R.O.A.R. Squad: Lorie and her cats

A very warm welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad member, veterinarian Lorie Huston from Rhode Island!

Lorie has opened her heart and her home to 6 beautiful cats- I didn’t realize until recently how often owners abandon their pets at veterinary offices.

Unfortunately some of these guys had a rough start, but they are definitely living the life now. Thank you so much for joining the R.O.A.R. Squad, Dr. Lorie!

If you would like to be profiled in the R.O.A.R. Squad all the info you need to do so is HERE. A special shout out to fabulous folks in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Saskatchewan and the Yukon– we need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owner: I’m Lorie Huston and I am proudly owned by six cats, five of which are rescued animals. They were rescued from the animal hospital where I work rather than from a specific rescue group. I am a veterinarian and free-lance writer. You can find more information about me on my blog, Pet Health Care Gazette.
Fabulous Felines: My rescue cats are Lilly, Rusty, Dillon, Rhette, Merlin and Midge. All six cats are mixed breeds. They range in age from approximately two years old to ten years. Four are males, two are females. (Midge and Lilly are the girls.)

Lilly: Lilly is my “special needs” kitty. She is also the oldest of the group. She came to me as a kitten after she had been mauled by a dog. The dog literally chewed off one of her front legs and part of her tail. After treating her injuries (which were quite severe and extremely traumatic for her), she came home to live with me. Even as a tripod, she still gets around very well. In fact, she is much more graceful than my boys. 

Midge: Midge was adopted from a friend and was part of an orphaned litter of kittens that were hand-raised by my friend.

Rusty: As for the four boys, Rusty was brought in to our hospital by one of the local animal control officers. He was extremely ill with a respiratory infection and was treated at the hospital. Obviously, he recovered, at which time he joined my home. 

Dillon: Dillon was left in a cardboard box on our doorstep. Actually, the box was empty when we found it and we found Dillon twenty-four hours later, starving and frightened, hiding outside. He touched my heart almost immediately and came home with me the following day, after being neutered and tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS.

Rhette: Rhette was left by someone in a carrier on the sidewalk in front of the hospital. Another client actually brought the carrier inside saying “I think someone forgot something.” We never found out who left Rhette out there. But he came home with me and joined my family.

Merlin: Merlin was a stray cat who actually strolled up to our front door and looked inside the hospital. When a staff member opened the door, he strolled right in and made himself comfortable. I was actually not working that day. The following day, when I did come in to work, my boss met me at the door saying “I need to talk to you about something.” That “something” was Merlin, who needed a home. 
Making a House a Home: All six cats have very distinct, very different personalities. Rhette is demanding and very vocal. Lilly is laid-back and very sweet. Rusty is shy and easily frightened. Midge is standoffish with the other cats but loves people. Dillon is curious about everything and seeks attention from anyone. Merlin also seeks attention but is less confident than Dillon. Needless to say, they have all found their own special place in my home and in my heart. My house would be truly empty without them.

Where: Rhode Island

Want to meet another cat lover? Check out Sarah and her cats from Manitoba, Canada!

Join the R.O.A.R. Squad

Do you want to join the R.O.A.R. Squad? Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around. Ya game? Perfect! We’d love to have you! 

Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Recruiting Members

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of finding at least one rescue owner from every state in the US and at least one rescue owner from every province and territory in Canada by April 2011. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We’re looking for rescue dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots… donkeys… snakes… we’re not biased around here. We just want rescues who have found fabulous homes! Check out all the R.O.A.R. Squad members HERE.

Recruiting for:


  • New Brunswick- need asap!
  • Newfoundland
  • North West Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon- need asap!


  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota- need asap!
  • Wisconsin- need asap!
  • Wyoming- need asap!

Everywhere Else:

  • From somewhere else? Lemme know!

If your state/province/territory isn’t on this list, THAT’S OKAY! We still need you to join! Just keep your eyes and ears out for rescue owners from these places for me, k? Thanks!

I look forward to hearing from you!

15 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Lorie and her cats”

  1. Kim says:

    Aww, so nice to see Lorie on your squad and learn about all of her cats! Lilly and my dog Rosie have being a tripod in common. Every time I go to my vet’s office they always, always have some cats, kittens and even a dog or two that they are trying to find a home for because someone left them on their doorstep or, found them hurt and brought them to the vet. It seems it is never ending but thankfully there are millions of people like Lorie, all of us, that want to help and do.

    (I’ve put the word out for your R.O.A.R. squad)

  2. @Kim- Thank you for your comment! I was super excited to have Lorie join the Squad! A friend of mine told me how when she worked at a vet clinic lots of people would bring their cats (usually) to be put down because they didn’t want to treat him/her for something easily treatable. I don’t get people sometimes…

    I get Lorie though and she rocks! 🙂

  3. Hilary says:

    Wow, it’s great to see Lorie and her wonderful cats profiled here! I love her story of adopting some of the cats from her veterinary practice. She has contributed her expertise to Bark Out Loud (now a radio show!) and so many publications–she definitely ROCKS!

  4. Edie says:

    I love this. How wonderful to get to know Dr. Lori’s generous nature (well, no surprise) and her sweetie pie cats ( as a dog lover, I didn’t expect to be won over, but I was, especially by the tripod with Moxie).

    Rock on!

  5. Kristine says:

    Six cats is a lot to handle. I sometimes go crazy with my one and all his obnoxious meowing. (I say this with love, of course). Lorie is wonderful to open up her home to one cat after another. They certainly all are beautiful. What a great profile!

  6. Pup Fan says:

    I loved learning more about Lorie and her cats!

  7. blanket says:

    I follow Lorie, but had no idea that she had 6 cats! It’s great to see all the cats looking so wonderful especially Lilly. As you know my cat Milly was a very traumatized cat and it’s so rewarding now to see that she is the happiest cat ever! So nice to meet you Lorie and your kitties!

  8. Kim Clune says:

    Lori, I had no idea! I mean, I knew you were an awesome and helpful vet, even online, but you’re even more awesome than I thought. Six rescues! Holy… uh, cat!

  9. Kari says:

    Thats a lot of kitty love!


  10. Wow! I’m overwhelmed by all of your kind responses. Thank you all so much.

    Honestly, I think my cats give me as much or more than I give them. For instance, I just got home from work a little while ago and they were all there to meet me at the front door, as they always are when they hear my car pull in the driveway. What a wonderful feeling to have such a terrific welcome home. I can’t imagine walking into an empty house 🙂

  11. Thank you guys for all your fantastic and supportive comments!

    @Lorie- We are over oyed to have you part of the R.O.A.R. Squad! I’ve been hoping a vet would join right from the start- all you do is incredible, thank you!

  12. Heather says:

    Wow, what an amazing person to bring so many needy pets into your home. They all sound absolutely lovely, and I love how you explained their different personalities.

  13. Mel says:

    Nice to learn more about you and your cats Lorie! I had no idea you had 6 or that you had a special needs kitty. Welcome to the R.O.A.R. Club!

    (Psssst! I think my Nick and Rhette have something in common. He’s vocal and demanding too!)

  14. Shauna, thanks so much for invitation to join. I’m thrilled to part of the ROAR squad. It’s a truly special group of people.

    Thank you all for the comments and support.

    Mel, imagine what the two of them (Nick and Rhette) would do if they ever met. I bet we’d never get any peace…LOL. Ya think there’s truth to that saying “Dogs have masters, cats have servants”? 🙂

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