My name is Selma!

Domestic Shorthair Kitten for adoption in Cleveland, Ohio - Selma
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Kitten for adoption in Cleveland, Ohio - Selma
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I'm being cared for by:
Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio)

Facts about Selma

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Brown Tabby
  • Age: Kitten
  • Sex: Female
  • Hair: Short
Tiny Selma's family moved away and left her mother, Marge, and several kittens behind. Kind neighbors rescued them and brought them to PAWS.

Selma was the runt of the litter and very small and weak when she was brought into foster care. She began to fade mysteriously, as runts do sometimes despite having plenty of food and water, and hovered close to death for two weeks. She has made a full recovery, thanks to lots of love and attention from her foster home, but is still quite little for her age, and will probably be a little cat when she grows up. She will not be big enough to be spayed until the last week of July.

Selma is so much weaker than her siblings that she tends to get beaten up when they want to playfight, so she has learned to just lie there and complain until they go away rather than fight back. Her adoptive family will need to take into account her inability to defend herself from other pets or small children. Her favorite thing to do instead of racing around or chasing toys is to lie purring in bed with her foster mom and cuddle, or chase her tail quietly by herself. She is very calm and gentle but will still let you know when the food dish is empty by standing on your chest and meowing.

Selma is a very sweet little girl who, while healthy right now, may or may not face more medical challenges in the future based on her early struggles. She is looking for a quiet home where she can be her quiet, gentle self, and will repay you with cuddles for the rest of her life.

Selma was born around 3/10/16 and will be available July 30th, at which time she will be spayed, up-to-date on shots, and tested for FIV/FeLV (several siblings have already tested negative).

If interested, please complete an application at, which you will easily locate under the Adoption button.

**This pet is fostered by: Eliza**

About Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio)

About Our Rescue Group...

The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups.

Our group is dedicated to the rescue of pets in Northeastern Ohio. Our mission is to rescue stray and/or abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes. It is a PAWS policy to adopt animals to responsible homes only in the greater Cleveland area. We provide medical care to rescued animals and foster them in our own homes. We also make sure that they are spayed or neutered so that they do not continue the cycle of births that result in more pets than homes. The advantage of adopting a fostered animal is that we know all about our adoptable pets! They have lived with us and we know their personalities, habits, likes and dislikes. We can help you find the perfect companion for your home and lifestyle! We are a no kill organization (the only time we euthanize is on the advice of a vet in order to end suffering where no hope of recovery exists). Everything we do is out of love for the animals.

PAWS philosophy is that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us. Through the generosity of other caring individuals, we can ensure that animals who come into the care of PAWS will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid, or in pain.

Our mission is
•To provide for the welfare, medical care, temporary housing, and adoption of dogs and cats in northeast Ohio.
•To Work for the prevention of cruelty to all animals.
•To work to form coalitions and working relationships with other local and national humane organizations.
•To actively create, promote and implement a humane education program.
•To reduce the over population of cats and dogs in northeast Ohio through education.

Come Meet Our Pets...

You can find out more about PAWS Ohio and about our pets on our website, We show our pets at adopt-a-thons around the greater Cleveland area, and partner with PetSmarts by using their in store cage spaces. We have PetSmart Coordinators for each of the two PetSmarts we are in, and a PetSmart Supervisor who oversees all of the Coordinators.

Our Adoption Process...

We have an adoption screening process, an adoption fee, and a follow up process for every adoption.