Hobo Hotel became a part of Tom Cat’s life on January 14, 2016 when a gentleman walked into our no-kill shelter with tears in his eyes! He had found a young male kitten about 12 weeks old. He had fully intended on keeping him, so he named him Tom, and immediately took him to his vet because the kitten’s eyes appeared to be infected. His thoughts were that a round of antibiotics would surely clear up this problem. The news he received instead was devastating. Either due to a birth defect or a severe upper respiratory and eye infection, this kitten would never see his world!
The man’s work schedule was such that he was not home for long periods and he knew he would not be able to care for a blind kitten. He was told about Hobo Hotel and this was the day my life was changed forever. Tom Cat had to be isolated because his upper respiratory infection was contagious. This meant that he was never able to have another kitten to cuddle and play with. No mama to teach him social skills and to make matters worse, to prevent more eye infections, he would need to have his eyes removed and lids sewn shut.
One would think that the weeks that followed would be filled with sympathy, tears, sadness, and a very depressed kitten with no will to live. Well, Tom Cat would have no part of that. When I would hold him close to comfort him, he would rub his handsome face against mine, as if to say “I may not see you with my eyes, but I surely see you with my heart!”
When he was no longer contagious, I introduced him to the lobby where cats are free to roam and greet the people who come to visit Hobo. It took Tom Cat all of one day to learn where the food, water, and litter boxes were located. I set up an area with toys and tunnels that made noise, and he took it from there. Our visitors stay for hours sitting and watching Tom play. They laugh at his antics and enthusiasm and many still ask me, “Are you sure he can’t see?” His favorite toy is a little mouse which he tracks with great precision. This brings shouts of joy, but also disbelief, because of his ability to locate it at all times.
One of my favorite memories finds little Tom’s paws patting my chest to get my attention. I was standing behind the black chair I always sit in to watch him play and was talking to another volunteer. Tom had become so secure in his surroundings, I was not worried about him. Well, like he knew I was not watching him, he made his way to the top of the chair following the sound of my voice and was giving me love pats to get my attention. This time instead of me checking on him, he was checking on me. He let me pet him for about a minute and then he was off again to see what life had to offer. His zest for living has been so contagious that we all wonder, “What did we do before Tom Cat came through our doors”?
The purrfect family has come forth to give our beloved Tom Cat a forever home. As I write this, there are tears in my eyes because knowing that he will no longer be at Hobo Hotel leaves me with a big, empty place in my heart! However, I know this proud, fearless, handsome kitten will continue to spread his courage, uplifting spirit, and his love for life for many years to come.
Yes, Tom Cat sees with his heart and he has taught me to do the same!
Taffy gets her forever HOME with Shauna Yay
Kanai got his forever home with the Church's
Adam found his forever home with Kamryn
Kitten is really hungry and is loving the Fancy Feast
Adam and Bagheera looking at Mom Kamryn
Nettie has settled in and is very happy. She curled up with her new mom, Carol, and started purring right away. She adjusted immediately to her new home. It seems to be a perfect match.
Demarco is going home with the Nolan family. He will be a bilingual cat.
Crystal, assistant director of the Moss Bluff Elementary extended day program brought donations from students.
Kinsey Demarets shares profits from a school project with Hobo Hotel
Craig and Jay
.Clint celebrated his 10th birthday by adopting Latifah
.Benjamin raised some money for the Hobo kitties.
Elijah celebrated his 11th birthday by visiting Hobo Hotel and bringing kitten food.
Wilda has a forever home at the Paul household.
Casey wanted a cat for his 12th birthday
Kovu will make his forever home with Sandra.
.Renee Primeaux and Brian Griggs, with KellerWilliams, brought a car full of food and litter.
Butterbean and Kibble are going home with the Young family.
Chloe brought treats, food and toys for the kitties.
Brittany is adding Haley to the family.
Cooper was adopted by the Smith family a couple of years ago. He has grown into a beautifull sweet boy.
Barbara, with a little help from Phoebe, donated an original painting. “Hobo and Friends Enjoying the Lake Charles Boat Parade” to our Sweet Arts Auction
Jackie Kowman’s 4th grade Sparks students participated in the Power Play Young Entrepreneurs Project. They visited Hobo Hotel during their “Helping Hands Tour” to distribute donations and monies raised from their projects.
Bella is moving to Jennings with Macie and Nikolas.
Sunshine was adopted by the Beng family.
Juice is going home with Justin and Amanda
Bowie was adopted
Midnight was adopted
Tevin was adopted
Just wanted to give y’all an update on Bowie, who we adopted on the 17th.
