Axel is a male, F1 Bengal (Asian Leopard Cat/Domestic Cat hybrid) who arrived at our sanctuary in December 2021. He was eight years old at the time.

It was a very long, cross-country trip to get Axel here. Yes, his family loved him very much. But after life circumstances changed and Axel’s continual soiling, they asked if he could have a forever home at the sanctuary.

Eight years ago, they’d adopted Axel and his brother as kittens when they’d seen them online on

Sadly, Axel’s brother later passed away from Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).

During the Midwest’s first winter weather advisory, Axel made the long trip from New York to Minnesota.

One of our selfless volunteers drove halfway to meet the family in Indiana.

It was a tearful transfer, but the family knows Axel will be well cared for and loved by all of us, and all of you!

Axel has never been a cuddle cat. He likes his independence, rarely even allowing his family to pet him unless he was busy eating or playing.

Life at the Sanctuary

We’re getting to know Axel and giving him the quiet space he deserves so he knows he’s safe.

This is a big change for Axel and we’ll be patient.

We know, from the past, adjustment can take some time. His life has been suddenly turned upside down.

But he’s already eating well and will have his intake exam in the near future.

After that, we’ll move him to an indoor bungalow until he gets comfortable enough to explore his fenced outdoor space.

We’re excited for him to meet new cat friends here at his forever home.

How You Can Help

It would be so wonderful for Axel 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 or $12.50 monthly, 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 Axel’s future, too.