Friday, January 05, 2018

2018 Starts With Quite A Bang!

Wow!  That storm sure hit us hard!  Hopefully this is the worst of the weather we will see this winter.  Thankfully PetSmart store associates were on hand to take care of our guys during the blizzard.  We have had cats coming and going, and going and to begin the New Year I am going to properly introduce the eight cats that are at the store as of today.  Some you know - some you do not....  Lots of pairs!!

You will remember Daphne and Finn.  They were at the store for a while and then got sick so they came back to the Shelter   They are about nine months old.  Since they are littermates it would be nice if they went home together.  If both are adopted the second fee is waived.  These two were brought in by a young man who does his best to TNR in his neighborhood where cats are reproducing.  They came in at three months old in early July.

Daphne and Finn
Fish and Fauna also came from an area where sadly cats have been permitted to reproduce.  A concerned animal advocate has been trapping in an effort to get things under control.  These guys came into the Shelter in early July as well,  at about the same age as Daphne and Finn - about three months.   It would be nice to see them get adopted together.  This is another "Two For One" adoption!

Sisters Lily and Rosy are another pair that came in together.  They arrived in mid-July at about five weeks old.  They are a tad shy but very sweet!  "Two For One" here as well!  Often times in a pair adopters choose the "pretty" one and leave the black cat behind. Let's not let that happen to Rosy!


Mason came into the Shelter in early November after being trapped at a motel in Cape May City. He is only about seven months old and will make a great companion!  He loves attention!
Zoe is the lone "adult" cat of this bunch.  She is about four years old. She was spayed when we first met her as a stray in July.  She can be the babysitter to all the younger guys!  She has such a feminine little face! She originally went to Animal Outreach in West Cape May but they decided to bring her back. She was great with the other cats and the people but she kept trying to run out the front door! She is so friendly and will leave with anyone!
So there you have it!  Eight cats to kick off the New Year!! The 2018 schedule went out yesterday.  Thank you all for committing to continue to help with the PetSmart program.  We struggle daily with the number of cats brought to the Shelter and really need this outlet. 
The following dates need coverage in January:
Sunday, January 7, Adoption Table
Sunday, January 14, AM Cleaning AND Adoption Table
Wednesday, January 17, Adoption Table
Sunday, January 21, Adoption Table
Sunday, January 28, AM Cleaning AND Adoption Table
Best of Health and Happiness to all of you!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Little energetic Harley went home on Saturday, October 28.  He is going to have a great time living with his new parents, their six year old daughter, a dog and another cat.  There will be no shortage of company for this guy!

Bradley left a couple days earlier than Harley.  He is joining another cat named Cleo, three adults and a seven year old.  This couple came down all the way from Mullica Hill to pick him up! 

Sloan and Garfield were brought to the store after the two boys left.  Sloan came in as a stray in mid-September.  She was spayed and eartipped when she came in.  Sadly no one has come looking for her.  She is about five years old.  Sweet Sloan will acclimate to a house with other cats, kids and dogs.
You will all probably remember Garfield.  He was at PetSmart and was adopted into an adult only home a little while ago.  He was brought back to the Shelter because the adopter's husband supposedly hates cats!  What a sad situation for Garfield.  Why they adopted him initially is a mystery - an annoying mystery.  Of course had we known that the adoption would not have been approved.  Garfield is about an year and half old.  He is a little picky about feline company and prefers to be the only cat.  He may be transferred to ROAR in Connecticut.  That decision will be made in a few days.

It is so difficult to believe that the holidays are right around the corner!  Wow!  PetSmart will be closed on Thanksgiving and we do not need to have volunteers go.  Employees will be at the store late Wednesday into Thursday and will leave at 2:00am on Thanksgiving morning.  They will take care of our cats when they leave and double up on food and water.  If you are scheduled the day after Thanksgiving be prepared for a bit more of a mess!

The schedule looks great with the exception of Sundays.  Joelle is back and doing every other Sunday morning beginning this week (November 12).  Help is needed for the alternate days.  We still struggle to fill the Adoption Table on Sundays.  If you are available - even if only once a month - please let me know.  We can train you on the is not difficult.  Plus, the Shelter is open during the table hours so you can always call if you need help or have any questions.  The open dates are below:

Sunday AM Cleaning: November 19
Sunday Adoption Table: November 12, 19, 26 

Remember to thank a veteran for their service
this Saturday as we celebrate Veterans Day!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Baby Goes Home!

