This Week’s Photoshoot

I have always loved taking pictures.  Up until a few years ago, I only shot 35mm film, preferring to develop it myself in a darkroom.  Ron and I invested in a digital SLR to jump into the 21st century.  I didn’t use it for a number of years.  However, since I started volunteering, the camera hasn’t left my side.  Don’t get me wrong – my Minolta T-102 isn’t collecting dust.  I still use that when Ron and I go on  photoshoots touring NJ’s oddities and abandoned places.  When photographing animals, it’s convenient to be able to see the image quality immediately, rather than waiting a few days for film to develop.  And hoping you got a prized shot with the correct f-stop and shutter speed.

When I photograph our adoptable animals at START II, I refuse to use a flash.  It causes unnecessary squinting, blinking, and just makes the animals look unflattering.  Overall, the photos look unprofessional.  However, shooting manually gives me some control.  Here are this week’s newest additions to our Petfinder and Adopt-A-Pet page.

Farah

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Farah

Farah is a pint-sized two-year-old domestic long hair tuxedo.  She has a huge vocabulary, often surprising me with new sounds.  I enjoy chatting with her.  When I was taking her pictures, all she wanted to do was hang out on my lap.  I know she’ll make someone very happy when she gets adopted.

Millie

Millie

Millie

Millie is FIV positive.  Even though she has an immunodeficiency, she is one of the most playful cats at START II.  Millie gets so excited to be around people.  When I make my rounds in the morning, she’s at the front of her cage, chirping away.  Millie loves looking out windows.  Sometimes she talks to the birds and squirrels outside.  She goes absolutely bonkers over num nums, preferring pate over shreds or meaty bits.

Gidget

Gidget

Gidget

Gidget is a gorgeous domestic long hair.  She was rescued out of the Paterson Pound.  Apparently, someone thought she was a stray, trapped and spayed her, and had her ear tipped.  Gidget does not display any sort of feral behavior.  She is quite friendly and loves human affection.  Gidget doesn’t really care for other cats – or at least at the shelter she doesn’t.  It could be she is simply overwhelmed by everyone’s scent.

Jetson

Jetson

Jetson

Jetson was also left at the Paterson Pound.  She was turned in by her previous owner.  Jetson is extremely large (we suspect she’s a Maine Coon mix) and super-duper friendly.  This girl’s definitely a talker.  She chats with her feline neighbors.  Sometimes they talk back.  Most of all, Jetson just loves to be around people.  She craves human affection and doesn’t stop talking until her demands are satisfied.

All of these kitties are available for adoption off of START II’s website.

We brought in more kitties this week that were on the PTS list at Paterson.  I’ll be taking their pictures next week (if they’re comfortable in our shelter) and post.

 

Lucky The Cat

Lucky talking from his cage

Lucky talking from his cage

The first week of April we had a very special new addition to the shelter.  Lucky, the cat.  He had his 15 minutes of fame.  There was an article featured on his rescue, as well as an interview with our shelter manager on a local news network.

On April 3rd, I met Lucky for the first time.  He looked awful.  Patches of fur were missing, the padding on his paws were cut up, his rendezvous with a tree caused a sizable cut on his inner thigh, and he was severely emaciated.  Lucky had already been to the vet after his rescue.  He was given IV fluids, vitamins, and an antibiotic injection to prevent any infection.  Lucky’s right eye was clouded over really bad.  The vet said it was scar tissue from a previous eye infection, but the eye was fine.  Our job at START II was to fatten him up to a healthy weight.  The poor little guy was completely emaciated.

After I finished cleaning cat cages, I spent some quality time with Lucky.  I held him close and brought him into the playroom.  We sat in a sunspot.  Lucky curled up against me and fell asleep, his body vibrating from his purr.  I gave him cheek scratches and chin rubs until he fell asleep.  Lucky napped on my lap for a good hour and a half before waking and wanting to explore the shelter.

Lucky enjoying time on my lap

Lucky enjoying time on my lap

Lucky is doing very well.  Today when I saw him, he looked like he put a smidge of weight on.  He loves Pro Plan wet food.  It is difficult to comprehend why anyone would allow this to happen to an animal.  There’s a ring around Lucky’s neck where a collar used to be.  It is obvious he was someone’s cat before he came into START II’s care.  Lucky loves to give me headbutts and gets really happy when I talk to him (well, when any of the volunteers talk to him – he loves people!).  He’s gotten a lot of calls on him so far for adoption, but his forever home hasn’t come along yet.  He’s a special cat and needs a special home.

I look forward to seeing him when I’m volunteering.  Lucky’s a strong cat.  He hasn’t given up on his recovery, nor has he become weary of people.