We have so many amazing cats in the shelter this week. I have four very special kitties to share here, and there are many more just hoping you’ll come to visit them before next week rolls around. I also have two special cat-related events to share with you, and I hope you’ll consider joining us!
Let’s get started.
Pretty Youngster Kyrie
Let’s kick off the post with a showstopper, shall we? Meet Kyrie. She’s a tortie girl that’s about a year old, and she really knows how to work a camera.
Look at those eyes! And this sweet girl is just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside. She hops right up for love and attention when people come to visit, and she arches her back into your hands to make sure she gets all the love you have to offer.
Kyrie came to us due to a very serious illness in her person, and we don’t know a lot about the life she’s used to. We don’t know if she’s lived with other animals, for example. But slow introductions might help to set her up for success.
Young, friendly cats tend to leave the shelter quite quickly. If you’re interested in Kyrie, come soon!
Volunteer Favorite Jim
Next up is this handsome, brown tabby guy named Jim. He’s about 7 years old.
Jim came to the shelter as a stray cat, and he had a very hard time adjusting to shelter life. But he managed to capture the heart of one of our volunteers, and they developed a very close and loving relationship. Now that Jim has had one loving experience with a human, he’s learning to trust others too. It’s wonderful to see his heart opening up.
Jim can be shy in new situations, and he likes to have special places to hide when he feels overwhelmed. He might like to live in a quiet part of your home, and he might like to have occasional access to the outside too. His family should go slowly with him and be sure to use only positive reinforcement to help him learn and grow. This sweet guy has been through a lot, and he needs more good experiences with humans.
Jim is living in a suite with other cats now, and he does very well with them. If you have a friendly cat that could be Jim’s mentor, he might like that.
Can you give an older guy a second chance at love?
Calico Cat Emelia
We suddenly have many calico cats! This 12-year-old girl is one of my favorites. Her name is Emelia.
This pretty girl was found as a stray cat in Salem, and she was in tough shape. She had many fleas, she was very thin, and her eye was a little weepy. We’ve been working with her to improve her health, and now that she’s feeling better, Emelia’s personality is starting to shine.
This girl loves to purr and chitter, and if you sit down, she’ll crawl into your lap to tell you about her day. She takes no time to warm up to people, and she really seems to thrive when she’s given any kind of gentle attention and affection.
Emelia is living with other cats, and she does fine with them. She hands out the occasional swat when they get too close (she IS a calico, after all), but those are appropriate corrections others don’t seem to mind. If you introduce her to your cats slowly, she should do fine.
It’s hard to think of this old girl living on the streets, and we’re happy she is safe with us now. Can you take her home with you?
Big Cat Watson
Next up is this gorgeous boy we’re calling Watson. He’s about 12 years old, and he’s all black with pretty, red highlights.
Watson was found as a stray cat, and although we have tried, we haven’t found his family yet. He must have been raised with a loving set of humans at some point, as he is very confident and friendly. But he got separated from them somehow.
Watson is a dignified guy that is calm, cool, and collected at the shelter. He gets along nicely with other cats, and while he responds to human visitors, he doesn’t go out of his way to connect with them. He would make for a wonderful, gentle house pet that is likely to keep to himself when you’re busy but love you when you want attention. Who could ask for more than that, right?
Two Options to Meet Kittens
Kitten season has arrived in Salem, and we need your help to prepare for little residents like this group. We make giving fun, we promise!
We have two kitten showers happening this week:
- Tonight at Santiam Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., we’ll have adorable kittens and beer for you to enjoy. Cuddle for a $5 suggested donation, and know that you’ll be helping us save even more lives this season. Santiam Brewing will donate $1 for each pour, too.
- Saturday at the shelter from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., we’ll have kittens, games, prizes, and more. This is a family-friendly event that everyone is sure to enjoy.
We’re collecting items for our foster program, and we’d love your donations. Consider bringing one of these items from our kitty wish list:
- Canned cat food. Pate-style works best, and we’ll take food of any brand.
- Kitten milk replacement. KMR food is available at any pet store. We prefer the powdered version.
- Warming devices. Heating pads, Snuggle Safe discs (available at pet stores), and rice packs are wonderful. We can also use fleece blankets.
- Carriers and playpens. Cat carriers, dog crates, and pet playpens are all needed.
- Ziploc bags. We use gallon-size bags to pack up dry cat food for our foster families.
We’ll gratefully accept monetary donations too.
There’s no need to sign up for either event, but do come early. We expect (and hope for!) a big turnout!
That’s it for this week! If you see a kitty on here you love, come down to visit. They go faster than you might think is possible! And if you don’t find someone you love, remember: This is just a sample of the cats we’re trying to find homes for. There’s bound to be love within our walls.
If names are underlined, the kitty is still up for adoption. Click that link to find out more about age, price, etc. And if you feel compelled, click the “sponsor” button to help support this kitty’s stay. Thank you!