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A Story of Two Kittens Who Learned to Trust

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On May 22nd, AACC foster mom, Diane, accepted the challenge of raising two kittens with trust issues (in other words: they were terrified of people). Not only did she have to care for their physical needs, she also had to convince them that people aren’t so scary.

And that can be tougher than you may think.

Fauci and Zink

Here’s how it went in Diane’s own words:

“It took me at least 3 weeks to be able to pick up Zink without leather gloves. He was still hissing at me for almost a month, running and trying to hide to avoid being picked up, and even now, he must be approached in certain, slow, patient ways in order for him to allow me to touch him.  Even though he’d contentedly purr on my shoulder several times a day, the next time I would try to approach him, he’d hiss, run, hide and resist, then again melt into the petting once held.  This went on and on.  In time, he stopped hissing and running, very gradually.  He is so worth the wait though!  He is a gentle, wonderfully affectionate cat, once he is ready. One of those cats that never puts their claws out when touching me.  He will playfully bat my fingers/hand with his soft little paws without using his nails.  He loves to be held on my shoulder, and purrs madly, ceaselessly, and is never in a hurry to be put down.

Fauci was never afraid to be touched, has allowed me to pick him up from Day 1 and is way more bold, adventurous and athletic than Zink.  He flies around like an acrobat, is full of mischief, a total delight. Although he is much more outgoing and less afraid, he also hid when put in new places, along with Zink.”

Fauci and Zink observing their new foster home

“I am taking them to more rooms and an outdoor screened porch, out of their normal spot in a guest bedroom/bathroom.  They were scared the first time they were put in another room, but more curious and adventurous the next time on the screened porch, and each new location takes less time for them to settle down and enjoy.”

Learning the art of window-watching.

“They LOVE my 3-year old female cat.  When they were first here, so afraid and sick that I could not coax them out of their carrier even with food or any toy, they would come RUNNING over to see my cat, Van Gogh.  She, unfortunately, hissed at them, so I could not allow any direct contact, but I’d carry her into the room as a magnet to get them out of their corner and it worked very time.  If she comes near them, they stop whatever they are doing and run to her.  They reach their little paws through the bars that separate them from her and try go “pet” her.”

Are you my mom?

Once Fauci and Zink had resolved their trust issues, they were ready to leave the nest of their foster home. Like all good foster moms, Diane did her own social media marketing with a personal plea on her social media page:

“We are ready for our forever home, please.” Yes, Fauci and Zink are healthy, neutered, perfectly litter-box trained, and ready for a permanent home, together, with the right person who will patiently coax them past their initial shyness. The reward is two of the most playful, snuggly, purrrrrrrrring, and stunningly beautiful kitties ever.”

And her efforts paid off:

“What a happy ending to my kitty fostering adventure! These cuties’ rough start in life has turned around and they are now two of the luckiest kitties I know. They were adopted today and are now settling into their new home of kind, experienced, ardent cat lovers. I am so lucky to know where they’ve landed, and to be able to hear about how they are doing.”

Smokey (was Fauci) and Frankie (was Zink) are now settling in to their new home. Their mom tells us ““They are settling in just fine, and my granddaughters love them as much as my daughter and I do. I’m working from home, for the most part, and we had a wonderful day today. They were inquisitive and playful and VERY hungry!”

And this is why we’re eternally grateful to our foster moms – they truly SAVE LIVES.

If you are interested in fostering, you can find more information and an application on our website.


Pet of the Week – Kinley (A208435)

Here is the Mix 103.1 Pet of the Week:

Kinley (A208435)

Kinley (A208435)

Here is Kinley, a 1.5 year old, female, lab mix.  Curious, active and friendly, this young girl likes exploring on walks, sitting with you after exercise, and will climb into your lap to give you a kiss! She’s kennel-trained, used to long car rides and playing outside for 1-2 hours a day. She likes cuddling, playing ball, tug, and chewing on bones and Kongs, and will sit nicely for a treat and take it gently. She’s friendly with kids (though may be too bouncy for really small children). A fine companion for an active home!  Kinley can be adopted for $152, which includes her spay deposit, MOA dog license, vaccinations, and microchip.

Pet of the Week – Afina (A208244)

UPDATE 9/12:  If you missed Afina’s spot on KTVA’s Daybreak show this morning, check it out here!

Here is the KTVA Channel 11 News Pet of the Week:

Afina (A208244)

Afina (A208244)

Here is Afina, a young adult, female, domestic mediumhair mix cat.  Afina is a sweet gal, who is a great mix of cuddly and playful!  She enjoys feather toys and jingly balls, but is easy to hold and carry.  She is also known to cross her paws while in your arms, highlighting her adorable daintiness.  This has beautiful markings, super soft fur, and striking green eyes – as if her personality wasn’t enough to make you fall in love!  She has already made many friends here at the shelter, one of which is donating the cost of our spay surgery, reducing her adoption fees by $80.  Afina can now be adopted for $62, which includes her vaccinations and microchip.

