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My name is Cuddles!

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

Facts about Cuddles

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Calico Or Dilute Calico
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: Cuddles
  • Hair: Short
This sweet dilute calico girl was rescued from a Maryland shelter where she had been surrendered because her owner became very ill and could no longer care for her.

Cuddles came into the shelter at 19 pounds and though she has lost a bit, she is still overweight. Her adoptive home caretaker will need to follow an appropriate diet, as recommended by the adopter's veterinarian, to help her continue slimming down to a healthier weight.

Cuddles prior owner said that she likes to play with toy balls and catnip mice, and she also lived with a 12-year-old child. Her 4Paws foster mom found that she really enjoys interactive play with her Person using the long flexible stick with feathers on the end. She also enjoys just having human company nearby, relaxing in whatever room her Person is in. She is fond of her hooded cat bed, which her foster mom will send with her to the adoptive home. Sometimes she will just be a lump under her foster mom's bedspread when she wants to get away for a daytime nap.

Cuddles had a feline companion in her prior home. If adopted into a new home with another cat, slow and proper introduction procedures still need to be followed to ensure feline harmony. Helpful guidelines for this process can be found on our website. Cuddles would also be fine as an only cat as long as she gets plenty of human attention.

Cuddles was born in April 2013. She has been spayed, tested negative for FIV and FeLV, is current on her vaccinations, and has been micro chipped.

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.