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February 11, 2018

Sunday Selfie with Our New Kid Ava!

As many of you know, our beloved Zoe made her journey to the Rainbow Bridge this past September. We were all devastated by her loss - especially her sister and littermate, Gracie - but we knew Zoe and our other angels would be watching over us. We also knew that when the time was right, Zoe would bring another kitty into our lives. Well, guess what? It's happened. And she chose another housepanther! Without further ado, here's the newest member of our family (and Gracie's new sister), Ava!


Ava (formerly known as Theta) was first adopted from PAWS as a kitten. Sadly, the family who adopted her had a dog, of whom Ava was terrified. From what we know, she hid in the attic for 9 months, and then the people caught her and brought her back to the shelter. Even with her sweet and gentle nature intact, Ava was (understandably) pretty skittish and shy when she came back. Of course, that meant she wasn't exactly "showing well" to potential adopters. But as we got to know Ava again, we started thinking (thanks, Angel Zoe!) that maybe, just maybe, she would fit into our family, and be a great little sister for Gracie. And after one month with her here as a foster kitty, we knew in our hearts that this is where she belongs. As you can see from the photos, she's gaining in confidence with each passing day. She loves lap time, playing, looking out the windows, laying in sunpuddles and running all over the house. She and sister Gracie aren't curling up together (yet), but they have touched noses, played and been super respectful of each other. 😸

Welcome to your real forever home, Baby Ava. We love you!

Dad Kevin, Mom Tracey and Sister Gracie

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54 comments:

  1. Welcome, Ava! I look forward to seeing more of you. You look like such a sweetheart!

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  2. How wonderful, and I now have more tears, though this time of joy. Ava sure is one beautiful lady and one lovely new home to go to.
    Admiring purrs
    ERin

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  3. Now that is the best news ever,xx Speedy

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  4. OH a million welcomes Ava. As Speedy says, best news ever. She is totally and utterly gorgeous.

    You landed on your paws young lady :-)

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  5. Oh squee! She is very beauteous indeed, and we think Sister Gracie will be very happy to have a playmate (and eventual cuddle-partner) again. Nice to meet you, Miss Ava! XOXOXO

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  6. Welcome to sweet Ava, a beautiful girl!...She's lucky to have found such a loving home with a big sister to play with!...xo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat

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  7. This post makes me happier than happy. A huge congratulations to all of you, Kevin, Tracey, Ava, and Gracie! Well done, Angel Zoe!

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  8. Welcome to Ava! I'm so happy for you all, Kevin, that I'm teary-eyed typing this. :-)

    LOVE that second photo most especially!

    She had a bit of a rough start, but I'm thrilled she's found her true forever home. Hugs and purrs,

    Kim and the boys

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  9. Ava, welcome to your new home - and to the cat blogosphere. We look forward to hearing more from you.

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  10. Welcome Ava! Congrats on finding your furever home. It's a great one. :)

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  11. Oh Ava, you are such a lucky girl to have been found by your new Mom and Dad and sister. Good job Angel Zoe. You sure are such a pretty black panther too. Soooooo glad you have a good home now.

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  12. Guys! GUYS! We are so thrilled fur mew all ❤️😻❤️ Ava is gorgeous and we’re sure Angel Zoe had a paw in making this happen 😻❤️😻

    WOO HOO we’re bubbling with happy tears right now! So wunderpurr!

    Big hugs

    Basil and co xox

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  13. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! What a pretty kitty :)
    We are so happy that she found her way to your home.
    Looks like she will be pretty happy there too.
    Thanks Angel Zoe, you chose well.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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  14. She is stunning. Welcome Ava to a wonderful forever home.

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  15. wow oh wow! concats and welcome, Ava! she sure is beautiful :)

    pip, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

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  16. Congratulations on your new addition! Ava is beautiful.

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  17. oh this brought tears of joy to my eyes!!!!! Ava is a stunner!! (love her name) and with you and Tracey and your gentle, loving souls, she will flourish in no time! I am soooo happy for you!! Welcome Ava!! Love to all! xoxo

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  18. We're so happy for you, sweet Ava ! Welcome in your wonderful new family ! Purrs

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  19. What a little beauty she is! The name Ava is purr-fect and how wonderful she will be in a home filled with such love. Purrs from the Zee/Zoey gang.

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  20. Ava is a beautiful panfur lady. So very happy for her finding a Forever Home!

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  21. OH! M y YEAR is made! I am so happy for you but I am happy for Ava too. What a wonderful dear dear thing to happen. You were all made for one another~ Ava is a beautiful girl. I love her poses her and those FANGS! Mom and I love a fang, we do. Ava's are there for the loving! Welcome to the Blog family Ava. Gracie, congratulations on a new sisfur! You are a good girl.

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  22. What fabulous news! Welcome Ava!!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  23. Ava! Having a new family is absolutely the best! I am so happy for You, Dad Kevin, Mom Tracy and Your new sister Gracie! I KNOW you are going to be as happy as me!
    Oh yes, my Mom is is super excited and happy for you too!
    Purrs
    Marv

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  24. I’m so happy to meet Ava! She is such a beautiful house panther. After difficult start at first home, now she has found a true forever home and happiness. Sounds like Gracie and Ava are getting along well :-)
    Welcome home, Ava!

