My name is Gilda!

Calico Cat for adoption in Merrifield, Virginia - Gilda
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4Paws Rescue Team, Inc.

Facts about Gilda

  • Breed: Calico
  • Color: Calico Or Dilute Calico
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: Gilda
  • Hair: Short
Gilda is a very pretty calico girl in need of a Very Special Adopter. Her caretaker needs to be committed to providing her with a great deal of love and patience, as she has impaired vision and motor skills.

She is a quiet girl who spends much of her day catnapping. While it may not be very ladylike, it is endearing when she sometimes snores while in a deep sleep. She readily purrs when she is gently stroked on her head and upper back, and loves to be scratched under her chin. She will often start purring when she senses her Person near her, before she has even been touched.

In a prior foster home she lived with two other cats but chose not to interact with them. She may go to a home with other cats provided they are gentle and laid-back and do not expect her to be a playmate to them, but she prefers not to be around other animals. She would be fine as a single pet.

Gilda has been evaluated by a specialist who determined her eyesight functions normally, however her brain has some trouble processing what she sees and she also lacks some coordination in her motor skills. This means she cannot jump onto or off of things (such as a chair, bed or even a windowsill), and she cannot safely navigate stairs, so she will need single-level living for her lifetime. Because she has some difficulty stepping over high obstacles, she needs a very low-sided litter box. She likes a soft bed in a quiet corner on the floor, also with low sides so that she can easily climb into it. Picking her up is stressful to her, as she does not feel secure unless her feet are on solid ground. She is very content to just have her Person sit on the floor next to her and gently pet her.

In her foster home she has free access to good quality kibble of various flavors, and enjoys being fed wet food at least twice a day. She prefers moist or juicy flavors of Fancy Feast Classic pate' and Meow Mix tuna.

Gilda was born in April 2012 and came to 4Paws from a high kill shelter in SW Central Virginia. She has been spayed, tested negative for FiV and FeLV, is current on her vaccinations and has been micro chipped.

About 4Paws Rescue Team, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

The 4Paws Rescue Team is a nonprofit community-based all volunteer organization that takes in neglected, abandoned, abused and unwanted cats and kittens. Cats rescued by 4Paws receive vaccines and appropriate veterinary care before being adopted into permanent, loving homes. An animal rescued by 4Paws will never be euthanized except out of medical necessity.

Additionally, 4Paws is dedicated to supporting the management of populations and improving the health of feral cat colonies. 4Paws volunteers also hold seminars in local schools to teach children the importance of responsible pet care.

4Paws is a qualified public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. A copy of our FY2005 annual report may be viewed by clicking here.

The 4Paws Rescue Team participates in the Combined Federal Campaign and Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. Federal Government workers can contribute to 4Paws through payroll deductions by designating #34517. Virginia State Employees may contribute through their payroll by designating #3472.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Adoption fairs are held once or twice a month at various PETCO stores in Northern Virginia. The adoption fairs are usually held on Saturday’s from 1:00 to 5:00. Between 30 and 60 cats and kittens are shown for adoption at each fair—with the larger fairs generally occurring April through October.

While they are waiting to find permanent loving homes, our cats temporarily live in foster homes. The foster families bring the cats and kittens to the adoption fairs to be seen by potential adopters. Applicants have the opportunity to handle the cats and in some cases, meet the foster parents who can provide additional insight into a cat’s habits and personality.

Our Adoption Process...

At the adoption fairs, if you meet a kitten or cat that you want to adopt, you will be asked to complete an application and contract and leave a check for the adoption fee ($120 for an adult or $145 for un-neutered kitten of which $50 is a deposit that is refunded after you provide 4Paws proof of sterilization). We ask that you pay the adoption fee up front at the fairs in order to “put a hold” on the cat until your application is processed. If your application is not approved, your check is returned to you.

Neither cats nor kittens are sent to their new homes on the day of the fair. It usually takes 4-5 days to process the application before the cat can go to his or her adoptive home. Pre-approval is an option, though. To accelerate the adoption process, you can fax a completed application and contract to us at 703-560-9795 a few days before the fair. Adoption Applications are available on this website.