It’s a great week to be a cat lover in Salem. We have many cats in the shelter right now looking for families just like yours, and if adoption isn’t right for you right now, we have a new way for you to support the shelter cats you love. With our Santa Paws program, you can contribute to the adoption cost of the cat that catches your heart, and best of all, that donation is tax deductible. You can find out more about the program here.
Who should you choose to support or adopt? Let’s dive into this week’s crew of adoptable cats.
Handsome Cat R2-D2
Those of you that follow us on Instagram (and if you don’t, you can find out more about that here) may have seen this face before. This is the adorable 12-year-old R2-D2, and he achieved a bit of social media fame earlier this week. His whiskers are just amazing!
R2-D2 was a community cat before he came to the shelter, so we’re not sure about his history. But he does bear a few scars from his life on the streets. That bent ear, for example, may have come from some sort of fight long ago. We’re all happy that his street-cat life is over.
This guy has been resting in a foster home, and his family reports that he is an absolute joy to live with. He purrs instantly when he sees people he loves, and he wants nothing more than to hug and cuddle his family members. He can be a chatty kitty, holding long conversations. Be aware: He sometimes chats at night too. That’s a habit that is most pronounced when he is first adjusting to a new home. It diminishes with time.
R2-D2 would love to be your only cat, and he’d really enjoy a life without the company of very small children. Can he come to live with you? He’s at the shelter, waiting for you right now.
Sweet Tallie is Ready to Go Home
Next up is 7-year-old Tallie. She and R2-D2 do have something in common, as they both have unusual ears. Again, we’re not sure what happened here and this isn’t something that can be fixed. It doesn’t hurt or need treatment. It just gives her a sort of distinctive look.
Tallie is a volunteer and staff favorite. Over the last week or so, I’ve had several people ask me to feature her in the blog this week. I’m happy to comply! Tallie is an amazing little kitty.
Tallie came to the shelter when her owner passed away, and in her last home, she lived with many other cats. Not surprisingly, she is very kind and gentle with other feline friends of all ages. She never instigates a problem, and she never reacts when others start something. She should integrate nicely into a home with other kitties.
This girl is also very affectionate, and she loves to be brushed and petted. She is a little restless in the shelter, and she spends a lot of her time waiting for someone to open the door, so she can leave. We’re hoping someone will open that door and choose her soon.
Gorgeous Cat Jerry Won’t Be Here Long
Some adoptable animals are too pretty and too wonderful to stay in the shelter for long. Jerry is one of those cats. If you are at all interested in this pretty guy, you should plan to visit soon!
Jerry is 3 years old, and prior to coming here, he was living as a community cat. He has the distinctive ear tip that indicates he was trapped, neutered, and released back into the community. But at some point, he learned how to trust people. He takes absolutely no time at all to warm up to people he meets, and he responds to attention with purrs, rolling, and kneading. In short, this is a lovebug of a kitty that would make a wonderful companion.
Jerry has exceptional manners with cats, and he enjoys having young playmates around. I can see him doing very well as an older brother to a kitten. He could show the little one the ropes, while playing with that cat to keep the destructiveness to a minimum.
Plus: He’s just really pretty. I have no idea how he managed to keep his fur so long and plush while he was living on the streets, but manage it he did. He’s so pretty! Come get him today!
Pretty Domino is Waiting for You
Last up is sweet Domino. This kitty is about 12 years old, and she was found in the community in rough condition. She was weak, covered in fleas, and unable to process her food properly. She was so thin and matted that it broke our hearts, but even with all of this happening, Domino remained a bright and cheerful little kitty. She was always ready for a cuddle, even when our medical team was poking and prodding at her to make her well again.
Domino has made great strides since coming to the shelter, but she has ongoing medical concerns her new family will need to manage. She needs thyroid medications, and she will also need a special diet. Domino also has some digestive distress from time to time, and her new family might need to help her stay clean. Domino seems to get along with both dogs and cats, but she is frail. Her new family members will need to be kind and gentle with her.
It’s a lot to ask, we know. But we also know that there are special families out there that are willing to help a cat live her best life, even if there isn’t much life left to live. We’re hoping to find a family like that for Domino very soon. Can you help? Do you know of someone who can?
That’s it for this week! Thank you for reading these stories, and please do share this post with your community. The more people who know about these cats, the better!