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  25. Welcome to your new home, Ava! We know you have a wonderful and family and life ahead of you.

    Congratulations on the newest member of the family!

    -Amanda and Sam Sam (CatSynth)

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  26. Yay! That’s so awesome! Welcome beautiful Ava, you are in such a special home with the best Mom & Dad and Sister...we are happy for you all!

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  27. Welcome Ava, you sure are gawjus. We're so happy ya'll found each other. Trust us Ava, you hit the jackpot. You'll never have to e scared again. And, you'll never have to go back to the place of unknowns ever again. Big hugs fur all

    Luv ya

    Dezi and Raena

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  28. What a lucky kitty Ava is! Congrats to all of you!!

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  29. Beautiful Ava has won the adoption jackpot! She has the kindest most loving new family. Everyone at PAWS has been waiting for the big announcement that makes it official: Ava has a wonderful forever home. Good job, Angel Zoe. And good job Gracie for welcoming your new little sister.
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, Rufus the Red and Rick

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  30. Can you hear the sound of our our happy dance? So happy for you and thrilled Ava will blossom under your loving care. Well done Zoe and welcome Ava you beautiful pantherette xoxoxo

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  31. Love housepanthers! Concats on your new furchild!

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  32. Concats Ava! We're so sorry that you had such a horrible time at your furst home but we know you've hit the jackpot with this one. Enjoy playing with your new sisfur Gracie!

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  33. WOOO HOOO!!!!!! Conkatss Mistur Kevin an Lady Tracy an Gracie! Well come sweet baby Ava. You have landed on yur pawss an will have a wunderfull life with yur amazin an sweet Pawentss sn Sisfur Gracie.
    Yur so beeuteefull an fotogenick an mee hopess wee can bee furendss!
    Sinseerlee, Purrince Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

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  34. Ava is a beautiful house panther. She will have a wonderful life with you.

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  35. Welcome, Ava! You hit the forever family jackpot this time!

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  36. She's so beautiful! Welcome to your new forever home and the cat blogosphere! You landed in one of the very best homes possible :)

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  37. What a beautiful housepanther ! Long life and cuddles !

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  38. OMC! Welcome to your forever home and the blogosphere Ava. You are sleek and gorgeous! You have a lot of loving coming to you from your new family.

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  39. So glad to know Ava has gone from a foster to family and won't go back to the shelter again.

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  40. Yay! Ava is a BEAUTY and has ended up in the perfect home! She reminds me a little of our first foster cat, Juno, who was all black but has a small white patch on her chest.

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  41. How wonderful for Ava to have found you!! She is one lucky little housepanther :) I hope that she and Gracie will become good friends as time goes on. <3

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  42. That's wonderful, she looks so beautiful. Some cats have their very own character ! It took Kim 10 years to allow us to pet and brush her ! and now she lives inside and not outside anymore.

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  43. After a rough start, she has hit the jackpot now!!! She will have a long, safe and happy life with you :-)

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  44. Congratulations to you and Gracie! We know new friends are worth celebrating!

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  45. Oh, what great news!

    Welcome beautiful Ava :) We're sure you will be so happy in your new forever home with your lovely new family!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  46. Congratulations on your new addition! I absolutely love her name! We keep saying that we're going to name a girl Ava. I hope you and she will see it as a compliment whenever we do. :-) She's such a lucky girl to have become part of your family. I love that you gave her a chance to thrive and brought home a kitty who really needs the peaceful, quiet home it sounds like you have.

    I have to ask. It looks like you have flowers on the dresser in the picture. Are your cats just exceptionally well mannered and don't bother them? Or is there a secret to getting the kitties not to bother flowers?

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    1. Well, those are fake flowers, so we never have to worry about somekitty taking a bite. That being said, we've always had older cats, who haven't really tried to get up on stuff. Little Miss Ava is only 1 1/2, so she does walk on that dresser. But she hasn't shown any tendencies thus far for messing with stuff. :)

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  47. Welcome, beautiful Ava! We're so glad to meet you - and we can't wait to hear about your adventures in your new home! Your name is every bit as beautiful as you are! This post got me in the feels because it sounds a little bit like Ellie ... she was adopted out and then found on the street and returned to her original rescue. I can't figure for the life of me who would give her up! Then again, she's my blessing so maybe everything worked out as it should :)

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  48. All of the shelter cats are welcome to come. Please join Sasha for his 5th Birthday party. Bring your friends for a lively evening.

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  49. That's wonderful, Ava! Welcome to your new home and so nice to meet you. You're such a beautiful black panter <3 Pawkisses for good luck in your furrever home :) <3

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  50. We've been waiting and wondering when one of those PAWS kitties would worm their way into your hearts and join the family. This makes us all so happy. Ava is stunningly beautiful. We love the house panfurs! She reminds mom a bit of our angel Thelma, who died many, many years ago. We hope she and Gracie become the best of friends. Congratulations. Ava is a very lucky kitty. Sending lots of love to her and the entire family. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

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  51. Congratulations on your new family member! Welcome home Ava!
    We are so happy to hear this news because we know beautiful Ava has landed on all fours and into the most loving family she could ever dream of :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  52. Ava is BEAUTIFUL! And she's so good for the camera, too. She appears to love it and camera certainly LOVES HER. purrs

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