September 26, 2021

Our Pal Bumpy's Selfie

Check out our super handsome and sweet friend Bumpy. He was the first to raise his paw when we asked the PAWS cats who wanted to volunteer for this week's selfie. From the looks of it, he definitely knows his way around a selfie, because he absolutely rocked it! 💖

Bumpy is about 3 years old, and found his way to PAWS after being found as a stray. If you're wondering about how he got his name, he loves to be pet, and will bump the PAWS humans' legs to let them know that he'd like some attention. Bumpy gets along with other nice cats, but could also be happy as your one and only. He's neutered, microchipped, current on his vaccinations, and negative for FIV and FeLV. Come meet Bumpy today, and fall in love!
It's Sunday, which means we're hopping along in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by our pals at The Cat On My Head. Be sure to check it out to see who else is hopping along (or to join in on the fun)!

September 23, 2021

In a FLASH! #RememberMeThursday

September 23, 2021 is Remember Me Thursday, an international event that shines a light on orphan pets, and the beauty and life-saving importance of pet adoption. And we want to share a story-in-progress about our amazing, adorable and adoptable friend Flash.

Can you imagine your life being completely uprooted in one fell swoop? Can you imagine the confusion and fear that comes from being taken from the place where you’ve known love, care and safety, and finding yourself in unfamiliar surroundings where you don’t know a soul? That’s exactly what happened to our friend Flash, after her owner suddenly passed away. For a confident cat, the adjustment would be challenging. For a shyer kitty like Flash, the challenge seemed daunting, to say the least.

It seemed daunting to all of us, too. Flash was never aggressive or angry, but it was clear she was overwhelmed and afraid. You could see she was wondering things like, “Where is my human? … Who are these other strange humans? … Who are all these other cats? … Why do I hear dogs barking?”

When Flash first arrived at PAWS, her name could have described her reaction whenever we interacted with her. As in, gone in a flash. Back in those days, this is what passed for a “good” photo of Flash. It’s not exactly terrible, but it was taken from across the room with a zoom lens, and you can clearly see she was still pretty wary. Right after this photo was taken, she ran and hid.

Flash was grateful for high shelves, posts and other physical barriers, and would often peek around them at us. Physical touch was still a rarity. On a good day, she might allow us to gently touch her on the head. Anything more than that? Gone in a flash.


And that’s how it went for about 3 months. But then, in late 2020, it was like something clicked for this shy and gentle girl. It was as though she realized that the humans (volunteers and staff) here are sources of great things, like food, catnip (more on this later), playing, and even gentle brushing and petting. 💖 

Now, when “Flashy” hears familiar voices at the door of her free-roaming cat room, she’s up and attentive. When people she knows walk in, she’s ready for some gentle petting and scritches. Got catnip? She’ll definitely be there! Had a bad day, and need something to make you smile? Yup, you guessed it … Flash is there in a flash. She also happens to get along well with other nice kitties, as you can see from this photo of her photobombing her (already adopted) friend Sunny.

Will Flash ever be a supremely confident cat? We don't know for sure. But with the amazing progress she’s made during her extended stay at PAWS, we can vouch that she is a sweet and gentle cat who is more than ready to find her true forever home. It may take a while for her to feel safe and secure, but we are certain that in a quiet home full of patience and love (and with a supply of catnip), she will be a steadfast companion for whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. Flash is about 9 years old, spayed, current on her vaccinations, and negative for FIV and FeLV. We do believe there’s a home for every cat, but that sometimes they just take a little longer to find. We look forward to the day Flash finds her happily ever after, but while she waits here at the shelter, she is loved and cherished.


There are so many wonderful and amazing pets waiting to be discovered at PAWS, and at shelters and rescue organizations everywhere. By adopting, you'll be saving TWO lives – the one of your new forever friend AND the life of the next one that can now be taken in. #SeeTheLight


We're taking part in the special Remember Me Thursday Blog Hop, hosted by our awesome friends at Lola the Rescued Cat. Be sure to visit their blog to see who else is hopping (and/or to hop along)!


September 22, 2021

(Almost) Wordless Flash - Come Back Tomorrow!

This is our lovable and super adoptable friend Flash. She is amazing, and ready to find a loving forever home. She will be featured tomorrow (Thursday, September 23) in our #RememberMeThursday post. Please be sure to come back to read Flash's story (and see more photos)! 💖
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September 19, 2021

Meow Like a Pirate Day 2021

Avast, mateys! Today be "Meow Like a Pirate Day" on Ye Olde Cat Blogosphere (and "Talk Like a Pirate Day" for humans). Our mighty Captain Ava, having already found her happily ever after, be sailin' the high seas (i.e. all areas within a reasonable driving distance of Norwalk, Connecticut) to find the most sought after of all treasure - forever homes for all of our adorable and adoptable PAWS kitty pals. You can see two of them - sailors Dunkin and Camille - in our special 2021 MLAP Day image above.

Thar be friends a plenty below deck (you can check them out here) and our fine vessel be outfitted with a wealth 'o provisions ... tuna, shrimps, chicken, ham, cheese, catnip and silvervine, sea monster spiced rum (cat milk), all sorts 'o toys, sea monster scratchers, feathers, fleecy blankets, boxes 'n beds. So gather, friends, and join our quest as we set sail!


September 15, 2021

(Almost) Wordless - Ava's Happy Tail

One of our favorite things is hearing "happy tails" from forever families about the love they share with the furry family members they adopted from the shelter. The joy and love evident in those updates are magical. And we understand completely, since we have our very own happily ever after with our sweet PAWS graduate Ava. She melts our hearts and makes us laugh each and every day.

We love you, Ava. Thank you for adopting us!
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September 11, 2021

Bobby's Super Selfie

This is our new friend Bobby. As you can see, this super handsome mancat definitely knows his way around a selfie! What you might not see is that Bobby also happens to be a really nice guy. Just before these shots were taken, he was rolling around on the floor and hamming it up for pets and attention from his human buddies.💖

Bobby is about 1 1/2 years old. He arrived at PAWS not even a week ago, so he's still getting used to the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells of the shelter. He's definitely getting there, though, and we know he'll do well in a forever loving home. He'll definitely be loved and cared for here until he finds it. Come meet Bobby today!
It's Sunday, which means we're hopping along in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by our pals at The Cat On My Head. Be sure to check it out to see who else is hopping along (or to join in on the fun)!

September 8, 2021

(Almost) Wordless Bellana

Check out beautiful and whiskery Bellana, who is another one of our awesome and adoptable new pals. Can you tell from her photos how friendly she is, and how much she loves her human buddies?

In the third photo, this pretty ladycat was definitely willing me to put the camera down to give her some attention. We are happy to report that Bellana and her roommates did, in fact, get lots of attention (and catnip!) from both Tracey and me. Bellana, who is just about two years old, is spayed, microchipped, current on her vaccinations, and negative for FIV and FeLV. As mentioned, she adores her human friends. She also gets along well with other nice kitties. Bellana is just about purrfect, and purrfectly ready to find her loving forever home. Is it with you?
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