Baby went home with a young man who misses his cat after a recent break up with his girlfriend (she kept the cat).  He has two roommates and no other pets so Baby is going to get a ton of attention!

Angel and Luna went home together last week.  They are joining a house hold with a young couple, an eight year old yellow lab, a seven year old and an infant.  A lot going on in that house!! I think these two are up for it though!

Three new cats arrived in the last week - Harley, Pickles and Bradley.

Harley was actually born at the Shelter so for once we know a real birthday - July 12, 2017.  He is one high energy kitten!  He was already adopted and brought back.  The adopter said he was too much to handle. He's a kitten!!  We think he would do well with a dog to play with!!
Pickles was brought in as a stray in early August.  He is a little shy but will warm up.  He is about six months old.  A nice quieter household or an experienced cat person that takes it slow would do well to adopt him. 
Bradley was found outside already neutered - as evidenced by his ear tip.  Someone took the time to alter him,  however no one called looking.  He is a young cat - over a year old but under two.  He is very friendly!  He likes other cats.  We do think he needs a slow introduction to a dog.

There are a few openings on the October schedule.  If you can cover any of the spots please let me know:

Wednesday, October 17: Adoption Table
Sunday, October 22: Adoption Table
Saturday, October 28: Adoption Table

Safe travels to Jim and Eileen who head out this week to Arizona for the winter.  We are going to really miss them!!  Jim did a GREAT job on adoptions by making himself available almost on an as needed basis.  Jim and Eileen, have a great winter and we can not wait for you to come back!! Have a healthy, safe, wonderful winter!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

A Couple New Arrivals

Baby and Glenn arrived today at PetSmart.  Baby is about eight months old and was surrendered to  the Shelter because the landlord told the tenant he could not stay. What a shame.  He is a well socialized young man that lived with kids.  He is a playful guy who also likes to cuddle - typical baby!  He is fine with other cats however we do not know how he would do with dogs...although all indications are he would be fine.
Glenn is a cutie who was left behind at an apartment complex along with his mom.  He is under six months old.  He is a nice little cat but is so afraid right now at the store.  Go super slow with him.  He would do fine in a home with other cats and where the new family will give him time to trust them.  His mom is at the Shelter for adoption.
We have an application for Fergie and Luna to go together and are waiting to hear from the applicant's landlord.

Kathy K is taking over paper cutting duty and dropped off a batch yesterday.  Thank you, Cindy D, for all these years of cutting paper for our cats!!

Please make sure to jot down a word or two in the notebook when you complete your cleaning.  I realize some of you are more "wordy" than others.  If you want to go into detail that is quite alright!  If you do not or you are short on time simply jot down the date and "All ok" or something similar.  This way we know someone was definitely there.

The October schedule is complete with the exception of a couple of Adoption Table dates and one Wednesday morning.  The dates are listed below.  If you are available to cover let me know.

Wednesday, October 11, Adoption Table
Sunday, October 15, Adoption Table
Wednesday, October 25, AM Cleaning
Saturday, October 28, Adoption Table

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Update!!

Lots going on with adoptions and arrivals!!  Gandolph went home where he will be the only pet in the house - with the exception of a parakeet.  (I might sleep with one eye open if I was that bird!) Chandler went home to a nice family and is gaining a Golden Doodle brother.  Figs and Goldie went to a home with another one of our cats, named Calvin, who was adopted from us from PetSmart in January of this year.  Some of you may remember Calvin.  The three will be sharing quarters in a home now!

Below are the six cats at the store right now.  Two others scheduled to go started with an upper respiratory infection so we need to wait for them to get better or choose others.

