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My name is Ray!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Merrifield, Virginia - Ray
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4Paws Rescue Team, Inc.

Facts about Ray

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Brown Tabby
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: Ray
  • Hair: Short
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Important Note

Ray is best friends with Luther. Please adopt both of them so they can stay together!
Luther and Ray are affectionate, friendly brothers, exceptionally sweet and gentle. They are bonded, and completely devoted to each other, but have distinct personalities.

Ray is outgoing and ready to meet new people, and enjoys all the attention you can lavish on him. He’ll climb into your chair to say hello and see who you are, and look strangers right in the face!

Luther is a bit larger, and he’s more tentative with new people these days -- he sticks his nose out to peek and see who’s talking to him, but you can tell he wants badly to come out and join in! If you reach into Luther’s hiding place to pet him, he’ll rub your hand with his face, purr, snuggle up to your arm, and roll over to have tummy rubs – even though he’s hiding and can’t see you! Silly boy! But he soon comes out, and will be a friendly, outgoing kitty like Ray after a short time – losing his lifelong home was just more difficult for him. But he’s doing better already, after just a couple of weeks.

Both cats are beautiful, with soft, lustrous, tabby fur, and lovely faces. They just turned 10 this summer, and are beginning to adjust to losing their home, where they lived since they were adopted from 4Paws as tiny kittens.

Luther and Ray get along with other gentle cats, and had three other cats in their home. They are healthy and happy, and eat a prescription diet dry kibble, and high quality canned food twice daily. 4Paws has all their medical records from their long-time vet, and had full medical work ups done on both cats to ready them for a new, loving home.

Luther and Ray test negative for FIV/FeLV, and up on their vaccinations, and were already neutered. They have both been micro chipped. Their full body function blood work and urinalyses shows Luther to be prone to crystals, which is controlled with their yummy prescription food, and lots of available fresh water.

Now the brothers just need a new, loving, home with gentle people who want to snuggle with their cats. Ray will provide lots of love right away, and Luther will show affection from his hidey hole. But soon he’ll be a total love bug too, as they adjust to the big, happy changes you bring to their lives.

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.