Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Angel was adopted from KAR in April 2005 and will soon be 13 years old. Her mom sent KAR an update to let us know that Angel is doing very well in her forever home, is happy, spunky, can play fetch for hours, and has a good appetite. Her daily routine begins with waking her family before the 6:30 a.m. alarm every morning, playing for about an hour, eating breakfast, sleeping until dinnertime and eating again, and then playing until 10-11 p.m. when her family tells her it is finally time for bed.

Angel has a new friend, Moe, that she loves and adores. He is a ten-pound poodle that the family adopted last fall. Over the years Angel has grown more social and is open to meeting and liking other dogs. Angel has also decided that cuddling is not just for her and humans, but is good with other poodles as well. Angel's eyesight and hearing are not quite as sharp as they once were but that doesn't slow her down. According to her mom, "I just wish there was some way that I could show you how very happy she is and tell you how elated we are that you picked us to adopt her. Angel brings us so much joy!"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

August and Autumn

Two Sisters Find A Home Together

In August 2009, Kalamazoo Animal Rescue was contacted regarding a litter of kittens that had been born in a window well somewhere near Texas Corners. Their mother was with them but they all needed to be rescued to survive.

One of our volunteers jumped to their aid and took the whole family in. They were spayed and neutered once they were healthy and all found loving homes. August and Autumn were adopted together to a family in Portage. The cats lived there happily for 18 months and then unfortunately the family's situation changed and August and Autumn found themselves homeless once more. Luckily they were able to come into KAR again and into one of our foster homes.

The pair proved to be inseparable, what we refer to as a bonded pair. Their foster mom knew that the only way they could be re-homed would be if they were adopted together. This was the challenge that KAR was up against. Many families who adopt from us only want one feline, or they are looking for a playmate for a cat they already have.

For seven long months August and Autumn waited patiently. They loved everyone except other cats! They were loving and sociable and very talkative. If they became separated for any length of time and could not find each other, they would yowl loudly until they were reunited. Although many applications to adopt one or the other came in, their foster mom knew that the best situation was for them to be adopted together. So she continued to wait for the right home to come along. It was nearing Christmas when a great application arrived from a man willing to adopt the pair. He had been taking care of a friend's cats and decided that he would like to have two of his own.

It has been almost a year now that August and Autumn are been in their forever home and they are loving every minute! Kalamazoo Animal Rescue will always try to take back previously adopted pets from our rescue as a priority; however, this is dependent on available foster space and whether the animal can pass our intake and temperament evaluation.

Monday, December 17, 2012


 Peanut and his doggy pal, Augi, found themselves homeless in 2010 when their owner died. No one in the family was able to keep the boys so they contacted KAR for help. Both dogs were brought into a foster home and were adopted within a few weeks. Augi found his new home with a retired lady. Peanut found his forever home with a cocker spaniel-loving couple and they send Peanut's foster mom periodic updates about how their little guy is doing.

"Peanut is doing fantastic! He is the goofiest cocker I have ever had," says his mom, Dianne. "If he sits and stares at you that either means he has to go outside or it's time to eat. He owns the bed at night too. He not only gets into bed with us, he has to have his head on one of our pillows. If either my husband or I roll over, he gets up and lays back-to-back with one of us. And SNORE, it's like having a second husband in bed with you. LOL

Peanut's favorite pass times are sleeping and playing fetch. He loves to curl up on the sofa for a snooze. When he is awake he will climb onto the back of the couch (like a cat) and lay there to watch the people and cars go by. The other morning when my husband got home from work, Peanut met him at the door with the ball and dropped it, hoping for a game of fetch. He also likes playing and running around with our grandson. Each day around 3 o'clock, Peanut wants to go outside to meet Zach's school bus and greet him when he gets home. He is such a joy to have and we appreciate the great rescue work you do."

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Wrapping with Cats

Is this a common occurrence for anyone else this holiday season?

Our Giselle, adopted from Kalamazoo Animal Rescue four years ago, just loves to "help" with the holiday wrapping. No box, bow, tissue or wrapping paper is complete without a little cat hair!

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Holly was brought to Animal Services last fall, unwanted and pregnant. Soon after, she bravely gave birth, but unfortunately all the kittens died. Holly spent almost two months at the shelter struggling to attract attention, lying on her back and purring when someone approached. But her time had run out and she was scheduled to be euthanized when a KAR volunteer was literally, touched by her and her story.

Holly was just an average brown tabby among so many other cats. Refusing to give up hope, Holly reached out her paw and touched the volunteer who was looking for a cat to foster. The volunteer couldn't resist Holly's desperate attempt to be noticed so she took Holly into the safety of her foster home. Holly was spayed and put up for adoption. A woman saw Holly's video on KAR's website and fell in love with her. Holly went to her furever home in early January and her new mom sent the following update:

"I wanted to drop you a line about Holly. She's wonderful! She's grown a little, and is very playful and loving. Holly sleeps with me every night and when I sit down at the end of the day, she's on my lap. Holly is starting to become affectionate with my Dad who is in his late 80s. Dad has been ill and I think she senses it, and is providing some joy in his life. I got a light for Dad so he can play with Holly and it seems to be helping the two of them develop a closer bond. Adopting Holly was a great thing and she's a joy to our lives."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Handmade Ornaments

Handmade Ornaments by KAR Volunteers are available at Sticks and Stones in downtown Kalamazoo at 124 South Kalamazoo Mall. The proceeds will help the foster animals in the rescue.

The ornaments come in a variety of styles and designs and range from $3.00 to $7.50. 

Come check them out today!

Adopted Foster Animals 2012

Have a look at some of the foster animals adopted in 2012!

KAR placed over 350 cat and 75 dogs 
into permanent homes in 2012!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Adopted Foster Animals 2011

Have a look at some of the foster animals adopted in 2011!

KAR placed 153 dogs and 343 cats into permanent homes in 2011!

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