2nd Time on Death Row for Discarded Cat

Teddy is not the type of cat you would think would be left for dead. He is friendly, outgoing and cannot scratch up your furniture because he is declawed. Yet, at the age of 9 Teddy was abandoned by his owner and left to "survive" on his own in a forested area of Bellevue. For 5 years Teddy beat the odds, surviving in the wild with no claws. He was determined to live.

At the age of 14, Teddy was found and fostered by a couple who had recently moved to Bellevue. They said that when they found him, he was weak with hunger and covered in fleas, but food was not what he wanted. Teddy just wanted to be pet. He wanted to be loved again.

Teddy was fostered by the couple for one month until he found a new home. For four years Teddy lived in his new home, but when a new baby came into the picture, Teddy was once again discarded. He no longer received the love he craved more than food. Teddy began to pee in the house, and his new owners took him to the vet. It was there that they were told that Teddy was in excellent health, especially for an 18 year old cat, but that he was very depressed because of the lack of attention he was getting, and his peeing in the house was a desperate cry for someone to love him again.

Instead of giving Teddy the attention he so badly needs, Teddy's new family has decided to give him away. Unfortunately, no one will take an 18 year old cat, not even the no-kill shelters who do not have any room for him. If Teddy does not get a new home soon, he will be put down. Teddy escaped death and beat the odds every day that he fought for life when he was abandoned 9 years ago. Yet, it seems like he may not be able to beat it twice.

If you can finally give Teddy the permanent, loving home he has search for his whole life, please email: avgisdumb@aol.com. Thank you.

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Cat Advocate Chris says ... on Tuesday, Nov 23 at 11:29 PM

Thank you emmalee for helping Teddy find a new home. I hope he's able to settle in and get along with the other cat.

Cat Advocate Chris says ... on Tuesday, Nov 23 at 11:23 PM

Cats are not disposable and neither are their claws. People who declaw cats are more likely to abandon, abuse, relinquish or euthanize their cats. LittleBigCat.com is one site with helpful education articles by Dr. Jean Hofve & Jackson Galaxy.

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Anna says ... on Saturday, Oct 9 at 4:55 PM

Yea, am so glad Teddy found a home. I have 3 rescue cats myself and would NEVER think of abandoning them. Shame on those people. Animals are not old toys to throw away when you're tired of them. Don't get an animal in the first place..

emmalee says ... on Saturday, Oct 9 at 2:53 PM

Teddy has found his new home! Thank you to everyone who inquired aout him and his well-being. It is so encouraging to see how much people cared about this sweet kitty!

Nancy says ... on Friday, Oct 8 at 10:17 AM

4 yrs. ago, our Teddy-look-alike "Barney" went missing. He was 18 years old. Searched for him for months . Clicked today rrationally hoping iit might be him! This breaks my heart. Pets give us way more than they take-Teddy deserves a loving home!

emmalee says ... on Thursday, Oct 7 at 7:03 PM

Teddy will be meeting with a potential adopted this weekend to see if it's a good match. I'll update this page early next week with Teddy status and let you all know if he has found his new home or not. Thank you all so much for you care and concern!

arnold98422 says ... on Thursday, Oct 7 at 12:13 PM

I would like to find out if Teddy was adopted or not.... I have had cats in the past and lost my last one just about 4 years ago. please advise as to the status of Teddy.... Thanks so much!

faancy6 says ... on Thursday, Oct 7 at 8:18 AM

Would like to know if Teddy has been adopted. I have a friend who has several rescue cats and would love to have him. All of hers are indoor and are treated like royalty. Please let us know..... Thanks so much for caring!

holycowcritters says ... on Wednesday, Oct 6 at 9:26 AM

I am meeting Teddy this weekend and if he will have us, we will add him to our household as a friend for our 15.5 yo cat. I am so nervous and excited. Emmalee & Jason have been fabulous in interviewing prospective new owners. =)

Bonnie says ... on Tuesday, Oct 5 at 2:04 PM

Teddy looks like my Boris's long-lost brother; Boris was also found abandoned in Bellevue about 4 years ago. I wish I could take him; but, have 3 rescued cats already. Hope he finds someone to give his love to. Thanks, Emmalee, for your caring.

Toby's mom says ... on Monday, Oct 4 at 11:23 AM

Kudos to emmalee for her exhaustive and persistant search in finding a home for this beautiful cat and for her reminder that ALL life is valuable and worth the effort!!

Sandra says ... on Monday, Oct 4 at 9:38 AM

Posted the link to my Facebook page. I hope my friends can share this and help Teddy find a home. (I'm allergic to cats -- though I love them -- and my dog would eat it.)

ruth says ... on Monday, Oct 4 at 8:40 AM

I already have 6 cats, most of them were abandoned. this just tears my heart out. so sad. please some one take this poor cat in and give it all the love you can.

emmalee says ... on Monday, Oct 4 at 6:44 AM

Yes, I have heard that statistic as well. Fortunatly, Teddy did not have litter box issues and is not aggressive.

Don't Declaw says ... on Monday, Oct 4 at 2:29 AM

Declawed cats are relinquished more often than clawed cats, thats a fact. Declawing amputates the 3rd phalanx bones and causes cats to have litterbox issues and become biters. They do far more damage to furniture w/their urine than w/their claws.

emmalee says ... on Sunday, Oct 3 at 7:20 PM

Thank you for your interest. Send me an email if you want to know more!

emmalee says ... on Sunday, Oct 3 at 6:55 PM

Thanks for your interest. Send me an email for more information. We want to be sure he goes to a good home this time around!

Ryan says ... on Sunday, Oct 3 at 6:21 PM

I will take this cat for sure. Where do I get him at?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Oct 3 at 5:12 PM

It's so sad that people treat animals as objects that can be easily discarded. I will definately take him if no one steps forward. This cat has survived two loser families and deserves to live his last years with a family to love him.

tacomagirl says ... on Sunday, Oct 3 at 4:40 PM

Please tell me that this cat has been adopted. I've always been a "dog person", and have a 11 year old dog, but I'd take care of this cat if no "cat people" step forward. Hope Teddy finds a loving home.

novemberyankee68 says ... on Sunday, Oct 3 at 2:51 PM

This is couple is a prize. If they had another child, would they discard one of them? Many families can "survive" dividing love and attention between multiple kids and pets. I would take this cat in a heartbeat except my current one would not accept

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