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Four local animal rescue groups highlight their "least adoptable" pets

Least likely to be adopted 

Desmond and Morley

Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

Desmond and Morley

Desmond & Morley: Brothers in love

Desmond and Morley, a pair of 2-year-old siblings, came into Orange County's Animal Services Department in early May 2009. They were left in the after-hours animal drop-off with no information. Their history and journey to us may be a mystery, but what is evident since their arrival is that these two amazing cats have a ton of love for each other and everyone they meet.

Desmond and Morley moved with Animal Services from the old shelter to the new animal services center on Eubanks Road. Despite the hectic nature of this move, they seemed unaffected and remain a calming reminder that the right attitude can help you accomplish anything.

With their easygoing nature and unbeatable personalities, it is hard to believe that they have not yet been adopted. But black shelter animals do traditionally have a harder time being adopted, a fact that is not helped by earlier generations of poorly lit shelters in which black animals blend into the background. This is one of the reasons we incorporated glass-fronted condos and kennels, skylights and featured pet rooms into our new center.

By bringing in more light, and by having rooms where animals can see outside with windows and ledges to perch on, it is hoped that the public will see them in a more natural setting and realize the individual beauty of animals such as Desmond and Morley, who currently reside in our featured pet room.

If you've been thinking of adding a cat to your family, do consider meeting this pair. Adopting two cats is often recommended, and in the case of Desmond and Morley, they complement each other so well and stay so close together, you will barely know there are two!

Orange County Animal Services moved into its new center at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill June 1. Visit www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices or call 942-PETS (7387).

Update (Aug. 7, 2009): Desmond and Morley have been adopted and go home Sunday—together!

Desmond and Morley - PHOTO BY JEREMY M. LANGE


Snickers: A true gentleman

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It's hard to believe Snickers is 7 years old: He's as energetic and playful as a young lad. This handsome fellow jumps with joy when you bring out his leash. He loves to go for long walks, albeit a little faster than his human prefers! Snickers is a big boy of a cocker spaniel, and, like many cockers, he's a bit dramatic. Heaven forbid you trim his toenails: Snickers will act like he's headed for his deathbed! Who needs grooming anyway?

Belly rubs send Snickers into a trance every time. He is always happy and cheerful with everyone he meets. He's most definitely a canine, although at times he acts a bit confused. Snickers loves to rub against his humans like he's a cat, and he has the cutest way of rubbing his ears on the floor with his butt stuck high in the air. Maybe he's part feline?

This gentle, loveable fellow is looking for a family to call his own. Come meet Snickers—his eyes will penetrate your heart.

Best Buddies Companion Rescue & Adoption is a dedicated group of volunteers and foster homes located in and around Pittsboro. Visit www.bbcra.org or call 882-0001.


Prince: The ambassador

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Prince, a handsome 4- to 5-year-old boy, was named to reflect his personality as a prince among cats. His dashing good looks and incredibly sweet demeanor were what led him to be rescued from certain death at a shelter: Prince was allowed outside in his earlier years, which led to his exposure to FIV, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

FIV is a lentivirus, meaning it progresses very slowly, gradually affecting a cat's immune system. The most well-know lentivirus in humans is HIV. But FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other nonfelines. FIV is spread to other cats through blood transfusions, badly infected gums or serious, penetrating bite wounds. Bite wounds of this kind are seen among free-roaming, unneutered cats protecting their food or territory, but are not seen in even rough play between house cats. FIV-positive cats can live many years without any issues. They should be kept as healthy as possible: They should remain indoors and free from stress and should be fed a high-quality diet, and any secondary problems should be treated as soon as they arise.

What special care does Prince need? None at all. He is healthy and happy. He is gentle and sweet with other animals and can safely share a home with other friendly cats. Prince does require lap time, snuggle time and lots of scratches on his head and under his chin.

Prince's heritage runs to the exotic, with his sleek oriental body, crossed eyes, handsome tuxedo coat and long white whiskers. He is an ambassador for cats and comes out to events on a harness and leash, happy to sit on a table at any engagement and accept compliments, petting and love.

The main mission of Marley's Cat Tales is FIV education. Download Marley's FIV fact sheet (MS Word, 33 KB). To learn more about FIV, visit www.marleyscattales.org, and e-mail marleyscats@gmail.com with any questions. Marley's is based in Cary.

Update (Aug. 17, 2009): Prince has been adopted—he went home with his new family Saturday!


Hershey: Sweet as chocolate

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Hershey is an energetic 3-year-old boy who has been looking for a home since he was a kitten. All the other kittens in his litter were adopted, but he's still waiting. Hershey has a severe allergy to fleas, which took a while to diagnose and made him miss his most adoptable time as a kitten. He must be in a home where he is kept on flea control at all times.

Snowflake Animal Rescue is made up entirely of foster homes. Our cats are brought to adoptathons or to the adoption center at the Wake Forest PetsMart in hopes of meeting their new families there. Since Hershey has been trying to get a home for so long, he has gone to many adoptathons and been to the adoption center several times. But he grew tired of putting on a show for the public and stopped putting his best paw forward. Hershey rarely comes to adoptathons anymore and is happy about that, but it has also cut down on his chances of being adopted since most of our cats find their forever homes at these events.

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Hershey is very playful and gets along well with other cats. While he isn't a lap cat, he is a very friendly boy who loves to be with people. He provides great companionship and entertainment to all he's around. His foster mom says he is just as sweet as his name. Hershey is waiting for the right person to love him.

Snowflake Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer organization based in Raleigh. Snowflake focuses mostly on cats and is always in need of more foster homes. Visit www.snowflakerescue.org or call 990-2478.

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