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Wisky is a fabulously gorgeous and extremely special cat who has a few special needs. He came to 4Paws Rescue as a stray. In his foster home, he coexists well around his many other feline companions and one dog. He socially thrives by observing their activity and occasionally sniffing them when they are not looking! He was one of the first household cats to adjust to a new dog and is often found curled up and snoozing solo in the dog's gigantic crate. (Wisky is clearly in charge of the dog!) He loves being near humans, too, and often chooses a spot in the center of a room or on a puffy chair. He can keep his eye on things from these positions. And if you happen to be sitting in “his” spot, he’ll just plop on your lap! He especially loves catnip toys and his favorite is a big, catnip carrot.
This cat is a good choice for that someone accustomed to the sound of Siamese “talking cats.” Judging by his meow we think that Wisky probably has a bit of Siamese ancestry.
Wisky’s social needs are a little hard to discern at first so he needs a mature family that understands “cat language” and who will be willing to be patient as he settles in to a new environment. And he will settle in!! However, Wisky does have a lot of arthritis in his front joints. This is managed by keeping his weight low and by handling him with gentle and loving care. Because of the chronic pain associated with arthritis, Wisky is protective of his lower extremities and might give a warning if he’s handled excessively. But this behavior lessens with time, respect for those boundaries, and a stable home environment. We’ve also been able to supplement his dose of affection by brushing him every day and scratching him under the chin –which he loves, loves, loves!
Wisky is litterbox-trained, neutered, up to date on vaccines, and has tested negative for FIV & FELV. His estimated age is between 3 and 8 years old. Though he'll need a generous introduction period, he would ultimately love a home with some other cat-friendly animals!
Rescue Group Info...
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.
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.
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 ($95 for an adult or $125 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.
Adopting rescued cats and kittens to Northern Virginia, Washington D. C., and Maryland communities.