January 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Adoptables!

Check out these pictures of three of our beautiful, adoptable PAWS friends...




Come meet your new best friend today! :)

January 27, 2013

Easy Like Sunday - Milo

As you can see, our cuddly, adoptable buddy Milo is taking it easy today.

Here's hoping YOUR Sunday is as good as Milo's. :)

January 25, 2013

A FURever Home Friday Happy Tale

In late November 2011, the hearts of the PAWS volunteers and staff were filled with joy as our sweet kitty friend Carter left for his new forever home. We still remember this special boy quite fondly, so you can imagine how excited we were to learn that he is living the high life with a friend of one of our fellow volunteers (Paige)! And even MORE excited when Paige passed along this beautiful message from Alison (Carter's Mom):

I am not, nor have I ever been a cat person and yet, here I sit, the owner of a cat, whose name is Carter.

Throughout my life, I've always identified myself as a 'dog' person. Over the past few years, I used to check out the PAWS dog gallery like other people might search eBay looking for a good deal. After a long dog-sitting stint and much consideration, I realized that I didn't have a lifestyle that would be fair to a dog and sort of half-heartedly gave up on the idea of having a pet. And then my neighbor, a PAWS volunteer, asked if I ever considered adopting a cat.

And the answer to that question, was a resounding no. However, I began to change my mind after a couple of talks about the benefits of cat ownership. Soon, I found myself presented with a few pictures of some cats my neighbor thought I would like. Among those pictures was a cat with a perfect black nose, and black and white markings that kind of reminded me of a cow and not just because he was a little chubby (although he was). I knew that I might just give this cat thing a chance.

Carter had been abandoned about 6 months before I adopted him. Left alone in his pet carrier at a vet's office, there was a note that explained the reason for leaving him was that he was sweet but afraid of people and instead of meowing, he chirped. When I met Carter he was a bit depressed and not easily adjusting to life with the other cats at PAWS. Somewhere during that first meeting, I knew that this cat was meant for me.

Over the past year, Carter has adjusted well to living with a dog person. Each day he gains more confidence and reveals a playful side that I never would have thought he had in him during that first meeting last November. He is still a little chunky but we're working on that. The note was right, he does chirp, but I'm not sure how that is a detractor. While he is somewhat shy of people, he mingles on his own terms when I have company.

For my part, I have joined the ranks of pet owners who take copious pictures of their animals doing something random that probably only I think is cute, forcing friends and family to look at them. Even worse, poor Carter was subjected to having to not only wear a Halloween costume this year but to round out the holiday humiliation, he was also the star of my Christmas card. I could never imagine how much having this little creature in my life would add to it, but I am thankful that Carter is mine, chirping and all.

Thank you on behalf of Carter and myself to all the volunteers at PAWS, for all you do for animals every day.

Thank YOU, Alison, for opening your heart to the "cat thing," and for loving Carter so much (and so well).

Be sure to check out our next FURever Friday post for a roundup of a whole bunch of recent adoptions. Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

January 23, 2013

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Allie

It's shocking to us that sweet and beautiful lapcat Allie is still at PAWS. We sure hope the new year brings her the loving forever home she wants and deserves.

January 20, 2013

Easy Like Sunday - Roamer


To read more about awesome and adoptable Roamer, click HERE

Happy Sunday, everybody! :)

January 18, 2013

Fun on Friday!

A while back, we got some terrific homemade kitty toys during the Celestial Kitties' FUNdraiser for our friend Chrystal's private cat rescue.  We brought some of the toys to PAWS, and the kitties LOVE them.  To prove the point, here are Roamer and Toni with a little fun for your Friday...

Roamer: "Check out my bunny-kicking, putting on the bitey style!"
Toni: "Hey, I think there's catnip in this toy!"
Beautiful Toni and handsome Roamer live in the PAWS meeting room, and both are available for adoption.  Come meet them, and fall in love!

Happy Friday, everybody! :)

January 15, 2013

Tessa on Tuesday - Cat of the Month

Hi Everybuddy!  I'm Tessa, and guess what?  I'm the "PAWS Cat of the Month!"  That means that my adoption fee is just $75 in January!  Oh, and whoever adopts me gets a new best friend AND a special goody bag, too!  Pretty good deal, huh?

Many people are surprised to learn that I've been waiting for a forever home at PAWS for a long time.  Especially when my closest volunteer friends explain that I am a sweet and dainty ladycat who loves catnip, sitting on laps, being pet, and playing with the laser cat toy.  And that I am graceful, and such an amazing jumper that it almost appears that I can fly!  So why am I still here, you ask?  Well, I'm sort of shy and reserved around new people, so potential adopters don't get to see just how special I am.  I just KNOW that if somebuddy gives me a chance, we will be the bestest of friends.

