DSH- Sleek black velvet coat.

HISTORY: Charlie arrived as a stray from Fluvanna SPCA. When he tested positive for FeLV, we agreed to provide a safe spot for him.

MEDICAL: Charlie tested positive for FeLV.

When Sir Charles first arrived at the sanctuary he was, to put it mildly, far from an immediate hit. Any attempt to communicate with or to touch him was met with hisses and a face that clearly said, “Don’t you dare!” In spite of that there was something very endearing about him. So, he got lots of soothing words. He also proved to be quite the foodie and some special foods and tasty treats surely helped him to realize that this new home was going to be OK after all.

His first pets were a bit of an adventure but those first tentative touches have evolved into full blown neck scratches and body massages. In fact he now loudly and persistently asks for attention. He doesn’t take no for an answer. Recently he even stepped into a volunteer’s lap where for a too brief while he gave a flurry of head bumps and happy purrs. He’s not yet a lap cat, but he seems headed in that direction.

Our long legged boy has come so far and is now one sweet boy. Love you Charlie- keep up the good work.

Update December 2023:  We love our good friend Charlie.  While he had a bit of a rough go of it upon arrival,  he has settled in beautifully and he’s now greeting us humans at the door and positioning himself in areas to maximize his interaction with us.  Charlie enjoys brief rounds of soft body pets and then it’s time to move on.  Softly sashaying and making the rounds in his room,  Charlie is a peaceful, gentle guy who does not wish to stir the pot.  Even when other kitties might have egged him on,  still he maintains his calm, sweet self.   For entertainment,  Charlie enjoys a good game of laser dot and also batting and chasing toys around.   Off and on he has struggled with some hair loss over whole sections of his body such that it might look like he is wearing shorty shorts and or a short sleeve tee or even no pants at all.   We’ve not yet pin pointed the trigger for this condition but are working closely to bring resolution and relief to our amicable fellow.  In his new home,  no doubt Charlie would love to be the single apple of YOUR eye however he might also be ok in sharing his space/home with other more mature, polite kitties.  We’re excited for what the future holds for Charlie and hope that perhaps you will be part of it.