Category Archives: Archived


Gunner was a much-loved boy at the shelter. This four year old pit bull came in with glaucoma in both eyes and for months patiently accepted twice daily eye drops until it was decided he would be better off with both eyes removed. As you can see below, he has struck gold now and is doing beautifully.

His mom tells us, “Gunner has brought so much joy to my household. He has adjusted well to our home. He is so super smart. I have attached photos, granted the snow is brand new yesterday. He really is quite fond of it. His senses are so acute, he is able to navigate around the whole yard. He knows exactly which obstacles to avoid. The snow did throw his senses off in that he was barking at the sounds of plopping and bounding out in the yard to “see”. He navigates the house really well and my daughters have taught him the blanket on the couch is his. He loves to curl up in any bed that the door is open. During Christmas, I had large plastic ornaments on each girls’ door, he would go up to it and bump it, always on the hope that the door would give and the next thing you know he would be a ball of snoring warmth. I apologize, I am rambling, but he is a blessing. We go for walks almost every day. He goes out into the backyard multiple times per day. He lets me know when the mailman is outside. I don’t know if your volunteers were aware, but he constantly talks back. He rumbles in his chest, sighs deeply and gives the whole raised eyebrows and cocked head attention when being spoken to. I am currently trying to teach him the word fence, so that on our walk he doesn’t snuffle right into it. The black and white puppy in the photo, was a temporary house guest and they played and slept together well.”gunner-home-collage

Selina loses a leg but not her spirit


by Rodney L Merrill

Dog photographer, Christina, says “Selina always seems to look offended in her photos, but is a nice cat.”

She is an adult tabby cat with a beautiful coat in shades of brown with black stripes. As a result of a hit-and-run accident, Selina’s entire right front leg had to be amputated. Having no known home, she came to the Shelter when ready to leave the vet. Selina has done remarkably well at the Shelter. Her shaved front quarter has regrown its fur, her big incision with stitches too innumerable to count are fading into the past. She appears reasonably happy, is eating well and is quite efficient at hopping about on three legs.

Our talented cat photographer, Chelle, is out of commission for awhile after having foot surgery. Hobbling around the house got her to thinking about Selina lately.

“Selina came to the shelter fresh from the vet. Her front leg had been damaged beyond repair and had to be amputated. I remember the day I met her. I couldn’t help but think how scary it must be to have to adjust to having lost a leg in unfamiliar surroundings with an ever changing sea of faces. Selena was terrified and it was no secret. 

I worried she might never reach that turning point we all wait for, but then one day, one of our incredible volunteers worked a little magic and helped her turn that corner, and what a turn it was!

Selina now waits at the door of her cage when we arrive so she can come out for some magic. She socializes a little and then finds her spot to stretch out and nap. As wonderful as it is to see her engaging life now, it would be even better to see her go out the door. We’re determined that this sweet girl find the proper home she deserves.”

Missing a leg limits her jumping ability; but it doesn’t limit her mobility, use of the litter box, or, apparently, her enjoyment of life.

Ed says:

“Selina is friendly, affectionate and is a real trooper to maintain such a pleasant disposition through all that’s happened to her. What she now needs a guardian angel to comfort and love her, and give her a secure, nurturing home. PERHAPS THE ONLY HOME SHE HAS EVER HAD.”

If you’d like to share your home with a quiet, gentle cat, please come in and meet our sweet Selena. Getting adopted is the last corner she needs to turn.”

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