Friday, March 02, 2018

Meet Solomon!

Meet King Solomon!  This gentle old man was brought to an area vet by someone who claimed to have found him. He was already neutered and declawed.  We think he is about ten years.  He is a nice cat and will make a very good companion! He qualifies for the Senior For Senior Adoption Program.

As you already know we brought Anya and Willow back to the Shelter.  Anya seems more comfortable and her belly is healing.

Below are dates in March that still need coverage.  Please let me know if you are available to cover any of them.
Saturday, March 10, AM Cleaning
Sunday, March 11, AM Cleaning & PM (Adoption Table)
Sunday, March 18, PM (Adoption Table)
Wednesday, March 21, PM (Adoption Table)
Saturday, March 24, AM Cleaning
Sunday, March 25, AM Cleaning & PM (Adoption Table)
Friday, March 30, PM Cleaning

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy tails, Gene!!

Gene went home Wednesday night!  His new family put in an application after meeting him through the glass at PetSmart.  Mom, dad and their daughter officially met him Wednesday night and it was  they loved him!  He will be joining another cat in the house so will have both human and feline company.

Flower arrived today.  This pretty little girl came into the Shelter in mid July at about 10 weeks old and has been growing up in a cage.  She is ready for a home!
When Flower was dropped off Crystal checked on Anya.  It looks like the redness on her belly has subsided.  Do not be concerned that she has what appears to be udders or oversized mammary glands.  It is just her particular physical make up.  Also, she is a lot more outgoing than you may think!  Say her name and talk to her and she'll come to you looking for attention!

Only two openings in the schedule for this month that still need coverage:
Saturday, February 24, AM Cleaning
Sunday, February 25, Adoption Table

Happy Presidents' Weekend!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Zoe and Mittens Got Adopted!!

Zoe and Mittens went home last Wednesday.  Both will be the only pets in their respective households so will be showered with love and attention!

Four cats arrived on Friday...Onyx, Gene, Tina and Boots.

Onyx was originally adopted from the Shelter over a year ago.  He was brought back last month because he was either playing rough or reacting to being handled roughly by the owner's adult son. He is a great tom cat that is about six years old.  He is friendly and loves attention.  According to the previous owner Onyx gets along with other cats and never makes "mistakes"  as far as using his litterbox.
Gene is under a year old and was trapped in a local campground last August.  This little cutie may appear shy at first however he is friendly and ready for a home!
Tina is a little girl about a year old.  She came into the Shelter in October of last year along with two very young kittens.  She was skinny and hungry and so happy to be here!  Her kittens were adopted and she is ready to relax now.  She will be shy at first but once she warms up she will be grateful for the attention!!
Boots is an older girl who qualifies for the Senior For Senior Adoption Program.  Boots is over 12 years old and is declawed.    She can get a tad cranky like most female declaws and lets you know when she has had enough.  She just needs a spot on a bed in the sun in a quiet home.  She was surrendered to the Shelter in June of 2016.  Hopefully PetSmart does the trick and Boots gets to go home soon.
Medical is aware that Anya has a rash on her belly.  We are thinking maybe she is allergic to the litter or maybe detergent used to wash the blankets.   We hate to take her and Willow back to the Shelter because we were hoping PetSmart got these two girls adopted.  A decision will be made soon what to do.

Special thanks to Barbara Jones for eleven years of volunteering at PetSmart!  Barb was among the original volunteers who helped me set up the adoption center there when the store opened in 2006.  Work obligations have made it increasingly difficult for Barb to continue. We will miss you!!

Below are dates that still need coverage in February.  Barb was doing every other Saturday morning so now that spot is available.
Saturday, February 24, AM Cleaning
Sunday, February 25, AM Cleaning
Sunday, February 25, Adoption Table



Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Starting 2018 With Adoptions!

First - thank you all very much for taking acre of everything at PetSmart while I was away.  I am so thankful to have such a wonderful group of volunteers - as well as Shelter staff!  I don't even think you guys need me!!

