We had a great weekend for adoptions. Seven cats and three dogs found forever homes! Two more dogs were being looked at yesterday and today. If they are adopted, then we only have three dogs left at the shelter. Cats are starting to come in steady, but its nothing like it was last year. It seemed kitten season started pretty early for us in 2012, and our shelter was flooded with kittens and teenagers by the beginning of March.
Harmony and her newborns are doing well in foster care. When she is finished nursing, the kittens will be adopted out and Harmony will be spayed and adopted.
The shelter manager was able to pick up Girlfriend and bring her inside. On Sunday she looked terrified. Girlfriend mewed the entire morning and acted a little skittish. I am sure the move inside was stressful for her, but we were afraid that one of the dogs were going to get her. She started hanging out up in the front yard on the roof of the dog runs. A couple of our pooches aren’t so cat friendly and go ballistic when they see Handsome walking in the street outside of the shelter.
Girlfriend was a bit better on Monday. She was purring, talking, and marking me as her property. She’s so cute. I was giving her lots of cheek scratches and Girlfriend flopped over and showed her belly. Soooo adoptable! She misses being around other cats. When Girlfriend sees Romeo in the cage next to her, she stops meowing and starts purr-meowing and chirping. We were contemplating putting her in a large cage with Wobbles (aka April) since they were buddies outside. We’ll have to reintroduce them first and see how they fare.
Houdini and Lucky spent a lot of time with me Monday morning. Lucky is doing great – he put on a healthy amount of weight. When he came in from Paterson, he was all bone, weighing in at 4 pounds. When he got neutered a couple of weeks ago, he weighed 10 pounds. He’s trying to play with the other cats, but it’s like he doesn’t quite know how. Boots went through the same thing. Maybe if we put Lucky in the playroom with some teenagers, they can teach him. I’m sure he’ll learn fairly quick.
Houdini is such an awesome cat. There’s no other way to describe him. He loves to play and loves being around people. Houdini curled up next to me and demanded belly rubs Monday. Then he would jump over my shoulders (using my shoulders as a springboard) and ham it up on my other side. Several weeks in a row, Houdini has won the START II Post Caturday Shelter Award for Cleanest Cage. I think he would do best in a home with children (about 5+). And, he would also be great for a family who has never experienced the joys of cat guardianship. He’s easy to care for, has plenty of love to give, and just wants to be around people.