My name is Lefty!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Cleveland, Ohio - Lefty
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Cleveland, Ohio - Lefty
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I'm being cared for by:
Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio)

Facts about Lefty

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Black & White Or Tuxedo
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Short
Lefty’s story from his foster mom:

His leg was injured and I think he took refuge behind our rain barrels because it was against the house and fenced on two other sides. He was very scared and shy, would run any time he saw me. I fed him and he managed to survive our awful winter. Finally, when the weather broke, he would hang out in the garden with my cats and I would just talk to him. Eventually, he let me pet him.

I noticed how bad his ears were so I visited with him for a few days and followed that with food. He warmed up to me quickly. I don't think he was feral just scared, injured and untrusting.

I took him to the vet on March 22nd. He was fine in the crate and car and climbed right into my arms in the office. Since the weather was better, my original plan was to neuter and vaccinate him and release him again while I tried to find him a home. He was interacting with my cats and they were spraying everything so I wanted what was best for all of them.

Unfortunately, they did the tests before surgery and found out that he was FIV positive. My vet said he couldn't live outside anymore and recommended euthanizing him. That didn't feel right! I decide to do all the treatment and now he's hanging out in my bathroom. :)

My vet said he's about 5 yrs old. He's soooo sweet and loves attention. He needs a little time to warm up to new people but my husband has played with him 3 times and he trusts and snuggles him now too. I've had my sister’s stop by to pet him and after the initial meeting, he warms right up.

He must have had a rough time with people before but he seems very forgiving.

April 4th UPDATE: If you're following Lefty's story, here's an update...He was neutered last Thurs, had his frostbitten/abscessed ears cared for and got his rabies vaccination and flea treatment. He has been recovering in my bathroom since then. All wounds are healing nicely. His hair is starting to grow back and he is putting on weight. He is super lovable and soaks you as much attention as I can give him. He's a little timid when he first meets people but warms up pretty fast. I could really use some help finding this sweet guy a home!!

If you're interested in adopting this deserving kitty please contact Lisa Humphreys directly at or at 440-346-0022.

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About Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio)

About Our Rescue Group...

The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups.

Our group is dedicated to the rescue of pets in Northeastern Ohio. Our mission is to rescue stray and/or abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes. It is a PAWS policy to adopt animals to responsible homes only in the greater Cleveland area. We provide medical care to rescued animals and foster them in our own homes. We also make sure that they are spayed or neutered so that they do not continue the cycle of births that result in more pets than homes. The advantage of adopting a fostered animal is that we know all about our adoptable pets! They have lived with us and we know their personalities, habits, likes and dislikes. We can help you find the perfect companion for your home and lifestyle! We are a no kill organization (the only time we euthanize is on the advice of a vet in order to end suffering where no hope of recovery exists). Everything we do is out of love for the animals.

PAWS philosophy is that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us. Through the generosity of other caring individuals, we can ensure that animals who come into the care of PAWS will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid, or in pain.

Our mission is
•To provide for the welfare, medical care, temporary housing, and adoption of dogs and cats in northeast Ohio.
•To Work for the prevention of cruelty to all animals.
•To work to form coalitions and working relationships with other local and national humane organizations.
•To actively create, promote and implement a humane education program.
•To reduce the over population of cats and dogs in northeast Ohio through education.

Come Meet Our Pets...

You can find out more about PAWS Ohio and about our pets on our website, We show our pets at adopt-a-thons around the greater Cleveland area, and partner with PetSmarts by using their in store cage spaces. We have PetSmart Coordinators for each of the two PetSmarts we are in, and a PetSmart Supervisor who oversees all of the Coordinators.

Our Adoption Process...

We have an adoption screening process, an adoption fee, and a follow up process for every adoption.