Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma, Inc. PAWS-OK firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 204-3964
The Friendliest Cats in Oklahoma City
Introducing the PAWS-OK
"Faces of Misfit Felines"
Just like in the famous childrens movie (The Island of Misfit Toys), these cats are not "purrfect" but still in deserve a to be in a loving home... could it be yours?
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MEET TINY.... Our Senior Boy!
Tiny has been surrendered to PAWS once, returned to PAWS once, and rescued by PAWS once from the OKC Shelter. Each time we got him back he was larger than the time before! In case your wondering, his bad luck with homes wasn't entirely his fault. He was surrendered when his first owner was hospitalized (in 2009), he was returned when his owner second owner got another cat and he started to misbehave (he doesn't like other cats) and he was rescued after being dumped at the OKC Shelter by his third owner (in May 2013) who was getting divorced. At that time he weighed 26.4 pounds!
We are happy to report that he is now a beautifully fit 13 pounder thanks to his foster mom's proper feeding regimen. Tiny is talkative (sometimes stubborn) and front declawed. He requires an owner who believes in a clean litter box and doesn't have any other pets or small children. Tiny can experience separation anxiety and does best when not left alone for long periods of time.
Cats who test positive for FIV or Feline Leukemia are not allowed to attend adoption events or be housed in PetSmart Adoption Centers.
These babies are available to meet by appointment - just contact PAWS-OK.
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Cats with Special Home Requirements
A stay-at-home, work-from-home or retired owner would be ideal for Tiny. He is afraid of other cats, (not unusual for cats who have no claws) which is very funny since he was at least twice the size of most cats at one time. He was born in 2003 and needs a new owner who is attentive and firm with him about his diet and litter box habits.
Contact us if you are interested in Tiny.
This is REAPER! (FIV+)
Reaper was surrendered to PAWS in September 2014 with a serious skin issue around his neck. He had been a stray in this condition and unwilling to approach the lady who was feeding him. Finally after a number of months she was able to get her hands on him and called PAWS immediately for help. As you can see from the pictures (sorry they are so graphic) it has taken a while to get the skin around his neck to grow back and heal. His slow recovery is most likely due to his FIV+ status. Reaper is now available for adoption! He is a very sweet boy now and would make a fine indoor only cat for some special family. He likes to keep to himself
and is quiet and very clean. A sunny window and a couple of plush beds are all that is needed
to keep him happy. Please contact us if you are interested in meeting Mr Reaper!
Mamma Tamlyn (Felv+???)
Tamlyn was owner surrendered to PAWS in July 2014, very pregnant. In fact she had three kittens the very next day! She was a neighborhood stray and is a bit wary of new people at first. She is quiet and very beautiful. If you are interested in giving her a wonderful new home, please contact us! We have tested Tamlyn every year since we rescued her and her results are a mystery. FeLv positive twice and NEGATIVE twice! Recent studies seem to indicate that adults who contract the virus can live normal life spans (YEA!) while kittens born with the virus generally don't survive their first birthday. Tamlyn's three did not. She is a sweet girl who loves attention. Her virus status requires that she be an only cat in a home with an owner who will help her maintain her health with regular vet visits and good nutrition.
Feline Leukemia is a very contagious virus so positive cats must not share space, food bowls or litter boxes with other non-positive cats and must be strictly indoor cats. The lifespan for most kittens born with the FeLv virus survive less than one year. Cats who contract it as adults can live much longer. Stress should be kept to a minimum, a nutritional diet is recommended and cats should be seen by a vet at any sign of illness. Any cat who goes outside should be vaccinated against this virus.
Ready to adopt?
The first step in adopting a pet from PAWS is to complete an
This brief survey helps us understand your pet experience, home environment and personal preferences so that we can help you pick out the purr-fect cat for your lifestyle.
We have recently updated our Request Form so potential adopters can fill it out on line and send it back to us! So if you are ready to adopt, download the form, complete it on your computer then send it back into us!
PAWS currently has two adult cats who have tested positive for the FIV virus. This virus is species specific and can not be transmitted to humans or canines. They require no special care, only an attentive owner, no companion non positive cats and an indoor only lifestyle. There is no reliable vaccine for FIV.
Meet Griffin! (FIV+)
Griffin was vetted and put up for adoption by OKCAWD in January 2014 at a local PetSmart. When a potential adopter decided to have him tested for FIV & FeLv prior to adoption he popped positive for FIV. The adopter backed out and Griffin went back to the shelter for euthanization. Thats when we were notified and stepped in to save this big teddy bear. FIV is an immune deficiency virus that is transmitted through deep penetrating bite wounds. Most of the cats we see with it have spent time as a tom cat and as we all know toms fight over all kinds of things including females, food and territory. Now that Griffin is a big (NEUTERED) lazy house cat who stays in all the time his fighting days are over. PAWS would like to see him go to a home where he is the only cat, though so that his compromised immune system isn't taxed by other cats and viruses they may contract. Griffin is a big baby. He loves to cuddle and be held and sleep under the blankets. He hasn't been around kids but well behaved ones probably would not be an issue. He is microchipped and must be an INDOOR only cat - no sense spreading that virus!