Farewell Stalin / Brooklyn

Mimi and Deborah are missing the friend they knew as Brooklyn, we called him Stalin.


When we got him from a breeder and it was love at first sight for everyone, a large cat with a larger personality. However, he had a serious heart condition and ore .........

The cardiologist said after his health check and an x-ray. ''His abdomen is filled with a dark red fluid, blood and his heart is like a flabby carrier bag''. 

Even on a large amount of expensive medication not forgetting the discomfort and stress of administering it, his days were numbered.


Stalin was forced to breed for years and at the end of his useful breeding life, he was discarded. The breeder lied about his health, his age, about everything and continued to use him knowing she was passing on the same heart condition! DON'T buy from a breeder - you are saying yes to this!
The vet said he had 2 weeks to live, 2 months tops and needless to say we didn't try to home him we counted each day a blessing. 


He had 3 fosters before settling with his last family and friends Mimi the cat adopted from us, and Deborah the dog. They adored him, so much so they and gave up their spot on mum n dads bed to sleep near Brooklyn.

His heart finally gave out on the 11th October and he passed away peacefully in his dad's arms. 


RIP Brooklyn, you brought so much happiness to two and four-legged friends. Your funny quirks and fascination for playing with water and hiding, peeping round doors and boxes will stay with us forever.


 

Dogs, budgies and a bunny adopted in September

After the devastating typhoon the damage still showing, quite a few young and older birds were found, alive but exhausted. Some of our friends Daniel & Andrew, Evania, Ian & Pam provided safety in their baths and washbasins. A day or two later the birds were stronger and eating well, ready to leave their safe havens.

I'd like to say Thank you also to those who helped clear the trail where many of us walk our dogs - Ashley, Daniel, Andrew you did us proud!

 

Which of our dogs got lucky this month?

Aladdin - Our big, silly gorgeous puppy found his forever home, we knew he would and in the end, he had a few lined up waiting to adopt him. We think he and his new mum are the best matches and we know he'll be loved for life! Thank you also to his fosters who helped him on his way - Imann, Kiran, Lauren & Nick and Sherman.

 

Bart - He was 12 when we took him and having had a miserable life and never leaving his home for any reason then his life changed. He went into foster and was adopted a week later by his fosters. The perfect home and he's on his way to Thailand where he'll live out his life with an extended family and 2 pugs! A bit of a fairy story!

Bart

 

Bee - She was sought after as many could see just how special she was, she is. The family who adopted her have a cat who tolerates her, perhaps she as Vernon is a cat and a half with enough confidence for two cats! She's happy,  loved and we couldn't be happier for her.

Bee

 

Clara - The cutest little black beauty was adopted after a two-week trial. We knew she wouldn't be back it was love at first sight all round she's adored and adorable!

 

Clarke - As expected he was the most popular at the adoption day. However, it was wonderful to see a few people adopting mixed breed puppies when Clarke found his forever home. He fit like a glove with a family who have a Poodle x to keep him in line and he's a happy, playful and enjoying life his past forgotten.

Clarke

 

Cameron -  Clara's brother was adopted after his trial, they too said they couldn't part with him he's part of the family and they love him too much. That's just what we want to hear.

 

Coffee - The only survivor of her litter having lost her mum too, they all starved to death when the keeper himself passed away. She loved her carers but they knew they couldn't give her all she needed. She needed more space, more training and more exercise too. All of which she'll get and as much love as she can handle. Perfect for our big gentle girl.

Coffee

 

Cooper - He stayed with me for a short time and was the perfect gentleman. My dogs were very good with him and he them, so well behaved and loving. His dad is turning his life around to accommodate and make him happy. At 10 years we don't know what kind of life he had before being left on a pier, dumped from a boat, all we know is having had a 'health makeover' and dental his future looks bright.

Cooper

 

Colin - the third of the three puppies and the only one adopted on the spot. He's adored and we know he too is a lucky and loved puppy with an ideal home and the best parents. Thank you!

