Status: Foster-failured on 7/20/20

Zena came to us from AHS shelters on 3/17/20.  She was very scared and shut down in the shelter environment, and needed a foster home.  Even in a foster home, it took her a few weeks to adapt.  She was shut down, and pretty crabby, but eventually grew to be a very playful, sweet cat.  Quite energetic for an 11-year-old!  She continued to exhibit some signs of stress, however, because she did not like living in a home with other cats.  We moved her to a different foster home with one small dog, but no cats, and she thrived much better there.  After a few months, her foster family decided to keep her.


Status: Adopted on 6/17/20!

Lily came to us from not so great circumstances.  She was living with some people who had good intentions, but really didn’t understand cats very well.  They found her outside as a kitten and decided to keep her, until she started spraying around their home.  Turns out she just needed to get spayed!  A very sweet, playful girl (who uses her litter box purrfectly, thank you), of course she wasn’t going to stay with us for long.  She was adopted by a very nice couple, who have an older male cat.  Lily and her new big brother have challenged one another, but are developing a peaceful coexistence.  Her new mom and dad are thrilled to have her as part of their family!


Status: Adopted on 5/3/20!

Ladybird came to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 12/12/18.  We pulled her from a local shelter where she would have been euthanized, because she was stressed and not getting along in the shelter environment.  She was surrendered to the shelter because she had been living in home where there were too many animals.  She was scared and feisty when she first arrived, but grew to be a funny, playful, smart and affectionate little girl.  We were surprised to find that Ladybird was hard to adopt!  At only 8 months old at the time of intake, we expected her to find a home immediately, but for some reason, she drew very little interest, and ended up staying with us for about a year and a half!  She was finally adopted by a former vet technician, who spoils her rotten, and has worked diligently to resolve a fur-pulling habit that Ladybird developed while she was with us.

Tinker Bell

Status: Adopted on 4/20/20
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Tinker Bell came to us on 10/7/19.  We pulled her from an AHS shelter, where she was not thriving.  In her foster home, she has become sweet, cuddly, and playful, although she gets a little cranky with too much petting.  We believe Tinker Bell would do best in a quiet home with one or two adults, and children over the age of 12.  It is unknown whether she gets along with dogs or cats, but we would be willing to try her in a home with maybe only one, very mellow cat or dog.  She is spayed, up-to-date on shots, FLV/FIV negative, and not declawed.  She was believed to be approximately 9 years old upon intake.

Scarlet (formerly named Tinsel)

Status: Adopted on 3/29/20
Scarlet came to us on 12/31/19, as a five-month old, undersocialized kitten.  She was surrendered to AHS by a person who had found her outside, and kept her in their home for about a month.  She was reported to be friendly, but also a little skittish.  At AHS, she liked to be petted, but would not come out of hiding, which makes her a far more suitable candidate for a foster-based rescue.  Scarlet’s foster mama worked diligently with her, and turned her into a cuddly, affectionate kitty that loves to be petted.  She was adopted by a nice lady, who has two senior cats (one that’s over 20 years old!).  We hear that Scarlet has adapted well, and she is happy in her new home.


Status: Adopted on 3/14/20
Tormund was part of a feral family that we trapped during the summer of 2019.  Most of his litter proved to be quite stubborn, and Tormond, so far, is the only one to become social enough to be placed for adoption.  As of 1/20/20, he was approximately 8 months old.  After months of continued patience and hard work by his loving foster mama, he became a playful, affectionate, adorable boy.  He was adopted by a veterinary technician, who loves him and spoils him rotten.  His foster mama will miss him!

Lila May (formerly named Kitty)

Status: Adopted on 3/14/20
Lila May
Don’t be fooled by the scowly expression!  We assure you, Lila May is a real peach.  In our defense, we didn’t have her all that long, and so we never got the chance to build an extensive photo album of her.  She is lovely though, as you can see.  Lila May (Kitty) came to us on 12/17/19.  She was surrendered to AHS because a member of her family was allergic.  She was reported to be friendly, but not fond of getting belly rubs.  She was friendly for a while at the shelter, but grew overstimulated from too much human interaction, and was offered to rescue partners, because she’s a better fit for a foster home environment.  We found her to be friendly and mellow, but not fond of other cats.  At 12 years young, Lila May (now named Brindle) was adopted by a retired couple, who are friends with the director.  We get regular updates on her, which is just wonderful for us!


