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Oreo finds a new home!

May 10, 2009

I sincerely appreciate everyone that responded and showed an interest in Oreo’s story. It meant a lot to me and of course to Oreo. I’ll now give you an update as Oreo wanted me to tell you all to stop worrying about him – he is finally safe, secure and oh so happy.

For those not following along Oreo is a beautiful black and white male cat that found himself homeless after his owner was brutally murdered back in July of 2008. Oreo lost everything that day and has been living outside, exposed to the elements and of course the daily and nightly dangers of life as a stray. For almost a year I’ve been taking care of feeding him on a regular basis.

In July of 2008 he was extremely afraid of people, but within a few months he finally approached me and became my buddy. Perhaps it was the food. I’d like to think we formed a friendship. Nah, it was the Meow Mix and “Pounce” treats I’m sure.

As of a few days ago Oreo was adopted. Or did Oreo do the adopting? Check out the photos of Oreo and you decide. These photos were snapped on the day his new owner’s came to retrieve him and save Oreo from life as a stray.

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As you can see Oreo has a new friend. Actually, two new friends. Bill and Jim responded to my Craig’s List ad after Oreo’s story caught their attention. Bill had a Maine Coon cat that became sick and eventually had to be put to sleep to humanely end his suffering. Since his cat’s passing Bill has had a hole is his life and now maybe Oreo will be able to fill it.

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As you can see above Oreo is loving all the attention he’s getting and is quite fond of both Jim and Bill. I think they’re going to be a great family.

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Above you’ll see Oreo enjoying a delicious lunch before he heads off to his new home.

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Oreo will probably miss some of his friends. This is a neighbor’s cat that always seemed to be around. They got along very well and many days when I pulled up they’d be laying together near the food bowl licking each other.

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Evidently Oreo was in some sort of a fight recently. You can see his nose is cut up rather badly. He also was bit on his belly and has several small gashes. Usually, when bites appear on the belly they were received after the animal submitted to the aggressor. It is nice to know Oreo won’t have to fend for himself anymore.

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Here you see Oreo in the cage we used to transport him. He put up no fuss when placed inside the cage, in fact, he went right for his food bowl. Bill had the brilliant idea of putting his food bowl in the cage with him since his own scent would be on the food bowl. Oreo has been eating out of this bowl for almost a year and it will be comforting to have something familiar around him during the transport and introduction to his new home. When Bill suggested this I again was made to feel this whole deal was going to work out well. Bill and Jim are good people and clearly love animals.

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Since I gave Oreo up to his new owner’s I have caught myself starting to drive towards his old home on several occasions. I’m used to stopping by for a visit and to refill his feeder and water dish about every other day, but Oreo isn’t there anymore and I suddenly realize this and have a slight feeling of sadness and loss. Oreo is a good cat and I already miss him, but my sadness is replaced by feelings of comfort and happiness as I realize Oreo is no longer a stray. He now has a home and safety and love.

Bill plans to keep me posted on how Oreo is doing in his new environment. From the sounds of it their home is going to be the perfect place for Oreo. Hopefully I will get some photos from them so I can share them with you.

Goodbye Oreo. I’ll miss you.

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5 Responses to “Oreo finds a new home!”

  1. Marcus on May 13th, 2009 12:09 am

    I’m a dog man but its clear in the pics that these guys will be good to your cat. You did a good thing for helping orea find a safe home.

  2. Chris O'Connor on May 13th, 2009 12:27 am

    Personally, I’m more of a dog person too. But I love all animals and Oreo is an awesome cat with a lot of love to give. I can’t tell you how happy I am for Bill and Jim and especially Oreo.

    The first few weeks will require patience as Oreo needs to be taught to use a litter box and he really hasn’t lived indoors either. Many changes will be introduced to a cat that might not be totally trusting of humans.

    Over the time I fed and visited with Oreo we became good buddies. He would run from under the nearby cars when he saw me pulling up. It got to the point where he was rarely far from his food bowl, which goes to show how dependent stray cats are on human compassion. Oreo needed my help and would have starved without it.

    Today I got a call from the lady who lives across the street from Oreo’s past home. She noticed Oreo gone so she called me to see if I took him. She also said she would periodically offer him some food when he wandered over to her yard. This was a relief to hear. But Oreo sure had lost weight over the past 8+ months so I’m not confident that any of us were feeding him sufficiently. I think possums, raccoons and other stray cats were helping themselves to his food dish throughout the day and especially during the night.

    Oreo’s troubles are probably over now, but I am going to wait till I hear back from his new owners before I completely relax. He’s a good cat and I can’t fathom them not loving him as much as I do.

  3. amanda on June 8th, 2009 5:39 pm

    i found the cat oreo he is on 3825 burlington ave north

    black-white
    amanda

  4. amanda on June 8th, 2009 5:42 pm

    he is somewhere on my street hurry if you want 2 find him

  5. Chris O'Connor on June 8th, 2009 6:02 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    I spent a few hours driving through your neighborhood this morning after someone called me saying they had seen Oreo. I’m a little hesitant to come out again and am wondering if it is at all possible for you to snap a photo of this cat and email it to me. There are 2 black and white cats living at 3951 Burlington and neither are Oreo…unfortunately.

    I’m going to go broke if I drive out there more than once per day. Another neighbor thought he saw Oreo and he showed me photos on his digital camera and it wasn’t Oreo.

    The cat you see – does he have a black chin? Are his legs almost entirely white? I sure would love to talk on the phone with you so please feel free to call me at 727-804-5319

    Thank you so much for looking out for Oreo. I am trying to remain optimistic, but it has now been 30 days since he got out of the screened porch where his new owners placed him for the night. I am hoping he is still in the area as I have heard cats don’t wonder far.

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