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Animal Tales: Where Are They Now? Happy Adoption Stories!

by Melissa Byrd, of PAWS of BI and N Kitsap, and Julie Hall March 24, 2012
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Since launching our popular weekly Animal Tales feature last fall all but one of the featured cats and dogs needing homes have been adopted. We’re tickled pink, and so are the families who have welcomed these fabulous furballs into their lives. Here are some happy examples of the once homeless animals we’ve featured who have landed on their feet in loving homes, with a great launch from PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.

Jonas-Malice.

Jonas-Malice.

Jonas the Canine Cat. Remember Jonas? He had the dubious distinction of being one of longest held cats at PAWS at the time of his adoption. This feisty youngster had been released to PAWS for playing too roughly with the young child in his previous household. But at PAWS, Jonas was a staff and volunteer favorite. He was the lovable “punk” who knew exactly how to get what he wanted, and his caregivers couldn’t help but admire and adore him for it. And yet time after time he would wait in vain at Petco to meet his new family. Then one blessed morning it happened. In walked a 20-something Navy guy, and Jonas had found his match. Jonas, now known as Malice, lives with a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. His person doesn’t let him outdoors for fear of an eagle grabbing this tough but little kitty, but he has plenty of windows from which to sit and watch them!

Annie.

Annie.

Amputee Annie Finds a Kindred Spirit. When she ended up at PAWS, senior citizen Annie had lost most of her ears to frostbite, had been declawed, and had only four of her teeth left. Life had delivered Annie more than her share of knocks. But as fate would have it there was someone out there who understood her like no one else could. Life had knocked him around too, leaving him with part of a finger gone and some missing teeth. When he called about Annie he figured it was too late—that she’d surely been adopted. But he was the guy she was waiting for, and the two have been inseparable since she climbed into his arms when he showed up to meet her. About Annie, her new person, who renamed her Purzum, said, “Purzum is the best cat ever. She is so friendly and low-maintenance and just all around awesome!” He explained that she fit into his quiet home immediately and acted like she’d lived there her entire life, sitting in his lap and never letting him far from her sight.

Trevor.

Trevor.

A Lucky Turn for Trevor? Trevor was named Trouble when he was left at the vet’s office after his person died. He looked like trouble with his raggedy fur and seeming distrust of new people. But it didn’t take long to pass his trust test and find him in your lap giving kisses, so PAWS gave him a new name and a new start. Before long a couple looking for a smallish dog took him home for the weekend and never looked back. Trevor instantly bonded with the woman in the family, and this previously full-time outdoor “wild man” settled down nicely into his new cush indoor lifestyle, with romps in the yard for exercise. His new family can’t remember or imagine life without him.

Kiwi.

Kiwi.

Kiwi the Chatty Patty. Sweet, pretty Kiwi was the subject of our first Animal Tales feature, and we are so glad she has found a home. This talkative, friendly girl was abandoned to fend for herself when her owners moved. She was living in the garden shed when a PAWS volunteer noticed her. Months passed at PAWS before the right family took her home. They had hoped she would be a good mouser since she had lived outside on her own, but apparently her life at the PAWS Cattery and Adoption Center had relaxed her survivor’s instinct, and she lost her taste for rodents. Luckily her new family is happy to let her sit in the windows on her pillows and enjoy a well-earned life of ease.

Charlie.

Charlie.

Hard Times for Good-Time Charlie. Handsome Charlie was another PAWS staff favorite. This sweet gentle boy had been left alone for quite a while, with only someone dropping by to feed him while his person was in a rehab clinic. When it was determined the woman he lived with would not be able to return home, the person who had been feeding him dropped him at PAWS, saying he didn’t like people much. It didn’t take long for Charlie to prove her wrong. This “total lover” would jump up to meet his PAWS caregivers’ hands for pets, and soon he charmed his way into a new home. His new family wrote Inside Bainbridge to say, “We adopted Charlie after seeing his story on your site. He is a wonderful cat—very affectionate and gets along great with our other two felines. I wonder if you can get the message out to his original owner that he is well taken care of and we already love him.”

Sampson.

Sampson.

Who’s the one who hasn’t found a home yet? It’s Sampson! (Skinny Sampson the Lion-Hearted.) So, hey you, reader, here’s your moment. He’s waiting for you, so go ahead and contact PAWS right now and give this sweet boy a chance. To find out about Sampson or other adoptable PAWS animals, email catadopt@bainbridgepaws.org or call the Cat Adoption Center at 206-780-0656. Visit the PAWS website here.

Photos courtesy of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap County.

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Animal Tales: Jonas the Canine Cat

 

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Well, he’s plenty cat, but if you like some dog qualities in your kitty, Jonas is your boy. He’ll follow you around like a pooch to see what you’re doing and make sure he’s not missing anything good. He’s also a puppylike combination of rough-and-tumble playful and heart-meltingly affectionate, wrapping his arms around your shoulders for hugs and giving chin nibble kisses. So, if you like to wrestle and snuggle, Jonas has it all to give.

Jonas is a three-year-old short-haired gray male with dreamy green eyes. His family gave him up because he was just too feisty for their young child. Despite his obvious charms, as luck would have it he has the dubious honor of being at the Bainbridge Island PAWS adoption center the longest of the current batch of adoptable cats.

Jonas likes to play with other young energetic cats and would probably also have fun with a young cat-savvy dog as a playmate. He likes to be outdoors on the PAWS fenced porches watching the birds and squirrels at the feeders and running around the cattery like a racehorse to keep his physique in tip-top form. He also appreciates feathery wand toys and fake mice.

Because he can be rambunctious when he gets revved up, he’s better off in a home without young kids. But once he’s got the bees out of his bonnet, he’ll happily curl on your lap and purr for petting. You can visit Jonas at the PAWS Adoption Center on Bainbridge Island at 8820 Miller Road.

Photos and story details courtesy of Melissa Byrd and PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.

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