to decide that the best place to nap at night is with Lauren at the foot of the bed.

Day 3 and Vixen now has full range of the apartment. How does Vixen feel about a home with NO OTHER CATS? She seems to think it is just fine - more food and most important, more pets for her. Vixen was never big on sharing. She enjoys spending a cozy evening watching TV, lounging on Lauren's lap and luxuriating in the pets. Vixen seems quite pleased with her new home and new "mom".

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Delilah In Her New Home YAY!

Here's an update from Delilah's new "mom":

Delilah is doing quite well! She seems much more at home, and has a routine based around my work day. She spends her day on the 2nd floor, without the dogs but with my other cats - she seems to get along with them as she and one other have been together on my bed. I've carried her downstairs when the dogs are outside so she can look around. She's eating well and she purrs when I pet and talk to her. She's interested in her environment and what the other cats are doing in her new home.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bebe Must Be Helping From Heaven

Bebe's cats had some major league lucky last week thanks to some amazing help from Lori, HT cat coordinator extraordinaire and owner of PetMAC DC (

Lori offered to do a special adoption event for Bebe's cats and then worked hard to make sure that practically everyone on this side of the Atlantic knew about it.

Amazingly, that Saturday, Delilah went home for a trial adoption with a wonderful woman named Janet and Nany went to a foster home with a lovely young couple named Annie and Markus.

Vixen met Lauren at the event and Vixen moved to Lauren's house last night to begin her trial adoption.

Gracie and Georgie are still with me, in my "spare" bathroom. They are as good as gold - quiet and grateful. Georgie greets me everytime I visit him and Gracie. He loves attention and pushs and rubs against me, urging me to stay and give him more pets. In fact, it is hard to get a good photo of him because he immediately rushes up to me for pets.

Shy, sweet Gracie is now allowing me to pet her. After giving her two much needed baths, I have not been - understandably - her favorite person in the world but she is slowly beginning to forgive me for these major transgressions. She is not above accepting bribes of kitty greenies and catnip.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Amazing Resiliency of Bebe's Cats

The kitties are installed in two small rooms in my home, awaiting their chance to meet fosters or adopters on Sunday at PetMAC in DC (

It can't be easy to weather the changes they have seen in the last few months since my mom passed away and the newest change, from their home of 12 years (their whole lives) to these small rooms with one hissing cat (mean old Alice) and one barking dog (Jacques doing his job "scaring" away the mailman) just a closed door away.

Regardless, sweet, shy Nany is already venturing out of her open kennel for ear rubs. I'd consider Nany (momma to all but Vixen) the shyest of the bunch and maybe the sweetest too as she rarely will hiss and never lashes out. Nany has lived nearly her whole life avoiding human contact - easy to do in my mom's home. But it's taken just one day for her to come around to the view that the human touch is not so bad. Yeah, those head rubs are pretty nice - I think I'll come out to get more of those.

After a day Delilah is reverting to her own sweet self, greeting me when I come into the room with a purr and gently rubbing against me for pets. Gracie is still unsure of what to make of her new surroundings but her little purr motor is starting up today. Georgie, who is so outgoing but still bearing a grudge against me for the grooming I gave him yesterday is still waivering between popping me one and getting his head pet. And good ol' Vixen, steady tabby girl is her ol' friendly, outgoing self. No doubt in her mind that all is well as long as there is someone to rub her head and feed her.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Come Meet Bebe's Cats This Sat 8/29 from 12pm-2pm

The chance you have been waiting for. After months of reading about the adventures of Bebe's cats, now is your opportunity to meet these darlings.

When: this Sat. Aug 29th from 12pm-2pm

Where: PetMAC DC - 4220 Fessenden St. NW Washington, DC (

Nany, Georgie, Gracie, Delilah and Vixen are looking forward to meeting you and hoping that you consider fostering or better yet, adopting one of them.

Each cat adopted will come with a $500 credit towards vet care and a $250 credit towards cat supplies at PetMAC. There is an adoption fee of $50, donated to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. For more information even after the event, please contact or call 703 749 7949

Bebe's Cats Say Good Bye To Their Home of 12 Years

Change is afoot for Bebe's 5 remaining cats. Remember that Henry found a great home in Arizona where he is thriving. He still has his moments where he does the Greta Garbo thing (I want to be alone!) but most of the time he is sweet, affectionate and on the prowl for some pets from his adopters. Thank you Kat for giving Henry such a great new home!

Ok, so what about the fabulous five felines? After hanging out at Bebe's house since March with only one visit a day from Stephanie for food and litter cleaning, the time came for Nany, Georgie, Delilah, Gracie and Vixen to move out. The cats are now temporarily dormed up in bathrooms at my house in northern VA. As all us cat lovers know, cats get very attached to their homes so this move is pretty big and understandably, they are not exactly dancing. But given all they've gone thru since Bebe passed away, they are doing remarkably well.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The search goes on

These sweeties are still looking for homes. I was up to NY to see them all recently and they are going well but a bit lonely. Now that the weather is nice they are all spending more time in the outdoor enclosure but they were happy to have company while I was there. Delilah, Georgie and Vixen were particularly eager for head rubs.

Please continue to ask neighbors and friends - we need to find these beautiful cats homes soon! THANK YOU!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Flyer with New Photos!

Please consider posting the new flyer for Bebe's cats at work, your vet, your local pet supply shop. THANK YOU!!!!
Please see additional photos on my facebook page:
and contact me if you'd like me to send you the flyer.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bebe's cats need your help: Henry Settles In To His New Home

Bebe's cats need your help: Henry Settles In To His New Home

Henry Settles In To His New Home

Henry has settled into his new home so well. One of the resident cats is hissing a little at Henry but that is to be expected and in a few weeks, will probably decide that Henry is not so bad after all.

Henry is loving the loving he is getting from Kat and has taken a real shining to Kat's husband. Kat says he is a real lovebug, gentle and sweet. Yay! We are so happy that he's found such a great home!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

And Now We Are Five

Stopped in to visit Bebe's cats. What sweet loves - Delilah, Georgie and Vixen were all happy to have the extra company and eager for the extra pets.

Gracie gave me the cold shoulder, cold stares and a hiss or two at first but by day three Gracie was accepting pets - I mean, who doesn't like a nice head rub? Poor Nany - she was close to her son Henry and I bet she misses him.

These great cats are still in need of homes. They are so good looking and so sweet. Please continue to get the word out about them and help us find adopters.

Henry Is In His New Home!

More good news for Henry. The trip to the vet for his dental went well - he had a couple of teeth extracted and the rest look good. Now Henry has a nice clean set of pearly whites.

Henry went straight from the vet to his new home with Kat. He was still a bit groggy from his surgery. Henry was was greeted by one of Kat's other felines who walked right up to Henry's crate for a nose stiff. No hissing from either party which is always good! We have every expectation that Henry's move to Kat's home will be smooth. We are SO happy Henry has found such a great home with Kat!