Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Daffney, Calico older kitten for Adoption

DAFFNEY (light calico)
The Monkey, the Diva, the Lover

Daffney thinks she's a monkey and will either reach up to you and stretch her front paws on your leg while meowing or if you don't pay attention to her right away, she will jump on your legs and scramble to your shoulder like a monkey! If you squat to clean the litter and haven't given her enough attention, she will jump on your back and perch on your shoulder, again like a monkey.

This monkey business is an effort expecting you, no demanding you, to give her food or pick her up (the Diva), to pet her and she''ll give you kisses (licks) and rub her whiskers on your chin to say you are hers! (The Lover). She'll also snuggle with you on the sofa and bed. 

Daffney is 8 months old.  She has all shots, tested negative for Fiv and FeLV, and is spayed.  Adoption fee is $85.00.  Adopt her and her foster sister, Sobe for one adoption fee and receive a gift basket with cat food toys, pet care book, bowls, and bottle of Coppola wine PLUS a ModKat litter box.

#GivingTuesday for Shelter Pets

Dear Animal lover,

There is a day of  Thanksgiving, two days for getting Deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Now there is a global day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday.

This is our first year participating as we have chosen this to be the one time in the year to make our appeal and offer you insight as to the needs in caring for stray, feral and black cats. Some nonprofits ask for donations throughout the year. Not here.  Our founder and President has worked at nonprofit organizations small and large and as a donor, she understands no one wants to be bombarded for money regularly.  It is annoying. We think of other creative ways you can help cats through your daily routine without giving a dime.   For a few ideas, scroll to the bottom of this posting.

Our needs remain the same. In order of urgency:

Whether you can foster for a few weeks, a few months, for cats, kittens or special needs cat, this remains our biggest need. We currently have a black cat, Roger,  whose throat was slashed but has thankfully healed. But in the process he developed diabetes. To read more about Roger and his fight for survival, click here. If you are interested in temporary or long-term foster care in South Florida, please email us at

Naturally funding is essential for various needs.

1. The largest expense is to pay vet bills for sick and injured cats. While we do receive a discount, sick pets require several visits and bills adds up fast.  The sooner we can pay those bills, the more cats we can take in and help.  Another regular expense is cat food, litter and supplies (ie. feeding bottles, cat milk)  Friskies is their favorite brand and better than other brands for the outdoor stray cats.  Toys are not a necessity as the cats find fun in regular boxes, a wad of paper, a Q-tip--non lethal household items.  No amount is too small--$200, $100, $50, $20, $10. Simply click on the DONATE button on the right.

2. Cat Traps.  Traps are regularly used to trap feral cats that need to be spayed/neutered, scared or stray cats that can be domesticated or reunited with owner.  Sadly, two traps were stolen that were hidden in bushes to capture a difficult cat.  We need one regular trap and one drop trap. They are listed on Amazon as follows:

Tomahawk Tomahawk Neighborhood Cat Trap, 36 in. Neighborhood Cat Trap - $80

Tomahawk Tomahawk Neighborhood Cat Drop Trap - $127

Feel free to donate an amount to buy the traps or order them from Amazon.  Feel free to email us and we'll provide an address for shipping.

3. Clear storage bins to build cat shelters.  We have a tried and proven method for building cat shelters every six months during the cold of the winter, and the rainy season during the summer. They MUST BE CLEAR in color not solid white as the cats need to see through the bins to survey their surrounding.  They also hide well in bushes. We cut holes on the sides and please do not forge to get the lids.  This makes it easy to remove the lids and clean the inside. With time the shelters need to be changed but it is more cost effective and functional than wood cat houses which are either stolen or the cats do not use.  The cats do use them!!! We currently need six bins.

4. Padding for cat houses. To line the shelters and absorb any water, the cat shelters are lined with the same padding used for children's playroom or exercise gym. These can be ordered from Amazon.  Any color is acceptable. Don't worry about size. We can cut them down. The cats aren't that picky!

48 Square Feet ( 12 tiles + borders) 'We Sell Mats' Charcoal Gray 2' x 2' x 3/8" Anti-Fatigue Interlocking EVA Foam Exercise Gym Flooring (Amazon)


24 Sq. Ft. (set of 24 + borders) 'We Sell Mats' Anti-Fatige Interlocking EVA Foam Flooring-Set of six Multi-Color Tiles-Each 12"x12"x3/8" Thick  (Amazon)

5. Cat food and litter.  The neighborhood cats and rescues are fed Friskies Seafood Sensation (dry) and Friskies canned food (Chicken & Salmon in gravy). They LOVE this flavor more than any other they sometimes fight like kids for seconds. Litter, we use Scoop Away as we found it best for clumping and controlling odor with so many cats. 


That's it! We keep it simple.We operate through volunteers so funding goes to the care of the cats.

We pray and hope you will participate in #GivingTuesday  or any day and help shelter pets. Please select Riverfront Cats as an individual, a family or company effort.   Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Email is best or you may call at 305-771-3163.

From our very small group of volunteers who give so much time and energy, to help reverse the rate of homeless cats in Miami,
Christine, Sabrina, Mollie, Elizabeth, Marta, Christina, Karen

Other Ways to Help Riverfront Cats

Is an app you can download on an Android and iPhone 5 or 6 so that every time you walk (to your car, in the mall, around the block, with the dog...) you can choose Riverfront Cats and a small donation is made directly to us. You pay nothing!

Shop at Amazon
For all of your Amazon shopping, every time you start shopping by clicking on this link, Riverfront Cats receives a small donation from Amazon.  It's that easy!

Thank you for all your support.
From our small team at Riverfront Cats,
Purrs and licks.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Update #2 on Rogér, The Miami Le Chat Noir Cat

[UPDATE July 2015: we continue to collect donations for Rogér.  Please use the donate button to the right.]

You may remember the story about Rogér (pronounced the French way-- Ruh-jhere). Oui?   The black cat that looks like the French Le Chat Noir poster cat? The one who's throat was slashed?

As promised we have more photos of his story (don't worry they are not graphic in detail) from the time of capture to brink of death and now fighting his way back--typical cat, and a smart black cat.  Sadly it is clear Roger has endured atrocities of a black cat life. We share his photo story below. But there is hope...

Rogér at the time of capture sustained injuries to his neck and jaw.
It appears his throat was slashed.
Rogér is unsure what these humans will do to him.
Lucky for him, a guardian angel saved him this time. 

Rogér does not know how to play like a cat.  In photo below he is resting on makeshift bed and staring at felt mouse at end of string. Perhaps he is so weak and in pain that he has no desire to pounce and play.  He needs LOTS of TLC.  And so the arduous journey to nurture, heal and socialize Rogér began.

Rogér's first selfie (taken by Karen, foster mother)

Rogér receives first kiss and a selfie to prove it!
Rogér appeared better a month after his rescue. His wounds healed but...

Rogér goes into shock and  drastically drops from 9 pounds to 7 pounds.
Notice the difference from photo above. We have doubts he will survive.

We learned that Rogér went into diabetic shock.  Since then he has been given insulin shots twice a day religiously.   The good news is that Rogér should pull through. Interesting he loves to go to the vet where he loves the attention and petting, and brushing of his hair.  He craves the TLC and attention he never had his entire life.  Staffers are more than happy to oblige. Rogér is ironically a good cat patient.  He understands the poking and prodding is to help him. Rogér takes it in stride since it is part of his daily routine. Vet visits are the icing on the cake!

Meanwhile the vet bills are avalanching which prevents us from taking in more cats that need rescuing! To date the vet bills are over $4,000.  No one anticipates these escalating costs. But when treating a sick animal, complications may arise. Click here to view the first set of bills totaling $2,846 as of September.

If you would consider giving any amount. No amount is too small!  $100, $50, $20 even $10!!! Just click the Donate button on the top right column of this website.  We rescue many sick and injured cats and kittens and rarely ask for donations every time.   We recognize no one wants to be bombarded with donation solicitations. This is why we work hard to find creative ways you can help without reaching for your wallet.  But this case is indeed special. Roger represents the average stray black cat that is the target of pure ignorance and disregard for harmless creatures.


Please join Rogér in his fight against color/species discrimination and his will to live! 

At Riverfront Cats, we will keep you posted on his progress on this website and via social media.  Of course your prayers and moral support is always greatly appreciated!!!

Click HERE for next update.