In April 2011, Hugh was surrendered to the Washington Humane Society (WHS) by his owner who didn’t want him anymore, because he was spraying—a behavior usually resolved through neutering. He was adopted out in August 2011, but his new family surrendered him back, because of his energetic nature, despite efforts from WHS to ensure the owner that it takes time for cats to acclimate to their new home. She had been keeping him in his carrier because he was “too crazy.” Hugh became a staff favorite, making a temporary home for himself in the WHS offices. A month later, hopeful adopter Lindsey visited the Georgia Avenue Adoption Center and filled out an adoption application for Hugh.
“Hugh is super unique, and when I met with his new mom, I told her exactly what he was like, and she said that was exactly the type of cat she was looking for,” said Zita Macinanti, Director of WHS Humane Law Enforcement. “Lindsey, his new mom, has been emailing me since then. I can’t believe it’s been almost two years, and what a perfect home he has found.”
“Hugh is completely crazy, but for me, it's a fun kind of crazy,” said
Hugh’s new mom Lindsey. “He has cost thousands of dollars in veterinary bills
from eating a phone cord and falling off a railing when trying to catch a bird.
He only has access to a small second floor balcony, and he has brought in over
a dozen birds and killed three. He has the most awesome HUGE personality.
Most un-boring cat ever! At this point, the apartment is Hugh-proofed.”
Never give up on an animal. I almost
did with Pinkerton, but I just didn't have the heart to bring him back to the
shelter. I gave him another 50 chances and the fiftieth worked. The
transition to his new home was very hard and he would spend all day cowering in
the closet. He would come out for meals – he has always had a good
appetite – and then retreat again. He spent some time in the basement
(accidentally) finding a spot way up in a box lined with blankets – now named
"Pinkerton's Clubhouse.” After a few more days and lots of kitty calming
spray, he calmed down. He still runs to his clubhouse when people come
over – it is his safe space. He is a love bug and loves to snuggle on the
couch and the bed. He's talkative, my constant shadow. He seems
very happy with me and our other cat Bennett; I think Bennett enjoys
Pinkerton's presence. I know that I do.
My husband and I recently adopted a kitten named Jess from WHS. We are absolutely in live with her! We changed her name to Georgia after the street that WHS is on. She is the best kitten we have ever had. Eats well, uses the litter box, and is so playful. She loves to snuggle and is a purr machine! Thank you for your help in finding her. We are so happy to have Georgia in our lives and would not without you guys.
We ADORE Oliver... and I do
mean adore. He seems to be very happy here, and we are extremely happy
with him. After a few days, our Russian Blue Mia stopped being angry
with us for adopting another cat and stopped hissing at Oliver. Now they
play and enjoy each other’s company immensely. Oliver eats and drinks a
lot, and he sleeps all over the apartment. Oliver is a wonderful addition
to our family.
Jonathan a.k.a. “Cool”
I really lucked out choosing Jonathan
a.k.a. “Cool.” I visited the WHS Georgia Avenue Adoption Center after
visiting the one on New York Avenue. I had a list of cats I
wanted to see that I had gotten off of the WHS website.
I got to Georgia Avenue right before they closed, and I had one cat
on my list - Cool. I knew almost immediately that he was going to be
perfect. Sometimes you just know. He is
personable and playful. He enjoys the scratch box and scratch pads and leaves
the furniture alone – except the side of the bed when he wants to be fed in the
morning. He and my other cat William are getting along great; they groom each
other and play together. Jonathan is just what we needed. He is happy to greet visitors and is not at
all shy. And he hardly sheds. Bonus!
URGENT – WHS has many adoptable cats and kittens PLUS bottle-fed kittens and moms with litters who urgently need caring foster homes. All you need is a little extra space in your home and a big heart. Can you help? Visit www.washhumane.org/foster OR email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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