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My name is Rita!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Alexandria, Virginia - Rita
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Tails High, Inc.

Facts about Rita

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Orange Or Red Tabby
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Female
  • Hair: Short

Little Rita was picked up in a TNR sweep, all but running into the Have a Heart trap, and when it was time to return her to the feral colony she very emphatically indicated that she did not want to go back outside. After observing that she had mobility issues, the colony caretaker agreed with Rita - she was not to go back outside. The vet diagnosed the sweet orange tabby with Ricketts, a result of malnutrition when she was a kitten. This means that her bones are bowed, so she has a funny looking walk and can't jump very high. So Rita is clearly the perfect cat if you want a guarantee that she won't hop up onto the kitchen counter! Lovely green eyes will give you happy slow blinks as she lounges next to you on the couch, or from the windowsill where she is basking in a sunbeam. Lounging and being near people are sweet Rita's favorite activities. She is an affectionate girl who adores people, but who does not adore other cats due to being treated badly by the colony cats due to her mobility issues. Rita needs a home where people will be willing to provide accommodations (steps or ramps) to help her get up to the bed for snuggle time, and the couch for snuggle time, and likely to the computer desk for snuggle time. In return for these accommodations, you will receive, obviously, lots of quality snuggle time with a happy, purring cat.



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About Tails High, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

Our Organization

Tails High is a cat rescue and adoption organization based in Alexandria, Virginia founded and staffed by compassionate volunteers who find joy in placing stray, abandoned, or homeless cats and kittens in permanent loving homes. We know that there is a perfect rescue cat for everyone.

In making wonderful feline-human matches, Tails High is dedicated to helping both rescued cats and kittens and their human families by providing wonderful cats to people looking for a sympathetic ear and a soft purr. We believe that cats are ideal companions: highly intelligent, and therapeutic.

Our Cats

All our cats and kittens have tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV, are current on their vaccinations, and have been or will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. We spend a lot of time playing and cuddling with our rescue kitties, as well as socializing them, and making sure they learn to love their people as much as their people love them.

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Check our web site for adoption event dates and locations.

Our Adoption Process...

We have a Foster-To-Adopt program that allows you to test the cat in your home for a period of time on a trial basis before finalizing the adoption. In fact, when you have another pet in the home (whether it’s a dog, another cat, birds, rabbit, ferret, etc.) or you have young kids or elderly parents living with you, we recommend that you do a Foster-To-Adopt to make sure it is a good fit for you and your family as well as resident pets and the Tails High cat or kitten(s) you’ve selected. Our goal is to make every effort to match people with the cats or kittens that fit their lifestyle and vice versa.

What costs are involved in adopting a cat from Tails High?

All of the cats and kittens at Tails High are fully vetted at the time of adoption. They are FELV/FIV combo tested, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and they have been spayed or neutered to protect against the feline population increasing.

As of May 2015, the adoption fee is $145 for single cat or kitten and $225 for a pair. This is a huge savings to the adopter considering if you took the same cat to a veterinarian for a spay or neuter surgery and vaccinations the cost would be upwards of $300-500 per cat.

Visit our web site to complete an adoption application. or send an email to us at meow@tailshigh.org and a Tails High representative will contact you promptly.