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By Rebecca Oertel, PAWS Cat City Manager

At PAWS Cat City, we welcome everyone to our location with our name—“Hello, and welcome to Cat City”!

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Above: Available cats and kittens get a window view of potential entering adopters.

Our unique store front creates a dynamic adoption experience for our adopters and allows us to cater to the individual needs of each cat. The foundation of our adoption process is listening to our adopters. Everyone has a story and we work hard to understand theirs. Some visitors need additional education, some need a shoulder to cry on after losing their beloved pet, some need to show you photos of their other cats while you’re getting to know them. It all contributes to our knowledge of an adopter and improves our ability to recommend specific cats. This approach helped the Cat City team to place over 1,300 cats into new homes last year.

 

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Above: The colony environment allows each cat to show their personality to potential adopters.

That kind of adoption success is one reason why PAWS was selected in the spring of 2018 to participate in the Cat Pawsitive Pro Initiative, created by Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist, and host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”.  This ingenious program uses clicker training with positive reinforcement to address common challenges that cats have in shelters. Shelters can be an overwhelming place for cats, full of unusual smells, sounds, and sights that often make it challenging for them to put their best paws forward when meeting adopters. While staff and volunteers in the shelter get to see the potential in every cat, it is often difficult for an adopter to take that leap of faith when they don’t get to see it for themselves. The really beautiful thing is the Cat Pawsitive Program enables each cat to show their potential.

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Above: Example starter kit being offered during our "Whole Kitten Caboodle" June campaign.

To celebrate Cat Adoption Month, PAWS wants everyone to know that we can be your “Whole Kitten Caboodle”. We have created a variety of starter kits for adopters who are taking home a new feline friend and need all the basic supplies, while our retail space offers a wide range of toys and supplies for all cat lovers.  Whether you are looking to adopt, want to spoil your kitties at home or get gifts for your friends, you can support PAWS by shopping at our locations in Lynnwood or Seattle. 

Read more about Adopt-A-Cat Month and view our "Whole Kitten Caboodle" Starter Kits.

Looking for a furry friend? Take a look at our available animals

Make a donation and help us continue creating happy endings for companion animals in need.

Become a foster parent for puppies and kittens in need.

Comments

Nice cat picks

The time has come to give my pusheen cat plush from Freaky Pets a real cat to play with. I was looking for the process and stores to buy a cat when I landed at your blog. I think adoption is a great way to possess a cat. The formalities also seem to be very clear. I’ve made up my mind to adopt a cat with the help of your organisation. Thank you.

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