The most famous long-term resident of Noah’s Ark, Midnight came to us November 3, 2004. He was found with an electrical cord wrapped tightly around his neck, and he had been set on fire. He had burns over 50% of his body. The police were brought in to investigate this horrific cruelty case, but no one was ever held responsible.
It took several days for Midnight to be found, and although his condition was quite grave, but his spirit was good. He kept looking at us, purring non-stop, and his gold eyes seemed to be pleading for help. We decided that after so much cruelty had been shown to him, we’d give him a chance.
His recovery took over a year and countless surgeries, but he’s quite a happy, healthy cat today. You’ll most often find him lounging in our lobby, but if he gets a chance, he’ll raid our food room and open a new bag for himself in a heartbeat!
Romeo got his name for being a real lover. He is one of Dr. Todd’s personal pets. Now let’s be clear, the Todd’s would prefer, for many reasons, that everyone keep their cats strictly indoors. This becomes quite impossible at their home though, with all the rescue dogs coming and going – – the cats just have too many chances to escape.
Romeo’s first brush with death came when someone living near the Todd’s shot him in the head with a rifle. Dr. Todd managed to remove the bullet, and miraculously, Romeo made a full recovery. He even became sweeter after this brush with death.
Almost to the day, two years later, Romeo was shot again. This time the bullet went right through him, again miraculously missing all major organs and bones. At this point, we decided Romeo was really pushing the nine lives thing and we moved him to the Ark for his own safety. He’s fat and happy there. He’s been up for adoption for a couple of years, but it’s super hard to place adult cats in our area.
Our resident dove, came to us in 2000 when the garden center where he had lived closed down. At that point, his birth date was reported as 1986. If that was accurate he’s now 25 years old – which is extraordinarily old for a dove. We’re not sure if he’s the oldest dove ever, or if we were just given the wrong birthday!
We’ve tried several times to get him a female companion, but he’s tried to kill everyone we’ve attempted to introduce him to – so the grumpy old man lives alone. He does love people though and is quite tame. He enjoys being talked to and petted – so be sure to say hello when you visit Noah’s Ark.
Finally, there’s Tiny Tim. He was brought to us Christmas Eve of 2013 with his eye protruding from his head. It was an old injury, and the eye could not be saved. Dr. Todd went to work removing the painful eye and this remarkable feline found himself a permanent job greeting visitors to Noah’s and warming up patients when they come out of surgery. He’s really one unusual cat!