Author: Marcy Dunning


Here’s an update on Slippers, who has been in her forever home for three and a half years now after spending almost a year at the shelter.

“I met Slippers on October 18, 2016. A ‘tug on your heart’ Facebook post about her led me into the shelter that day. I could tell the kind ladies at the desk were surprised I asked specifically to see Slippers. Apparently, this future sweetie of mine was a long-time resident (almost an entire year by then) with very few visitors and a reputation of being quite a brat. I was told she spent a lot of time facing the back of her cage, she barely ate or drank, she stopped cleaning herself, she was prone to UTIs and was believed to be at the beginning stages of kidney failure… requiring special food. I think she was so sad from watching all of her shelter friends get adopted 🙁 I remember thinking she was soo small and soo stinking cute! How in the heck is this kitty still here and not adopted?!

Her cage door was opened and I held out my hand. I was prepped that she’d likely stay at the back of her cage and might even hiss… instead, she slowly walked to my hand and pressed her little face against it shocking both me and the shelter volunteer.

That’s all it took for me to fall in love. I knew almost nothing about cat ownership but with the amazing help from the shelter and my awesome boyfriend who also loves cats, Slipper’s came home with me that very day. I don’t know why no one took a chance on her before or why she was so sweet to me that day. The romantic in me believes she was just waiting for me to get there. 🙂

Fast forward a few years and Slippers is doing so well!
She takes luxurious naps allll day on a warmer.
She comes running if she thinks you’re eating tortilla chips.
She paws at the covers every night when she’s ready to snuggle. She has super soft but very straight fur, it sticks up on her back like a Stegosaurus and she loves to shove her head into your face for kisses… haha.. that’s one of my favorite things about her!

She gets a kidney panel checked annually and is doing well! We love her so much we became volunteers at the animal shelter to help spread more love in our community! Shout out to the incredible staff and volunteers at the Clatsop county animal shelter – they are doing such AMAZING work!

Slippers is the absolute most sweetest kitty … she has brought me so much healing, companionship (friendship), hope, joy and love. I am so grateful that she chose me.
Her name at the shelter was Slippers and it was so fitting we couldn’t change it!
But here a few of her nicknames: Slipski, Slips, Slippidi-do-da, Slipparian, Slippers from the streets, Bunny, Bunny Rabbit, Steg, Stegski and Janet.”




Valiant’s family is working hard to bring out the best in him. Here’s what they wrote last week:

“Our family came to visit Valiant four separate times in February 2020. While we had concerns, based on what we had heard with how he was with other dogs and children…we talked in depth as a family about the pros & cons…but in the end, we all agreed that there was something that we all saw in him, that we knew, with love and time, that we could hopefully bring to the forefront. We brought him home on March 4th, and we have worked with him every day…on his manners, on not taking off and running away at the first chance when the door opens (which happened 4 times), as well as being nice to other dogs, cats and people he doesn’t know. He’s learning to play with 3 little dogs, that belong to our oldest daughter and her boyfriend. He responds well to verbal cues, in both English and German, and we’re teaching him sign language also. He loves going for rides in cars and trucks and gives us great snuggles. He LOVES his tennis balls, playing in water at home and running in the ocean.

While we have only had him for a few short months, and we know we still have work ahead of us, he is SO smart and has improved so much already, and his trust and respect of us has started to grow as well. Valiant is almost 3 years old and while he has had a lot happen in his life before us, he has made great strides so far and we expect that by this time next year…with continued love, patience and time, we will have an even more amazing dog than we already have!”

Gracie is our KMUN, THE ASTORIAN, 94.9 THE BRIDGE, WARRENTON KIA, HITS 94.3 KRKZ, and CLATSOP NEWS Pets of the Week for the week of June 14, 2020!

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Say hello to Gracie!

Gracie is a 4.5 year old American Pit Bill Terrier mix looking for a wonderful home! Gracies is a seriously good dog…She has that winning combination of being an active dog that can relax as well. Gracie loves to just hang out chasing a ball in the play yard (but she doesn’t get fixated..also a great quality!). Her coat is unique and all the volunteer comment on her beauty. She is a mixture of peach, grey and white and basically a big love bug who likes a long walk and wags her tail when humans and other dogs walk by.

Dedicated shelter volunteer Sue shares…”Gracie is a sweet girl, young at heart and in age. She dives into life – plays in the yard, splashes in the pool, trots on trails and naps curled up in a soft blanket. She convinces you to walk just a little longer, just around the next corner, just to see what’s there. Gracie is a soulmate.”

If you’d like to meet her, call the shelter at 503-861-7387 to set up an appointment.


Stubs is our KMUN, THE ASTORIAN, 94.9 THE BRIDGE, WARRENTON KIA, HITS 94.3 KRKZ, and CLATSOP NEWS Pets of the Week for the week of June 7, 2020


Diane tells us, “Stubs is a mellow, affectionate black male cat who enjoys combing and brushing and loves to be picked up and held on your shoulder. He is Manx with a stub of a tail and the classic characteristics of longer back legs which give a higher line to his back. He is not bothered by other cats and adjusts well to a new situation.”

Natalie, who took his picture, says he is the sweetest thing ever and came right up for snuggle time with her.

If you’d like to meet him, call the shelter at 503-861-7387 to set up an appointment.,


Flapjack and Trouble are our KMUN, THE ASTORIAN, 94.9 THE BRIDGE, WARRENTON KIA, HITS 94.3 KRKZ, and CLATSOP NEWS Pets of the Week for the week of May 17, 2020

These two seniors are a delightful bonded pair. At twelve and thirteen years old they are as spunky and rambunctious as puppies, and are affectionate with all the volunteers and shelter staff. Flapjack can really move in his cart and has no problem keeping up with his brother out on walks. They both love attention and will add smiles to any home without cats.

If you’d like to meet them, call the shelter at 503-861-7387 to set up an appointment.