By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff
Some of the cats and dogs that arrive at PAWS are with us a matter of days before they find their happy ending. Some wait patiently for a few weeks until their perfect match walks through the door. And then there are those who are with us for much longer, looking for that extra special human to call their own…
Beautiful Russian Blue Hobbes arrived at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA in May of this year. He immediately made friends with staff and volunteers, who’ve described him as easy going, talkative, and the kind of cat that will headbutt and purr at anything. Belly rubs and catnip don’t do much for him, but he’s super fun to play with---his toys of choice being laser pointers and anything on the end of a wand!
So, why the long wait for a home?
Shortly after his arrival, Hobbes tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), the cat equivalent of HIV. FIV is typically passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, and more commonly seen in free roaming, unneutered males that get caught up in territorial disputes or aggressive fighting.
Although there’s no cure for FIV, cats with the virus can live a normal life for many years---and, at the tender age of 2 years old, Hobbes has many happy years ahead of him.
He’ll need to be an indoors only cat and either have other FIV positive kitties as house buddies or be the only cat in the family. FIV can’t be transmitted from cat to human, so there’s no need for concern about family members being at risk.
A stress-free environment can also help, and Hobbes recently spent time away from the busy shelter environment in the care of one of our foster families. A glowing report came back, describing him as “fantastic, loving, super fun to play with, a great cat”.
We know Hobbes has a lot of love to give and, with the attention and care he deserves, will be the perfect feline addition to the right family. Is that you? Come say hi to Hobbes at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA today!
Five year old Carl is a Shepherd mix who’s been with us since April. A few weeks after his arrival, all was looking good and he was on his way to a new home---sadly five weeks later he was returned to us. Turns out he loves time with humans so much that he just couldn’t bear his pet parents being away at work for long periods every day.
It’s safe to say our kennels at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA aren’t Carl’s favorite place to be and he can sometimes give the wrong impression when people stop by to say hello. The truth is, he’s a sweet and active dog who would much rather be on a long hike with you. He’d also love to lean up against you and get the space between his shoulders scratched---it’s just he can’t get close enough!
A PAWS volunteer recently took Carl for an off-site adventure to Meadowdale and discovered he’s a great car traveler. She even enticed him into a stream for a paddle. And, as far as other dogs go, he likes to meet and greet them, especially the ladies!
Watch Carl in training mode in our outdoor exercise area:
Carl’s idea of the perfect home is feline-free with teenagers and adults for company. He’d love a rotating schedule at home so he sees his humans coming and going through the day. Active daytimes and relaxing evenings are his idea of heaven. Is this your life? Come and play with Carl today!
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