My name is Holly!

Domestic Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair Mix Cat for adoption in Encinitas, California - Holly
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair Mix Cat for adoption in Encinitas, California - Holly
Photo 2 - Domestic Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair Mix Cat for adoption in Encinitas, California - Holly
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Facts about Holly

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair Mix
  • Color: Black (All)
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 31393152
  • Hair: Unknown
Black, short hair, female, born approx. 9/1/14, #11442

When Holly arrived in a lady's back yard with five tiny kittens in tow, she fed the family and called The Rescue House to see if we could help. Holly would seem to have three strikes against her: she is an all-black cat who has suffered from a now-healed granuloma that deteriorated her upper lip and she tested positive for FIV. Yet none of those factors are deal-breakers for Holly's quality of life and there is a sweet relationship waiting for the person who adopts her!

Holly is a playful girl who enjoys dangly toys and batting toy mice around; occasionally she'll pick up a soft toy to carry around like she caught prey. As she scampers or strolls around, Holly looks more and more like a miniature panther: slinky, sleek, and stunningly gorgeous. She's fond of the heights, so don't be surprised to find Holly regularly looking down at you as she explores shelves or a tall cat tree. She likes a little time to settle in with new environments and people, and then wants to lie in your lap, be held, and get lots of attention. Her missing upper lip only adds to her charm! (And she has an adorable little snore.) Holly is fine living with another mellow cat or two, though does not like a crowd, and would also be great as an only cat. Small cat-savvy dogs are okay. She does well with teenagers though would rather not live with young children.

Holly, while healthy, tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV is a type of "slow virus" that affects the cat's immune system. FIV is a cat-only virus and cannot be passed in casual contact between cats: none of Holly's kittens tested positive. Cats with FIV often live long and perfectly normal symptom-free lives. Note that identical FIV positive test results occur for cats who are vaccinated for FIV as for cats with the virus. A good article about FIV can be found at

Please contact The Rescue House at (760) 591-1211 if you would like to help this very
special girl by welcoming her into your home and heart. She will bring you much joy!


About Our Rescue Group...

The Rescue House is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to assisting cats through its rescue, foster and adoption activities. We find loving homes for unwanted, abandoned, homeless and abused cats. We open our arms to cats that need assistance, regardless of age and often regardless of handicap. We find good homes for every cat that we take in - we are a true no-kill cat rescue organization.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We at The Rescue House believe that we can contribute to the welfare of our furry friends by implementing an Adoption Program. Our Adoption Centers are located in retail pet stores whose philosophy agrees with The Rescue House's mission. A list of the adoption centers can be found here:

Our Adoption Process...

All prospective adopters must complete an application and be interviewed as part of the adoption process.