Rachel and Angel arrived last weekend.  Rachel is a playful little girl about five months old.  She arrived at the shelter in mid July at 10 weeks old.
Angel is another little girl about five months old.  She was trapped among many others in a colony where the caretaker had allowed many cats to reproduce.  She was sick for quite a while at the Shelter and then went into a foster home.  She may seem a tad shy at first but she is a friendly girl who loves attention!
Daphne, Finn, Georgette and Luna are being brought to the store today - Friday.  Litter mates Daphne and Finn would do well if they stayed together however it is not required.  They were trapped in an area where unfixed cats are reproducing and a kind soul is trying to get things under control.  They, too, were very sick when they first arrived at the Shelter and spent quite a while in our iso room.  Daphne is the more outgoing of the two.  Finn is not very fond of being held,  however is a nice boy!  How do you tell them apart?  Finn, the boy, is the bigger of the two.  Daphne is a petite little lady!
Daphne (top) & Finn (bottom)
Georgette is a five year old torbi that is very sweet and very social.  She was surrendered to the Shelter in early August.  She needs a quiet home and will make a wonderful companion for the right person. Look at those eyes!

Luna was left behind by tenants in an apartment when they moved out.  The property owner called animal control to come pick her up.  She is sweet and loves people!!
As always - please allow the new guys to take the time they need to acclimate to their new surroundings.  Do not force them to mingle with the others.  Let them decide on their terms when they are ready to socialize!

We are still in need of people for the Sunday adoption table.  If you would like to be trained on the paperwork please let me know.  Remember - the Shelter is open during the hours of the adoption table so if you have any questions you can always call us.

In a couple of weeks we will be saying good bye to Jim and Eileen and then in November to Deb and Warren as they head for warmer climates.  They will all be missed and welcomed back warmly in the spring!  Wednesday mornings will be filled by Toni however I will be asking for help on Sunday mornings.

Cindy D will no longer be able to pre-cut the brown paper for us.  She is finishing up one last roll and will drop it off at the store.  If you are able to take this responsibility over let me know.  We will start taking care of this at the Shelter and transport the paper down.  Thank you, Cindy, for years of diligently cutting our rolls of paper to size!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Arrivals!

Introducing Pasta, Holly and Gandolf!  Pasta went home on Saturday so you may have already missed your window to meet him.  When that little guy came into the Shelter he was so loud and so persistent in his need for attention!!   You could hear him all through the Shelter!  He is joining two other cats - both under a year old - and a young couple.  He will be happy - and hopefully quiet!!

Gandolph is so handsome!  He is about three years old.  He was dumped at the home of a local animal control officer. Look at that face! He is great with people but not so great with other cats.  He wants all the human attention.  He may not do so well with dogs either.  Be careful letting him out to play.  Give him one on one time.

Holly is a little cutie that was found at a local business.  She is one of the easy ones that will acclimate to a home with other cats, kids and dogs. 


This weekend is the annual fall three day Adoption Event at PetSmart.  Volunteers from the Shelter will be bringing dogs down to the store during the adoption table hours on Saturday and Sunday and will be at the store on Friday as well.

Coverage is still needed for the adoption table on the below dates.  Let me know if you are available to help.

Sunday, September 17, 2-4pm
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30-8:00pm
Sunday, September 24, 2-4pm

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Adoptions Continue!

Rocko and Mufasa are both going home today!  Rocko will be joining three humans, two dogs (German Shepherds) and three cats.  The family has adopted cats from us in the past.  Mufasa is joining two adults, a teenager and a dog (Labrador Retriever) who is mourning the passing of his feline buddy.  Seems like a good fit for him.

After receiving reports that Figs was experiencing some gastrointestinal distress he was brought back to the Shelter and observed by medical.  Whatever the issue appears to have been rectified so he was brought back.

Rockette arrived at PetSmart this morning.  She is a perfect cat!  She came into the Shelter initially as part of a managed colony of community cats.  After meeting her staff thought a better fit for her was as an inside pet!  She is about a year old and is going to make someone very happy!
Rockin' Rockette
The annual fall PetSmart Adoption Event is Friday, Saturday, Sunday (September 15-17).  Volunteers will be bringing dogs to the store on all three days.

Below are open dates in the September schedule. All are adoption table time slots.  If you are available please let me know.  The usual times are in parenthesis however it can be changed to fit your schedule:

Saturday, September 9 (2-4pm)
Sundays, September 17, 24 (2-4pm)
Wednesdays, September 20 and 27 (6:30-8:00pm)