February 18, 2010

People Aren't So Scary After All. :)

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.


  1. That's great progress with Jasmine. Even though Herman never showed any fear of me, it was a few weeks before he would let me touch his tummy.

  2. What a fantastic job you have done. Thankyou for working so hard with this beautiful girl, and helping her to see how wonderful the world can be.

  3. Having her belly rubbed? Just like a (gasp!) doggie! She's a beauty. I hope she finds a home quickly!

  4. Jasmine is a pretty girl, we hope that with the love and attention you've shown her, she'll be able to find a wonderful furever home soon!

    Purrs and hugs,
    The Kitty Krew

  5. Oh my, Jasmine, I'm so glad that you are getting into belly rubs. They are pure joy, aren't they?
    Purrs, Siena

  6. It's so wonderful to hear about Jasmine! She is so lucky she has you to help her!

  7. YAY, Jasmine....we are purring for you to find a wonderful furever home. xxxxxxxxxx

  8. That's great. We hope she will find a home where she will get lots of love.

  9. She's a beautiful girl! We're glad she's making progress. It's good work that you do there.

  10. Oh Jasmine is so beautiful! We hope she can find a wonderful, calm forever home very soon! Her family will be very lucky to get her - she really looks like a sweetie!

  11. she's so pretty and sweet! my brother's cat grumps looks just like jasmine but don't rub his belly unless you want to be scratched!
    jasmine is lucky to have all you patient people take care of her.

  12. She's making some progress, so that's very good! We'll keep her in our thoughts and purrs:)

  13. Im glad to hear you guys are making progress with Jasmine. Hopefully you'll find her a home soon.

    Paws & Whiskers
    Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper & Marley

  14. Absolutely beautiful. You're doing such great work.

  15. Jasmine is in good hands now.
    I know sure she will find a new home.
    I wish I could adopt her ...... LOL

    Have a wonderful sunday
    and you have a golden heart
    because you do all for the animals :-)

  16. I really like your blog. I like the happy endings. I said a prayer for Jasmine. I know the right family will choose her.

  17. Oh, mai, what a purrty girl! She will surely find a good furreffer home. Speshully wif gettin to like belly rubs! Our sisfur Sootsie was a real belly-rub ... umm.. (lookin fur a more polite word than dad used to use...) .. um..belly rub hog? She loved belly rubs.
    Best wishes on findin her a home. We know sumone will just love her so much.

    Your furriends, Tigger, Munchkin, Jigsaw and Patches

  18. Oh Mom wants to rub your belly Jasmine! I'm so glad that you are getting used to human beans. Soon you just might get a forever home with people that will love you lots cause you are so cute.


  19. Jasmine is such a sweet girl! We sure hope she finds her forever home soon. Purrs to her!

    Thank you soooo much for visiting my blog during the Cat-O-Lympics! It was a great week for sure. I've already started training for the next games... Power Napping!

    (Glogirly's Olympian Cat)

  20. Jasmine is gorgeous! Hope she will find a forever home...
    Take care