Have a little faith in Faith

Have you heard the saying, “There’s a lid for every pot”? No? Well, it means that whoever you are and no matter what you like or are like, there’s someone for you. This adage doesn’t just pertain to humans. At the Dumb Friends League, we believe that there’s a perfect home for every adoptable animal in our care. Some homeless animals might just need a bit more time finding their pot … errr … home. Pets like Faith.

Faith is a repeat League visitor. The 4-year-old white and red Domestic Shorthair feline first came to the League in 2014. Although Faith’s history was unknown, her notes say she was underweight, not social and exhibited a significant level of fearfulness. While League staff did not know Faith’s story, it wasn’t particularly surprising she was slow to warm up to people, often retreated when approached and was quite an accomplished hisser.

To help turn Faith’s behaviors around and make a lasting change in her less-than-ideal tendencies, she 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 temperamental cat not only allowed pets all over, she seemed to enjoy them. Faith found her voice in a good way and began to purr … loudly … while soliciting attention from others. In fact, Faith did so well that she graduated from Feline Fortitude early and found her new family.

In February 2019, Faith was returned to the League when her owner had to relinquish her. This time around, League staff were able to find out a little bit more about Faith. For example, her owner said Faith was friendly with her and her son, but the shy cat hid when people visited. Eventually, Faith would make an appearance, but she was reluctant, and she had not been around other animals.

As sometimes happens when pets are in the shelter, and we can all relate to the unknown, they become fearful even if that wasn’t a particular behavior they showed before but especially if that was a trait they exhibited previously. Faith was re-enrolled in the Feline Fortitude program after her hissing, general unease and anxiety reappeared. This time around, Faith did not graduate early, but she did show measurable progress, and she had her sessions extended, which is OK because sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get the hang of things. Eventually, Faith was back to being calm on approach and leaning into pets, but she made her preferences known (via hissing) when she preferred some alone time. Being picked up remained one of Faith’s least favorite things, but we all have our quirks—and, really—is not liking being picked up that surprising?

While it’ll be difficult to see Faith leave, it’s time for her to find her pot … family. Our Faith is on the reserved side and slow to warm up to people, but once she does, oh, are you in for a treat. The sweet cat welcomes pets and has become a staff favorite during her time at the Buddy Center. Rumor has it she’s made quite a few friends, too! How will you know? Apparently, Faith is known to “purr like a Yamaha motorcycle.”

Our staff thinks Faith would thrive in a home with children over the age of 12 and with a family who has lots of time to devote to her, as well as experience with cats. Come to the Buddy Center to meet Faith today!

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.

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