Jerry Coyne got adopted!

I’m both pleased and saddened to report that the ginger tomkitten Jerry Coyne, fostered by reader Gayle Ferguson in New Zealand, has been adopted. I can’t reveal the details except to say that his future parent is a cat-lover well known to Gayle, and lives in Christchuch.  His adoptive parent already has one neutered male cat, but has also built a huge, carpeted climbing apparatus for his cat which fills up much of the living room.  That tells me that that Jerry will be well taken care of.

Gayle also reassures me that we will get updates and photos from time to time because she knows the adoptive parent (who lives in the same city where her parents live) and will no doubt visit Jerry in his new digs.

Since Gayle lives in Auckland, on the north island, she’ll have to fly with Jerry to his new home in Christchurch (on the south island) with Jerry temporarily sequestered in a cage. That is a measure of her dedication to these kittens. Here are some details she provided:

He won’t be leaving for a while yet, two weeks at the earliest.  I need to fly down so I need to go when I can find cheap flights.  There will be plenty more pictures.  I still work with [name redacted] and so I’m sure it won’t be a problem to get updates.  And I’ll be able to see Jerry whenever I go down to Christchurch.  It’s going to be very hard for me to see these kittens go.

Jerry’s four sisters are still up for grabs, so if there are any Kiwi readers out there who would like a female kitten (three tabbies, one ginger cat), make your wishes known below.

I am enormously grateful to Gayle for her kindness in rearing five tiny abandoned kittens and finding them homes—that’s no easy job. And I understand how hard it will be to let them go to foster homes after you’ve reared them.

Isis Hoover and Jerry_2

Oh noes! I have to get in a CAGE? And fly on a PLANE?

Don’t tell Jerry that he won’t have his testicles, either!

One further note that Gayle provided as a comment on yesterday’s post:

The rescue agency who are adopting them out are If you’d like to make a donation to help with the medical expenses for Jerry and his sisters, and for the care of all the other cats and kittens in their care, you can do this at


  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    It’s good that Kitty Jerry has a nice home to go to but it is always hard to see a pet you’ve raised go! Good job Gayle!

  2. Kevin
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Not to worry, Kitty Jerry, testicles are overrated and overall the fewer the better for our whole civilization.

  3. Duncan
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    “testicles are overrated”

    I’m definitely going to use this as the name for the band I have yet to form.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 5:42 am | Permalink

      I think it would be a good title for a book. I’m not sure what the book would be about.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted March 11, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        With a title like that, I’m not sure that it really matters what the content is – it’ll still get plenty of sales!

      • Diane G.
        Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        I could have written that book…

  4. gravityfly
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Kudos to Gayle! She’s doing Ceiling Cat’s work, lol.

    Glad that we’ll be getting updates on JC.

  5. Paul Bruggink
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    So Jerry Coyne is going to be spending the rest of his life in Christchurch. 🙂

    • Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      heh.heh.heh !

      That is a truly g .O*O. d ‘ne:
      “christ & church”


    • Diane G.
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Permalink


  6. Hempenstein
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    If there’s another batch, name one Jerry Coyne and the other Ray Comfort and see which gets adopted first.

    • Paul Bruggink
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink


  7. Dave
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Another cat just found a happy home!

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Aw, sweet story. 🙂

  8. Sastra
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    This is wonderful!

    Of course, since you said nothing about the new owner agreeing to keep the kitten’s name, I’m assuming that probably didn’t happen. But that’s okay. “Jerry Coyne” will always be his internet nym.

    • Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      I am not sure about the name, but I am hoping that it will still be “Jerry Coyne”. I think there’s a chance of that.

      • rareflightlessbird
        Posted March 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

        We haven’t discussed this yet.

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Christchurch? Of the Earthquake a few years ago?
    Not that it really matters ; any where in NZ has a significant(*) seismic hazard, if not generally one large enough to warrant more than decent building codes and a bit of common sense.
    (*) Significant compared to, say, Scotland, or Chicago. Would Chicago have got shaken up by the New Madrid quakes, I wonder? Probably, if not much.

    • rareflightlessbird
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Christchurch of EQ fame. Jerry’s new parents lost their house in the EQ so he will go to them in their second house until the new house on the hill is rebuilt later this year.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted March 11, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

        “On” a hill is probably better than at the foot of a hill (for certain values of “on”). But moving house isn’t fun for a territorial beast like a cat. I hope the two houses are close.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted March 12, 2014 at 12:39 am | Permalink

          In Christchurch ‘on’ a hill is usually better. The Chch earthquake was modest size (magnitude 6.2) but very shallow and right under the eastern suburbs, the ground accelerations recorded were said to be the highest ever. A short sharp shock. The existence of the fault was, I believe, completely unknown.

          But probably only 10% of the total area of severe damage was on hill country (some of it very steep, overlooking old quarries I think). The vast majority of damage was on the flat, where the moisture-laden alluvial sands and silts just liquefied and came up in ‘sand volcanoes’ everywhere – much flooding, and uneven settlement. Most houses were timber, so they twisted rather than collapsing. But many were write-offs, even though temporarily livable, because, even if repaired, there is still the possibility another shock will cause uneven settlement and twist it some more. If you were trying to cause the very maximum in expensive damage with a minimum of actual casualties, that would be the way to do it.

          Anyway, fortunately for Jerry Coyne, the aftershocks seem to have tapered off by now.

  10. Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Christchurch, New Zealand, where Karl Popper lived and taught (Canterbury University College of the University of New Zealand) for nine years — excellent stompin’ grounds for young Jerry Coyne to play and grow!

  11. Mike Leegaard
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Great job, Gayle. I look forward to seeing updates of Jerry with his new family.

  12. Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Every cat needs a foreverhome. I’m glad Jerry Coyne, Feline, found his.

    Thanks, Gayle, for giving him a good kittenhome!


  13. Chris
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Good news, and hope that his sisters get adopted soon too.

    I had the chance to adopt a very similar-looking kitteh to Jerry Jr last year but am really not in the position to house an Overlord properly. One day, for sure!

  14. Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    glad to hear kitty will have a nice home

    the pic loooks like Jerry just found out the fate of his yarbles

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