Roxie Cat

RoxieOne afternoon a co-worker of mine showed me a picture of the two young kittens she had been fostering in her home. As she explained that they were almost at 2 lbs and about ready to head back to the SPCA for adoption, I fell in love with one. The tiny-faced, calico kitten with the bright green eyes made my heart melt.

Now it has been over a year and Roxie melts the heart of everyone she meets – even my Dad who used to be very strict on the “no pets” rule. She runs around the house like she owns the place and reminds me of how grateful she is for a home every night when she curls up with me in bed. Thank you for this wonderful love of mine, SF SPCA, & keep up the amazing work!!

- Hannah

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Trike – Perfectly at Home on Three Legs

Trike in reposeTHANK YOU for connecting me with the most amazing little dog in the whole world.

Back on Father’s Day I adopted the three-legged chihuahua puppy you all had named “Jimmy Johnson.” Since then he’s been renamed Trike (as in Tricycle) and I am SO HAPPY to have him in my life.

A big thank you to the volunteer Mark (I hope I got your name right!) for thrusting him into my arms and sparking the adoption.

Trike at the parkTrike is totally confident on his three legs, and runs, climbs, and goes up and down stairs like it’s nothing special. In fact, he LOVES running and is happiest when he gets to let loose at the park.

He’s gentle and funny and the best cuddler. And he gets along so well with my cat Noodle (who is easily 5 times his size). They play and chase each other and are turning into fast friends. I really couldn’t be happier.

I’m attaching two photos for you to see how he healed up (and how cute he still is!)

Thank you again,
Morgan Weinert

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Adopt Dolly Dimples!

Dolly Dimples needs a homeDear Dolly, as we call her, has had a very tough year. A beautiful eight-year-old tortoiseshell, Dolly was surrendered to the SF SPCA in February by her family; she suddenly lost the home that she had known since kittenhood. Dolly found the shelter very frightening. She spent almost all of her time in the following months curled in a ball at the top of her cat tree, wakeful and scared. Volunteers and staff could sometimes coax a purr out of her – reminiscent of the social, people-oriented cat that she had been in her home – but Dolly would soon revert to her anxious posture.

Dolly has been waiting for a new home for six months. I visited her often as an SF SPCA volunteer and later as a staff member. Cats of all shapes, sizes, and ages came and went while Dolly patiently, sadly watched. It was clear the shelter did not feel like a safe place to her. In hopes of giving her a chance to shine, I brought her home through the SquareOne Foster Program. I was optimistic that there was happy and loving cat underneath those sad eyes.

Since moving in to our spare room, Dolly has blossomed into a funny, sweet, and playful cat. She loves anything that smells like catnip and will roll around frenetically with her favorite toys. She leaps to attention at the sound of a treat bag and then waits patiently as I fumble with the treats. She curls up next to my husband while he reads and purrs loudly. As of recently, she runs up to greet us when we come into the room. She’s not needy and she’s not a lap cat; she just loves having people around her. Dolly still has moments of fear but it’s clear what she needs to feel safe: a home.

We think that Dolly Dimples will thrive with patient adults who can show her that she’s safe and loved and who can give her space when she’s overwhelmed. Dolly has lived with another cat successfully before and could probably do so again. If you might be interested in adopting Dolly, please contact me at lberkheimer@sfspca.org or 415-522-3521.

Video of Dolly: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiWFZlyH_mY

-Laura Berkheiner, Cat Volunteer Coordinator at the SF SPCA

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Arizona and Raquel: Settling In Wonderfully

Arizona and RaquelAfter ten days at home, I thought you might like to hear how Arizona and Raquel are doing. Despite their rough starts before they arrived at the shelter, they’re each settling in wonderfully at home. They’ve got very distinct personalities, but they’ve clearly decided they’re on the same team and have become fast friends — they even take turns during play time.

Arizona had her thirty day post-op check-up, and she’s healing well from her fractured leg and surgery. She still has a slight “gangsta walk,” but the vet’s happy with her progress and expects her full range of motion to come back within a few weeks. Raquel is still her playful, cuddle-buggy self.

Thank you again for everything — it’s only been a short while but already I can’t imagine my apartment without them.

- Cait

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Wanda!

WandaWanda! “Before coming to the SF SPCA I was living in Golden Gate Park and having a rough time. I’ve been at the shelter for two months, and I can’t wait to finally have a loving home! I’ve been going to training classes and have already mastered the basics, and hope my new family will teach me even more.” http://tinyurl.com/n4j6xdf

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