Stray Senior Cat Trapped With Severely Matted Fur; You’d Never Know It By Looking At Him Now!

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When you are involved in trapping or caring for stray cats, you never know what you’re going to come across. A few years ago, the TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) team with Lowell TNR Coalition came upon a cat in dire need of saving. The poor boy was covered in horribly matted fur and filth from living on the streets. They were able to trap him and brought him to another nearby shelter for attention. They can’t be sure how long he’d been a stray, but his life was about to drastically change!

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Once they got some food in his belly, a sweet boy emerged from beneath the matted fur. 

The organization happy to help the boy was the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury, Massachusetts. They initially shared the story with Love Meow back in 2017. 

He originally was found outside, severely matted (worst we have ever seen) and very hungry. He was caught as part of a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, and was discovered to be friendly.

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

They named the senior cat, estimated to be around 10-years-old, Frisbee. His unkempt appearance told of months, if not years, on the street. But they couldn’t be sure where he had gotten his start. It was heartbreaking thinking that the sweet boy was abandoned on the streets by a “family”. His new shelter family were dedicated to saving him though.

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

It took HOURS for them to shave the matted fur and tangles from him while he was under anesthesia. When he awoke with a clean shave, he immediately began purring and thanking his rescuers. It’s amazing what a haircut and good meal can do to lift someone’s mood!

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society/Donna Atkins

Frisbee was feeling much better with the weight of the fur lifted, but that wasn’t the only health issue. 

Sadly, they found that Frisbee had a ton of dental work that was needed. On a later update, they shared the memories of his medical findings. 

Half of his teeth were missing; the ones that remained were so far gone that they all had to be removed. He had a very stubborn stomatitis infection in his mouth which requires life long medication.

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society/Donna Atkins

If that weren’t enough he tested as being FIV+. Many other rescue groups may have turned him away because of his many (extensive and expensive) medical issues. But MRFRS took him in and cared for him for months until he was ready for adoption.

Frisbee was extremely lucky to find an organization that wouldn’t give up on him. Infuriatingly, there are still shelters that believe FIV is a death sentence, BUT IT’S NOT! Frisbee would be well taken care of until he found the perfect home for him. That’s where Donna Atkins comes in to the story.

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society/Donna Atkins

Donna had decided that she wanted to adopt a cat and was searching online. 

She came across Frisbee’s face on an adoption website ( or 

I knew I had to make the 1-1/2 hour drive up to Salisbury to visit him. It was love at first sight so on July 7, 2017, Frisbee (now called Buffy Boy) came home with us.

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society/Donna Atkins

He is so content being a pampered house cat and it is all because of you, MRFRS! I’ll be sending a donation in Buffy’s name and I thank you for everything you do for those who cannot speak for themselves! You guys rock!

Photos: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society/Donna Atkins

He joined the Atkins family that included a feline sister named Baby Cat. The shelter had described him as an “alpha cat”, and he fit in great with his new sister.

Photo: Donna Atkins

They are still happily living the good life together and his once matted fur has grown into a gorgeous coat.

His mom Donna happily shared holiday photos of her fur-babies from last year. Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society LOVE seeing the happy updates from their former rescues. Because it’s exactly what keeps them doing what they love to do.

Photo: Donna Atkins

We received a delightful photo of Buffy Boy (formerly Frisbee) and seeing this sweetheart snuggled by his tree caused our hearts to grow 3 sizes today!

Photo: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society/Donna Atkins

If you would like to help them and their amazing cause, visit their website HERE. If you live in their area, be sure to join them for the 24th Annual Strut For Strays Fundraiser this year! It takes place on June 2nd, 2019.



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