My name is Melissa!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Fargo, North Dakota - Melissa
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Fargo, North Dakota - Melissa
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I'm being cared for by:
Cat's Cradle Shelter, Inc.

Facts about Melissa

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Brown Tabby
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 8755547
  • Hair: Short

Melissa is an adult, spayed female cat. She's got a little round face with gorgeous round eyes, and a petite, compact body. Melissa has joined a colony and so far, she is a little shy and cautious around new things and new people. She's not exactly afraid: she just likes to observe before she decides to get involved. She's got a very melodic purr when she's relaxed and we think she'll get more confident as she gets used to her colony room and her new friends.

Update: Melissa is getting much more confident when it's just cats and volunteers at the shelter, but crowded open houses still freak her out a little and she retreats to a high sided bed on a shelf, where she can pretend she's invisible.  If people approach her quietly, she will accept (and enjoy) chin and cheek scratches and sometimes she'll head bump your hand, just a little, for more attention.  She's still a work in progress and would be happiest in a quiet home with adults who have time to spend encouraging her.  She loves canned food and the road to her heart might just be through her tummy!

Update: late March - Melissa has been moving out of her comfort zone and sleeping in different areas around her room.  She's actively bumping our hands if we stop petting her before she is ready and she purrs and purrs.  She's working sooo hard to be an adoptable cat...she just needs a chance!  She will be a sweet and charming little friend for someone quiet and gentle.

About Cat's Cradle Shelter, Inc.

About Our Shelter...

Cat’s Cradle Shelter, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-run, no-kill shelter located in Fargo, ND. We opened on January 1, 2012. Our mission is to create a more humane and compassionate world, one cat at time. Cat’s Cradle is a colony-based shelter with 7 colony rooms and an isolation/medical room with seven private units (plus room for additional temporary units). We utilize foster homes for kittens less than 8 or 10 weeks old and for cats needing extra medical care or socialization/attention. Most of our residents are last-chance pound rescues. We typically have between 60 and 90 cats in care (it varies with need), and adopt 30-40 each month (hopefully more!). Cat’s Cradle is part of new, multi-disciplinary effort (three cooperating rescues, staff from three pounds, animal control officers, veterinarians, and community supporters) to reduce the number of adoptable cats being killed in area pounds.

Donate to Our Shelter... or look for the Corky's LEGacy button on our Facebook page

Come Meet Our Pets...

9 9th Street South, Fargo, ND
Open houses Tuesdays 4-7pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. If these times don't work for you, please call us at 701-356-7877 and we will arrange a private visit. Please be aware that there is usually at least a 24 hour delay between filling out an application and bringing a cat home, as we need time to check references.

Our Adoption Process...

Cat's Cradle requires an application, site visit, and interview. If a prospective adopter rents their home, we will call the landlord to confirm that pets are allowed on the property. Our adoption counselors will work hard to find the best match for the both family and the shelter cat. Our 2012 adoption fee is $109. This includes: intake health exam & FEL/FIV screening; 3 doses of roundworm de-wormer (and other parasite screening/treatment when necessary); age-appropriate vaccinations (rabies and distemper, including booster shots for kittens); spay or neuter surgery; microchip; and any other medical treatment recommended by the attending or consulting veterinarian(s) (for injury, illness, infection, etc). We allow a three week trial period to make sure that the cat and his/her new family are a good match, and if things don't work out...we always want our cats back! We prefer to adopt in our own area because A) we insist on meeting prospective families and B) we will not risk shipping our cats. We reserve the right to decline to adopt any cat into a situation that we feel will not meet his/her needs.