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ADOPT ME: Blind, bonded brothers have love to share

Noir and Omar ended up at Orillia shelter after suffering from eye infections in Egypt

OrilliaMatters, in partnership with the Comfie Cat Shelter, presents this cat adoption feature every Thursday.
Noir and Omar started out as two abandoned kittens found in Egypt with horrible infections to both of their eyes.

Unfortunately, proper medical care was not available, and the woman in Egypt who found and dearly loved these wonderful boys was not financially able to seek out proper medical services for the procedures Noir and Omar required. It would also be next to impossible to find a loving, forever home for them in Egypt.

Luckily, the woman sought out assistance from a newly formed Ontario rescue that was able to take in these two special-needs boys and offer them the proper veterinary care they desperately needed.

After reviewing the options for both boys, the veterinarian concluded the eyes had become unsalvageable and an enucleation procedure was performed to remove their eyes. While they have been at the shelter, we have consulted with our veterinarian to see if it would be possible to have their sockets sewn shut. However, the vet has recommended against this and says Omar and Noir feel no pain and only require periodic drops and eye wiping regularly.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the rescue that had originally taken them into care had to find another rescue or shelter to take the duo as they were falling on uncertain times. In the spirit of offering assistance to a fellow rescue/shelter and knowing what it is like just starting out in this business, the Comfie Cat Shelter gladly stepped in to help. Noir and Omar entered our shelter and were given a room to themselves so they could become accustomed to their new surroundings, supplied with a fantastic and elaborate cat tree and all the food and love they could possibly handle. They now eagerly explore the common areas in the shelter, where they strut like kings and offer kitty “hellos” to all the other kitties and volunteers.

We thought it would be super-challenging for them not being able to see, not able to even to see shadows, but these boys are 100 per cent vibrant, energetic, incredibly loving, super-playful and too fast for most of us. It is almost like they have super powers, and sight is not something they need at all as it does not slow them down.

The boys are now a year-and-a-half old, neutered, microchipped and up to date with their vaccinations. We will not separate these two as they are bonded. Omar is more playful than his brother, and Noir is more people focused. Both are very loving.

We are all truly amazed by these boys, how playful they are, but most importantly, how much heart they both have. Are Noir and Omar up for adoption? Yes, but we are extremely selective on the home we place these boys into. An adopter for Noir and Omar will need to be prepared to wipe their eyes regularly, occasionally put drops in their eyes, offer the boys interactive play time and have a single-level home. So, if you feel you can provide a safe and loving home to this bonded duo, please fill out an adoption application online.
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