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Nooni, The Entertainer

Age: 1 year

Breed: Shorthair calico-tabby

Gender: Spayed female

Health: Excellent. Spayed, utd on shots, dewormed

Ideal home: Nooni is good with grown ups and children who know how to handle a cat respectfully or she may react with her claws. Dogs and other cats are okay.

About Nooni:

Nooni is quite the entertainer! She loves to run and play. She’ll play forever chasing a feather on a string. And if you don't have time, she can entertain herself with anything from a hair elastic to a cat toy!

Nooni loves to be wherever you are (even the bathtub) and will follow you from the kitchen to the couch, chatting all the way.

BONUS: Nooni's foster mom is teaching her to walk on a harness and leash! Here's what she says about "the Nooni experience":

"Gosh, she's such a weirdo lol. She doesn't cuddle, but will demand the odd hug, the tighter the better. She KNOWS not to scratch things, and she likes her cardboard scratch pad, but if she wants to go outside and I ignore her, she will scratch the couch right beside me, so I have to put my hand down to stop her. She is attacking here and there but it's never aggressive, more like just natural reactions or 'emotional build up'. Great on a leash. Yeah. She's weird."

So if you like your pets with personality, talk to us about Nooni. You can meet her in Virden.

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Eric the Red, the sociable fluffer

Breed: medium-haired ginger tabby

Age: 12-18 months

Gender: neutered male

Health: excellent, dewormed, vaccinated, FIV neg.

Good with other cats, dogs, kids? YES to all

His foster mom calls Eric a happy boy who is good with everybody. So we figure he could fit in anywhere - a quiet home, a rowdy home with 9 kids, or a crazy cat house full of felines. He's just that laidback.

Eric the Red was named by the Virden couple who began feeding him when he showed up at their acreage near town in July.

He had a terrible case of ear mites complete with open wounds where he'd been scratching his ears. They brought him to us, we brought him to the vet, he got all better, and now he's ready for you!

So beautiful, inside and out. Ask us about Eric the Amazing.

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Pebbles: Adopted!

Age: 1 year

Breed: Dilute calico

Gender: spayed female

Health: Spayed, vaccinated, dewormed, negative for FIV -Felv.

Good with: dogs, other cats, untested with kids.

One picture can change everything. It was a very sad picture sent to us by the kind woman who rescued Pebbles that started her on the road to warmth, safety and regular meals. (tap the slideshow to see her rescue picture)

She's now been in foster care for several months, is healthy, spayed and ready to move on to the next chapter of her life... maybe even with you?

Her foster mom says this about Pebbles:

"Super playful. LOVES Toys. She loves to snatch and throw toys around. All the time!! Playful with people, too. Hands under blankets or sheets and she's instantly stalking and pouncing. Loves the dogs and is amazing with our other cats."

"Pebbles would be happy in a home with tons of treats and a dog.

"She's going to make someone super happy."

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Haggis: Orange is the new black!

Age: approx. 2 years

Breed: DSH ginger tabby

Gender: neutered male

Health: Excellent. Neutered, dewormed, vaccinated. FIV+ but symptom free.

Activity level: moderate

Good with cats and dogs, untested with children.

Haggis arrived last winter, hungry, cold and a bit miffed. At first he wanted nothing to do with people, although he never lashed out, just tried to avoid contact. He was one sad, lonely and confused lad.


Haggis slowly came to realize (with the help of Temptations and lots of time to decompress) that hands can bring good things: Treats. Cheek rubs. Head scratches. Meals. And love.


Now he actively seeks out affection and "uppies", rolling with bliss in your arms! He's right at home in the house, especially in the catio, which he loves.

He'd appreciate a quieter home, lots of activity still makes him jumpy. But our man is super affectionate. When his foster mom walks by, he rolls on his back and reaches out a paw, gently asking for a belly rub.

He also enjoys playing with /sitting on the other cats in the home. Sometimes a game of tag breaks out, usually instigated by Haggis! He is unfazed by the big gentle dog.

Haggis has come so far. Imagine how he would thrive in his forever home.

Haven't you always secretly wanted a redhead? :-)

The life of Riley:

Riley: "I wanna hold your hand"

Age: 14 plus

Breed: DSH ginger tabby

Health: FIV/FeLV negative, vaccinations not up to date due to health issues (explained below)

Activity level: low

Good with other cats: Riley would prefer to be an only fur child

Good with dogs: no

Good with young children: yes, but tends to knead quite hard so should be watched or have his nails trimmed regularly

Riley is a sweet, loveable little man who just wants a quiet home to retire to. He has the most endearing habit: When going to bed at night, he insists on holding hands before he can sleep! It's a wonderful feeling to fall asleep with his wee paw in your hand.

