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My name is Bella!

Domestic Mediumhair Cat for adoption in Norwalk, Connecticut - Bella
Photo 1 - Domestic Mediumhair Cat for adoption in Norwalk, Connecticut - Bella
Photo 2 - Domestic Mediumhair Cat for adoption in Norwalk, Connecticut - Bella
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I'm being cared for by:
PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society)

Facts about Bella

  • Breed: Domestic Mediumhair
  • Color: Brown Tabby
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • Hair: Medium
Feisty, but friendly. It's bittersweet when a beautiful and funny friend is returned to PAWS after nearly three years in a home of her own, because of allergies, but we think it's far better for Bella to be back at PAWS than on the street (or worse).

Bella isn't a lap cat, and she can be feisty, but she loves the company of people she trusts. And she will keep the humans, lucky enough to adopt her, smiling and laughing with her silly antics. She doesn't like other cats or dogs. She has lived with young children and got along with them fine. Bella is about 8 years old.

Our cats must be adopted to live indoors only and may NOT be de-clawed. For more information about PAWS or to fill out an application visit: www.pawsct.org

About PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society)

About Our Shelter...

ABOUT PAWS:

PAWS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in continuous operation since 1962 by Westport, Connecticut resident Betty Long to rescue homeless dogs and place them in permanent homes. In the early 1980s, our rescue efforts were expanded to include cats. PAWS rescues & rehomes approximately 115 dogs and 435 cats annually. Many of the dogs faced euthanasia at local pounds and most of the cats that we help are strays and abandoned cats that roam our streets. A portion of the pets that come to PAWS have been relinquished by their owners who are no longer able to care for them.

As we are a registered non-profit, all contributions to PAWS are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

PAWS has a handful of paid staff and a team of dedicated volunteers that help with everything to fundraising, to kennel work, to walking dogs and much, much more. Every person at PAWS is a valued & needed member of our team - without them we could not accomplish the miracle that happen every day!

For 37 years, PAWS rented space from local boarding kennels & veterinary hospitals. Over time, the demands placed on us by the community increased and we felt that in order to increase & expand our services, we would need our own shelter. In 1999, PAWS undertook the task of building a shelter of our own. We moved into our own shelter in 2001 and have since greatly increased the number of pets we have been able to help.

We constantly seek to increase the number of lives we can save by finding adoptive homes for the animals in our care, working closely with other animal groups, and raising funds to secure the supplies and facilities necessary for our operation.

PAWS also seeks to decrease the number of unwanted pets by informing and educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering. PLEASE NOTE: PAWS does not provide low cost spay/neuter programs for pets. For low cost spay/neuter resources, please visit the spay/neuter section of our links page on our website at www.pawsct.org.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Hours of Operation
Effective June 2011, our hours of operation will be:

ADOPTION HOURS (For Dogs & Cats):

* Monday - Friday - Noon to 5 pm
* Saturdays and Sundays - Noon to 4 pm

We encourage people to come in during the week if at all possible. Saturday is our busiest day & things get quite hectic. If you choose to come on a Saturday, please understand that the wait can be quite lengthy.

When coming to see pets, please expect to spend at least one hour at PAWS with the pets. It is important that you spend time with the animals in order to select a pet that is a good match for your family.

Please understand that we have limited staffing. We want your experience in adopting a pet to be the best possible and want to give potential adopters adequate time to meet & spend time with the pets they are considering adopting.

Our Adoption Process...

Everyone interested in adopting a pet from PAWS must complete an adoption application before they come in to see our dogs and cats. This makes the process go faster and helps us get a better idea of what your needs are. This way we can try to determine what pets might be a good match for your home. Not all pets are suited for all homes & vice-versa. Also, if we have your application ahead of time and any info is missing, we can get it resolved before you come in.

We encourage people to come in during the week if at all possible. Saturday is our busiest day & things get quite hectic. If you choose to come on a Saturday, please understand that the wait can be quite lengthy.

When coming to see pets, please expect to spend at least one hour at PAWS with the animals. It is important that you spend time with the pets in order to select a pet that is a good match for your family.

The cat adoption application can be found at http://www.pawsct.org/cat-app

The dog adoption application can be found at http://www.pawsct.org/dog-app

ADOPTION FEES: Effective August 1, 2012
Adoption fees help us defray the cost of the animal's food, boarding and medical care. Any additional donation you would like to make above the minimum is greatly appreciated. Your contributions are tax deductible.

Cats & Kittens: $100
Cat pairs (over 1 yr and older): $150

The feline adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccines and testing for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia for kittens over 12 weeks of age (Please Note: No test is 100% accurate for these viruses). We spay/neuter all cats and kittens old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered kittens when they are old enough to be altered.

Dogs & Puppies: $210

The canine adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccine, testing for heartworm, and microchip. We spay/neuter all dogs and puppies old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered puppies when they are old enough to be altered.