Status: Adopted on 3/10/20

Sylvester came to us on 1/15/20.  He was originally seized from a hoarding situation, and surrendered to AHS, along with about 15 other cats from the same property.  He did well at AHS when kept in an office, but he couldn’t hack it on the adoption floor, and was having absolutely none of the kennel life.  Very crabby boy!  But he was reported to be friendly in his previous home.  After being placed in a foster home, it took him several weeks to come out of his shell, but once he did, his foster mom decided he was too wonderful to part with.  He is now named Mr. T!


Status: Adopted on 2/16/20
Maxy came to us on 1/16/19.  He was in danger of being euthanized in a local shelter, because he was very scared, and not getting along well in the shelter environment. Originally, he came from a home where there were too many animals.  While there, he was exposed to another cat that tested positive for FLV, but Maxy has been tested and retested, and he is negative.  Within one week at Suzie’s Cat Refuge, he blossomed into a sweet, lovable boy, although we soon learned that he has some food allergy issues.  He was adopted by a family in St. Paul with a few, very sweet kids, and an older, very mellow dog.


Status: Adopted on 2/12/20
Jack and Dorro (2)
Jack was found as a stray, and brought to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 10/28/18, unfixed, underweight and very hungry, but lots of love in his heart.  He was scanned for a chip, but none was found, and every effort was made to find an owner.  He has shown to be a very sweet cuddly boy, although hesitant around strangers.  He loves other cats, although cats that value their personal space might find him a bit much.  He was adopted by a woman in Northeast Minneapolis, who was looking for an energetic cat to be a companion for one of her other cats, who needed someone who could keep up with her high energy and roughhousing.  Jack was just the guy for her!  Here his is, chillaxing with his new friend, Dorro.


Status: Adopted on 2/11/20
Maya came to us on 1/29/20.  She barely escaped euthanasia at AHS, as we struggled to find a foster for her, and someone miraculously came through at the last second.  Whew!  She was approximately 9 years old upon intake, and sadly, she is front declawed.  Her foster mama found her to be friendly, affectionate, and playful, but she does overstimulate, and trigger into hissing and swatting.  She ended up not being with us for very long!  She was adopted by a lovely retired couple who live in a very nice home in Northeast Minneapolis.  They also have a very sweet, cat-friendly dog.


Status: Adopted by her foster mom, and later euthanized due to a neurological condition of unknown cause.  RIP, Arya!

Arya was a part of a family of ferals whom we live-trapped in the summer of 2019.  She was completely unsocialized, and her foster mama worked diligently with her for many months.  Unfortunately, Arya continued to be highly fractious, attacking with claws and teeth.  Her foster mama decided to adopt her, and continue working on her socialization.  Unfortunately, after some time, Arya developed a neurological condition of unknown cause (exhibiting symptoms such as falling and fainting), and her vet recommended humane euthanasia.  


Status: Adopted on 1/6/20
Ginger came to us on 12/18/19, from AHS.  She was surrendered to AHS due to a person in her home having allergies.  At AHS, she was friendly, but would become overstimulated and bite.  At Suzie’s Cat Refuge, she proved to be affectionate, playful, and easy to handle.  The moment we listed her on Petfinder, our e-mail exploded with inquiries.  She was not with us for very long!  She was adopted by a man and a woman (both, life-long cat people!), and their 10-year-old child.  There are no other pets in Ginger’s new home, so she gets to be the queen!


Status: Adopted on 11/27/19

Chloe came to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 4/22/19.  Her owner was no longer, financially in a position to care for her, and they were having to move in a hurry.  Had we not taken her in, she would have been release outside and left to her devices.  Chloe was about 8 years old at the time of intake, and was already spayed, up to date on shots, and tested FLV/FIV negative.  Sadly, she is front-declawed.  She was pretty cranky when she first moved to her foster home, but came around quickly!  Especially after getting some painful fur mats shaved off, she turned into a real love bug.  It took several months for the right human to come along for miss Chloe, but she was eventually adopted by a woman who lives alone in a very nice home, and Chloe queen of the abode!

