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Have you ever been mistaken for someone famous — perhaps a musician, actor or athlete? It happens to felines as well. In fact, there’s a cat at Best Friends who looks so much like a certain someone, he’s named after him.
Sporting a handsome gray and white coat with impressive jowls, Little Benton bears an uncanny resemblance to Benton, a famous former Cat World resident.
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.
Ever wonder how we choose names for the animals at the Sanctuary? They get a name when they arrive — before we really know them — and sometimes it’s challenging! Naming Holy Moly though was easy. This big, gorgeous, rambunctious boy was rowdy. When he gets the zoomies you can’t help but scratch your head and mutter, “Holy moly.”
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.
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.
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.