Raed

Wait a minute. We recognize this cat! Hasn't he been in the Guardian Angel program before? Didn't he retire? Yes and yes.

But so much is happening in Raed's life – he's making so many incredible changes – that he wanted to come back and tell you about it! So here he is, once again, ladies and gentlemen. It's Raed!

This is what we said about him when he first arrived at Best Friends:

Is this fluffy beauty really a street punk?

Raed is a real survivor. He grew up on the streets of Lebanon, and was airlifted to safety after the bombings. He's affectionate and loves attention. But he came to America with some health problems, and some tough-guy ways, left over from a rough life on the streets. In other words, Raed beats up other cats!

Caregivers have tried everything to get him to be nice to the other kitties. But each time they move him to a new cat room, he just terrorizes his new "friends". Can he ever overcome his street-tough ways?

Raed has some health problems as well. He's FIV positive, which is usually not such a big deal, but because he attacks other cats, there'd be a danger he could pass if he ever went to a home with non-FIV cats. Not good! Also, he has chronic upper respiratory infections, and ear troubles that mean he needs to be sedated for regular flushings. And giving him his medicine? Not always easy. He loves people. But if you tick him off, it doesn't matter whether you're a cat, a dog or a human. He'll let you have it!

Everybody knows though that inside his tough exterior is a cat who's just never been loved, and grew up without anyone to take care of him. So he's learned to take care of himself. With love, tenderness, and medical care, is it possible he'll settle down and learn that he doesn't have to be on full guard? Guardian Angels to the rescue!

RAED'S PROGRESS JOURNAL
Farewell, dear Raed June 18, 2015

With the heaviest of hearts, we have to say good-bye to one-in-a billion cat, Raed.

Feline genius October 17, 2013

Raed’s intelligence reminds Dr. Frank of character in a literary classic.

Walking a thin line September 9, 2013

Harness Raed up for some fun, but look out when he rolls in the sand.

Feline Picasso August 5, 2013

Raed displays his artistic side, lending a paw to help his fellow Best Friends kitties.

Whiz kid July 19, 2013

Dr. Frank tries a new clicker game with Raed, who has already learned the ropes.

Showman June 6, 2013

Raed impresses a group of visitors with his clicker training prowess, focus, and even affection.

Star treatment May 13, 2013

Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell," goes on a sleepover with Raed.

Affectionate side April 23, 2013

A dental and haircut give Raed a whole new attitude.

Couch potato April 1, 2013

Another sleepover success for Raed.

Round two March 14, 2013

Raed prepares for his second sleepover in less than a month.

Sleepover February 21, 2013

Raed goes on his very first overnight with great results.

Lunch date February 4, 2013

Cat World caregivers brown bag it with Raed.

Year in review - Part 2 January 18, 2013

Raed hit his stride during the second half of 2012.

Year in review January 4, 2013

It’s been quite a year for our little boy. Read part 1 of his accomplishments.

Introductions December 7, 2012

Now that Raed has come so far, it's time to really challenge him.

In control November 15, 2012

Raed's transformation over the past months has been remarkable.

Surprise ending October 22, 2012

Two fans participate in a clicker training session with Raed.

Starstruck October 3, 2012

Meeting Raed changes a Best Friends intern's outlook on life.

Q and A September 10, 2012

Dr. Frank answers some of his favorite member comments over the past few months.

Revelations August 17, 2012

Dr. Frank makes a shocking discovery about who has been challenging whom.

Lead role August 3, 2012

Watch Raed in action. He's starring in a new video about clicker training.

Agile cat July 19, 2012

Raed shows his athletic side on a recent training session at the Cat World agility course (built just for him!)

Progress July 5, 2012

Raed sets his mind to conquering new mental and physical challenges.

Moment of bliss June 26, 2012

Raed takes it down a notch, purring and soaking in attention.

Fun board June 18, 2012

Finally, a food puzzle that's tough enough to challenge clever kitty, Raed.

Sunday outings June 8, 2012

Every weekend Raed enjoys a special trip to his own private cattery.

Flawless May 23, 2012

Actions speak louder than words -- and in Raed's case, that means he has a lot to say!

Lifelong learner May 7, 2012

Looking for a fun cat who will keep you entertained and amazed? Look no farther than Raed.

Smarty pants April 17, 2012

Watch a video of Raed figuring out a complicated puzzle made for dogs. (Take that, Fido!)

A good problem April 4, 2012

Raed knows so many things now that the challenge is keeping the behaviors "fresh" in his mind.

Little Einstein March 13, 2012

There's an app for that. Wait until you read what Raed has now learned to do!

The fun begins February 24, 2012

Compared to only a few short months ago, Raed is a very different cat — different in an entirely positive way.

Threefold plan February 14, 2012

Dr. Frank's main goal for Raed is to simply live life on a more even keel, without extreme ups and downs.

The move February 3, 2012

Raed's former caregiver talks about his transition to the new Cat World HQ and their unbreakable bond.

Welcome back January 26, 2012

Remember Raed? He's coming out of retirement so that we can tell you all about some fantastic new developments!

Raed the superstar May 23, 2011

Clever staff at Cat World take training to the next level by introducing agility to this smart feline fellow.

In love January 28, 2011

A volunteer meets a super star of the Guardian Angel website -- Raed. She discovers that he is even more amazing in person and wants everyone to know that he's very sweet and special.

Making mischief July 26, 2010

Raed is enjoying the simple things in life at Catworld... but this laid back fellow is ultimately looking for that special person to love him forever.

Life is good December 4, 2009

Raed will be retiring from the program to make room for another special needs animal.

In search of November 20, 2009

Raed has one wish for the upcoming holidays -- to be adopted. Watch the video.

Blessed November 5, 2009

The latest adoption run did not end in a new home for Raed, but he did receive a very special blessing.

Red paws October 9, 2009

What's black and white and red all over? Raed, after a walk. Read about his latest antics and an upcoming trip.

Loyal friend September 30, 2009

Raed would be a wonderful companion for someone, but he needs to be himself.

Work bites! September 16, 2009

Raed lets Mark know that he has been spending too much time working, and not enough time playing.

Wild bunch August 31, 2009

Mark remembers meeting Raed and has high hopes he'll turn out to be sweet, just like his cohorts.

Jazz cat August 13, 2009

A music aficionado, Raed makes his prefernce known.

Meet and greet July 27, 2009

Raed gets the opportunity to try new things during a special event held during Best Friends 25th anniversary week.

Battle of the bulge July 20, 2009

Raed finds some creative ways to let his caregivers know what he thinks of dieting.

He is who he is July 13, 2009

Raed possesses some personality traits that might possibly be linked to his international background.

Cool cat June 29, 2009

After listening to all kinds of music Raed seems to prefer jazz to lift his spirits.

Irresistible June 15, 2009

Raed and Annabelle may be star crossed lovers but they still love to nuzzle and flirt through the glass.

Keeping busy June 1, 2009

Some physical exercise was in order to help Raed shed some extra weight and stimulate his mind.

Meet Raed May 20, 2009

He's had a history of tough times and his fair share of medical concerns. Learn more about Raed.