The rainy season has arrived in Salem, and many of the cats in this week’s cat blog are thankful for the people that saved them from stray cat life. If they hadn’t been saved, they would be wet right now!
All of these kitties are looking for a forever family this Christmas, and I have cats of all ages and temperaments to tell you about, so there should be something for everyone. Let’s get started.
Senior Sweetie Ida Needs You
First up is 12-year-old Siamese mix, Ida. She is one of the first cats you’ll meet when you come into the shelter, as she’s been spending her days in our new kennels located within the lobby. Ida has been wooing families with her good looks and pretty manners, but no one has chosen her quite yet. We’re hoping that changes this week.
Ida was found as a stray cat, and when she was found, she was in shockingly poor health. She was very thin, her coat was rough, and she just seemed weak. She’s spent a great deal of time in the company of our medical staff, and she’s had medications for infections, baths for fleas, and tests for underlying health conditions. We’ve discovered that Ida has a thyroid issue, which accounts for her condition when she arrived. She’s getting thyroid treatment, and she’s getting stronger every day. We know she’ll do even better in a forever home.
Since Ida was a stray cat, we don’t know a lot about her previous life and what she’s accustomed to. We don’t know, for example, how she feels about dogs. We’ve tested her with cats, and we feel she might enjoy living with cats that are either indifferent to her or willing to be affectionate from a distance. She won’t actively engage in hostilities with other cats, but she doesn’t want to be best friends.
Ida’s adoption fee has been covered through our Santa Paws program (find out more about that here). She is ready to go home with you today. Just come to the shelter and ask for Ida!
Long-Term Resident Korina is Ready to Go Home
Little 14-year-old Korina has been waiting for the right family to find her since November 1. That makes her one of our long-term residents, and we’re all hoping she can find the right people very soon and leave shelter life behind her.
Korina came to the shelter due to the poor health of her family. She was a beloved member of the family, and we know her people were heartbroken to give her up. But they simply could not care for her anymore, and they made the decision that was right for Korina, even if it broke their hearts.
This girl is described as a “one-person cat” that forms very strong bonds with the person she chooses. She will follow that person from room to room, leaping up for lap time when her person sits down. She loves to be petted, especially on the top of her head, and she can cheep and chatter in conversations. We just love this very unique little kitty. She is guaranteed to keep her family entertained.
Korina doesn’t enjoy the company of other cats, and she really doesn’t like children. That means she will need to be your only kitty, and she should probably have a safe space to retreat to when the little ones come to visit. She has no dog experience.
Korina’s adoption fee has also been covered through the Santa Paws program. We’re hoping you will come to meet her!
Adorable Cat Roland is Ready for a New Life
Check out the big cheeks on Roland! This adorable buff-colored tabby is about four years old, and he has the plushest, softest fur coat in the world. He was living as a stray cat, but he managed to keep his coat in exceptional condition. That doesn’t happen often!
Since Roland was a stray cat, we don’t know a lot about his history. But we do know he can be a little timid with people he hasn’t met before. He wants to meet people and accept love, as he kneads the air and rolls with joy whenever he meets someone new. But he also tends to flinch and pull back when people try to touch him before they have been properly introduced.
Roland will need a cat-savvy family willing to work with him and shower him with love, so he will have the chance to blossom into the amazing cat we all know he can be. He gets along with other cats nicely, and he might appreciate having a friendly cat to work as a role model. Can you give this guy the second chance he deserves?
Sweet Cat Malley is Waiting for You
If you’re hoping to take home a young kitty, you must come to meet Malley. She is about a year old, and she has the most amazing emerald eyes to compliment her thick, grey furs.
Malley also came to the shelter as a stray cat, so we know very little about her history. We do know that she can be a little nervous in new situations. (When she came here, for example, she was very worried about what might happen, and she wrestled with us a bit.) But once Malley adjusts to her surroundings, she is nothing but calm and loving. Now, she spends her days napping on her side, stretching out her slender paws to grab the attention of people walking by. She adores to be petted and talked to, and she seems like a calm and gentle companion any family might love to have.
We’re not sure how Malley feels about other cats or about dogs, but we think she might adjust with slow introductions and a lot of encouraging support. Our team can tell you more about how to set her up for success. We hope you’ll come and take her home!
Fluffy Cat Foxy Needs a New Home
This fluffy face belongs to Foxy. She is 8 years old, and she is a volunteer favorite. Foxy takes very little time to warm up to new people. Her signature move involves flopping over on her back and reaching out for people with her paws. It’s really something to see.
Foxy came to the shelter due to a landlord issue that couldn’t be resolved. Her former family described her as a lap cat that loves to spend quality time with the people she loves. They told us Foxy tends to hide from visitors, so she may never be a life-of-the-party girl. But she is loyal and adoring of those she knows well.
Foxy had a difficult time adjusting to shelter life, and we expect that she will need a slow adjustment to a new home as well. She might appreciate having her own room for a day or two before she is asked to live with others. Foxy has no experience with life with other cats, and the few times we’ve tried matching her with cats didn’t go very well. She might adjust to other pets in time, or she might like to be your one and only. We’re not sure how she feels about kids, but older children might be fine with her.
We’re hoping this sweet girl gets her happy ever after very soon. Her adoption fee has been covered through our Santa Paws program, and she’s ready to go now. Come get her!
That’s it for this week! Remember: This is just a sampling of the amazing cats we have up for adoption in the shelter right now. If you don’t see someone that tugs at your heart, come visit! You might find true love is waiting for you. And if you do see a pet you love, plan to visit soon. Some animals are adopted sooner than you might think. Thanks!