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Adopt a Pet from KARES! Meet Billy Bones — The Pirate Cat

Billy Bones showed up on a Good Samaritan’s porch in late September 2020.  Initially, he was in bad shape; thin and barely walking. At first, he would take a few bites of food and then go to sleep. From the beginning, Billy was friendly and wanted love and affection, but his poor body looked as if it was giving up. Billy Bones had terrible swelling around his neck and an abscess on his side. He was taken to the vet and although the prognosis was poor, Billy rallied through an upper respiratory infection, a broken rib, and poor vision due to malnutrition.

Dr. Hamilton at Veterinary Associates performed his exam and provided all his treatment. He was tested for  FIV and Feline Leukemia and both tests came back negative. Billy is a young cat and has a lot of life ahead of him. His foster mom believes he deserves a chance to live it. Dr. Hamilton removed all teeth except his canines, neutered him, gave him vaccinations, treated the abscess and rib, and put him on antibiotics and steroids.

Billy has made a remarkable recovery and is now ready for his forever home.

He was named Billy Bones at first because he was so skeletal. He also received that name because it’s the name of a pirate in “Treasure Island,” and the little guy needed a tough name.  He loves being petted and if you stop, he will grab your hand with his paw and rub his face on it.

Billy needs to be an only cat. He really shouldn’t be outdoors because his vision, although better, is not perfect. His nutritional needs require canned food.

For more information on Billy Bones call 333-6299. If you want to adopt a pet, check out our Facebook page, as well as our website to learn more about the other adoptable pets that need homes.


Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization founded in 2009 and is now serving the people and animals throughout Hawaii Island. KARES is dedicated to providing rescue of abandoned and abused dogs and cats, temporary shelter in foster care homes and finding adoption homes for our island homeless pets.

Can’t adopt today? There are plenty of other ways you can support KARES:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation here.
  • Become a foster parent here.
  • Volunteer for a variety of tasks here.

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