My name is Nena!

Russian Blue Cat for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Nena
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DC PAWS Rescue

Facts about Nena

  • Breed: Russian Blue
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: PG-17-032
  • Hair: Long
Name: Nena
Breed: DMH/Russian Blue Mix
Approximate Age: 8-9 years
Approximate Weight: 12 lbs
Personality: initially shy, but affectionate once settled in
Observations with Dogs: good with proper introduction
Observations with Cats: good with proper introduction
Observations with Kids: good with gentle children
Currently Living at: DC Area Foster Home

Nena’s family had a human baby and as the baby became mobile, Nena feared the hair and tail pulling. Her family decided there wasn’t room for her anymore and dumped her at the shelter. This nearly broke Nena’s heart, and she was very sad and confused at the shelter. Shelter staff were worried, but after an adjustment period, they began to see Nena turn the corner, and she offered head butts, purrs, and love.

While Nena may not be a kitten, she can certainly live and thrive for many more years and deserves a second chance at a real forever home. Her experiences have likely made her somewhat fearful of young children who are not gentle with cats, so she may do best in a home with older children who have been taught how to treat animals gently. She will gladly repay you with snuggles and affection, and the wonderful companionship of a very appreciative cat.

Please note that cats adopted through DC PAWS must be indoor only, and may not be declawed.

If you are interested in adopting Nena, please submit an adoption application at you are interested in adopting, please submit an adoption application at

About DC PAWS Rescue

Our rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based dog and cat rescue in the DC area. We rescue from Pickens County, SC (see additional information below), as well as DC local area shelters, such as Prince Georges County, MD and Wicomico County, MD.

We partner with a local rescuer in Pickens County, SC, who saves adoptable cats and dogs from the county’s animal control facility, which lacks the resources to facilitate adoptions to the public. Without a mechanism for local adoptions, all animals not claimed within the mandated hold period are euthanized. For the animals in this rural area, rescue is really the only lifeline. Our rescue partner not only works with DC PAWS to save as many dogs and cats as possible, but she has also established a successful spay/neuter clinic in the community to decrease the number of homeless and unwanted animals over the long term.


Fosters make it possible for DC PAWS to save and care for homeless, neglected and abandoned animals! To learn about fostering dogs or cats for DC PAWS Rescue, please visit:


For any of our animals! Sponsors help us provide critical medical care, food, boarding and other support for animals facing euthanasia. Individuals who sponsor a dog or cat receive special recognition on the animal's profile.  Sponsorships can also be made in honor or memory of a loved one, and you may designate to whom DC Paws Rescue should provide notice of your gift.

To learn more about sponsorship, please visit:

About DC PAWS Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

DC PAWS Rescue was formed to serve the interests of animals through activities such as animal rescue; providing sanctuary for abused animals; public education concerning the needs of animals in shelters, positive-reinforcement training for animals; placement of rescued animals in adoptive homes, and other related charitable activities.

Come Meet Our Pets...

At Adoption events listed on our website: and at foster homes, once an adoption application has been submitted and approved.

Please note that we are an all-volunteer organization and while it is our goal to respond to all emails we receive, we may not be able to do so due to the large volume of emails we receive. We recommend reviewing the animal's profile on our website and then submitting an adoption application as a first step. Thank you for considering adoption and DC PAWS Rescue!

Our Adoption Process...

Our adoption process entails:
1. An application
2. An interview
3. Vet check (if applicable)
4. Landlord check (if applicable)
5. Home visit

Our adoption fee is $350 for adult dogs or puppies; the adoption fee for senior dogs is $200. The adoption fee for kittens is $100, while the fee for adult cats is $135.