Dear 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-522-3521.
Video of Dolly: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiWFZlyH_mY
-Laura Berkheiner, Cat Volunteer Coordinator at the SF SPCA