From reader Hannah:
My sister-in-law has been having difficulties recently and gave away her three cats — Bomber (male), 5, Vesper (female), 5, and Dagny (female), 3 — to a shelter near Chicago. They developed a respiratory infection and were not eating, and the shelter told us that they needed to be picked up within the next few days, otherwise they would be put down. I arranged for the cats to be released and transported to a temporary foster home in Minneapolis, but they need something more permanent. Unfortunately, I’ve already reached my pet quota, so we can’t keep them ourselves.
As you can probably tell, these cats are very dear to my family. My husband and I rescued Bomber and Vesper at my grandparents’ farm almost 5 years ago. They were 4 weeks old when we found them and had been without their Mom for at least several days after she had been hit by a car. They were malnourished and sick and we nursed them back to health, and adopted them to my sister in law. She adopted Dagny a couple of years later from a shelter in Chicago. All three cats are very sweet and loving. Dagny is the most outgoing. Bomber and Vesper like to cuddle with each other and play.
My preference would be that Bomber and Vesper stay together, since they are littermates and very bonded. Dagny can be adopted separately. I would say they get along with other cats since they have adjusted fine to each other. Bomber and Vesper were around dogs when they were very young, but not recently. They were fine with dogs at that time. I am not sure if any of them have been around kids.
All three cats are up to date on vaccinations and vet care, and are spayed and neutered and all have microchips. No medical issues, other than recovering from upper respiratory conditions after their time in the shelter, but I am hopeful they will recover just fine. Bomber and Vesper could lose some weight, but I think this could be accomplished by not letting them free feed. (After nearly starving as kittens, they have ravenous appetites and probably need better weight management.)
If you are interested, or have any leads, send me an email at annelaurie (at) verizon.net (click on my name in the righthand column) and I’ll put you in touch with Hannah.