Thursday, February 16, 2012

Charlie's Story

With every foster pet that comes in, a small part of me always keeps in mind that they are just a foster - they aren't staying.  But every once in awhile, no matter how much I try to keep a bit of distance, one of the foster pets just captures my heart and won't let go.  This is what happened with Charlie the cat.

I took in Charlie last October after he had been diagnosed as FIV+ by an area shelter.  He immediately decided that he owned the house, and should be allowed to do whatever he wanted.  This included things like decorating the Christmas tree, stealing my food as I was trying to eat, and sneaking out the door every chance he got, so he could go climb a tree:

Recently Charlie was re-tested for FIV since sometimes kittens who test positive will test negative as they grow older.  Unfortunately in this case Charlie tested positive again, but for Feline Leukemia, not FIV.  Feline Leukemia is a very serious virus that is the main cause of cancer in cats.  There is currently no cure, and most cats who test positive for Feline Leukemia don't live more than a few years.  Charlie was most likely diagnosed incorrectly at the shelter when he was a kitten, and was never FIV positive, but has been positive for Feline Leukemia all along.  Once I learned this news, I knew then that I'd be keeping Charlie for whatever amount of time he had left.  He had captured my heart from the moment he came here, and cats with Feline Leukemia are very difficult to find homes for.  

So I left Charlie listed on the website with information about Feline Leukemia, and accepted that he was basically my cat.  Charlie is the best cat - not because he is well behaved - he isn't - but because he is always affectionate and always purring.  He loves the dogs, and cuddles with them every chance he gets:


He sleeps with me every night, and entertains me every day.  At least he did, until a couple of weeks ago, when someone saw his information on the website and ended up adopting Charlie!  I am happy that he found a permanent home, but oh how I miss my cat!  I hope he has many more happy years in his new home. 

Charlie

17 comments:

Berts Blog said...

Sad Happy and sad all wrapped up in a bedtime story. It must have been terribly hard to give him up but sometimes it is just right.

Bless you for your loving heart

Cindy said...

He is an awesome looking boy!!! Looks like he has an attitude to go with his awesomeness!!!

Cr8z4Cats! said...

Despite his hardship, Charlie is a very lucky boy... not only did he have one awesome family, but two with you as his foster mom! BTW, I really do want to clone his new owners - they really were fantastic! I'm sure you miss him though. As rewarding as fostering can be, it's also very hard to part with those you bond to and love deeply (more so than the usual).

Ashton Keenan said...

Wow thats awesome news! Im SO happy for the sweet little guy, and so glad he found his furever home, even if his furever is shorter than the average cat.

Cupcake said...

Charlie is so handsome. You took wonderful care of him. I know it must have been very hard to give him up. You are brave and so loving.

Love, Cupcake

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

CONGRATULATIONS CHARLIE!!

Stefanie said...

Yay Charlie! He's had so much love from you, his foster, and now will receive just as much if not more from his new family. Bittersweet news for you I am sure. It's funny how sometimes the less than well-behaved animals end up stealing our hearts the most! He sounds like a real character!

mayziegal said...

Wow! Charlie is one super duper lucky kitteh! First to be so luved by you and then to finds his Most Perfect Home That Ever Was who luvs him even though they might not have him very long. I wish every pet everywhere could be that lucky, don't you?

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Purrfect Haven said...

oh gosh, I admire you... your work is important and crucial... but to let him go takes strength... but leaves a well honed space for another.. :-) Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

volunteer4paws said...

awww! congrats to charlie!
he's a gorgeous cat, and i love the tree photo!

Jess and Glacier said...

Aw, what a bitter sweet story. Good luck to Charlie.

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Hope Charlie continues to be as happy as you made him.

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ForPetsSake said...

Bittersweet for you, but what a wonderful happy ending! I can't help but think that Charlie dreams of you, too :)

Donna and the Dogs said...

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meowmeowmans said...

We're sorry you are missing sweet Charlie, but overjoyed that he found his forever home. Thank you for loving him so much and so well.

Susie said...

Bless your sweet kitty heart! Charlie, I pray you live out your time happy and drowned in love beyond measure sweet darling....God bless your new family for providing you with that! xxx

Caviar said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. How great for Charlie but how sad/happy for you. I don't know how you do it. I would want to keep them all and would miss them so much after they were adopted. God Bless you.