Brighten 2020 with a Cat!

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The new year is in full swing, and we hear that snow might be headed our way. We all know that a cat on your lap (or by your side, if you prefer) can help even the chilliest evening feel cozy and bright. It just so happens that we have plenty of cats looking for families right now. Here are the three that we’re featuring this week.

Sweet and Shy Cat Lacy

First up is bicolored, 2-year-old kitty Lacy. She decided to pose for today’s photos in her safe space: A cardboard box! We think it’s adorable.

Lacy decided to rehome herself recently, and she ran into a Salem home when the door was left open a crack. We’re not quite sure what she was running away from, but she chose wisely. The family that hosted her tried to find her family while they fed her tasty treats and kept her safe and dry. Despite their caretaking, Lacy was unsure about them. They brought her to us to see if we could help her find her bravery once more.

Lacy remains worried here, and sometimes, she hides a bit. She really likes cardboard boxes and blankets, and she builds herself adorable forts. But slowly, with time and patience, she is starting to blossom. She will come forward for gentle pets and pats, especially if you talk nicely to her.

Lacy will need an understanding family that’s familiar with the needs of shy cats. Give her space, kindness, and your calm energy. She’ll repay you with a lifetime of kindness.

We’re not sure if Lacy has lived with dogs, cats, or children before. She will likely benefit from slow introductions, since she can be a little worried in new situations.

Special Cat Winnie

Next up is 7-year-old Winnie. As you can see in this photo, Winnie is a big girl. In fact, she tips the scales at 18 pounds.

Most cats fall near the 10-pound range, so Winnie is significantly overweight. This impacts her quality of life. She struggles to get up and move around. In fact, she uses her hind legs in an unusual manner, as she tends to walk on her hocks. That has to be uncomfortable for her.

Winnie does need to lose weight, but it can be dangerous for kitties to lose pounds too quickly. Their organs can’t process significant weight loss. But unfortunately, Winnie does go on periodic hunger strikes here at the shelter, and that has us worried.

We’re hoping to find a family that can take this darling cat on a weight-loss journey with the help of a veterinarian. You’ll need to monitor her food, weigh her regularly, and find an exercise she enjoys.

Winnie is worth it. She has a very loving and playful side buried beneath all of that weight, and she’s been nothing but sweetness while here at the shelter. She did fine with other cats in her foster home, but she prefers humans to felines.

Can you help a cat in need?

Calico Cat Tapatio

The last cat we’ll tell you about this week is Tapatio. She is about 5 years old, and she has the prettiest calico coat.

Tapatio came to the shelter as a stray, so we don’t know a lot about her history. At first, she didn’t enjoy shelter life, and she spent some time hissing at her caretakers. But she has learned that we care about her, and now, she spends most of her day trying to get people to pet her.

If you do pet this kitty, she has the adorable habit of flopping down on her side. You’ll see that in the photo at the top of this blog. It’s pretty adorable.

Since Tapatio struggled to adjust to the shelter, it’s possible she’ll have the same set of emotions when she moves into a home. She’ll need a slow, patient introduction to her new family, filled with plenty of treats and encouragement. We’re not sure if she’s lived with cats or dogs before, so gentle introductions will be important.

Final Thoughts

That’s it for this week! If you see a cat you’re in love with, be sure to come down and say hello very soon. Cats get adopted quicker than you thought possible. And if adoption isn’t right for you, consider joining our Golden Hearts Club program! Your monthly donation will make happy endings possible. Find out more about it here.