When best-selling author Helen Brown landed in New York for an extended stay — part of her work to publicize her latest book, Cats & Daughters: They Don’t Always Come When Called — her publishers convinced her to foster a cat during her stay. So she and her daughter Lydia went to Bidawee and returned to their temporary digs with Bono. Isn’t he handsome?
The rescue gave him a lion cut because his fur was matted. I think it suits him! Bono is a small cat, a rescue from an ACC on Long Island and just four years old! With his good looks, you’d think somebody would snatch him up. And, in fact, humans have asked about him. But then they find out Bono’s catch: even at his young age, he has chronic renal failure and may only have about three years to live.
Now you tell me: with his soulful eyes and friendly personality, wouldn’t you consider every day with Bono a gift? Helen Brown does! She says, “He’s made my stay here so special, I’d take him back to Australia if animal importation rules weren’t so tough. Besides, Jonah (the quirky feline protagonist of her current memoir) would make his life a misery.” She is not looking forward to going home on April 25, because it means Bono will have to return to a cage at the shelter, and there is a very real chance he will have to spend the rest of his life without a home of his own.
For everyone, life here on earth is a temporary ride. For us kitties, it is even more temporary, and no one ever knows when our journey will reach its end. So don’t you think it is unfair for humans to shy away from Bono just because his life span won’t be as long as you would usually expect? So I am sending out a call to all my readers to spread the word about Bono. He is located in New York City, and I know there is someone in the area who would love this little lion-panther for all his days!
Please help a kitty out and share Bono’s plight! If you are interested in Bono, you can contact Bidawee, or send me a message on my contact page (you’ll find the link at the bottom of this page, where it says “About this blog”) and I will pass your info along to Ms. Brown’s publicist. Let’s make sure that Bono never has to return to a cage — his life’s too short to waste time there!
Dash Kitten says
Any news Miss Sparkle? * worried sigh * ❓
Not yet – I was going to email Helen’s publicist once this AmazeCats voting thing is done on Tuesday.
Dash Kitten says
Tweets scheduled for couple of days Miss Sparkle. Here’s hoping! I KNOW I am seeing others sharing too.
Maxwell, Faraday & Allie says
We’re TOTALLY sharing this on FB & twitter! Right now!
Sherri-Ellen T-D. says
Hello Sparkle Kitty: What a poignant story about Bono!!! WE are sending prayers to Bono to find a new home…there has to be someone out there who will Love him for the rest of his life!!!
We will include him in our purrayers here.
Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue…
RA husky says
We heard about Bono from Savvy and wanted to stop by to offer paws prove huskerboo vibes for a forever home. He is a beautiful kitteh,
Savannah NanaMo says
hmmm…Sparkle, might Bono be able to travel to a sanctuary in Philly area, the one Lemony Squeeze volunteers for??? I can’t recall the name exactly…but it is HOKAFI: Helen O Krause Animal…could they help Bono be love until he has to go to the bridge? Just wondering…I did a Tweet and put it on my FB page. Can I do more? Let me and Mom Linda know.
Dash Kittem says
Sparkle, Do you want us to put up an appeal? Let me know OK in the meantime we will tweet your post.
Dash, if you think an appeal of yours will reach the ears of a potential adopter in New York (and you never know! I’ve helped cats in different countries before), please do! Even though I know the volunteers at Bideawee love Bono, he really deserves to be loved in a home, not spend his life in a cage at a shelter.
Dash Kitten says
Done – Miss Sparkle https://www.sparklecat.com/special/help-helen-brown-find-bono-a-home
Dash Kitten says
Link to my page (not yours * sheepish look *) http://dashkitten.com/680/help-helen-brown-find-bono-a-home-sparklecat/
I hope sweet Bono finds a home soon.
Baby Tali says
Bless Bono..If we could take him he would have lots of love for the rest of his life..no matter how long it would be..I would even share my toys with him..Hugs to you Bono! 😥
Cathy Keisha says
I shared this on Twitter. I hope by now Bono’s found what he’s looking for. (Get it?)
Team Tabby says
What a sweet kitty! We sure hope he finds a wonderful forever home. Our Cookie has had renal problems for the last three years and with diet supplement is doing very well.
Texas, a cat in New York says
Awww this is so sad! He is beautiful! I will share the word.
