Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Pancho and Sarah Hopkins and Zane Vanderberg

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Pancho and Sarah Hopkins and Zane Vanderberg

“In August 2022, we adopted Pancho (formerly Pony Boy), the newest member of our young family,” Zane says. “He’s our second kitty, and almost a year younger than our first kitty, Kuzco. An indomitable duo, they became best friends instantly. Not only do they love to wrestle and cuddle and cause mischief equally, Kuzco also loves licking Pancho attentively, and it’s no secret that they adore each other.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Emmy and the Hurts

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Emmy and the Hurts

“Emmy isn’t our first kitty,” says Lloyd. “We’ve had several cats over the years.”
“We chose her because she’s a bit older — as are we. We weren’t certain if we could keep up with a frisky kitten. After having spent a few months at the shelter, she was understandably wary at first, and her adjustment to living in our home was gradual. But once she adapted, she quickly ruled the house!

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Leila and the Bauhs

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Leila and the Bauhs

“Leila is kitty number 22 and our fifth fully black cat,” Gail says. “We LOVE black cats and their chill personalities. Leila was part of a litter in which all of her siblings had been adopted, and she was moved into the Halfway House when she reached 6 months of age. As a Socializer with Furry Friends, I got to know her sweet, gentle and playful personality and couldn’t resist taking her home with me.

“She was a bit shy for the first couple of weeks, but curious and good-natured at the same time. She was given her own room with lots of space to play and to feel safe. She and our other cats could see and sniff at each other through a screen door that we had installed just for that purpose. They would also stick their paws under the sliding door and bat at each other by way of introduction. Before long, though, she was roaming the house as if she’d lived here forever.

“We love the playful energy that Leila has brought to our home. She’s always so happy, and she comes to greet us every morning and when we get home from running errands. She has a cute way of lying with her front paws straight out in front of her and her back legs flat out in back of her – as if she’s doing a yoga pose! She ‘chirps’ when she jumps down from the furniture or her cat tree, tilts her head from side to side when she’s trying to figure out something new, and loves playing hide and seek in the sheets.

“Since our other cats are 6 and 14, they look at her kittenish energy with disdain, and we can almost hear them saying, ‘Doesn’t she know that cats are supposed to be regal and aloof?’

“Leila’s favorite toys are her string toy with a mouse and streamers on the end and her two stuffed fish with feather tails. First thing in the morning and last thing at night, she leads us into her room to play. She also plays independently in a Chewy box that we filled with crinkly paper and little toys, but she seems to prefer the company of people, and is always checking out the other cats in case they want to play.

“When she first arrived, she didn’t really understand being hugged and cuddled, although she did like being petted and was a champion purrer. After working with her for a few months to get her used to being picked up and cuddled, she now enjoys her hugs and cuddles. She often lies on my lap or on my feet in the evenings while we watch TV and contentedly purrs. One of the gentlest kitties we’ve ever had, she also LOVES having her tummy rubbed!

“While she’s allowed to sleep wherever she wants, she most often sleeps in her cat tree in her room. Sometimes, though, we find her sleeping on a blanket at the foot of the bed, stretched out to her full length.”

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.

Volunteer Spotlight: Aly Benson

Volunteer Spotlight: Aly Benson

Although she’s been a Furry Friends volunteer for less than a year, Aly Benson is already involved in working at the Halfway House, fostering difficult to place kitties and adopting. At the house, Aly is part of the “awesome Monday morning crew.” “I really enjoy getting to know these ladies and hanging out with them each week,” she said.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Francis and the Aalviks

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Francis and the Aalviks

“I had lost my special Jack Jack last year,” explains Tracy. “A handsome black and white tuxedo, adopted at two, he was 16 when we had to say goodbye. It took some time for me to open up to adopting again. When I was finally ready, I searched and searched to find a special boy in need of a home. My search was specific: a young male black and white tuxedo.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Cleopatra and the Andersons

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Cleopatra and the Andersons

“Our last kitty ran away in December of 2021,” explains Farrah. “We are still heartbroken, but being kittyless was pure agony.
“We were originally looking at another cat, but we weren’t her humans. Then they showed us Cleopatra and it was instant love! And although we kept her original name, we call her Cleo most of the time. Her adjustment to our home was so very fast. It only took about four days for her to be completely adjusted because we also have a dog. Other than that, she’s the Queen and we’re her loyal staff. I still can’t believe she was returned for not being able to adjust to someone else’s home. She acts as if she’s lived here all of her life!

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Cleo and the Stefans

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Cleo and the Stefans

“We recently adopted Cleo from Furry Friends,” says Bethany. “We’ve had pets before, a Beagle named Baxter and a cat named Lucky, both of whom have since passed. After that, we went without a pet for many years — until our daughter asked us to cat sit for her and we fell in love with her cat! Of course we had to give her cat back, but we sure missed having him around.

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