By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff
We work so closely with all the adoptable animals here at PAWS, it’s sometimes hard for us to understand why a certain cat or dog in our care is seemingly overlooked by potential adopters.
Each and every one of the companion animals at PAWS tugs at our heartstrings, and we know they all deserve to find the right family. In this new blog series, we reveal the personalities behind some very special companion animals at PAWS who are anxiously waiting for their forever humans to walk through the door.
Take Tiger Rico, a seven year old bundle of Chihuahua love who arrived at PAWS in February. This wasn’t his first appearance at our doors – after adopting him from PAWS two years previously, his pet parents were moving away and surrendered him to PAWS instead of taking him along.
In those two quick years, the most striking difference in Tiger Rico was his weight. It had tripled since he was last in our care.
PAWS staff immediately enrolled Tiger Rico in a bootcamp-style training program with a new PAWS foster family – not such a popular switch of routine from Tiger Rico’s perspective, but hugely successful.
With a proper diet and moderate exercise, he lost 6 lbs and his energy levels increased dramatically. His once reserved, stoic personality blossomed into the complete Tiger Rico goofball he is today!
Now svelte and eager for the next chapter in his life, Tiger Rico is still most definitely a typical Chi, meaning he can be grumpy and bossy at times (can’t we all?!). He can also be pure love and offer up snuggling under the covers, playtime and doing tricks for treats.
We know from spending time with Tiger Rico that he deserves your notice. Next time you’re at PAWS in Lynnwood, be sure to take an extra moment to meet him.
Watch Tiger Rico in clicker training mode
Then there’s 10 year old Simba who, with his flowing luxurious golden coat, is aptly named.
Currently calling PAWS Cat City his home, Simba is another resident we’ve had a long, glorious relationship with. Brought to us in May 2013, Simba spent time in PAWS Foster Care Program before being adopted in October 2013. Sadly, he was returned to us only a few days later.
Perhaps one of the reasons Simba’s search for the perfect pet parent has taken longer than most is due to the fact he has feline asthma. Much like the human version, feline asthma is a chronic condition in which airway inflammation leads to coughing, wheezing, and/or exercise intolerance.
Sound scary? It doesn’t have to be. With regular love, attention and the advice of a good veterinarian, this condition can be managed, especially in a home clean of second-hand smoke, dusty cat litters and strong perfumes.
Aside from his need for a more experienced cat mom or dad, Simba has perfect litter box manners, loves being brushed and is a great fan of treats. Whichever PAWS Cat City visitor is lucky enough to be chosen by this quiet, gentle boy as his forever companion has a wonderful life ahead of them!
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