Here's me on my friend Tracey's lap :)
I am about three years old, spayed, microchipped, current on all my vaccinations, and I've tested negative for FeLV and FIV.  I do have a food allergy, but this is something that is easily managed by a prescription food.  I do seem to tolerate non-dominant, easygoing kitties, but would probably do best as an only cat in a quieter home.

Me being silly!
Thanks for checking me out here.  Come meet me in PURRson at PAWS, okay?



January 12, 2013

What the Mom and Dad did in NYC!

Hi, it's me, Sammy! As a formerly feral cat myself, I know how difficult it is for kitties living outside, especially during the long, cold winter months.  So I was really happy that the dad and the mom got to join about 200 other cat lovers in New York City Thursday night for a really awesome event called "Architects for Animals."

Get a load of these pictures* of what they saw there!  Those are shelters for the feral cats living in New York City, designed by leading architectural design firms.  Is that not the coolest?

Shelter of empty (insulated) Friskies cat food cans, by The American Street Cat
A kitty high-rise, by Francis Cauffman
A modernist shelter, by M Moser Associates
Shelter by Callison Barteluce Architects
Shelter by Sara Silvestri, of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
The exhibition was held by Architects for Animals and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to benefit the New York City Feral Cat Initiative.  All of the shelters on display at the event are being donated to existing feral cat colonies around the city. :)

Oh, and as if these tricked out, creative shelters weren't enough excitement for one night, the mom and dad also got to hang out IN PERSON with some of our blogging pals!

That's Mom and Dad in the center of the back row.  They had so much fun meeting (left to right)  Carine, from Texas, a cat in New York; Laura from Squeedunk; Tamar from I Have Cat; and Layla from Cat Wisdom 101!

Have a great day, everyone! :)

(* Photos of the cat shelters courtesy of I Have Cat.  Thanks, Tamar!)

January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - New Friends

Instagram pictures of Leo, Mufasa and Parsley - three of our new adoptable friends at PAWS.

We'll share more about these three beautiful kittehs in upcoming posts. :)

January 6, 2013

Easy Like Sunday - Brenna

Sweet and adoptable Brenna is hanging out today in this warm and cozy cat tree.

Happy Sunday, everybody. :)

January 4, 2013

FURever Home Friday! :)

Hooray!  It's time for our first FURever Home Friday of the year!  In the final days of 2012, some more PAWS cats found homes of their very own, including sweet Jack III!

Jack III
Jack's new family says he " doing great! What a sweetie. He is eating, playing, and using the litter box. He didn't last long upstairs and now is free in most of the house when we are home. He retreats to Bran's room when he is startled. He has been within inches of Maple, while she is laying down ... We are enjoying his company so much. He's such a friendly, social guy. Thank you."

The other lucky kitties in the latest graduating class were: 

Augustus and Winter (together)

All in all, 23 PAWS cats were adopted in December. How awesome is that? :)

Just in case you need some more reasons to start your weekend with a smile, get a load of these "Happy Tales!"

JASMINE is settling in! She is sleeping on her new Dad’s desk when he works. She is exploring the house slowly. She lets him pet her frequently for short periods each time. He’s happy with her and thinks she is "the sweetest little cat."

It’s only been about 10 days since she was adopted, but OLIVE is adjusting slowly to her new home, parents and other cat. The existing cat wants to be friends, but Olive is taking it very slowly, not yet sure she is “safe” with him.  She is affectionate with her new parents, though. :)

SHERWOOD adjusted very quickly to his new home. He is getting along very well with his new cat sibling. He is super-affectionate and friendly. According to his new people, he is not a lap cat in the usual sense ... he "likes to use his dad's lap as a springboard." (editor's note: MOL!)

WINDY has adjusted very well and quickly to her new home. The couple who adopted her are really happy with her. They call her their “darling girl,” and say she is very affectionate and cuddly.

KOSMO and KRAMER are “…slowly but surely adjusting to their new home. Kosmo is coming out for affection. Kramer is still hiding a lot, but he is eating and using the litter box." Their new parents love Kosmo and Kramer, and are being very patient with them.

DIMAGGIO's family says he is "...beautiful, and very smart. He enjoys racing around the house, and is loving pulling bows of presents. He is very affectionate, and is settling in very well. We love him."

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

January 1, 2013

Happy MEW Year! :)

As you can see, Sammy and Moosey are ringing in 2013 in style.

And all of us here at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life are wishing everyone a New Year filled with an abundance of love, peace and happiness.

Hugs and headbonks,

Kevin, Tracey, Sammy and Moosey, and all the cats at PAWS :)