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This week People for Cats (PFC) lost a very beloved member of our community. Our mascot Squirrely succumbed to bone cancer and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge with the help of our Deer Run vets, who cared for her for the past nine years.

Squirrely was surrendered to People for Cats in 2010 when her owner retired and decided to take a camper trip around the United States. He thought it would not be safe to take Squirrely, an indoor/outdoor cat, with him. He said she was always a very affectionate cat, but in a very demanding way—if she didn’t get enough petting she would let him know with a swat! He also said his cat was a strange-looking cat and when he brought her in, we were surprised to see she was actually a tortie!

At our new shelter, Squirrely was never assigned to a suite and she became the official greeter and the unofficial “cleaner-upper” of any piece of food that landed on the floor. She liked to roam the shelter to find interesting “cat nap” spots, and she especially liked to survey the Holding Room to say “Meow” to new cats and to check the floor for any food knocked out of the cages. One of her favorite times was board meetings, when she cruised the room before deciding which lap she would inhabit during the meeting!

Like many of us, Squirrely was always on a diet, and we watched her weight go up and down even as some of us sneaked treats to her on our visits. Over the years, she had less and less “tortitude” and her feistiness and unpredictability seemed to mellow as she aged. Squirrely certainly endeared herself to the volunteers and to visitors to the shelter.

It is hard to imagine the shelter without our Squirrely. Plans are being made to memorialize Squirrely, our house cat of nine years, who would have had her 16th birthday on June 1.

We do have a variety of cats available for adoption. Raven is a sleek black beauty who is 1½ years old and has a somewhat spirited personality. She meets the world on her terms. An experienced cat person who will be alert to her disposition should do fine with her. On the other end of the spectrum is a handsome orange tabby boy named Oscar. This 4-year-old is a friendly and sweet fellow who likes gentle attention. He has been a bit too well-loved and should go on a diet to shed a few pounds. In the same boat of needing to shed a bit of weight is handsome orange tabby, Hunter. This 8-year-old is a total love bug who wants nothing more than to be cuddled and loved.

Theresa Mae is an adorable little black female who definitely wants to be an only kitty. This 2-year-old adores people but she does not want to share them with any other pet. Vincent is a striking black domestic shorthaired male who is quite the love bug. This fellow is 6½ years old and is a laid-back purring machine.

We have a special needs cat named Samson who is available for either adoption or a foster situation. He is an all-black domestic shorthaired fellow who is between 7 and 8 years old. This guy is a very mellow soul who adores as much attention as we shower on him. He does have chronically loose stools and is under vet care. In a foster situation you supply the home and some TLC, while PFC takes care of the vet care, medication and any special food that may be needed. The foster person should be local, since they need to use our vet to ensure continuity of care for Samson.

We have admitted a number of new cats that are waiting to complete their vet visits before they will be available. As we’ve said many times our census can change rapidly. So if you are looking for a new kitty companion for your family, come in and check with us often during adoption hours. Your new BFF kitty may be here waiting to make your acquaintance.

PFC is accepting donations of flea market items at the shelter. The last day you can leave items is Monday, July 8. Please make sure items are clean. We are not accepting clothing, used litter boxes or Christmas items. Please call Anne if you have questions at 617-645-1430.

The PFC shelter is at 44 Beagle Lane, Teaticket. Our mailing address is PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

The shelter is open for adoptions and visitors Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you need to get in touch with us when we are closed, call our hotline at 508-540-5654. We have added a new option to our hotline mailbox to make surrendering a cat or kitten more efficient. Press #0 if you have cat-related issues, questions, are interested in volunteering or for additional information about People for Cats. Press #2 if you need financial assistance for veterinary care or spay/neuter assistance. Press #3 if you have a cat or kitten to surrender and be sure to leave your name, telephone number and a brief description of the cat. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.

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All for the love of cats…

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