A208244 Afina2

Pet of the Week – Titan (A202986)

Here is the Alaska Dispatch News Dog Blog Pet of the Week:

Titan (A202986)

Titan (A202986)

Please meet Titan, a 1 year old, neutered male, pit bull mix.  Alert and attentive, this active young fellow is good-natured and ready to please. He has a bright, happy personality and enjoys being with people. Friendly and playful, he likes to fetch tennis balls, run, go for walks, and cuddle with his humans after exercise. He’s lived happily with kids 9 and 10, but does not get along with cats. Affectionate and will climb into your lap to give you a kiss! Sweet pup–a great all-around companion!  Titan is already neutered and current on his required vaccinations, so he is only $42 to adopt, which includes is MOA dog license and microchip!

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New Ways to Find Lost Pets Unveiled by Animal Care & Control

Adoptable and Lost/Found Pet Searches Improved on

Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center (AACCC) is excited to announced their new online features for the Adoptable and Lost/Found Pet pages on These enhancements have been integrated into the current website to better serve the public, the shelter and ultimately, the animals.

Sign up to automatically receive emails on animals entering the shelter!

One of the most common inquiries received at AACCC are requests from community members to be contacted when specific breeds that match their missing pet enter the shelter as strays, or when specific breeds they wish to adopt become available. Through the new integration between and the AACCC database system, community members can sign up to automatically receive emails on animals they have lost, animals they have found or animals that they wish to adopt. They can restrict their selection based on breed, age, gender and even color.

Email photos to friends and family!

Continue reading ‘New Ways to Find Lost Pets Unveiled by Animal Care & Control’

Pet of the Week – Mittens (A207317)

Here is the KFAT 92.9 / Wolf 96.3 Pet of the Week:

Mittens (A207317)

Mittens (A207317)

Here is Mittens, a 3 year old, spayed female, domestic mediumhair mix cat.  Mittens has a very loving and sweet personality. This gorgeous tortoiseshell is quick to greet you and purrs non-stop when you pet her. She has previously lived happily with children from infants to 10 years, other cats and a dog–and got along great with everyone. She relaxes in your arms when held and is quite the love sponge. Very interactive and affectionate gal!  Mittens can be adopted for $62, as she is already spayed, which includes her vaccinations and microchip.

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Pet of the Week – Dino (A132098)

UPDATE 9/9:  Dino has been adopted!

Here is the KBEAR 104.1 Pet of the Week:

Dino (A132098)

Dino (A132098)

Please meet Dino, a 7 year old, neutered male, domestic mediumhair mix cat.  Dino is a gentle and very sweet-natured giant.  While he can be timid at first, he warms up very quickly.  He enjoys both pets and brushing, which he will acknowledge with a quiet, but persistent purr.  His beautiful flame point coloring and bright blue eyes match is beautiful, loving demeanor.  Dino can be adopted for $62, as he is already neutered, which includes his vaccinations and microchip.

A132098 Dino2

Pet of the Week – Bob (A208011) & Ed (A208012)

UPDATE 9/5:  Bob and Ed have been adopted together!

UPDATE 9/5:  Did you miss their spot on KTVA?  Check it out here!

Here are the KTVA Channel 11 New’s Pets of the Week:

Ed and Bob

Ed and Bob

Bob and Ed will be featured on KTVA’s Channel 11 News Daybreak show tomorrow morning!

Ed (A208011)

Ed (A208011)

We have a dynamic duo for you to meet today!  Happy and friendly, though shy at first meeting, these two guys–Ed and Bob –love being with Continue reading ‘Pet of the Week – Bob (A208011) & Ed (A208012)’

Pet of the Week – Frenchy & Cottonball

Here are the Mix 103.1 Pets of the Week:

Frenchy (A207601)

Frenchy (A207601)

We have two rabbits currently up for adoption!  Frenchy is a white, shorthair, adult, male rabbit.  This big, handsome fellow is very friendly, soft, and good-natured. He’s curious and attentive and will come right up to you for petting and attention, and enjoys sitting on your lap. Cottonball is a tan, longhair, adult, female rabbit.  She is very outgoing and friendly, quick to get to know new people.  She enjoys being held and has a calm, patient personality.  Both have very soft fur and are real people lovers!  Rabbits, in general, are very intelligent and social, and can be quite affectionate.  They generally live 8-10 years and require as much care as a dog or a cat.  Many rabbits enjoy playing with toys to chew on and toss around for fun.  Rabbits have delicate skeletons, and so should be handled gently.  Children should always be supervised when handling rabbits.  If you are interested in a pet other than a dog or a cat, this adorable bunny might be the perfect pet for you!  Frenchy and Cottonball can be adopted for $20 each.

Cottonball (A208294)

Cottonball (A208294)

Pet of the Week – Tigra (A208242)

Here is the Alaska Dispatch News Pet of the Week:

Tigra (A208242)

Tigra (A208242)

Here is Tigra, a 4 year old, spayed female, pit bull mix.  Calm, cool and collected, this sweet girl is friendly and easy-going, though somewhat shy and reserved.  She’s alert and intelligent, focused, and really enjoys being with people. She’s easy on leash, responsive and affectionate. She’s been to doggy daycare and the dogpark, enjoys playing with other dogs (and has lived with one), rides well in the car, and is used to 1-2 hours of exercise a day. She will chase small animals, so best to a home without felines. She has lived with kids, but will not be a good match for young children due to her shyness. Distinctive striped coat!  Tigra can be adopted for $72, as she is already spayed, which includes her MOA dog license, vaccinations and microchip.

A208242 Tigra2

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