Adopted on 12/15/19!

Tiny was approximately 12 years old, when we brought her in on 8/28/19.  She was surrendered to AHS, because she had a few bathroom accidents in her previous home.  At Suzie’s Cat Refuge, she exhibited none other than purrrfect poop and pee habits, and because she’s so incredibly charming, she ended up not being with us all that long!  On 12/15/19, Tiny was adopted by a nice woman who lives alone in a spacious home, with only her dog.


Status: Adopted on 10/27/19

Erin came to us on 1/9/19 from a local shelter, where she was in danger of being euthanized because she wasn’t getting along well in the stressful shelter environment.  She was originally found abandoned in an apartment with several other cats.  She was approximately 8 months old at the time we brought her in.  For a long time, no one expressed any interest in her at all, which surprised us.  Finally, after about 8 months, she was adopted by a loving couple.  Erin’s new daddy recently had to retire due to an injury, and so he is home all day long to shower her with affection.


Status: Adopted via the Animal Humane Society on 7/3/19!!
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Onyx came to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 6/3/19.  He was found as a stray by a member of our board.  We believe he was about 6 months old at the time he was brought in.  Unfortunately, we did not have a foster for him, and rescues during the summer months are so full, due to kitten season!  However, Onyx was such a lovey boy, and healthy and friendly cats generally get adopted very quickly from AHS.  This was the first time that we’ve ever transferred one of our cats to AHS, so we weren’t sure how it would go, but they were very good about keeping us up to date on him, and had he not thrived there, we would have been given the opportunity to take him back.  Onyx spent his first couple of weeks there in a foster home, while recovering from a minor injury.  On 7/3/19, he was moved to the adoption floor, and adopted within 4 hours.


Status: Adopted on 5/7/19
Lilly came to us on 3/10/19.  She was originally found as a stray.  The people who found her had planned to keep her, but it turned out that Lilly wasn’t a good fit for their home.  She was very scared, and it was a busy household with small children.  They surrendered her to a local shelter, where she was also very scared and shut down.  After arriving at her comfy foster home, she became very sweet and affectionate with her foster mom, but remained shy around strangers.  After a couple of months, she was adopted by a very experienced cat mom, who lives alone with two other cats, one of which is about the same age as Lilly.


Status: Adopted on 5/3/19!

Morgan came to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 11/30/18.  She was pulled from a shelter where she was nearly euthanized, because she wasn’t thriving in the stressful shelter environment.  She was originally surrendered to the shelter in 2017, because the owner had too many animals.  She was then adopted, but later returned, because she never adapted to the other animals in the home.  Luckily, we managed to find a no-pet foster home for her!  Within a short time, she grew very snuggly and sweet with her foster mom, but remained shy when strangers visited.  She was adopted by a kind, young gentleman, fresh out of college, having recently secured his own, quiet apartment, with no other pets.  Perfect for Morgan!  Morgan’s foster mommy was sad to see her go, but we truly appreciate the loving care that she gave to Morgan, at exactly the time that she needed it.


Status: Adopted on 5/27/19
Nelson was saved from being euthanized in a shelter and brought to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 5/27/18.  His background story is a sad one!  He was brought to the shelter as a kitten, as part of an unwanted litter, and then adopted and returned twice.  The first time, because a person in his home was allergic to him, and the second time (many years later) was because his owner moved and couldn’t take him with.  While he was with us, he had to undergo some extensive dental work, as well as surgery for a grade 4 patellar luxation, which essentially means that his knee was out of the joint.  He recovered beautifully, and after being with us just shy of one year, he was adopted by a lovely young couple, who have blessed Nelson with a wonderful home, and a very cute young lady cat companion.