He did well on his car ride home. That evening he took a really good nap with his new friend, Avery. And by the next day, he was perfectly integrated with the entire family. He has been so loving and relaxed, and is just an awesome cat. He’s going to be perfect for our family!!!
Elnora is going home with the Wardrup family
Peter and Pharoah made an instant connection.
Ramsey will be making his home with the Townsley family.
Sketch was adopted by Patti Landry.
Bianca found her forever home with the Trahans
Blackie is going home with the Hill family.
.Doc is going home with Melissa
Snow found her forever home with the January family! She will even have a cat friend to play with!
Sylvester found his forever home with Colleen
Forrest went home with the Jeffers family.
Bonnie found her special place in her new home.
Sue Benge "Perfect Match"
Rowdy was adopted by the Bayfield family.
Lion and Samantha are looking forward to their new friendship.
Thumblina will soon be living in Natchotiches with Case
Diane Mere adopts Canna for her little girls as a Christmas present
Mikayla Lazarus adopted Martini
Cynthia Vincent adopted Gaston
.Pepper found her forever home with Jared Rackley
The Gibbs family adopted Angie .
.Sam gets his forever home with the Bollocking as a birthday present for his daughter
Debbie adopted Abigail
Windsor was adopted by Carli Karluk, a match made in heaven
Mudpie was adopted by Jessica Shavers
Willy was adopted by the Fiorita Family
Fudgesicle and Cooper are now great friends
Abbie was adopted by Amber Kopecky
I got my cat from hobo hotel a few months ago and her name was Rue.
Her name is now Lizzie and she brightens all my days. Just wanted to tell you thank you for keeping her alive and healthy! She doesn’t go outside without me. I only let her come into my fenced patio with me while I water my flowers
It took about an hour for Angel Baby to settle in with the Fontenot Family
Charlotte Reynolds adopted Tal
Boo is going home with Bailey and Kane
Eddie was adopted by Laniesha Brown.
Jo found her forever home with Benoit family.
Laura Alpha adopted Allie
Ginger was adopted by Bridget Rodney
Beau has his forever home with the Bourque familty.
Camille had a birthday party and asked her guests to bring gifts for the Hobo kitties.
Veronica is going home with Mrs. Perry who says, "She's older (9 years) and I'm older so we will make a good pair."
Kami was adopted by the Corbello family
Elton (now Orange) was adopted by the Simon Family
Opal found her forever home with the Kastler family
Sunshine is now a member of the Duffy family
Coby is moving to Elton with Jessie
Barnee was adopted by the Fuselier family
Tatum was adopted by the Martine family
Milo and Otis were adopted by Kaylee Lanier
Girl Scout Troop 2034 visited to learn about taking care of cats and to plan some helping projects.
The troop had a car wash, donations of 470lbs litter, 52rolls paper towels and 4 Clorox wipes. They worked brushing the kitties, cleaning cat trees, cleaning windows, Tlc kitties and washing base boards
Bruce and Waynette were adopted by the Cervay family
Darling found his forever home
Fiesty Skade is going home with the Moreno family
Hazel will be living in Kinder with the Nolen family
Alyssa wanted to spend her birthday with Hobo kitties
Hobo Hotel and Pit Bull Rescue were guests at the South City Christian Church's Life Skills Camp. Children enjoyed learning how to be a good pet parents.
Antonio (now Sam) was adopted by Ms Ridgeway.
Virginia was adopted by the White Family
Leon and Mario were adopted by Mr Miller (but dob't tell anyone ...It's a surprise for his girlfriend.
Ms Young adopted Annie May
Chip is going home with the Domingue family.
Addison Moreno set up a lemonade stand and raised $120 to sponsor a Hobo kitty.
Madison adopted Pickles (now Banjo).
Begonia loves her new home in Laccasine with Ms. Gary.
Cherry and Evangeline are settling in with the Cole family.
Chuck was adopted by Lisa and Mark Cormie
Emily is giving six year old Clarabelle a forever home.
Clayton and Shasta are making their home in Jennings with the Fowler-Holland family.
Emily is giving six year old Clarabelle a forever home.
Ms. Gosnell and her new neighbors from Austria, Leonhard and Alice, brought goodies for the Hobo kitties and volunteers.
Patrick will be making his home with Cathy Chapman and Dave Brown, who have a loving bond with special needs cats.
Nala and Pirouette are checking out the goodies donated by Penny Maylen.
Sundae was adopted by the Simon family
Tandy is settling in well at her new home.
Yul was adopted by Jacey Cole.
Violet was adopted by the Mason family.
Ryan Andrus adopted Tony.
Precious Thunder is going home with the Cantu family.