 

Kara - it feels like it's taken forever however after 12+ months and numerous fosters and let downs too,  she's finally found a home. She missed out twice on homes overseas both in New Zealand having failed the blood test for tick fever. Well, third time lucky and if all goes to plan she'll be off to San Francisco next month, in a couple of weeks actually and this really is cause for celebration I can tell you!

 

Rich - The fourth of four greyhounds, Rich found the right home and family and we're thrilled to bits. It may have taken some time but it was well worth the wait. He and the others will be in Hong Kong quite soon having done their quarantine. There'll be a celebration for sure after a very long, laborious few months for those involved they can finally relax with their dogs at home, safe and free from the sad existence they'd endured in Macao 

 

Zeno - Our oldest boy was adopted and it was the best match after his foster mum already knew him so well. He was so attached to her and wasn't shy about turning his back on anyone showing interest in him and climbing onto her lap. He had already made up his mind he was staying and so he did.

 

Sisi - this is a particularly special one for some of us as she and her brother have been with me for longer than any other dogs. They spent most of their lives in kennels, over 5 years. I inherited them and though many dogs of all ages, type and size were adopted or fostered even sent overseas. Sisi and Toby were always overlooked, until last week when a friend contacted me and said her sister who lived who lived in Dublin wanted to adopt Sisi WOW. I almost fell off my chair, speechless!

Watch this space as we see what comes next for Sisi....................

 

Who still needs a lovely home?

Cherry - With Martin - the owner passed away, now looking for a home, she's young and lovely.

Cherry

 

Clyde - the little poodle who came with Cooper, now fully recovered and loving life, walks and company.

 

Coco - we all love her she's a favourite, however, having only three legs has put off more than a few which is sad at best. She runs like the wind and has no problem at all and she has the sweetest personality.  

 

Harriet - my long term foster and the dog who makes me laugh most. Her unique quirks make her more adorable, her daily aerobics in the grass or on the street. Upside down legs going everywhere she's a hoot!

 

Martin - A lovely dog and having lost his keeper now in desperate need to belong once more. Can you help, please?

Martin

 

Rocky - another gentle medium/ large dog in need having been left behind when his keeper left. A terrible thing to do .........

Rocky

 

Salvadore - Our big heart melter - to know him is to love him, and yet we've had him for a year. Overlooked repeatedly, he'll have his day!

 

Toby - last but by no means least. He was never supposed to come to me but as he won't be going to New Zealand, he failed the blood test, he's with me though not my or his choice. He's not a difficult dog by any stretch, in fact, quite the opposite. Toilet trained, quiet,  easy to walk too, however, I have too many and would love to see him enjoying the attention and love he so deserves.

 

Carter aka Albert - This is the saddest edit I have had to write since Ulric aka Marcel who lived together with Albert. He had a home any Pug would love. He was so happy, Albert enjoyed his life and had great friends Marcel until he passed, Elvis who he loved and Zoe. Sadly he lost his appetite and went downhill very quickly and he was diagnosed with pancreatitis. Within a couple of days he had worsened and to such a point it would have been cruel to allow the suffering to continue. He was put to sleep and went to that special place that dogs go - he and his pal Marcel will be hanging out having a laugh together. Your short time with your family has left its mark on them all. RIP sweet boy gone but not forgotten!

 

Our Budgies

Then came the abandoned budgies....... 5 in total and all in need of someone to care for them and properly. Thankfully our friend and bird man was willing to take them. His new aviary is bigger and they can live in a beautiful setting and fly as they were intended and not crammed into a tiny cage where flying is but a dream!

 

Bunny

Our lovely bunny Tou B was adopted too and the timing perfect as our friend will be so busy packing up to head to his new life in Australia. At least he knows his bunny will be safe, happy and cared for!

 

 

All Things Cat

We may not have had an adoption day this month but we were still able to home a few cats and kittens. We're looking forward to more confirmations too, we have a few on trial and of course interests coming in as fast as cats and kittens!

Our last day at Whiskers n Paws saw nothing homed and it's a long time since we didn't home at an adoption event. However Matilda, Abby and Wilma were placed independently and are thriving.

Since moving to a new venue, we've been very busy readying ourselves in preparation for the 7th and 21st of October when we'll do two adoption days. We've been rather busy on the homing front which is wonderful and just what we needed! 

