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.
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.
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.
When I park at Horse Haven, Titan makes his way to the fence line to see if maybe this time, I have a treat for him. He seems to enjoy the interaction and lives in the hope that soon I'll disregard all the signs that say “No treats” and give him something. He reminds me of a gigantic sweet-tempered mooch. I just love him.
Sweet Alice loves to sunbathe. This curious, but timid gal has been at the Sanctuary since 2004. She is good at sharing, but we’d all love to see her have something of her own. Alice is shy, but treats, along with her natural curiosity, helps. Let’s see if some holiday magic can help this kitty find a home of her very own.
Cupid is an absolute favorite among staff and volunteers. This smart bunny loves clicker training and shows off by kissing his caregivers upon request! Cupid is a New Zealand bunny and about 5 1/2 years old in good health. He didn’t start off that way. His poor ears were a mess! You can read about his time here at Best Friends in these journals.
Cowboy is living with his old friend, Roy, as well as a few new friends named Billy Bob and Pancho. He still has some problems with arthritis in his spine, but had a nice summer, thanks in large part to the chiropractic work, acupuncture, and cold laser therapy he has been getting. He's still quite the character and is a staff favorite.
This story was submitted by Ken and Karen who traveled from Pennsylvania to volunteer at Best Friends. While visiting, they met and fell in love with Annette. ~Wendy
My wife Karen and I volunteered at the Sanctuary in early November. While there we met a little kitty that Karen took a liking to and then so did I. Her name is Annette and she has feline leukemia (FeLV).