It could be superstition; it could be aesthetics; but whatever the reason, black cats are less likely than other cats to be adopted, hence the existence of Black Cat Appreciation Day. Though it’s held on August 17th, every day can be Black Cat Appreciation Day if you were to adopt one of Homeward Animal Shelter’s many black beauties.
These cats are housetrained and up-to-date with vaccines. Most of them are not declawed, and all of them are awaiting their forever homes.
GOOD WITH OTHER CATS
For anyone seeking a cat that plays well with other cats, there’s Veruca and Willy Wonka, both named after from the classic children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and Maleficent, who gets her name from a classic Disney character.
Willy Wonka tends to be cautious around strangers, but is charming and affectionate once he gets to know them. Due to a gap in his backbone, his legs are wobbly, which means he should go to a home where he won’t be picked up, chased, or handled too often, in case of further injury. For this reason he should go to a home without dogs or small children.
Veruca, meanwhile, is a shy girl who would need some patience before she warms up to new owners. The same can be said for Maleficent, who arrived at the shelter anxious and scared but is becoming more comfortable around people. Like Willy Wonka, Maleficent does not do well with children.
NOT GOOD WITH OTHER CATS
Some felines prefer the companionship of people to other cats, and Tera is one of them. Though she’s snuggly, friendly, and good with children, she may need some time and patience to get accustomed to her new home, as she was nervous upon arrival at her current foster home but has since settled in.
Gretel has a reputation a diva. She does not get along with children and would prefer to be the only cat in the house so she can get all the chin-scratches she wants. Unlike the rest of the black cats, Gretel is declawed, and should be kept safely indoors.
If anyone’s looking for a cat with a dog’s personality, Hootie would be a good choice. She comes when she’s called, greets her foster mother at the bedroom door every morning, and waits for her to come home from work every afternoon. Predictably, she gets along better with dogs than with cats or children.
OTHER BLACK CATS
(The online profiles of these cats do not specify if they are good with dogs, other cats, or children. Contact Homeward Animal Shelter for more information.)
Another dog-like cat is Muscatell, a curious little explorer who would probably need a watchful eye, as he could easily climb or dig his way into places he’d need help getting out of. Similarly, if you’d like a loving companion that follows their owner around, Jazzie may be your match, as she’s constantly seeking out affection, playtime, and ear-rubs.
For anyone wanting to adopt two cats, sisters Scary Spice and Sporty Spice currently reside in the same foster home, and ideally should remain together. Scary is outgoing and playful, while Sporty is shyer.
Thanks to the generosity of animal-loving donors, the adoption fees of Maleficent, Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Willy Wonka, Jazzie, and Tera are half off. Veruca and Gretel’s adoption fees have been fully sponsored.
For more information on adopting these cats, or on becoming a sponsor, contact Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077 or through email at email@example.com.
– Särah Nour
This Saturday, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue will be hosting a fundraiser at the Natural Pet Center. From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, the general public can meet adoptable dogs, donate towards their care, and write a “Luv Note” that will be displayed in the Center for the remainder of February.
For more information, head to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue’s website or call them at (701) 205-0190.
– Särah Nour
Homeward Animal Shelter has a ray of sunshine in Miley, a Chesapeake Bay retriever named for her smiley disposition. Though she’s an affectionate, people-friendly dog, she’s not good with cats, children, or other dogs, and must be adopted into a home without them.
The Chesapeake Bay breed, nicknamed the Chessie, originated in the early 1800s, when two Newfoundland dogs were rescued from a shipwreck off the coast of Maryland. These dogs mated with local retrievers, such as the English otter hound and the curly-coated retriever, and from there the Chesapeake was bred to hunt waterfowl.
As a result, Chessies love swimming and other outdoor activities, and have a water-repellant coat that insulates their skin and helps them dry quickly. They should be brushed regularly but not bathed too often, as that could strip their protective skin oils and destroy the coat’s water resistance. One or two warm baths during shedding season would be enough to remove dead hair and allow a new coat to grow.
As is typical of sporting breeds, Chessies are confident, energetic, and need a firm hand to rein in their assertive nature. Since they tend to be possessive of their food and toys, the breed is not recommended around children unsupervised. Early training and socialization can curb any potentially aggressive behavior, and they should get along with other pets as long as they’re raised with them.
Though Chessies have their challenges, and are best left to experienced owners, the reward is a loving, playful, and protective companion. For more information on sweet Miley, call the Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077 or stop by the shelter. Adoption applications are available online.
– Särah Nour
Next Thursday will be Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event where donations of $10 or more to participating charities will be matched by sponsors. Among the local nonprofit organizations involved this year are Homeward Animal Shelter, CATS Cradle Shelter, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, and Adopt-a-Pet.
Hosted by the Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation, Giving Hearts Day started back in 2008, when it raised $325,000. In 2011, it topped one-million dollars, and just last year it broke records by raising 49% more funds than the year before.
For local animal welfare organizations, proceeds will go toward sponsoring adoption fees and providing food, veterinary care, and other accommodations for the resident cats and dogs. Homeward Animal Shelter, for example, receives 77% of its funding from donations, while Adopt-a-Pet relies 100% on the generosity of supporters.
Donations must be made at impactgiveitback.org, where a list of participating charities can be found.
– Särah Nour