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Adrian- In Memory


Adrian is a female F3 Bengal hybrid cat who came to the sanctuary in 2012. She was five years old at the time of her surrender.

Like countless others, she was being surrendered by her owners due to the soiling and marking traits this breed is well known for.

Learn more about Bengal and hybrid cats and why we do NOT support breeding them.

Adrian_2Since she’s a cross between a wild Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat, Adrian is caught between two worlds.  Domestic cat shelters won’t take her in because they consider her wild and unadoptable.  Most wild cat sanctuaries won’t take her in because they consider her domestic.

And even the Bengal Rescue group contacted recommended having her put to sleep. This is exactly why so many hybrid cats are euthanized.  Once owners choose they can’t keep the cat in the house anymore, it’s too late and there aren’t many options.

Life at the Sanctuary

Adrian, who was nicknamed “AP,” is one of the lucky ones.  Even though we had no open space, we felt we owed her a home since she is a Minnesota cat.

From the moment she arrived, she’s been very curious, vocal and fits right in. But, as much as she acts like she’d like living with other hybrids, she doesn’t. That’s why she has her own private suite in a bungalow we built especially for her and two other hybrids who also preferred their own space.

But, with this bungalow set up, they have the best of both worlds. They’re in their own private habitat, but the shared walls allow them company of others.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Adrian – can be very expensive. Hybrids usually come to us with  genetic and/or medical issues due to their breeding.

Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider being Adrian’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one time donation toward her care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.

Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!


In Memory

Adrian, our 13-year-old F3 Bengal (also known as AP), was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw just a short time ago. This aggressive cancer took over most of her lower jaw in such a short amount of time, making it uncomfortable for her to eat.
Saying good-bye to such a sweet little girl was so difficult for all of us, but the only thing we could do.

AP was the best combination of soft and strong. She arrived at the sanctuary after soiling in her owner’s house. At the sanctuary, this was still AP’s favorite way of communicating. Well, that along with the morning choir cries for her boneless chicken heard all the way from Hybrid Haven.
Adrian loved people and loved to cuddle. But she never wanted to share her humans with other cats. There were several attempts to merge her with others, even in our office, but AP wouldn’t have it. She would curl up with the overnight staff, settle in and then mark all over the bed as soon as Cooper would try to join in.

As petite and sweet as she was to us, she made sure we heard her displeasure each time we tried to introduce her to others of her own kind. She’d chase after them and, even though she was a little girl, she could sometimes be a bruiser to other cats twice her size.

All of us loved her just as much as she loved people. So of course, we did what she asked. We built her a private suite with a very special yard and bungalow, just for her alone. The staff and interns would spend one-on-one time with her in her very own space – and that was when and where she was happiest.

We loved to hold her and talk with her. She had the softest coat ever, like chinchilla fur. And she had the most adorable pink toe pads set in dark fur. It was hard to resist wanting to kiss her forehead and feet each time you saw her.
Our hearts are filled with sadness today, but as soon as we remember our petite girl, we are overwhelmed with warmth in our hearts.

She was loved and cherished by all who knew her and will be missed each and every day.