Bonzai arrived at the sanctuary in 2019 at 5-years old.

While helping our newest rescues Felix and Little Diva settle in, we got yet another call from an owner wanting to surrender their F1 Bengal cat. They lived out-of-state and their life circumstances were changing.

They’d bought Bonzai  from an out-of-state breeder. With two children already in the house, a dog, and a baby on the way, Bonzai was becoming louder and louder and marking the house at night.

Yes, they probably could’ve sold him to someone wanting an exotic cat. But, instead they wanted the best for Bonzai. We agreed to take him in to live in the Hybrid Haven section of our sanctuary.

Our caretakers drove 1000 miles round-trip to pick Bonzai up. His owner drove halfway to meet them.

Bonzai’s getting used to all the changes he’s just been through. We know he’ll come to love life here when he meets some new friends.

This is what his owner shared with us:

“This is extremely difficult to process. He is so loved and we are completely heartbroken. We have taken very good care of Bonzai, but know this is the best life for him.

Thank you so much for providing what he needs. We are forever grateful to you and your volunteers who help make it happen.”

Life at the Sanctuary

After Bonzai arrived, we were hoping new friends would give him companionship and a feeling of acceptance. That’s exactly what happened when he was merged with our other hybrids Dream and Keesa.

They’d been a very tight knit twosome for some time. It’s been so touching seeing them open their hearts to Bonzai, letting him in on their cuddle puddles from time to time.

Then, when we rescued another Bengal named Felix who was scheduled for euthanasia at a shelter, Bonzai accepted him and gave him comfort, too.

Today, these four live together so well. Bonzai loves enrichment time and feather toys. Caretakers ensure he always gets time to stretch his wild side that way.

How You Can Help

It would be so wonderful for Bonzai to have a sponsor parent. What a special way to welcome him to his forever home.

If you’d like to be his sponsor parent for $150 annually, it’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page. Or, a one time donation toward his care would also be very helpful.

Thank you for caring about Bonzai’s future, too.