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Aug 22, 2011 Comments Off Renatta DeBlase

Rescuing Burton and Several Other Dogs and Cats, Especially My Cats Simba and Mimi

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You’re probably curious as to why I included photos of a bluetick coonhound in the photo gallery that is filled with photos of famous jazz musicians. Burton is an example of the successful rescue work that I have done with animals in recent years. Without my help or that of other caring individuals, Burton would have been run over and left to die, or even worse he would have starved to death. He is one of dozens of cats and dogs that I have rescued since relocating to the Washington, DC, area in 1984.

Living in upstate New York as a child, I was accustomed to owning and caring for beautiful cats and dogs. So, when I moved to Washington, I was shocked to see hundreds of homeless cats and dogs that literally wander the streets in search of food and shelter. Consequently, through the years, I have adopted as many dogs and cats as possible and found homes for others through the SPCA and the Partnership for Animal Welfare, and Alley Cat Rescue. Burton is one of the lucky ones and he is shown in the photo gallery with his owner or caregiver, Dena Stamos. One evening about ten years ago, Rocky Dickerson, a young neighbor, brought Burton to my house and asked me to find a home for him because the dog had been running loose in the neighborhood for a few days. When I turned the porch light on, I could not believe how beautiful he was–a six month old bluetick coonhound with unusual tri-color markings–not your usual beagle.

After my vet, Dr. Robert DuBois, checked him and gave him his shots, I placed an ad in the Washington Post hoping that someone would adopt Burton. Lucky Burton because a lovely young teacher answered the ad and adopted him almost immediately. Burton now lives in Westchester County, New York, with Dena Stamos and he
vacations in Martha’s Vineyard and Florida. Recently, Dena called me to say that Burton is the most wonderful gift she has ever received. “Thank you, Renatta, for improving my life and Burton’s,” she said.

Recently, I rescued about 30 feral and tame cats and sent them to live at the Good Shepherd Cat Sanctuary in Delmar, Maryland, and decided to keep two as my
own pets, Simba, a beautiful 18 pound gold persian-Maine coon mix with gold eyes, and Mimi, who is also beautiful, a black and white American shorthair who must have been born outside and is now getting used to living in a house. I feel very fortunate to have been able to help so many cats and dogs.