My name is Wally!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in San Clemente, California - Wally
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in San Clemente, California - Wally
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I'm being cared for by:
Healng Hope Cat Sanctuary

Facts about Wally

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: White
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Short
Sweet mellow Wally was rescued from a high kill shelter, just hours before he was to be put down. He was a staff favorite, and that is why despite the fact he was FIV+, they waited as long as possible for him. Yes, Wally has tested positive Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. . . . which means nothing. This is not Felv (Feline Leukemia). The reason I did not even mention as "special needs" is because he is not. . .. . he doesn't need anything special. No meds, no surgeries, no treatments. All he needs is what we would want for all of our cats: High protein canned and dry food, to be kept indoors and if he appears to have any medical problems, that he is taken to the vet asap. If you need any more info or need to discuss FIV with us, please let us know.

Wally is a healthy boy and gets a clean bill of health from our vet. His teeth and gums are in great shape (when not, this can often be a sign of some immune problems). He has a beautiful thick, but short coat. Our vet thinks Wally is about eight years old.

Now for Wally's personality: This little man is super mellow. He is quiet, but not scared. We just have the feeling that he was on the streets for quite awhile and probably learned to be independent. But the longer he has been here the friendlier and more outgoing he has become. Now. when he hears a volunteer come in, he comes right out to get loving. He has made so much progress in the 14 months we've had him. We can only imagine that in a permanent home where he would get one on one attention, that he would blossom even more. We would love for him to go to a home, where someone can dote on him and let his sweet little personality grow and shine.

Wally never fights with the other cats, but he has never bonded with another cat, either. We do not know how he would do with dogs. ... probably if they were mellow and low activity level, he would be fine. We also think he would be okay with children over 8 or 9 years old, if they were quiet and gentle with him.
So, if you like a mellow feline to share you couch with you (and maybe a few potato chips?) Wally is the guy for you. Yes, Wally also loves human food. Probably due to his days of being a street cat, he loves human food!

About Healng Hope Cat Sanctuary

About Our Shelter...

We are a small, private not for profit sanctuary that for the most part specializes in taking in special needs cats. We usually only have 3 or 4 cats available for adoption.

One of the special things that HHCS offers is a "Foster to Adopt" program. Meaning if the person or family have any concerns about how one of our cats will fit in with their home or get along with another cats, we urge them to do a month long, foster to adopt. We provide them with food, litter, etc and keep in touch for a month. .. . give advice needed for introducing cats, or helping a shy cat. If all goes well, then after a month, we sign formal adoption papers.

We also do have cats available for both short and long term foster. This is a win win situation for many people (and the cats, too!) as people who may not have great finances are allowed to have a pet, while we pay for the food and medical care. Of course, the goal is always to place the cat in a permanent home but foster homes help us see how a cat does when it is away from so many other cats! It also allows a newly rescued cat to make socialization progress because it gets more one on one attention in the foster home.. .. so it better prepares them for a permanent home adoption!

We are a cageless facility that is run from a private home. We never euthanize for reasons of space. IN fact the only time we even euthanize is when an animal is very ill and there is no hope for recovery.
HHCS founder, Kim Rockshaw has been rescuing cats for over 26 years.She brings her extensive training in both allopathic and holistic medicine to help many of the cats at the sanctuary. We also do a great deal of work in our community working with feral cats (TNR) and stray cats that are abandoned on our streets.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

Our cats are seen at our home based sanctuary on an appt. only basis. This is located in San Clemente CA (South Orange County). Please call us at 949-337-8372 or email us at After we have our initial conversation by phone, we then usually set up this appt time for you to meet the cat(s).

Our Adoption Process...

First we speak to a potential adopter and find out which cat they are interested in or what type, age, sex and personality cat they are looking for. We also ask about other pets and people in the home (ie, children, older pets, dogs, etc) If it sounds like the cat they are interested in (or another one of our cats) is a good fit, we then email them an adoption form. Once received we call them back to review the application and address any concerns on the application. We also want the potential adopter to ask US any questions!
Our fees are $100 per cat, which includes all medical (spay.neuter, vaccines, microchip, flea treatment; vet visit and treatment if it was necessary). We also send people home with starter food, toys, litter boxes and other supplies they might need.
Our requirements will be indicated by questions asked on the adoption application and discussed more when we speak by phone.
We always do a home check . . . . usually at the time we bring over the cat..
We also offer a FOSTER TO ADOPT situation, which allows a person or family to keep a cat in their home before they make a final decision and do a formal adoption. This takes the pressure of people, if they are concerned on how the cat will fit in with their family, lifestyle or another pet. Usually the foster to adopt time, is about a month. We provide food and litter and medical during this time.