If you're not giving him enough attention, he will tap gently at your face until you either pat him or hold his paw. He loves to chat and will tell you all kinds of stories: My water bowl is empty. I need more food. I wanna hold your hand. :-)

We don't know how long he was homeless and fending for himself, but he had a few obstacles to overcome.

Riley came to VPN in October very ill and underweight but his appetite and his thirst were ravenous. The vet found that he was diabetic and started him on insulin. He responded very quickly to the treatment and his diabetes has now gone into remission!

We are now learning how to help him manage his kidney disease. He gets extra fluids once in a while when he seems dehydrated, eats special kidney care food, and seems to be doing well. Like most seniors, Riley has arthritis in his hips so he moves fairly slowly, which you'd expect from any oldster. But fish oil and glucosamine seem to be helping.

Now that Riley is feeling better, his true personality has emerged and it's delightful. If you'd like to give a senior cat the best years of his life, please consider adopting Riley. It'll do your heart good. You'll sleep better, too!

Marlowe: Family cat seeks a family


Gender: spayed female

Breed: black DSH

Age: approx. 3

Health: excellent. Spayed, utd on shots, negative for FIV/FelV

Good with dogs: even the big ones!

Good with cats: yep

Good with youngsters: untested but likely will do fine in any household

Marlowe has been wandering (her name means wanderer) the countryside around Reston most of her short life. When we caught and brought her to live inside, she quickly adjusted and was happy to say goodbye to her tough old life as a stray, churning out one litter after another.


As soon as she sees you reaching out to her, she will flop at your feet to get her head scratched. She is one laidback and affectionate kitty!

She gets along with the big dog and other cats in her foster home. This social butterfly is also learning just how much fun it is to play with toys in her leisure time, rather than constant hunting and scrounging for meals and a safe place to sleep.


She loves to be near her human getting stroked and adored. In short, she’s a black cat. And we all know how wonderful they are!

Marlowe is one very well-behaved young lady who would make an awesome addition to any family.

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KitKat... Sweet as candy!

KitKat

Age: 1.5 years

Gender: Female (spayed)

Breed: Short Haired brown tabby, petite

Health: Excellent. Dewormed, utd on shots, neg for feline diseases

Temperament: friendly, sweet, loveable lap kitty

Personality: KitKat was a young mother who came into rescue with her kittens, Nala and Mufasa.

Now that she's in foster care, she likes the quiet luxury of laying in the sunlight or on your lap when the kittens are busy somewhere else. She can't get enough head scratches!

Foster mom thinks she would be okay with gentle children who give her lotsa love and affection or a home without youngsters.

KitKat has not been tested with dogs but should be okay after a proper, gradual introduction. Non-rambunctious cats are also acceptable!

If you want a laidback companion who knows and obeys the house rules and is happy to just relax by your side... ask us about KitKat.

Rein: A Very Special Girl

Age: Two years

Gender: spayed female

Breed: DSH

Colour: grey tabby

Health: FIV/FeLV negative, fully vaccinated, spayed, dewormed. Rein is a special needs kitten.

Activity level: high

Good with other cats: yes, she loves every one of her foster siblings

Good with dogs: yes

Good with small children: once she gets use to them, she’s fine.

Rein came to us badly hurt, likely hit by a car. She couldn’t use her back legs at all, totally paralyzed in the back end. X-rays showed a spinal injury right at the base of her tail. We also discovered she couldn’t urinate on her own or control her bowels. She was so little and helpless, we had to help her.

Kathy brought this little girl home and through much trial and error, her rehabilitation has been a great success. Rein is now totally mobile!

Although she had to wear diapers for a few months, Kathy now stimulates her to pee and poo so Rein can get on with her busy day.

Kathy can easily show a potential adopter how to do this, so you can also have a normal life with Rein.

And as Kathy says, "She is truly a special girl with so many special qualities. You have to meet her to fully appreciate her. She does everything a young cat should do."

Just the fact that she went from not being able to move her back end at all to running around the house like a normal kitten makes her a miracle in our eyes! She loves life, loves her foster mom, and loves her feline foster siblings. We feel very privileged to be a part of her recovery.

Talk to us about the joy and satisfaction you get from special needs babies like Rein.

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Cynder: Bobtail Russian Blue beauty

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Age: 5 years

Breed: Russian Blue (silver-grey) with bobtail

Gender: Neutered male

Health: utd on vaccinations, exc. health, partial tail due to injury

Best suited to a home with: Adults, older children. Untested with dogs. Prefers to be an only cat.

