Koko lounging on a blanket

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Koko and the Costellos

“How can you not help but love a kitty who deposits his favorite toy on your chest every night at 3 AM to tell you he misses you and wants to play?” Pat poses the question rhetorically. “We had just adopted another rescue kitten when, two weeks later, we saw a photo of Koko (then […]

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Enya sitting atop a bed

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Minnie and the Halls

“Minnie is our first cat since we’ve had children,” says Terri. “My last cat was 17 when she passed away, and due to my husband David’s allergies we never got another one. “I met Minnie (then called Enya) when I went for a volunteer orientation at the Halfway House. She had the softest fur and […]

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Daisy and Rita Homme

“One of my friends, who volunteers with Furry friends, knew I’d talked about getting a kitty for some time but that I’d kept putting it off,” explains Rita. “When I finally decided to go on the Furry Friends web site, I immediately fell in love with Daisy. I went to meet her at the pet […]

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Lily peering over the top of a couch

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Dakota and Rebecca Rowney

“I have one other kitty,” says Rebecca, “but when I met Dakota, who was then known as Lilly, I decided to expand our little cat family. “I loved her personality and the fact that she’s super cute! Her adjustment to living here was gradual because she had to get used to my other kitty. That […]

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Dufur and the Gilberts

“Life is good!” Elaine declares. “My husband and I have had at least eight cats during our 55 years of marriage, and we both agree that while Dufur (formerly Garfield) has proven the most challenging to acclimate, he’s been more than worth the effort. All of our grown children, who are dedicated cat owners themselves, […]

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blue point Siamese Kitty Blue lounging on the carpet

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Sophie, Milo and the Bauhs

“I was gifted with my first kitty when I was 15 years old,” explains Gail. “A beautiful blue point Siamese named Kitty Blue. Since then I’ve never been without a furry friend. Sophie (formerly Puff) is number 24 and newly adopted Milo is number 25. “When I read the story of why she was given […]

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Parker holding Ivy in his arms

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ivy and the Faulls

“Although my husband, Parker, had cats growing up, I only remember briefly hosting a stray for awhile when I was in elementary school,” admits Stephanie. “Ivy is the first cat we’ve adopted together. And while Ivy is still her ‘official’ name, we hardly ever call her that. It’s usually Baby Kidden, Little Miss, Potato Head, […]

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George laying on his side on the bed

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Jorgé and Kristen Runvik

“While I grew up surrounded by cats, Jorgé (formerly George) was my first adopted cat,” says Kristen. “I’d been volunteering at Furry Friends for almost a year and had met dozens of cats and kittens. I knew I wanted an adult cat since they generally aren’t adopted as quickly as kittens, but I just hadn’t […]

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Cassie sitting in a wicker basket, looking up

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Cassie and the Crandalls

“I’ve had many cats in my life,” says Kathryn. “My mother adored them and so do I. Unfortunately, for ten years, my husband, Walter, and I couldn’t have any because Buster, our terrific Rottweiler, couldn’t tolerate them. When our Buster died last October, we were devastated and depressed by his loss. But it was always […]

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Peetie (Punkin) and Lewis curled around each other, sleeping

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Peetie, Punkin and the Achenbachs

“My husband, Lary and I became empty nesters last fall when our two youngest children moved to Seattle to finish college,” explains Cathy. “When they left, they took their two cats with them and so we found ourselves childless and cat-less all at once! “Because I’ve always had cats in my life, after a few […]

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Merry and Pippin sitting on top of each other

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Merry, Pippin and the Roses

“I’ve always had cats,” explains Sally. “And while we may have two dogs, we (my husband, son, daughter and me) consider ourselves ‘cat people.’ “We changed the kitties’ names from Skittles and Simon to Merry and Pippin. In case you don’t recognize them, Merry (Meredoc Brandybuck) and Pippin (Peregrin Took) are two beloved, best friends […]

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Sophia and Keanu napping near each other on a bed

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Keanu and the Belshers

The Belshers, who had previously adopted Sophia (formerly Maggie) from Furry Friends, recently added another furry friend, Keanu (formerly Ricky Bobbie) to their happy feline family. “We met him when he was 4 weeks old and it was meant to be,” Miranda explains. “Since he was so playful and had a very similar personality to Sophia, […]

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Bernie laying in a cat bed in front of a window

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Callie and the Petersens

Having lost their last furry friend several years ago, the Petersens were more than ready to feel a feline’s love and warmth again. “When we were taken into the room where Callie (then named Bernie) resided,” says Richard, “she was right there to greet us, and appeared extremely friendly. Not to mention exceedingly attractive! “To […]

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Happy Cat sleeping peacefully on a soft blanket

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Happy Cat and Julie Marks

“I’ve had many pets through the years,” says Julie. “Horses, dogs, cats. All took a piece of my heart when we parted due basically to old age and the illnesses that go with it. “After I laid my last kitty to rest in July 2016, I told myself that I’d fulfill my need for purrs […]

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Levi, Lorax and Kate and Max

“I’ve had cats most of my life and was so happy to adopt these two caramel and cream cuties after several years without any,” explains Kate. “My son Max and I were torn over whether to adopt kittens (we wanted long term companions) or adults (we wanted to know their temperaments). We also needed a […]

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Teal’c and the Thompsons

“Teal’c (formerly Truffles), named after a warrior in one of our favorite sci-fi series, has been a good addition to our family,” says Clayre. “And while we have another Siamese mix named Tiger Lily, they’re not ‘besties’, nor did we expect them to be. “After seeing him posted on the Furry Friends web site, I […]

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Una and Ladda laying on their sides and on top of each other

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Una, Lada and the Davies family

“Where do I begin?” asks Stephanie. “It’s an examination of a kitten’s daily life and the unquantifiable joy each brings us. And yet I’m convinced that whatever cat paradise awaits the two new additions to our family, we are the lucky ones. “Una (formerly Daisy) the tabby, and Lada (formerly Delilah), the black DLH, arrived […]

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Frank and Charlotte images side-by-side

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Frank, Charlotte and Laurie Wells

“I decided to get a bonded pair of cats after my house got very quiet, very quickly,” explains Laurie. “I lost my 17-year-old cat last November and my 7-year-old dog in February. I found Furry Friends online and submitted an application. The reason I wanted two cats was so they could keep each other company […]

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Rosie, Alice and the Zerwigs

Whereas Rachel had grown up around cats, Rosie and Alice (formerly Ruffles) were the first two she shared with her husband. “We kept Rosie’s name because it grew on us, and because she looks like a Rosie,” explains Rachel, “while Ruffles became Alice. I’ve always wanted a kitty named Alice due to my minor obsession […]

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Shadow and the Froebers

The first time Wendy and Jasen saw Shadow at Petsmart, they knew instantly that she was the one for them. “We filled out an application the same day,” says Wendy. “What really won our hearts was Shadow’s shyness and delicate demeanor. “She quickly adapted to her new home which includes our cat, Tigger, and two […]

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Riley and the Bichiers

As dedicated feline fanciers, the Bichiers were devastated by the loss of their kitty of fifteen long and loving years. To fill the void in their hearts and the emptiness in their home, they soon began searching for another purr-ecious pet to pamper. “Black Jack, now known as Riley has adjusted very well to his […]

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