My name is Heather!

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

Facts about Heather

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Gray, Blue Or Silver Tabby
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: Heather
  • Hair: Short
Heather is a sweet grey girl with white feet and striking emerald green eyes. She was found by a riverbank, a particular location known to a 4Paws rescuer as a spot where cats get dumped. Heather was friendly but apprehensive until the rescuer won her trust with a gentle voice, petting and food.

Once Heather was taken into foster care she appreciated how nice it is to have a warm indoor shelter with a comfy couch to sleep on and lots of human attention. She liked to sit next to her foster mom to get petted, would even roll over for a tummy rub, and she would head-butt her hand to get attention.

In the foster home there were several other resident cats. Her foster mom slowly introduced Heather to them, and they all got along fine. In fact, Heather seemed to enjoy having their company and interacting with them, so we are sure she would like to live in a home with another kitty to be her companion. When adopted into a home with another cat, proper introduction procedures need to be followed to ensure feline harmony. Helpful guidelines for this process can be found on our website.

The adopter should expect that Heather will need extra time and patience to allow her to get relaxed in new surroundings, as she can initially be a bit shy and cautious. She can be spooked by sudden or loud noises and so is best suited to a quiet home without children or dogs.

Heather was born about October 2015. She has been spayed, and tested negative for FIV and FeLV. Heather has a heart murmur and has been seen by a cardiologist. Her heart is healthy and she does not need medications. Long term, she will need a blood test once a year to be sure her heart stays healthy as she grows. She 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.