Cynder’s Tinder ad:

I am a handsome grey-haired gentleman looking for love. I’m 5 years old. That’s 36 in human years. Just about right age to settle in to a monogamous relationship don’t you think? I’ve had all my shots, and don’t have any weird fetishes (except for lap dancing).

I’ve lived my entire life indoors so have no desire to go outside. I get my exercise galloping up and down the hall chasing toys. I like playing with catnip toys, a laser, or even a shoelace. If you toss me a treat, I’ll catch it in mid-air and I never miss!

I like sitting near the window to watch the birds and give little chattering noises at them. I like most kinds of music, in fact, jazz puts me to sleep.

I have a great appetite and will eat most anything. And I’m housetrained, with great litter box etiquette. Oh, and I never scratch the furniture and always use the post.

I hope you don’t mind that I’m an amputee. I lost half my tail in the war. Used up one of my nine lives that time!

When you come home after a hard day at work, I’ll meet you at the door wearing nothing but my fur coat and hand you a martini. My purrfect date is to spend the evening lying in your lap gazing up at you soulfully with my big round owl eyes, and give a low rumbling purr.

To answer this ad, contact adoptions manager kathyheaman@gmail.com, or pm the Virden Pet Network Facebook page, or download an adoption application from www.virdenpetnetwork.org

To see me in action and hear me purr, CLICK HERE!

Diesel: a senior who has waited a long time

Age: 13 years

Gender: neutered male

Breed: DSH

Colour: Black

Health: FIV positive, but healthy. Fully vaccinated, neutered

Activity level: low

Good with other cats: he doesn't mind the company of one or two other cats.

Good with dogs: tolerates them.

Good with small children: great with children, and adults

Diesel is a solitary kind of guy who loves his humans. He is such a sweet cat, who just wants to enjoy his retirement in a peaceful home with someone to cuddle with.

Diesel would make a great companion for a quiet family, who have no more than one or two other animals. Diesel doesn't seem to mind a couple feline friends, but he especially loves his human pats, and to be able to sleep beside you, curled up on the couch. He loves to talk to you and give head boops!

Diesel's special talent: He goes into his happy place, his kennel, to eat his meals, patiently waiting for his foster parents to feed him in there.

His story: Diesel had been coming around a home for several years. The man fed and looked out for him, but then had to move. A lady started to look after him and brought him into her home, but that didn't work out. We offered to help her with the big guy and then discovered he had a tattoo that traced back to VPN! So he came back to us and has been in foster care a long time, waiting for his special someone.

Diesel cat

Lolly gives hugs

Age: 3 years

Gender: spayed female

Breed: DSH grey tabby

Health: Excellent, snap test negative for FIV/FeLV, vaccinated, dewormed. She does have some special needs when it comes to her diet. She has IBD, and requires special food from the vet. She takes prednisolone every other day, to help control the IBD (irritable bowel disease).

Activity level: low to moderate.

Lolly has come so far since she came into rescue. We never thought we would see her hugging a human... but it happened! From her foster mom, "When Lolly first came to live with us a year ago I NEVER thought she would ever be a cuddly cat. She was always really sweet to us and liked people but she was an independent woman and preferred to walk around on her own and definitely didn’t want to be carried or held. People often say that it’s us and that we have a way with animals but this... this is all her, LOL! This girl has been full of surprises this past year. I’m so proud of her for choosing to branch out and try new things. Now she shares her bed with them. I often find them all sleeping in a pile and she’ll be right in the middle ❤️. Lolly is a perfect example of how sometimes all someone needs is time to figure things out on their own."

If Lolly sounds like a girl that could fit into your home, please give us a call!

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Panda

Age: Adult

Breed: DLH

Colour: White with black markings and a neat little black goatee.

Health: Excellent, FIV/FeLV negative, current vaccinations

Activity level: low to moderate

Good with other cats: yes

Good with dogs: untested

Ideal home: Quiet home with one or two people, Prefers women after spending much time with his foster mom.

Panda takes a while to settle in with new friends. He is shy, and picks one person to be loyal to. It will take a little time, but his loyalty and affection is worth the wait.

Panda does love to be brushed by his foster mom, so with treats and brushes, he could be won over. And that gorgeous long fur and chubby cheeks are icing on the cake!

Maddie: Tortie magic!

Breed: Tortoiseshell DSH

Gender: Spayed Female

Maddie came to us as a very shy, quiet girl, and is now ready to be adopted. She takes a while to warm up to you, but once she does, she looks forward to being on the receiving end of the affection. She is learning to play and get along with her foster brothers and sisters. She is a lovely young lady with wonderful house manners. Call today to find out more about our Maddie.