Huge thanks to all of you who have helped with the transition, to all our friends, followers and most importantly foster families without who we couldn't do what we do so well!

 

August Adoptions -

Abby - this pretty little one went through the wars with a prolapsed rectum. It took time to heal, but heal it did thanks to the constant care and attention of her foster and of course the vet at Acorn. Today she's a very healthy, happy little girl. She's spoiled and adored as all cats ought to be! 

 

Matilda- her sibling killed by a snake and though people offered to take her, they were refused.  Matilda was neglected and not fed well either right up to the last week before they finally left the territory. I finally got her because I gave an ultimatum... now or never! Those who tried to help Matilda (not us) were treated with contempt and accused of all manner of things! All I can say is thank god I saved for from a horrible life and person! Poor cat and a sad story, but with a happy ending.

 

Wilma - Our princess was adopted, she went to a home where she continues to be treated like royalty! She's quite a character and a very happy single cat as all the attention is for her and she's as happy as a clam. Her nasty breeding days long behind her and love and good food now on the menu!

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September adoptions - 

Anna - such a lovely easy creature, she was ever so popular with everyone who met her. She has a gorgeous family, 2 children who will grow up loving their first cat. An ex-breeder cat who will have a happy life and all the attention she's missed and no doubt longed for.

 

Beryl one of the most playful, entertaining cats and a total charmer, she could charm the birds from the trees! In a new home with a cat Beryl has been with other cats and can amuse herself with a cat, a person or pretty much anything, even a hair clip. Her new potential friend (also adopted from us) hasn't had the same background and we aren't even sure how much time if any, she spent with a cat or cats. All we can do is wait and hope they decide they can be friends ......... and it seems to be happening , YAY!

 

Bob & Barbara the adorable duo got to stay together in the end and they are thriving. Not sure if they've met the resident cat yet but it'll certainly be interesting when they do. I have the feeling the kittens will be all over her like a rash - oops oh such fun!

 

Casper & Charlie - they were very fortunate and chosen over a few other pairs of kittens to live with 2 dogs mellow, pretty laid back dogs. As it turns out the cats have no fear of the dogs, in fact its the other way round the dogs are scared of the kittens ha ha lets see what happens next. The kittens have no idea the dogs aren't cats or scared and they're jumping on them and flying round the house at high speed - oh my! Hoping this will change and soon.  

 

Chippy & Charles - who would have been the first adoptions in our new venue had it not been for a typhoon. Well they got their home anyway, it just took a couple of days longer. They're delightful and have a great home and a happy future. They're 2 of the 8 kittens we've been slowly taking in and moving on to lucky adopters - the last two are coming soon the other 6 - adopted YAY.

 

Christopher - he arrived with his siblings (as above) and before we knew it he was off to his forever home. A home any pet would want with an older cat, not to mention the best dog Amy, plus a family all animal lovers. 

Connie - no surprise she was adopted, she's adorable and that's why. A kitten anyone would want as she is the purrrect kitten!

 

Cora & Cyrus - they were barely with us but their playful adoration for each other melted hearts and they found themselves a home. Off they went and we know the children already LOVE LOVE LOVE them as we did.

 

Zena- she spent a few weeks in the cat room in Whiskers n Paws where she barely moved other than to eat and use the litter tray. We moved her to a foster home and she blossomed. Within a couple of weeks she was out and about,  not too long later she was interacting and accepting pats and more attention. Once again the love and care given by a foster family gave her a second chance at happiness.

 

ON TRIAL ADOPTION:

 

Alfred - he's settling in and adjusting to life in a home, he has a wonderfully patient family who have given him all the time her needs. They want him to be a part of the family as much as I believe he wants to be. We are all rather excited when we receive updates and hear how happy he is ............ watch this space!

 

Sassy - after many months in foster we finally found her a place where she just might fit. Sassy's new place has a cat and two dogs for company - oh and a person of course! She also has all the time in the world to come round and join the clan which she will have to at some point. We aren't worried about her as she's already out and about and slowly checking out the family. Fingers and toes crossed she's found her niche!