Status: Adopted on 2/11/19

Jake is a 12-year-old purr machine) who came to us on 11/19/18, after nearly being euthanized in a local shelter.  He was unable to be placed through the shelter’s adoption program, because he bit a child on the adoption floor, when the child petted him a little too roughly.  He does tend to give little love nibbles, but nothing that breaks the skin.  After a few months of being fostered at the Walheim Resort (a lakeside cabin rental facility in Finlayson, MN), his foster family decided to make him a permanent resident.  Jake is living a very sweet life in a cozy cabin with his foster family, and a few other feline companions.


Status: Adopted on 12/25/18


Formerly named Sejong, Siege came to us on 7/7/18, from a local shelter where she was in danger of being euthanized, because she wasn’t getting along well in the shelter environment.  She was originally adopted in Korea, and later surrendered to a Minnesota shelter because the owner was moving and could not take her with.  She was adopted by a lovely young couple on Christmas day, who were very excited to be adopting their first cat!  They had no other pets, which is perfect for Siege.


Status: Adopted on 11/8/18!


Monkey came to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 9/11/18.  She was pulled from a local shelter to prevent her from being euthanized.  She was adopted by a lady who lives in a very large home, with one 8-year-old cat.  Initially, she wasn’t sure if Monkey was going to adapt to her other cat, but they eventually figured out their boundaries, and are getting along fine now.

Double and Trouble

Status: Adopted on 8/31/18 and 10/11/18, respectively
Double and Trouble

These adorable sibling boys were saved from being euthanized in a local shelter, and brought to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 3/6/18.  Originally, they were found abandoned outside of an apartment building in north Minneapolis at about 6 months old, completely unsocialized.  Because of their fear of humans, they did not thrive in the shelter environment.  Within one month after coming to Suzie’s Cat Refuge, they warmed up to be affectionate, lovable boys, who loved to play, and receive lots of pets, on their terms.  Double REALLY blossomed, and became friendly with just about everybody.  Trouble only really warmed up to his foster mom.  After five months at Suzie’s Cat Refuge, a very nice family came along and decided to adopt them both.  Double adapted very well in the new home.  Trouble, unfortunately, did not, and he was returned about a month and a half later.  But that’s okay!  His foster mommy was delighted to have him back, and has decided to keep him!


Status: Adopted on 5/26/18

Squeeky came to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 5/5/18, and ended up not being here very long.  He was transferred in from a shelter where he would have either been sent to a barn placement, or euthanized.  His foster parents fell completely in love with him, and he got along so well with the other cat in the house, that they decided to adopt him.  Have a wonderful life, Squeeky!


Status: Adopted on 4/30/18!
Raven came to Suzie’s Cat refuge on 2/13/18, at about 6 months of age.  She was originally surrendered to a local shelter as part of an unwanted barn litter, and placed on the shelter’s list for alternate placement, due to her shyness, and the fact that she wasn’t thriving in the shelter environment. She is still very shy with new people, but her foster mom did great work with her, and made a lot of progress with her in a short time.  She now lives in a nice condo with a single woman who has two older cats.


Status: Adopted on 3/10/18!

Belle was picked up as a stray in the “Belle” Plain area (hence her name), and brought to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 1/10/18.  She was approximately 1.5 years old.  A very lively cat that doesn’t play nice with other cats, Belle needed a home with people with a lot of time to devote to her, and a very stimulating environment.  She went to a quiet, retired couple that takes good care of her.  They have no other pets, so Belle can have the run of things, and they give her the attention she needs.


Status: Adopted by her foster mom on 1/3/18!

Dot was rescued from a hoarding situation, along with her litter of kittens, in July of 2016.  She was held at a local shelter, where she was scheduled to be euthanized unless a rescue was willing to take her, the reason being that she was too fearful of humans to be adopted, and not thriving in the shelter environment.  A local rescue  was able to get Dot released from the shelter, and transferred to Suzie’s Cat Refuge  on 10/3/16.  It’s hard to say why Dot was overlooked by adopters, after an entire year at Suzie’s Cat Refuge.  Perhaps because she’s difficult to photograph, due to her dark features.  In any case, her foster mom decided to keep her forever.


Status: Adopted on 1/23/18.  Have a wonderful life, little man!