He is absolutely gorgeous and even more special for having his health issues. Really hope someone takes him to their heart.
The Island Cats says
OMC, Bono is SO handsome! We can’t believe someone doesn’t want to adopt him despite his health issues! We are purring that Bono finds his forever home soon!
Ms. Stella O'Houligan says
He is truly devine and I’d tell you that some humans may not just be considering his short life span but may be shying away from the final costs related to his condition. It is sad when money becomes a factor but for all practical purposes it is a very real and important factor to consider when looking at acquiring a new member of your family.
I would take him in, in a heartbeat if that were remotely possible; but I also need to consider the other five I have and budgets for medical, food, etc…
I just know someone will take that gorgeous boy!
Kjelle Bus says
Sure hope that Bono don’t need to go back to a cage !!
da abbies o trout towne says
Bono….de blessings oh St Francis two ewe…we hope him guides ewe two ewe new forevers home….asap….ewe iz one handsom dood buddy…all de best two ewe…
Toby & Leia says
We truly hope he finds an amazing forever home.
Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla says
I shared it on all of my networks Sparkle
I sure hope that sweetie can find a home, you are so right, a cage is not appropriate!!!
Clarissa & Co. says
We are purring that Bono will find a home very soon. He is quite the handsome boy.
Sue Brandes says
Beautiful kitty. Hope he can find a forever home.
My Mommy says since she already scored on a million dollar cat (moi), she can’t afford any more, otherwise she would snatch Bono!!! We hope he finds a good home soon!
Layla Morgan Wilde says
Life comes with no guarantees and kidney disease is not an immediate death sentence. My Merlin at 18.5 was diagnosed 2 years ago and still kicking. With good care Bono could live happily for longer than three years.
Vanessa Mitchell says
I am so sad for Bono, please can someone kind give him a forever home. I would without hestitation even with 2 girls already. Someone please help him. He is lovely! xx <3
We’ve shared everywhere-I hope it helps, he’s amazing. We would open our home to him without a second thought but we live in Central NY with no way to get him. I’m sure with your wonderful post and everyone sharing-he’ll find a home and continue to be loved as much as Helen loves him. Thank you for posting this.
This makes Mommy so sad. She loves black kitties and there are non among us right now. If Mauricio wasn’t such a huge jealous so-and-so of other males, and we didn’t live far away, Mommy would snap Bono up in a minute. She’s putting you on her kitty prayer list that you get a forever home very, very soon. Keep looking gorgeousâ€¦that always helps. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette
Purrrrs to Bono finds a lovely forever home!
We think Bono is awesome whatever his kidney problems bring, he is a super cat. Our ape wondered if those trying to find a forever home for him had thought about trying to rehome him with older apes. Often older apes don’t want to take on a kitten because they worry that the kitten will outlast the apes.
Even a long term foster with an older ape might work, if Bidawee could fund his vet bills for fluids and special foods/medicines, if the older ape was worried about costs. Just a suggestion!
We hope Bono finds a most wonderful home to live out all the time he has on earth and we hope that time is really, really long.
Luff from Gerry & Mungo
Helen Brown Gentry says
Thank you for this wonderful post! I’m falling for Bono a little more each day. No wonder he’s a favourite with everyone at Bideawee. He must’ve had a loving home once as he’s so friendly and well mannered. Warm wishes to all the cat lovers out there – and thanks New York for this special time with a rock star cat. Helen Brown
Fuzzy Tales says
Oh, what a sweetie. LOUD purrs from us that he finds a forever home, the right human to love him for as long as he has. Because none of us knows how long that is, you’re right about that. Would there be any options for his vet care costs to be shared by the rescue and an adopter? Maybe the $$$$$ is partly what is deterring people.
BTW, thanks for stopping by to wish Nicki a happy Gotcha Day! He’s already had some deli ham as a treat. (Turns out he likes that, as well as yogurt!) 🙂
Won’t Tabby’s Place take him?
Hannah and Lucy says
We are purring hard for Bono to get a warm and caring home – he looks as though he has a wonderful temperament.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
We sure hope someone will take him in. We shared on Facebook and will advertise him some more. Take care.
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
We send paw prayers that such a sweetie finds a furever home!
Tillie and Georgia says
Awwwwwwww! Such a sweet kitty.
We are sad he has renal failure and will purr very hard for him to get a loving home.
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie