Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For Adoption: Ray Ray (Kitten with no eyes) & Rocky Balboa

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Talk about two peas in a pod. Well these two black peas are foster brothers. The same color, the same gender (male), the same age, these two kittens are thrilled to have eachother as playmates.

Ray Ray, born in Little Haiti in Miami,  was born without eyes  but he can still walk, climb, and jump. His fur is super soft.  He acts like any other kitten. So do not worry about him! Worry about yourself and your food. He loves to eat and will find a way to jump or climb to get to food.

Rocky Balboa of Miami (Rocky for short), was discovered alone in downtown Miami. Somehow he disconnected from his mother. Thankfully he was saved from fast moving vehicles. Rocky has jet black satin fur and is quick as lightening. He also loves to snuggle.

 Both kittens are 5 months and ready for permanent home. Vaccinated, blood test for feline aids and leukemia were negative, pending neutering.

The adoption fee is normally $85 per kitten, but adopt both kittens for one fee and when you adopt R&R you also receive this lovely adoption kit. A cat carrier, three books: a resource manual and two nonfiction stories

The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey, ASPCA Cat Care manual, and the top selling cat book worldwide.  Homer's Odyssey. Plus matching black cat bowls. Total retail value is $150!

If you have not read the famous Homer's Odyssey, YOU WILL LOVE IT! Gwen Cooper the author originates the story in South Beach, where she had two cats and her vet convinced her to adopt a third cat, a blind kitten.   From this personal account we learn that blindness does not hamper cats but hyperdrives their other senses.  This blind black cat even protected his owner from an attacker who broke into her apartment in the middle of the night.  Homer, even chased the attacker the condo hallway.

Through both books, the reader learns a wealth of knowledge about science behind cats, their habits, essence, abilities, and antic ways. The science of cats is evolving.  We are on the forefront of this exotic creature.

To meet R&R, located in South Florida, please email us at

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Benefits of Cats as Pets on Telemundo TV

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Christine Michaels in the green room of Telemundo TV studios in Miami
holding foster kittens Ray Ray and Rocky

Today was a special day in fulfilling the mission of education. Christine Michaels along with another volunteer Suely Caramelo, in answering a broadcast request by the Cat Network, offered to bring foster kittens for the live taping of a segment on Telemundo, to feature a new kitten playground by Catit, a manufacturer of variety of pet products.

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The Catit Senses Circuit

Suely's foster kittens gladly demonstrate the new Catit playground

This was also an opportunity to speak to a nationwide Hispanic viewing audience, alongside a veterinarian to discuss the benefits of having a cat and how they differ from dogs as pets.

Christine Michaels live nationwide television in Spanish
Diego (Telemundo anchor),  Marta Sanchez (Veterinarian), Christine Michaels, Jon Salas (PR rep for Catit)                         on Un Nuevo Dia (Telemundo)

Christine Michaels as the spokesperson for cat adoptions 

 Christine was introduced by Diego and asked why to adopt a cat over a dog and the benefits of adopting a cat. She shared that first when adopting a cat, not to think of them as a rescued pet but as a new family member. Adoptions are a commitment for life.  This is important as many people fall in love with the cuteness of kittens (and puppies) but later lose sense of responsibility when the pets are older and drop them off at shelters, adding to the epidemic of homeless pets.  It's an important decision.

Christine Michaels playful kittens cat adoption

Christine brought her latest rescue kitten, Ray Ray, a blind black kitten to show that cats each have their own personality. And while Ray Ray was born without eyes and will never see, he still acts like a kitten and is not hindered by his blindness. 

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Ray Ray the latest rescue kitten, rests calmly on Christine's lap and faces the camera during the taping.
We are very proud of little Ray Ray and amazed to watch him use his other senses in guiding him. As Christine spoke he automatically faced the camera. When she finished and Diego started speaking, Ray Ray automatically turned to face him.  He was so calm. After that day, we knew Ray Ray would make a great therapy cat in visiting sick children or elderly in hospitals and nursing homes.

Ray Ray, using sound to guide him, faces Diego when he speaks.

(On a quick wardrobe note, we want to acknowledge that yes, next time Christine will wear a brighter contrast top so the black cats stand out and do not blend in.)

Jon Salas explains how the Catit playground appeals to
the nature of cats as hunters, climbers, crawlers, scent-driven
The key points shared were:

- Cats, while more independent, can also be very social and affectionate
- Families with children should have a cat as their first pet. Cats do NOT cause asthma or allergies. On the contrary, having cats around  young children, can help reduce the chance of acquiring these debilitating conditions.
- Cats are very clean pets. They groom themselves. 
- Kittens are good for young children, because kittens are active and playful and entertaining. This bond  helps children to respect animals.
- It is better to keep pet cats indoors but they still need exercise, as we all do. The Catit playground incorporates all the simulations for feathers, scratchers, obstacles to climb, and moving objects.

Christine Michaels and Jon Salas
At the end of the program, Catit donated the playground and toys to the Cat Network. Thank you so much!!!

The segment was aired live nationwide and provided an excellent opportunity to address the Hispanic audience and reinforce long-time science about cats (not readily available in many Hispanic countries) and overturn many myths that still persist.

Thanks to Telemundo and Catit for the joint effort and fun and enlightening segment. Thanks also to The Cat Network for their commitment and dedication as a long-time organization in addressing the stray cat population in Miami-Dade County.

We look forward to working with Telemundo on future segments to further educate the nation on the latest cat science and cat adoptions to reverse the rate of homeless cats in the U.S.

Below is the segment that was aired on May 17, 2017 in Spanish.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Progress Report on Blind Kitten Ray Ray

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Blind kitten, Ray Ray soon after he was rescued at 10 weeks of age

Our latest rescue kitten has a name--Ray Ray, yes after Ray Charles.

He was taken to the best feline ophthalmologist in Miami, Dr. Karpanski. Sadly Ray Ray was born with a defect, no eyes, that he will never be able to see. But that does not stop this kitten from acting like a kitten! He can run, play, climb, and jump down.  It is amazing to watch him move around and play like any other kitten.  Blind kittens rely on their other senses.

We want to thank every person who played a role in saving Ray Ray and donated for his vet care. This year has been one of the worse stray kitten season, with hundreds born and found and not enough shelters and volunteers to bottle feed and care for them.  This blind kitty was spotted in Little Haiti (Miami) and posted on Facebook for pleas to rescue him. Riverfront Cats was tagged after a couple of days and we stepped in.

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Christine holds Ray Ray, blind black kitten

Ray Ray had minor health issues for which he has been treated. He did test negative for feline Aids and Leukemia and is ready for adoption!

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Closeup of Ray Ray, blind black kitten

However he bonded with another rescue black kitten of the same age.  Him and Rocky are like fraternal twins.  They play together, sleep together, and eat together in unison.  Therefore we will only adopt them out together. If you are interested in meeting these special black kittens, please email us at 

You can follow their progress on Facebook and Instagram!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Name the Blind, Black Kitten & Give Hope

And here he all black 10 week old kitten rescued from Little Haiti neighborhood. And he's extra special. He's mostly blind. Our first one at Riverfront Cats. Thanks to a teamwork effort by local residents, this kitten will get the TLC and medical attention to regain as much of his eyesight as possible all while living indoors in a loving, nurturing, cage-free environment.

 This little guy needs two things...a name and your help.

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Blind rescue kitten at vet.  Clinging to Christine's shoulder

Put on those creative caps and help us think of a great name to give hope to this survivor.  Leave us a comment below with your suggestions. Click on "Comment" at very bottom of this post.

Kitten doesn't want to be let go.  He knows he has been rescued.

With mating season and many stray kittens multiplying, our funding is drying up quickly.  To help this blind kitten get the immediate care he needs and to see an eye specialist, simply click the Donate button below with your contribution. No amount is too small or too large! 

He's still handsome and special to us.
After initial treatment, this kitty will be ready for adoption. If you are interested, please email us at

 Follow this kitty's progress on Facebook and Instragram!

Rocky Balboa of Miami--for Adoption

Meet the latest Riverfront rescue kitty--an all black kitten named Rocky!

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Rocky at 9 weeks

Rocky was found as a stray on the property, apparently separated from his mother and siblings. He is currently 10 weeks old and has clean bill of health, negative blood tests, and first round of vaccinations.

Rocky is snuggable, loveable and playful. While he initially hides when guests arrive, it doesn't take him long to appear and show off his running, jumping and tackling-of-toys skills. He's very active and would love another active playmate that welcomes his boxing, tackling and other athletic skills.

To meet Rocky, please contact us via email  Adoption fee is $85 and includes food bowl and Cat Guide book.  Located in downtown Miami.

Rocky at 10 weeks