Ernie was brought in as a stray on 1/16/17.  He was born in a condemned shed, along with his two siblings, behind a small community bar in St. Paul.  Originally, we had intended to bring all three kittens and their mother to Suzie’s Cat Refuge, but there were many complications that prevented us from doing this, and at the time, we were only able to bring one of the kittens to safety.  That kitten was not Ernie, but Farrah, who is featured in the blog article titled On Their Terms. Eventually, the shed was torn down, and Ernie, his mother, and one remaining sibling were left to wander the streets.  Thankfully, a nice woman who lives in the area made sure that Ernie stayed fed, and she also managed to surrender Ernie’s mother to a local rescue group.  Unfortunately, Ernie’s last remaining sibling disappeared, but we feel that three out of four cats brought to safety isn’t a half bad ratio, even if it took a while to get the job done!  Ernie is a sweet, lovable boy, very affectionate and playful, but also scared in new environments.  Thus, it took a while to find just the right home for him.  He was at Suzie’s Cat Refuge for just over one year.  He eventually went to a nice gentleman who lives with his 14-year-old daughter, and they couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ernie in their lives.


Status: Adopted on 1/18/18.  Enjoy your new home, sweet lady! 


Artemis (a 4.5-year-old spayed female) was rescued from a shelter where she was scheduled to be euthanized.  She arrived at Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 11/26/17, and was ill for a while with an upper respiratory infection.  But she recovered wonderfully, and had no other health concerns, other than the need to lose a few more pounds.  Her sweet, mellow personality made her a popular choice for adopters, and there were a number of people who inquired about her.  She was adopted by a young couple, and lives in an apartment with one other cat, and two pet rats.


Status: Kat was adopted on 11/19/17.  Have a wonderful life, big boy!


Kat was transferred to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 5/18/17 from a local rescue group that had pulled him out of a shelter where he was scheduled for euthanasia, having bitten somebody on the adoption floor.  He was reportedly surrendered to the shelter because he was pestering the resident senior cat too much, not because he was biting people.  He has a mellow, laid back personality,  but also rather independent, and not very easy to bond with, and he didn’t coexist well with other cats.  Initially, he was adopted as a barn cat, and we are told, performed incredibly well as a mouser!  Some time during the cold winter months, his owner took pity on him, and decided to allow him into the house, where his personality apparently blossomed from Mr. Aloof, to Mr. Major Lovebug.  We simply could not be happier to hear of Kat’s promotion from barn cat, to indoor King of the Castle!


Status: Adopted (again) on 9/10/17.  Have a wonderful life, sweet boy!


Grayson was brought in as a stray on 3/14/16 , and the then he was adopted in July of 2016.  A year later, he was returned to Suzie’s Cat Refuge because his owner had to move and couldn’t take him with.  Shortly thereafter, at approximately four years old, Grayson went to a new loving home with a couple who absolutely adores him, and three other cats (all seniors) that he eventually learned to get along with, after a lot of hard work by his new mom.


Status: Adopted on 10/28/16.  Enjoy the good life, dear boy!


Cody was surrendered to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 8/24/16, because his owner felt that he wasn’t happy in her home.  She adopted him from a shelter at the end of April, and he hadn’t come out of hiding ever since.  It is suspected that her 4-year-old child might have been a little too much for him, and with another baby on the way any day, Cody needed to be rehomed as soon as possible.  A few short months later, Cody was adopted by a friend of his foster mom, a quiet gentleman who lives alone in a nice apartment.  Cody has since been renamed Stormy, and he and his new human have become the best of buds.


Status: Jackie was adopted into a loving home on 1/22/16.  Have a wonderful life, sweet girl!


Jackie and her three brothers and sisters had taken up residence under a porch at a cabin on Cross Lake.  The cabin owner brought all four of them home, and decided to keep three of them, but four, he thought, was a tad excessive, which left Jackie the only one still in need of a permanent home.  She came to Suzie’s Cat Refuge on 12/21/15.  She was very timid at first, mostly hiding under the chair in her foster room, but after a few weeks, she warmed up into a super sweet, affectionate girl.  Only a month later, she was adopted by a coworker of her foster mom, as a companion animal for her son with Asperger’s Syndrome.