Dusty Rose is ready to blossom

In the words of Norah Jones, “Like a flower, waiting to bloom. Like a lightbulb, in a dark room. I’m just sittin’ here waiting for you.” Wonder who is waiting for you? Why it’s Dusty Rose, of course.

Dusty Rose came to the Dumb Friends League last October after her owner was no longer able to care for her due to a change in living situations. This sassy cat (more about that later) is a generously-sized beautiful gray Domestic Shorthair, and the League staff thinks she’s about 9 years old. When she was relinquished, her owner told us that Dusty Rose was very smart and responded to snaps as sort of a cue to stop a particular behavior. If the affectionate girl was on a table, for example, and her mom wanted her to jump down, she would snap and point, and Dusty Rose would know to follow. (If only that trick worked for kids. Just kittens … err … kidding.)

Now, about that sass. Dusty Rose spent her life with one owner, and, as you can imagine, it wasn’t an easy adjustment for her to be someplace entirely new. And, as sometimes happens when they’re frightened and in unknown situations, pets start to exhibit certain behaviors that need to be, well, readjusted. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we could reason with animals and assure them everything is going to be fine? When approached, the cat with an abundance of spirit was known to hiss and growl (it was on the low side, but a growl nonetheless) and swat that no amount of sweet talk was going to correct. Although, through it all, she was happy to enjoy a tasty treat or two.

Dusty Rose was enrolled in the League’s Feline Fortitude Behavioral program, which uses positive reinforcement training to help cats overcome challenges such as fear, overstimulation, body handling issues or frustration. And, after the initial sessions, the lively cat had her sessions extended, but that’s OK because sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get the hang of things. One day, things clicked, and Dusty Rose made a significant breakthrough. The feisty feline came to the front of the kennel when a staff member approached, and she was relaxed and did some gentle head bumps against his hands. Dusty Rose was engaged in play with a crinkle ball and chased a crinkled-up wrapper, batting at it and hunting it playfully. (Who doesn’t love a good crinkle toy?) She still got a bit agitated, but the cat with the soulful eyes had turned a corner.

Sometimes, when the animals in our care have been at the shelter for a while, it’s beneficial for them to participate in our Behavior Foster program. Dusty Rose was fortunate to be able to spend time with one of the League’s behavior technicians, and her training progress continued. By the end of her two weeks in a foster home, Dusty Rose was more comfortable receiving pets and quick pickups, but she was still vocal about being around other animals. We know some animals are just better being the focus of their family’s attention, and that’s totally OK.

Dusty Rose has become a staff favorite during her time at the Buddy Center, and while it’ll be difficult to see her go, it’s time for her to find a new family. Are you a confident owner, who lives in a quiet home with no other pets, and if you have children, they’re older than 12? If so, Dusty Rose is ready for some chin scratches, soft beds and exploration of her surroundings. Remember, Dusty Rose is shy in new places, but with your patience and love, her beauty will come through.

To learn more about pets available for adoption, visit our adoptions page or call 303.751.5772. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip ID and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.