Visitors to the Sanctuary can submit kudos cards to acknowledge Best Friends employees who are doing particularly outstanding work. It’s quite an honor and, wouldn’t you know, Princess Blue overcame the species barrier. As the Best Friends Welcome Center gift shop greeter, she received a kudo. The reason? Being soft.
The definition of the word “panache” is listed as “flamboyant confidence of style or manner.” And Panache, the Siamese mix kitten is that and more! Panache loves playing with his friends at CalMar, and this rambunctious kitten brings the party to any room he is in. Stunning eyes and an expression of constant surprise just add to his charm.
Koda is new at the Sanctuary. He was adopted as a kitten, but things didn’t work out in his home. Koda had been behaving in a way that seemed a little aggressive. Lucky for Koda, we understand that sometimes the only way a cat can let you know something is wrong is by acting in a way that demands your attention!
On a sunny winter afternoon I reacquainted myself with Tiny Tim. It took all of one minute. Happy Feet (one of his many nicknames) has never met a stranger. He is bright, playful and always eager to “help” a volunteer with whatever task is at hand. Folded towels need to be inspected, toys need to be tested, etc. He is a busy boy.
I caught this guy in mid-yawn. Poor Eli, now all I can do is compare him to a basking shark ― not terribly dignified, but not too far off. He is in good health despite having feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). He is a smart guy and loves food puzzles, which helps him use his brain and regain his joy of eating.
During the cold and gray winter months, you can find Chauncey and his best friend, Henri, cuddled up together in their warm cozy bed on top in the laundry room at Benton’s House.
This friendship is pretty special. Some might even say it’s magical.
Henri arrived with some pretty severe health issues and had been given only a few short months to live — three to be exact. That was more than three years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).