Marcelline

Age: 14 months

Gender: spayed female

Health: Excellent. FIV/FeLV negative, vaccinations up to date.

Activity Level: Busy. But, when this girl naps she naps hard.

Marceline is pretty sneaky or so she thinks. She hid under the bed until both my husband and I were tucked in and then joined us, not realizing it’s okay to sleep with us.

She is still waiting for her forever family. Can it be your bed she’s waiting for?

Marceline is a very sweet girl, who does well with other animals (it takes her a while to get use to dogs but she learns to love them). Loud noises seem to still scare her, probably something that will get better with time. She does very well with children who are old enough to respect her space. She does need time to warm up to you but after that she’s your buddy for life.

Lynx: Oh those eyes!

Age: 6 years

Gender: spayed female

Health: FIV/FeLV negative, healthy little lady

Colour: Brown tabby

Breed: DSH

Good with other cats: yes

Good with dogs: untested

Good with children: older children would be best

Lynx is a very shy girl who needs to prove herself to you. She does like to be patted once you have earned her trust.

She needs a home where there are no expectations placed on her so she can come to you on her own terms.

There is a lovely little lady underneath that shy exterior, she just needs a wide open heart and some patience so she can reveal her tender side.

Can you help Lynx discover her true potential?

Marbles

Age: mature adult

Gender: neutered male

Health: excellent, vaccinated, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative

Activity level: low

Marbles is a very lovable kitty. He loves snuggles. Doesn't like toys or catnip. He prefers to just hang out with his humans. He's not a huge fan of being picked up. He lets you know when he wants to be pet and he makes you pet him. He can be playful when he wants to be. Any family would be lucky to have this big baby.

He has the most stunning golden eyes! They just melt your heart!

Yarrow: Loves kids

Age: two years

Gender: Spayed female

Breed: DSH, Tabby

Health: Excellent, snap test done on mom, which was negative, vaccinations up to date, spayed, dewormed

To say that Yarrow loves children is an understatement. She is fairly quiet and tends to be a bit shy to start, but then she does this amazing thing with children.

She is a lovely little lady, who is good with other cats, good with dogs and great with small children.

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Stubby the Dreamboat

Age: 1.5 years

Gender: neutered male

Breed: DSH

Colour: Black

Health: Healthy (FIV+), vaccinated, dewormed.

Activity level: Active, does enjoy power naps.

Good with cats: with his FIV, he can live with other cats as long as there's no fighting. He's be great with another laidback feline.

Good with dogs: Yes, after proper introductions.

Good with Children: yes. check out the slide show, see for yourself!

Stubby was found as a stray, and needed urgent medical attention due to an injury to his tail that resulted in a partial amputation.

He has recovered very well from his surgery and is now ready to find his place in the world.

Stubby was a little shy to begin with, but is making great progress with his super foster family who have really helped him reveal his goofy, lovable side.

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Puss: Ginger Love

Age: about 5 years old


Gender: Neutered male


Breed: DSH


Colour: Ginger tabby


Health: Excellent, FIV/FeLV negative


Activity level: moderate


Good with other cats: yes

Good with dogs: yes

Good with small children: Puss would do better with older children (teenager)


Puss came to us from the pound. He started off pretty scared of us human folk, but, he now adores his foster mom. He comes to her for cuddles and attention.


As with any change, cats need a little time to adjust to a new home. But Puss has proven that he welcomes the chance for a new beginning where he can show you the wonder of ginger love!

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Parsnip: Yummy!

Age: 2 years

Breed: DSH

Colour: Ginger tabby

Gender: neutered male

Health: FIV/FeLV negative, Vaccinations up to date. Parsnip has a chronic upper respiratory condition, but that doesn't slow him down at all and can be managed with medication when he has a flare up.

Good with other cats: Yes

Good with dogs: yes

Good with small children: untested, would likely adjust to gentle children

Parsnip is a pretty chill cat. He can fall asleep just about anywhere - hard window sill, kitchen table, even a bag of dog food makes a great bed, according to Parsnip.

Parsnip does seem to always have a runny nose. He's been vetted and diagnosed with chronic rhinitis which is treatable. Otherwise, he runs, plays, and sleeps just like any other kitten.

Call us to find out more about Parsnip and his strange sleeping habits!!

Sasha

Breed: DSH tuxedo cat

Colour: black & white

Gender: Spayed female

Age: 9 yrs

Size: Average and well rounded!

Activity Level: moderate

Good with dogs: scared at first but does come around

Good with other cats: no

Good with kids: untested

Special needs: just lots of loving!

Health: excellent