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Two sister cats need a place to call home

By Staff | Jun 10, 2010


Two cats who are so friendly they snuggle in bed and meet visitors at the door need a home because their owner died of cancer.

When Teresa Fluhr, a lifelong animal lover died of cancer at age 58 the loss didn’t end there. Her two cats Stormy and Charley lost their best friend and home.

Fluhr who used to volunteer at CROW Wildlife Clinic begged her son Greg Fluhr to find a home for her cats after she died.

Greg Fluhr has reached out to the community via PAWS and the media in hopes of fulfilling his mother’s last wish. But so far the fluffy felines remain homeless and time is running out. PAWS, an island non-profit pet rescue, is doing everything they can to keep the two cats together.

They have a foster home but need a permanent home.


“They come right up to you,” said Diane Barr, a volunteer with PAWS. “They want you to hold them. Charlie is like beach ball cat – she’s really cute and cuddly.”

Fluhr adopted the seven-year-old feline sisters after Hurricane Charley struck the area in 2004. Fluhr named Stormy and Charley after the monster storm.

Her son Greg is distraught over not only losing his mother but finding homes for her beloved pets.

“The hardest thing is that she entrusted me to give them a home,” he said. “It would be a shame for them to have to go back to the shelter.”

Charlie is a brown tabby cat and Stormy is a grey domestic medium hair cat. Both female cats are friendly, affectionate and get along fine with dogs, Barr said.

“There’s no reason not to adopt them,” Barr said. “There really sweet cats.”

This is why animal caretakers stress the importance of having a will in place designating a home for pets in the event of one’s death.

Ria Brown, the public information officer for Lee County Domestic Animal Services, said if a caretaker is not arranged in a will, someone else will have to make that decision.

To adopt Charlie and Stormy, call Pam at 472-4823.

Foster parents are also needed for other homeless island pets at PAWS. PAWS has been around for around 20 years. Foster parents only care for pets, all expenses are paid for by PAWS. For more information, call Pam Sullivan, the PAWS president at 472-4823.