A.C.A.T. received a call from a couple in Tijeras. Their female cat had given birth to 3 kittens and something else was hanging out of her. Through A.C.A.T. the mom cat was seen by one of our rescue vets and it was determined that she needed an emergency spay before infection set in. Unfortunately the 3rd kitten didn’t survive but the other 2 were nursing and thriving. The male was a black tuxedo and his sister was a golden Bengal tabby tuxedo. After assisting with the surgery on the mom, A.C.A.T. agreed to take the kittens to foster and find homes for them when they were old enough. The foster coordinator at that time was the only one open so at about 7 weeks the 2 kittens came to their foster home. The male was named Bo Jangles and the female became Ms. Bengal. When they weighed 3 pounds they were fixed, current on shots and went to the adoption center. Ms. Bengal was adopted the first weekend into a home with other cats for companions. The little black tux was adopted by the fosters and is now living permanently with their other cats and is now named Humphrey. He walked under the 9 foot Steinway and he matched so well that he just had to stay right where he was.
Now you’re probably wondering how an A.C.A.T. cat appeared on a bill board for AHANM. Well, a photographer had a job to photograph cats for AHA and he knew where there were several. He arrived at 10am on a Friday morning with his big white photographer’s umbrella, a big black battery pack and a rather large camera. Humphrey proved to be a willing candidate as well as some of the other cats. Humphrey had to wear a pink collar with a bell on it. So time was provided for him to get used to it. The photographer was very patient as he laid on the floor to snap just the right poses. The cats had not been fed yet that morning as he needed pictures of them eating out of the pink dishes he brought. 2 hours later and after about 200 photos of several of the cats he knew he had many that could be used.
Not long after that Humphrey appeared on the AHA bill board on Central near Wyoming advertising their upcoming adopt-a-thon. His owner discovered the bill board quite by accident and almost ran off the road. Luckily, the camera was in the car and the bill board was photographed. And if you happen to drive by the AHA adoption center on Montgomery near Juan Tabo you will find Humphrey’s picture on the outside of the building. The other 2 cats also on the AHA building live with Humphrey, Cydney and Chloe. So that’s how some of the Heyward cats are now billboard beauties and living the life of luxury!!