Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Tuesday Tales…Pawing It Forward


I am working on a “Paw It Forward Project“…following in Cousin Leo’s paw tracks so to meow…

His project was so successful ( click HERE to see his project launch) that I decided to give it a go myself.


I am working with my feline girl furriend, Selina…One Eye On The Future


And our good furriend to all things “cat”…Brian, Brian’s Home


…to help Selina find FURREVER HOMES for her foster brofur and sisfur Ray Charles and Rachel!



…Ray Charles…

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And I am asking ALL OF YOU to help us help them in their Furrever Castle Search…there is a badge size photo at the bottom of this post if you want to let Blogville know you are working on the Paw It Forward Project: Finding Rachel and Ray Charles Furrever Castle!!

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We have  put together a nice Hope Chest for Rachel and Ray Charles. Brian and his Dad Terry made the first contribution to the Hope Chest…and then we added in a few more things…

Rachel and Ray Charles Hope Chest…all items will go with them to their furrever home:

  • Two Petsmart gift cards…each kitty gets their own…each card for $100 !!! Thank you Brian!!
  • One month supply of their fave canned food…Fancy Feast pate
  • Transportation will be arranged anywhere in the East/South East
  • Two brand new Nip N Nap Mats just like mine!!! (I had those put in special for them...)
  • Little black kitty bed that Ray Charles likes
  • Two parachute play cubes that RC loves to play/hide in
  • Food/water bowls
  • All toys purchased for them, and Selina is gonna throw in some new ones, too
  • Some of their favorite treats (Whisker Lickins)

Selina and her Mom Laura have recently created a special page on Selina’s blog for Rachel and Ray Charles information.  This is sort of like the one I had on my blog page for my now “Cousin Leo”…remember??  So click HERE to go to their page if you need information or photos to help you do a blog post about them, or send out Tweets or post on your own Face Book page.

Selina also made sure they have their very own Face Book page…and you will find lots of up to date news and more photos by visiting their page…be sure to give them a ‘LIKE’ when you visit, ‘Kay??’s the link…Rachel and Ray Charles Forever Home Face Book

Many of you already know the story behind Rachel and Ray Charles…in case you don’t…be sure to visit the first post about them from Brian…

Ray Charles and Rachel are both very special kitties…they are only 7 months old, and weigh about 7 poinds each.  They had a really tough start in life…but I just know if we all work hard together, we can get them to the home that is right this minute starting to think about how much they want two black panther kitties…

Black is verrrrrrry slimming you know…and if a peep holds one black kitty on either side of their waist…they will look at least 10 pounds slimmer!!  No, really!! It’s true!! I swear to Ceiling Cat…that is the truth!!! I saw it right there on Face Book page for The Geminites

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Just look how sleek they both are…this is a weight loss secret only black panfur cats know…

…Rachel at the Vet…

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…Ray Charles at the vet..

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They both have eye challenges and vision issues. Yes, they are Special Need kitties…and full of love and playfulness. Rachel sees quite well but Ray Charles has very cloudy vision.  They just had their most recent Vet check August 17 and here is what their Foster Mom Laura reported:

Overall, both of them are in EXCELLENT health.  Their teeth are clean w/no tartar build-up; their gums are nice and pink; they won’t need any more shots, etc. until they turn one year of age, and they are eating/drinking, peeing/pooping like champs.

They both have an upper respiratory virus (Herpes).  It is not “catching” so no other kitties you have will be in any danger of getting it.  I’m familiar with Herpes flare-ups in cats’ eyes because two of mine are on L-Lysine daily in order to mitigate any problems they have with that.  The VET feels that the entropion is/was secondary to the pathology associated with the Herpes, but that the surgery they received was DEFINITELY the right thing to do for them on that score.  

 In Ray’s case, he suffers from BOTH corneal AND lens scarring, whereas Rachel only has minimal lens pathology.  So, while Rachel sees quite well, Ray sees more as if he is looking through a piece of wax paper being held in front of his eyes.   

They are BOTH cross-eyed!  The VET believes (and frankly, so do I) there is definitely some Siamese/Oriental stuff going on in their genes.  The crossed eyes, the head/face shapes (that triangle/wedge shape) and the timber and distinctness of Rachel’s meows/vocalizations (not to mention HOW SMART they are!

They are thriving and, on Sunday, we had ANOTHER breakthrough, as Ray-Ray allowed me to pet him WHILE HE WAS IN HIS LITTLE BED!  That’s never happened before!


I have two links below if you want to know more about Entropion or Feline Herpes which affects eyesight

Abnormal Eyelid in Cats

Feline Herpes Viral Infection

Here is a badge I asked Mom to make…if you want to let Blogville know you are working with us to get these two kitties adopted, then purrlease place it on your blog page in your side bar.

