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Why Not Me? Meet Oreo!

10/30/2019 by Katie Virdell
October 30th, 2019 by Katie Virdell
        

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.  

Meet Oreo

Breed: Domestic Short Hair  

Age/Gender/Size: 10 years / Neutered Male / Small

Likes: Lollygagging outside (supervised on harness) and lots of cuddle time

Special Considerations: Needs a special urinary support diet

Healthy Paws is partnering with Pawsitive Alliance to kick-off Adopt a Senior Pet Month in November by featuring a few, shall we say, more experienced pets. Our first featured pet is a handsome guy by the name of Oreo. Affectionate and sprightly, he is hoping to find a new family with whom he can spend his golden years (though 10 is still quite young for kitties). Oreo is available for adoption through the Pet Adoption Center in Kent, WA, care of Regional Animal Services of King County.

As his name suggests, Oreo is black and white, however he has striking green eyes and the sweetest pink nose. His favorite toys include anything attached to a string, and he has a very high batting average to prove it! Snuggles are more than welcome, however Oreo prefers not to be picked up. Oreo has been said to have a “Bashful Blue” personality, as though he takes some time to warm up to his new environment, once acclimated, he is easy-to-please, sweet and loves to spend quality time with his humans.

Oreo previously lived with a menagerie of people and pets, including a large dog, other kitties and kids of all ages. He would however, do best in a household that is low-key and calm. With his previous family, Oreo would occasionally urinate outside the litter pan when under stress and disquiet. Oreo’s caretakers at the shelter believe that he may have FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease), which can be exacerbated by a stressful environment. The great news is that this condition is easily managed with a special diet and in Oreo’s case, control of environmental stressors (which can include multi-pet households, homes with high human traffic and abrupt routine changes). Consistency and tranquil surroundings can do wonders for kitties that live with FLUTD, and Oreo is no exception.

We are hoping for a family that is ready to open their hearts and make a commitment to providing a loving, relaxed home for Oreo. You can visit him in person at the Pet Adoption Center, or check out his profile (and those of additional pets in need) online at kingcounty.gov/AdoptAPet. Oreo will go home neutered, litter box trained, current on vaccines and microchipped. An adoption fee applies, which includes a free veterinary examination voucher for the veterinary clinic/hospital of your choice.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.






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