The word “tortitude” is a word used to describe the irascible attitude of tortoiseshell-colored cats. They can be strong-willed and independent — yet not so independent that they won’t let you know when they need something from you. Eliana’s tortitude comes into play daily. She uses that strong will to overcome her mobility challenges. There is no keeping this feisty feline from her favorite bed on the catio.
Four-legged or two-legged, furry or feathered, they all have so much love to give — and, boy, do they give it! Share the love by sponsoring an animal for a loved one (or yourself!).
In comparison to the harsh winter the rest of the country has had, a little soggy weather in southern Utah doesn't leave me much room to complain. Be that as it may, I still get a case of the winter blahs. So when I got to visit with some of the new arrivals at Parrot Garden, I couldn't believe my eyes.
The vibrant colors of these different conures and grass parakeets chased my winter blues away. And I hope they do the same for you!
Jolene arrived in February of 2014 from a network partner in Indiana. She was unsocialized and unlikely to be adopted when compared with fluffy friendly lap cats. This girl has taken her time warming up to us. But after she checked and double checked that she was safe, she is slowly making friends with the humans in her life.
A home that understands her cautious yet curious nature would be rewarded with soft looks and slow blinks from a kitty who just wants to feel secure.
Aurora is a longhaired kitty with the most distinguished mustache. She is lively (some might say feisty), vocal and mesmerizing ― at least to me. Aurora is blind. Yet watching her move around Benton’s Lobby, you might not even notice that she is without sight. Then she tips her head up toward the sound of your voice, and you see that mustache. It’s all over at that point.
“Can I help?”
“Hi, I’m Maddox”
Maddox is a lanky confident kitten with the brightest eyes and personality. The world is his playground and absolutely nothing slows him down. He would have crawled into my pocket if I had let him. This guy had his mind set on charming me. It worked. He is very much like a puppy. So if you want a black Lab masquerading as a cat, you should meet Maddox. I wouldn’t be surprised if he learned to fetch.
Orville is a 101/2-year-old Labrador retriever who came to the Sanctuary as a stray from a neighboring community. This poor guy was overweight and in lots of generalized pain, and as a result, very cranky. But luckily all the people taking care of Orville at the Sanctuary realized that his bad temper was likely because of how uncomfortable and scared he was.
This cutie is brand new at the Sanctuary. She was an owner surrender and made her way to us just before the holiday, thus the festive name. The name suits her, but at the moment she needs a little dental care to make her more kissable. That doesn’t stop her from trying! Due to some lost teeth, her tongue is perpetually sticking out. I think it just adds to her cuteness.
Brady arrived in 2006 from California. This guy could make an impression, but unfortunately not a good one. Brady is a large red Ridgeback mix who was so worried about everything that he decided it was better to scare off people before they scared him. Brady would lunge at everyone! He was intense and pretty sure that having you leave was the outcome he wanted. So he left that shelter in California and made the trip to Utah.
Lady Mojo is all hound. If you love goofy, sometimes stubborn and always enthusiastic dogs, Lady Mojo may be the girl you’ve been looking for. It would be helpful if you had some hound dog experience. Lady Mojo is a loving companion, but when her hound kicks in, she might temporarily forget that just a moment ago she wanted to be with you and opt to chase whatever it was that caught her eye.
Bart has a full-time job. He and his friend Auggie work at the Best Friends Visitor Center. His job has quite a bit of variety. Sometimes he is a greeter, sometimes he’s a therapist (people naturally like to tell him their troubles), sometimes he is on security duty and he patrols the whole place making sure it’s up to scratch.
Update: Aster was adopted!
Sometimes you meet a dog that just makes you smile instantly. That's Aster. She came to us from a sanctuary in Texas that is closing.
Aster is a strange creature (in the most loving way). She is charming, a bit shy and just the oddest little dog. Those eyes and those bat ears give her an almost cartoonish appearance. But it's her attitude that makes her the queen of the Fairway (the Dogtown area that is her current home). She snorts, grunts and stomps around the place like she owns it.