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th and again on the 21st at PAWTNERS on First Street in Sai Ying Pun - all details on the website where you can see our available cats/kittens and complete the adoption form online. You can also email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any further questions. 

A new month, a new venue and a new kitten or cat for you to take home. See you soon!

Dogs for August... and a Bunny!

 

OK enough with the rain already its getting more than a little tedious aaahhhhh! Hardly great for dog adoption days but we have to TRY to be positive and look for the 🌈 rainbow ................

Let's start with a thank you to our volunteers, fosters and followers who make it all happen and give the dogs a chance - HUGE thanks from me for your continued support and to the staff at the Peak Cafe too!

 

Who found a home and who still needs one?

 

Akula - She made it as far as the vet and found a home before we even received her! How’s that for speed!

Ruby - We had thought she was making her way to the UK then bingo a wonderful home popped up. Ruby sold herself to her foster mum and to such an extent she has become her third dog. A better result we couldn't have asked for.

Trendy - Our third of four Greyhounds found a home and will be making her way over to Hong Kong next month. She'll also be one of three dogs and this loving dog will be part of a family at last.

Birdy - this actually happened last month, like so many others who have come to us and were moved on to a wonderful home. A bird home any birdy would want with an aviary suitable for each type of bird. 

 

Dogs who may be adopted or are on trial adoption

 

Bee - Our pretty little girl is off on her trial adoption, and we are confident she'll fit like a glove.

Bart- Lovable Bart has melted the hearts of his foster parents so it seems he has found his forever home!

Dogs most in need of homes 

Salvadore - he's big, daft, adorable and strangely homeless? What can we see that others can't? He's a special dog and deserves a special person/s and home. He's big but so what big is beautiful! Please give him a change at a better life, he's had a terrible past but it doesn't change him - he's a gift!

Sisi - Is looking for a home with or without another dog, she doesn't mind. She likes her routine and set times for walks, food, sleep sounds like me! At times  she's more like a person than a dog. In foster and as wonderful as her foster home is, all good things come to an end and we are searching for a forever home.

Aladdin - such a delight, always ready with a kiss and a waggy tail. His aim in life is to please and he's so smart you show him a couple of times what you want and Done! He learns fast and loves everybody he meets. He needs a permanent home somewhere to call home, a place to belong. Come and meet him and try not to fall in love with this lovely boy.

Coco - We think she's beautiful both inside and out, she bring a smile to us all. in a foster and thriving with other dogs. She's having a ball and would be happiest in a home with another dog or dogs. She's our shining star and we all love her to bits, can't wait to see who is lucky and adopts her - yes she's still available.

Harriet - she's a gorgeous, low maintenance, lovable little bundle with amazing quirks and energy - she would brighten anyone's day. With or without a dog or cat she's a darling and deserves a loveing family and home. To know her is to love her!

Tou B - our lovely bunny rabbit has until mid October to find her forever home - can you help?

 

Please come and see us on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at the Peak Cafe, 1.30 - 4.30 or you can send a message through the websitewww.kirstenszoo.com or faceboo k KirstensZooCharity, Instagram kirstenszoo or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - I hope to see you this month at the Peak Cafe.

Cat Adoption Day

After 3 years and the adoption of 300 plus cats it's time to say Goodbye to Whiskers n Paws and Hello to Pawtners. We were successful and know the success will continue at our new Adoption day venue.

Our new location is closer to our vet clinic Acorn, in fact it's just round the corner. It's easy for you to get to, and it's a really relaxed atmosphere! You can have a coffee or a cold drink while you look at our friendly available cats.  

Come and meet our friendly host Deki and see for yourself. We'll have cats and cat bowls, toys and litter trays and all at special prices to promote our first ever event here. A free bag of Almo Nature cat food with every adoption too.

Where: Pawtners 

When: 16th September 

Time: 1-4 pm 

How do you get there?  By MTR to Sai Ying Pun, Exit B1. Just cross the road and walk up about 20 yards !

To speed up the process you can fill in the adoption day questionnaire on the website www.kirstenszoo.com or facebook KirstensZooCharity or Instagram kirstenszoo 

Let me know if there's a particular cat or cats of interest. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

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