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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.


Kittens, Kittens Everywhere!

Kittens, kittens everywhere!  We currently have a whole lot of kittens at AACCC!  White, orange tabby, lynx point, fluffy or short hair, we have one that will steal your heart.  If you were thinking about adopting an adorable ball of fur, now is the time to come down!  Kittens can be adopted for $185, which includes there spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchip!

Quality Caretaking in the Cold

Now that winter is upon us, it is more important than ever to keep our pets healthy and happy. Many animal lovers already know a few cold weather basics such as keeping antifreeze away from dogs and cats. However, as temperatures drop, there is more to caring for a pet.  Alaskan weather can be harsh; pets rely on us to keep them safe and comfortable. By being aware of the general condition and limitations of their four-legged friends, families can provide every pet with quality caretaking.

In the colder months of the year be prepared to change your routines according to the conditions. If your dog stays outside while you work during the warmer months, start indoor crate training or doggie daycare. If you bring your dog along in the car, consider the “refrigerator factor” of all that steel in the cold weather and adjust the time left in the vehicle appropriately. Use common sense to make decisions regarding your pets and keep their health and safety a priority.

Have your dog join you outdoors for winter fun!  Acclimate and condition your pet just like any athlete. Not every dog is up to climbing a mountain, but most can enjoy a winter outing when it is tailored to their individual needs and abilities. If your short-haired dog is accustomed to long walks, add booties and a coat to increase comfort.  Some elderly or arthritic dogs may need to be monitored carefully as the cold can cause stiffening and pain, so a shorter jaunt may be in order. Still, exercise is a must for you and your pet, so why not do it together to see real results in the bond between you?

Continue reading ‘Quality Caretaking in the Cold’

Fun times at AACCC!

Two new volunteer videos from AACCC:

Who doesn’t have 37 seconds to have an “Awwwww” moment?!

See some of our great adoptable dogs in action during Shelter Dog Playgroup!

Kittens Continue to Pour In…

Here are the KFAT/Wolf/Buzz Pets of the Week:

It’s raining cats and dogs…. Well, kittens anyway!  AACCC continues to have a large number of kittens available for adoption, ranging in age from several weeks old to 5 months.  These guys have lots of energy and love to play.  Not to mention they are ADORABLE!  If you are thinking of adopting and would like a kitten, this is a great time to come in and meet your new companion!  Kittens can be adopted for $142 each, which includes their spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchip.

Pet of the Week – Teddy (A168693)

UPDATE 7/21:  Teddy has been adopted!

Here is the Movin 104.9 Pet of the Week:

Teddy (A168693)

Kittens, kittens everywhere!  We currently have 8 kittens up for adoption and Teddy is one of them!  He was found as a newborn, left in a tire.  One of our staff members fostered him until he was big enough to be adopted and he is now looking for his forever home.  He, like most kittens, is very active and playful.  Full of energy and ready for action, he is very cuddly once he has had his playtime.  He can be adopted for $62, as a friend of his here at the shelter has already paid for his neuter surgery.  His fee includes his vaccinations and microchip.

Kittens, Kittens Everywhere!

We have had a lot of kittens coming in lately!  Even with several adopted over the weekend, we still have 8 up for adoption as of first thing this morning!  They range in age from 6-11 weeks old.  Kittens are $142 to adopt right now, which includes their spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchip.

3 of the adorable little guys we have up for adoption currently!

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