Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Blueberry is a gentle, quiet presence at the shelter. She made herself at home in the vet's office out back, occasionally popping her little head out into the lobby (these moments are very exciting!). She tolerates much; puppies running by, rowdy dogs being checked by the vet, insulin injections in exchange for wet food, and whatever else comes her way. She'd prefer to live a quiet life, but handles the chaos of the shelter with grace. She loves her little hideaway spots, and is eager to try out new ones as we get them donated! Her favorite part of the day is actually her injections, because that's when she gets her yummy wet food! She is such a cornerstone to life at Buddy Dog, every day starts and ends with her.
Of course she hasn't always been here. Her first family didn't want a kitty anymore, so she was given away to their nephew. Her second family moved away and left her behind, checking on her every now and then. She was left matted, overweight, and feeling abandoned. She was brought to Buddy Dog in June of 2015. After arriving, we discovered Blueberry was diabetic. As anyone who even knows anyone with diabetes knows, insulin is not cheap, not even for a kitty. While this is not something we were prepared for, we knew we had to give this kitty the care she deserved, and the care she was neglected in her previous homes. Even with us relying solely on donations, we couldn't let Blueberry think she's been left behind again. We would make it work.
Two insulin shots daily and prescription food, Blueberry was on the path to being a healthier kitty. As she got older, she had some bad days, and some bad weeks, but with the love and care of the staff, she always made it through. She's truly made herself at home here. She has a quiet, but proud, personality. She will tolerate some rudeness from other animals, but knows her limits and knows how to show it. She'd love a quiet home with a window to sunbathe and plenty of comfy spots around the house for her beauty naps. While she's gotten more affectionate each year, she still wants her alone time every so often, so she would be okay with older, cat-savvy kids who will understand this. She does view herself as the queen, but would be fine with other animals so long as they respect her boundaries.
If you're interested in meeting Blueberry, please ask the front desk staff. She is almost always found lounging in the Staff Only area in back.
Blueberry is a 10 year old domestic short hair and weighs 15 lbs. but is working on losing weight.
Why a Diamond?
Blueberry's "cattitude" is may be a dime-a-dozen among kitties,
but her special medical needs are what make this proud senior kitty a Diamond in the Ruff.
How to Adopt
We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Blueberry in person at our facility prior to filling out an application. Visitors are welcome to our shelter any time during business hours, no appointment needed. You can find our location and hours here. Applications are available to be filled out in person at our front desk. Our general adoption policies can be found on our page here.
The ideal home described below is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff and believe will be necessary for Blueberry to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Blueberry must be strictly indoor-only.
Someone in the household will need to be comfortable and able to give her two shots daily. Ask the staff directly for more information on this.
Blueberry needs older cat-savvy kids and up in her home.
Ability to confine her to one room or area while she settles in (having access to the entire house immediately will be overwhelming and potentially dangerous if she hides in precarious spots or out of sight of her family).
Insulin isn't cheap, so blueberry's new family will need to be confident they can afford it.
Yearly check-ups at the vet, at least. Your vet may recommend more to monitor her diabetes.
As with all of our adoptions, Blueberry must be adopted by someone who is a Massachusetts resident and at least 21 years old.
While Blueberry's diabetes is well managed on her current insulin prescription and special diet, we cannot guarantee her health going forward.
Blueberry may prefer to be an only pet, but would be fine with other animals calm animals who respect her boundaries as an independent kitty.
If you are interested in learning more about Blueberry; contact a staff member by emailing or leaving a voicemail at 978-443-6990. Visitors are welcome at our facility any time during business hours, no appointment needed.