My name is Earl!

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

Facts about Earl

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Black (All)
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: Earl
  • Hair: Short
Earl was found at a hotel hiding under a shed and brought to 4Paws to find his forever home. Now he’s waiting for that special someone to see what an awesome cat he is and make him part of their family.

Earl loves his food and still has a hard time believing it won’t get stolen if he doesn’t gobble it down immediately. He especially enjoys stealing his foster mom’s popcorn!, He gets along well with the other cats in his foster home, who are teaching him manners and not to play quite so hard. As a “teenager,” he has lots of energy to burn. He’s still a big baby though, and one especially endearing habit he has is suckling on his own belly. He loves toys of all kinds, especially his battery-operated Mystery Motion toy. Earl is not a lap cat—at least not yet--but he likes to be held for short periods. His foster mom occasionally wakes to find him snuggling with her in bed, and he’s even started to flop down on his back and offer up his belly for petting.

Earl would do best with another confident cat in a family without young children. We estimate he was born in summer 2016. He has been neutered and micro chipped, tested negative for FIV/FeLV, and is up to date on all his shots.

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.