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!
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.
- New Brunswick- need asap!
- North West Territories
- Prince Edward Island
- Yukon- need asap!
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota- need asap!
- Wisconsin- need asap!
- Wyoming- need asap!
- 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!