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Domestic Shorthair Kitten for adoption in Norwalk, Connecticut - Kittens!
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I'm being cared for by:
PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society)

Facts about Kittens!

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Brown Tabby
  • Age: Kitten
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Short
Paws has kittens available for adoption. Kittens come in and are adopted very quickly so we are unable to list them all individually. Our kittens range from 10 weeks to just under a year. They are full of energy and looking for loving homes with space to run around and explore.

Pictured are Colin, Seamus and Mac, 3.5 months old, being neutered 12/6 and ready to go home 12/10!

Kittens are fun, cute and playful but we urge all adopters to think carefully before adopting these bundles of fluff. Please read on before you take the plunge into adopting a kitten.

The vast majority of people who decide to adopt a cat choose a kitten. And why not? Kittens are so cute -- they're irresistible. Many people like the idea of watching their pet grow and they feel that by adopting a kitten they're starting out with a "clean slate." They are under the impression that they "Can teach it to be the cat I want it to be". While we do have some influence over a cat's adult personality, the truth is that much of a cat's disposition is "hard-wired". Many people have told us about adopting sibling kittens who are then raised under identical circumstances but grow up to have VERY different personalities.

When you adopt an adult cat you have a much better idea of what you are getting. There are no guarantees that you'll be able to teach a kitten to be a lap cat or a playful cat. If you really have your heart set on a certain personality trait, you are much better off adopting an adult who has the trait you are looking for rather than trying to force that trait on to a kitten.

What most people don't realize, however, is that caring for a kitten is a lot like caring for a baby. Young kittens need almost constant supervision. You have to safeguard their health -- electrical cords, knickknacks, household cleaners, drawers, window screens, bathroom garbage, and other pets can place a kitten's safety at risk.

Kittens also have endless energy. Expect your kitten to spend its nights scaling your drapes and running up and down your stairs and across your countertops. Rarely will a young kitten sleep at the foot of your bed.

Depending on your age and lifestyle, you may be better off adopting an adult cat. If you work long days, are elderly or have children under six, consider adopting an adult cat. Because senior citizens are often unprepared for a kitten's energy level and tendency to be underfoot, most experts recommend a calm adult or older cat. Also, if you plan to leave a kitten home alone while you're working, it may become lonely and destructive. Very busy people may even consider adopting two cats to keep each other company.

If you have an older cat and want to add a kitten, you also might be better off adopting two. A single kitten is going to look to the older cat for company and the older cat is likely to be annoyed by a kitten. Two kittens will play with each other and the older cat can sleep in peace.

Young children move quickly and like to hug pets. Kids can accidentally hurt a small kitten, who might bite or scratch if it's scared. An adult cat, on the other hand, is more likely to tolerate children and less likely to be injured.

The best part about adopting an adult or older cat? You're literally saving a life. Because most people want to adopt kittens, a cat's chances for adoption decrease with age. Sadly, in too many shelters and municipal pounds most older cats are euthanized. Most of these cats would make wonderful pets if someone would give them a chance.

About PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society)

About Our Shelter...

ABOUT PAWS:

PAWS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in continuous operation since 1962 by Westport, Connecticut resident Betty Long to rescue homeless dogs and place them in permanent homes. In the early 1980s, our rescue efforts were expanded to include cats. PAWS rescues & rehomes approximately 115 dogs and 435 cats annually. Many of the dogs faced euthanasia at local pounds and most of the cats that we help are strays and abandoned cats that roam our streets. A portion of the pets that come to PAWS have been relinquished by their owners who are no longer able to care for them.

As we are a registered non-profit, all contributions to PAWS are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

PAWS has a handful of paid staff and a team of dedicated volunteers that help with everything to fundraising, to kennel work, to walking dogs and much, much more. Every person at PAWS is a valued & needed member of our team - without them we could not accomplish the miracle that happen every day!

For 37 years, PAWS rented space from local boarding kennels & veterinary hospitals. Over time, the demands placed on us by the community increased and we felt that in order to increase & expand our services, we would need our own shelter. In 1999, PAWS undertook the task of building a shelter of our own. We moved into our own shelter in 2001 and have since greatly increased the number of pets we have been able to help.

We constantly seek to increase the number of lives we can save by finding adoptive homes for the animals in our care, working closely with other animal groups, and raising funds to secure the supplies and facilities necessary for our operation.

PAWS also seeks to decrease the number of unwanted pets by informing and educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering. PLEASE NOTE: PAWS does not provide low cost spay/neuter programs for pets. For low cost spay/neuter resources, please visit the spay/neuter section of our links page on our website at www.pawsct.org.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Hours of Operation
Effective June 2011, our hours of operation will be:

ADOPTION HOURS (For Dogs & Cats):

* Monday - Friday - Noon to 5 pm
* Saturdays and Sundays - Noon to 4 pm

We encourage people to come in during the week if at all possible. Saturday is our busiest day & things get quite hectic. If you choose to come on a Saturday, please understand that the wait can be quite lengthy.

When coming to see pets, please expect to spend at least one hour at PAWS with the pets. It is important that you spend time with the animals in order to select a pet that is a good match for your family.

Please understand that we have limited staffing. We want your experience in adopting a pet to be the best possible and want to give potential adopters adequate time to meet & spend time with the pets they are considering adopting.

Our Adoption Process...

Everyone interested in adopting a pet from PAWS must complete an adoption application before they come in to see our dogs and cats. This makes the process go faster and helps us get a better idea of what your needs are. This way we can try to determine what pets might be a good match for your home. Not all pets are suited for all homes & vice-versa. Also, if we have your application ahead of time and any info is missing, we can get it resolved before you come in.

We encourage people to come in during the week if at all possible. Saturday is our busiest day & things get quite hectic. If you choose to come on a Saturday, please understand that the wait can be quite lengthy.

When coming to see pets, please expect to spend at least one hour at PAWS with the animals. It is important that you spend time with the pets in order to select a pet that is a good match for your family.

The cat adoption application can be found at http://www.pawsct.org/cat-app

The dog adoption application can be found at http://www.pawsct.org/dog-app

ADOPTION FEES: Effective August 1, 2012
Adoption fees help us defray the cost of the animal's food, boarding and medical care. Any additional donation you would like to make above the minimum is greatly appreciated. Your contributions are tax deductible.

Cats & Kittens: $100
Cat pairs (over 1 yr and older): $150

The feline adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccines and testing for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia for kittens over 12 weeks of age (Please Note: No test is 100% accurate for these viruses). We spay/neuter all cats and kittens old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered kittens when they are old enough to be altered.

Dogs & Puppies: $210

The canine adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccine, testing for heartworm, and microchip. We spay/neuter all dogs and puppies old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered puppies when they are old enough to be altered.