Daphne and Finn went home on Saturday to a woman who has two cats and a dog.  She totally understands that they need time to adjust and has a separate room all set up for them to begin a slow introduction to her home and her pets.

Zoe is going home Wednesday night to a nice man who lives alone.  She will be the only pet.

Anya and Willow arrived at PetSmart while I was away.  Sadly, these two have been brought to the Shelter a total of three times.  They first arrived as seven week old kittens in May of 2010.  They were adopted together in August of that same year.  They were returned in November of 2016 when their family moved and could not take them.  (I know, I know.  What does that even mean?)  They were adopted again in February of 2017.  They were brought back in December of 2017 when a member of the household developed health issues.  The only consistency in their lives has been one another.  They have been inside cats their entire lives.  They are nice cats that have had a lifetime of socialization.  They must be adopted together.  Anya is probably the more nervous of the two.  She has a slight rash on her belly which Leslie checked today.  It may be due to the litter.  Please keep an eye on it.  Please be patient and let them settle in on their terms.


Pretty little Mittens arrived last Friday.  She, like Anya and Willow, was originally adopted from us in January of 2016 as a kitten.  Her family returned her because she was showing signs of allergies.  After being fed a good quality food her skin issues cleared up!  She is a friendly, sweet girl who will walk out of the cage and onto your shoulder.  She lived with other cats.
We have seen an increase in the amount of brown paper being changed daily.  Please do not be too quick to change it. Often times it depends on what cats are there - some are more destructive or messy than others!  I know at times it is unavoidable so by all means if that is the case - change it! Today there are only three pieces remaining.  Rolls will be picked up tonight and dropped at the store for cutting.  Kathy K took over cutting duty for Cindy a few months back.  Kathy picks up the rolls and takes them home for cutting.  If you would like to help with that please let Kathy know.  Just so we always know how many rolls of paper we have please refrain from taking it home to cut without letting me or Kathy know. 

Below are the dates that need coverage this month.  Covering Sunday mornings and Sunday Adoption Table days continue to be a challenge!

Sunday, February 11: AM Cleaning & Adoption Table
Tuesday, February 13: AM Cleaning
Sunday, February 18: Adoption Table
Sunday, February 25: AM Cleaning & Adoption Table
You guys will love this...  My husband and I went to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica for our vacation.  No sooner did we arrive at our room then the below cat appeared on our veranda!  We called him Jamaican Sandy because he looks just like our outside cat.  I noticed the ear immediately.  Well, FOUR other cats came strolling up too!  All had either a notch or a straight across tip on their ears!  The next day I was walking along and stumbled upon their feeding station!  The picture is below.   Throughout the week we would cross paths with our new friends - including at lunch while they lounged at the restaurant by the beach! I was so pleased to see these cats all healthy, spayed/neutered, happy and friendly! (Click on the below pictures and they get larger.)
Jamaican Sandy
Tropical Feeding Station
No worries, mon!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lily left last night and is going to a home with two young adults, a teenager, mom and a black lab/boxer puppy that is only a few months old.  Sounds like there will be a lot of fun happening there!!

Mason is going home on Monday to a very pet friendly home!  There is three dogs - a Jack Russell, a Lab and a Yorkie - and a cat under a year old. There is also mom, dad and two older teenagers.  A lot going on there!

Other cats will be brought to the store in a few days.

Gentle Reminders: Please make some note in the book so the person coming in after you is assured someone was there.  It does not need to be a dissertation!  Simply say, "All ok!" and note the time and date.  If you observe any medical issues please email the shelter at, Cc me at and put ATTN MEDICAL in the subject.  If you call the Shelter please follow that up with an email so I am aware contact has been made with the Shelter and so Tom and Chrissy know it has been addressed. Sometimes PetSmart calls to verify we have been notified.   And as always - note your observation in the book. 

Below are the dates that still need coverage this month:

Sunday,   January 21, Adoption Table
Sunday, January 28, AM Cleaning
Sunday, January 28, Adoption Table

Now that the holidays are over and the snow is gone let's hope adoptions pick up!!

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!