Check out this adorable picture of our little buddy Jasmine. Isn't she cute?
When Jasmine first arrived at our shelter as a kitten, it was clear she felt comfortable around other cats. But when it came to people, she wasn't so sure. Whenever we came into the room, she'd dash away to hide behind the safety of a cat tree, a piece of furniture, or anything else that served as a protective shield. But even though Jasmine was terrified of us, she never hissed or growled, and we never got the sense that she'd lash out if we tried to "push the envelope" with her.
And so it was that we began working to socialize her each time we visited the shelter. And we're happy to report those efforts have been fruitful. The breakthroughs that have occurred over a span of months, while incremental, have been significant. At first, we were excited at just being able to sit three feet from Jasmine without her running away. We felt the same excitement the first time we were able to pet her on the head, and then again when we pet her all the way down her back. And now? Well, even though she's still one of the shyer kitties at PAWS, when with people she knows, Jasmine enjoys being pet and even (gasp!) having her belly rubbed! :)
We're confident that this sweet girl will continue to blossom, and will do especially well in a quieter forever home.