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Furby's Halfway House

Updated on March 26, 2011

Sheela was turned in as a stray

Sheela was a stray
Sheela was a stray | Source

What Love Can Do

I'm sorry I've been out of touch with everyone the past several months. I was hired on by the security company I'd worked for before being laid off at the hospital. I've still had time to do quite a few cat stories., but unfortunately the dog stories had to go on the back burner for awhile.

Today I'd like to tell my friends at hubpages about Furby's Halfway House.

I've had an exciting four months. In late November I turned in the paperwork for GCAC SC Urgents, which is the Facebook page for death row rescue. To become a rescuer I had to furnish both personal and business references as well as have a legitimate rescue organization vouch for me.

The reason I decided to get into cat rescue was because I tired of looking at the Rainbow Bridge photos and feeling I could have made a difference in that cat's life.

I already have three dogs, two of which were rescues. I work nights and sleep days so I'm not able to rescue dogs at this time.

So I now have a sanctuary called Furby's Halfway House For Death Row Rescues. I rescued the first three on the day of my approval. It all began as a project to re-home death row cats. Instead, my daughter and I can't bear to part with any of them.

I now have 15 resident cats that run cage free through every room in my house. Four a.m. is a very active time in my home.

I've rescued cats from different backgrounds. The MandyLane gang, which was my first rescue in late November, were three strays on the verge of starvation. They were too young and too sick to be spay/neutered at the time of rescue. We named them Mandy, Sammy and Jasper.

Casper, who we just learned is Cassie, was also malnourished and had a severe URI. She survived being a stray on Interstate 85 in South Carolina. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, that's one of the deadliest interstates in the state. Cassie also survived being out in a blizzard that left 8+ inches of snow on the ground.

Mia and Lucky were also sick when rescued. Lucky had a sister who died when the shelter mistakenly had her spayed while she had a severe URI. She died the morning before we arrived for rescue.

Lily and Misty are declawed cats. The jury is still out on Lily as my daughter believes her claws were only trimmed, but Misty definitely is declawed. It's so sad to watch her try to sharpen her claws.

We were the only hope for Mister Tom, Misty and Jethro. No one else spoke up for them. The same goes for Sheela and Shirley. These two are sisters who were turned in as strays and both were pregnant. They had a little more trouble managing the pain of spaying since their incision size was larger.

Sheela and Shirley had two littermates who were euthanized for lack of a home. No one ever rescued them and it's painful that I couldn't take all of them. I don't want to put any added strain on my sanctuary and didn't want to add four cats in one day.

I try my best to provide a stress free environment.

Then there's Gizzy, the demon cat. She came from a broken home. Gizzy is the first cat I've had with so much talent. She can growl, spit, hiss, slap and thoroughly terrorize all at once. She's the only glitch in my stress free plan. She loves people. She just hates other cats.

Click here to take a look at the website I've created for all of my rescues. This is a kid friendly site so feel free to entertain the little ones with my cat photos.

Today I'd like to ask each of my friends for a $2 donation towards the surgery of Mandy, Cassie, Jasper and Sammy. These four were too sick to be done at the shelter before I took them home. I've raised enough to do Mandy and Cassie and they're set up for spaying on April 6. After their surgery I plan to post a copy of the vet bill to show I've used the funds for their surgery.

I still need to raise funds for Sammy and Jasper. Plus I'd like to take any left over to purchase a cat tree since they all live inside. I'd love for them to have one so they can practice their climbing skills.

It's so wonderful caring for 15 cats. There's always someone wanting to nap in my lap. Or sleep with me in my bed. Always someone to look up at me like I'm the greatest person in their life. Because I AM great to them.

These death row cats KNOW we saved them and they're very grateful. And there's no greater feeling in the world than knowing you're the reason another cat is saved. Especially the ones rescued when they had only hours left to live.

Please enjoy the website, enjoy the photos and also do your best to spread the word about my rescue. And don't leave the website before checking out the page titled What Love Can Do where I have the before and after photos.

Thank you in advance for any financial help you can offer.


Elisa Black-Taylor is a regular contributor to

Furby's Halfway House Residents

MandyLane | Source
Cassie (name at shelter was Scrawny. Then Casper till we found out he's a she.)
Cassie (name at shelter was Scrawny. Then Casper till we found out he's a she.) | Source
Jethro-He came too close to being PTS as no one wanted him. Shelter name Twist
Jethro-He came too close to being PTS as no one wanted him. Shelter name Twist | Source
Misty | Source
Shirley | Source
Sheela | Source
Gizzy | Source
Mister Tom (shelter name Chapman)
Mister Tom (shelter name Chapman) | Source
Lily | Source
Jasper | Source
Lucky | Source
Mia (shelter name Abby)
Mia (shelter name Abby) | Source
Sammy | Source

President and Vice President of Furby's Halfway House

Furby | Source
Lola | Source


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    • qlcoach profile image

      Gary Eby 6 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      I can relate to the pain of unemployment. You are doing wonderful things to overcome negativity. Your work with animals is awesome. Feel free to find out how we all deserve to maximize miracles in our life. Peace and Light: Gary.

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      Cameron Dean 6 years ago from New York

      You're amazing!

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Elsia,

      Thank you so much for sharing this hub and your beautiful photos.They really are beautiful aren't they.

      I push all the buttons on this one.

      I now look forward to reading more of your work.


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      Hollyberry_24 6 years ago

      Wow amazing! Thank you soo much for making a difference in these cats' lives! I'm sure they thank you everyday! I myself help rescue animals whenever possible and volunteer for a non-kill animal shelter. I think kill-shelters are absolutely HORRIBLE and anger whenever I hear about animals being euthinized.

      I personally reside with 2 cats and a dog, all rescued(:

      btw, Gizzy's coloring is simply stunning!