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Thank you for all that you do to help rescued woofies and cats find their furrever castles…

Paw Pats, Savannah

peeEss I will have a page on my blog for Ray Charles and Rachel next week.  Mom is gonna be gone a few days so I won’t get to visit much at all until Sunday. I hope you will forgive me…I know I am so far behind in visits already…sigh

peeEssEss…I just found this new Blog Hop…and I am now joining it today…PURRFECT for announcing Rachel and Ray Charles…thank you Dogs N Pawz for hosting this pawsome blog hop. Every post in this hop is promoting adoptable cats and dogs…the theme is OPT TO ADOPT!!!

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54 thoughts on “Tuesday Tales…Pawing It Forward

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  2. They are precious! Will share and thanks for joining the blog hop!

  3. They’re cute, I’ll share the post.

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  5. katsrus on said:

    Shared your post and FB and Twitter. Hope they find a forever home soon.
    Sue B

  6. We pawed it forward on the blog today, Savvy! And everywhere else too! 🙂 xox

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  9. mollieandalfie on said:

    Have shared today Savvy 🙂 xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  12. spittythekitty on said:

    You are SUCH a good girl Savvy to help these kitties like you helped Leo! We put the badge on our page. XOXOXOXO

  13. *bloggies and facebook……

  14. Thanks Savvy..great post have done a little post onn both boggies and faceook don’t have many contacts but you never know..these precious ones would be in my home tomorrow if I lived in the States..paws crossed 🙂 Hugs Fozziemum xx

  15. Savannah, we will be glad to display the badge and add something about Rachel and Ray to an upcoming post. We have been following them from the beginning and are really surprised they have not found forever homes yet. Maybe the hope chest will help. Purrs and hugs for all you hard work on behalf of kitties in need, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  16. What pawsome idea this all is. We were familiar with Ray & Rachel’s story and that Brian was working on something special..but we didn’t know how far it was reaching. We’ll be at BarkWorld to help Terry & Brian spread the word!
    : )

    • PAWSOME…you could look for Miss GIna, Oz the Terrier’s human as she will have special brochures asking vendors to donate to help build an even better HOPE CHEST…maybe you can help Oz distribute them along with Mr Terry’s promo you designed…it was totally wonderful

  17. You and Mom Linda are the best Savvy. With a Hope Chest like that, cat lovers should JUMP at the chance to work for these kittehs. I’ll be sharing.

  18. Savannah, with you on the case, we know Rachel and Ray will find their forever homes soon. In fact, we purr that they find a home together. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?!?

  19. I sure hope those kitties find a great forever home!

  20. great job savannah. we hope they will find a loving furever home filled with loving humans.

    Emma and Buster

  21. I will get to work on helping these two find their home!

  22. We shared, we just know they will find the purrfect castle soon. As soon as we get more time we will try to do a post about them and get them more exposure. ~Scylla

  23. Twitted, reblogged, and fb. Hope that helps – DogDaz

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  25. We are purring and purring for Rachel and Ray Charles to find their forever castle!

  26. da tabbies o trout towne on said:

    de best oh fishes two ewe ray N rachel….we still got St Francis werkin sum OT for ewe both that ewe getz yur forevers home…yet this month and two gether…N way total lee rockin awesum oh ewe savvy N oh ewe brian for puttin de hope chest two gether……

  27. Hi savvy ,we have Shared and rebloged this for you,xx Speedy and Rachel

  28. Reblogged this on Speedy the cheeky Rex rabbit and commented:
    Help my Friends Savannah,Selina and Brian fine a new home for these two Kitties,xx Speedy

  29. Iread about this two black kitties. Why always the black mini-panthers have to wait before they find a home. I’m a fan of this cats – black is beautiful. I hope they will find a furrever castle and a wonderful furmily!

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  31. mollieandalfie on said:

    Savvy Doll, you don’t get a chance to relax and clean your whiskers..MOL always helping other Kitties out. You are the best. We hope they soon find their forever homes and what a wonderful chest they are going with. xxxoooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  32. We send out lots of good luck prayers for their adoption! Woooowoooo, Ku

  33. You are rockin’ it for these two sweet Savannah and the so, so, so deserve the purrfect forever together home!

  34. This is a wonderful project, Savvy. We have been following RC and Rachel’s progress from across the big waters and crossing all our paws that they find wonderful Forever Homes soon.

    The Chans

  35. Thanks, guys, for ALL your hard work!

    Selina & MomKatt Laura & Ray Charles & Rachel

  36. Oh yes they look like cousins of mine… And clever why of course! Rachel is beautiful and Ray is handsome I hope they find furever homes very soon! Bisous Bailey

  37. Hi Savvy…….what champs Rachel and Ray are and we sure do hope they can be lucky like Cousin Leo and find forever homes very soon where they can enjoy being panther cats for many happy years. They sure have a wonderful hope chest to take with them wherever they go. You’re such a great CATvocate for kitties in need!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  38. What a great hope chest and what sweet kitties. Whee will share this on twitter. Hope they find a furever castle very soon.

    Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil

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