Each cat has a unique story. Some of them are adopted, rescued or still waiting for a home in the shelter. Browse through the gallery and hover on the image to read their stories!
This is Mighty. His foster parents call him Kong — Mighty Kong. He is an untamed loveable lap cat.
Mighty knows what he likes and wants and will let you know through his wide range of meows, purrs, and cooing vocabulary. Looking to be loved by someone that wants to be smothered with love, likes to play and can notice his signals of when he needs space. Ready to be his best cuddle buddy?
You can see more pictures and videos of Mighty Kong on his foster mom's Instagram page @foster_meowster.
Gender: Male Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Tuxedo Age: 7 yo Note: Indoor only, Special Needs
GRACIE, aka Princess Gracie, was one of 16 cats and kittens Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue saved over the 4th of July weekend in 2018. Gracie is a bit of diva and truly would love to be your one and only. She likes affection but on her terms. She will let you know when she’s had enough pets and attention. Would you like your very own Princess? /// Adopt Gracie https://www.givemesheltersf.org/adoption/ /// Gender: Female Breed: Domestic Long Hair , Buff and White Age: 1 yo Note: Indoor only
HARLEY is the longest running feline shelter resident at San Francisco Animal Care and Control. She’s been there almost 3 months and is ready to go home! She is quite the character and is curious of her surroundings. She has some handling sensitivity due to her weight (mainly being resistant to being picked up). She would do best in a home without children, preferably with an experienced adopter that can also work on her weight. We're feeding her a wet food only diet to get her beach-body ready for that window spot with the sun. Think you might have a comfy spot on your couch for Harley? Come visit her today! Harley's Adoption Fee is 50% Off to qualified adopter(s).
CHANEL was adopted from Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue over a year ago. Unfortunately, she was returned to them because she became diabetic and her family was unable to manage her care. 🙁 She’s in one of their catsavvy foster homes where they are managing her insulin. She is charming, chatty and very smart. She needs a family who will be the boss of her and not let her boss you around. We think she’s stable and can consider potential adopters. Are you up for the challenge?
/// This illustration is a collaboration with GMS to promote adoptions. See full gallery here:www.mydirtypaws.com (2018)
PENELOPE is a super sweet and lovable kitty! An easy no brainer cat, perfect for a beginner cat person. She's been waiting for the perfect home and now in foster care decompressing from the stress in shelter. Contact Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue to adopt her! <3
/// Breed: Calico Age: 1 yo Note: Indoor only, FIV+
I'm a rare orange female. Most orange tabbies are male, which means I’m basically a plush tangerine unicorn. I was abused and neglected, so I can be sensitive to loud noises and sudden movements. I'm looking for a quiet home and a long term relationship with a cat savvy adopter who will understand my cat body lingo and listen to me. That said, I adore attention and human companionship, and will open up if you have a little patience. Will you help me trust again?
Gender: Female Breed: Tabby / Domestic Short Hair Age: 8 years old Indoor Only
*Chellbear is available for adoption in a Foster Home
Hello, this is BEASTLY from Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue! He was a samurai in his pastlife... it was tough! Now, he just wants to have a cozy home to spend time with a loving family. He gets along with everyone and is probably one of the most easy going cats you might ever meet. He adjusts easily to new situations and is basically super cool. Are you ready for this pawsome cat? 💛
/// Gender: Male Breed: DSH, Black & White Japanese Bobtail mix Age: 4 Note: FIV+, indoor only
Black Cat Day
Dear black cats, I love that when you look at me, you bring light to darkness. (2016, Black Cat Day)
3-year-old Ella was brought to the Milo Foundation with her 2 kittens that got adopted but she stayed at the foundation ever since. In 2015, Ella found her forever home with Crystal, who originally wanted her dog Zoey to meet a different cat but they didn't hit if off. Zoey met around 4 other cats before Ella was introduced and they immediately loved each other! One of the most special things about Ella is that she seems to gravitate to anyone who is in distress. Crystal says, "Many many times that I have been dealing with issues in my life she seems to pick up on it and lays on my back or my chest to comfort me." (2016)
Chui is a large, 4-year-old tabby. She's still working on building her confidence at the shelter but once she gets comfortable she enjoys to be petted. A quiet, adorable lady!
Talk to an adoption counselor at Peninsula Humane Society to see if you're a good match! (2017)
Every now and then, there'd be a cat I meet in the shelter that I feel a special connection with, tuck so close to heart that I want to take him/her home right away. They are often the quiet, frightened, shy, or emotionally withdrawn ones. The ones that always get overlooked by visitors because they fail to engage. Those who take much longer time to warm up. Pete is one of them. He always curls up in his bed inside the cage, looking up with eager eyes. When I pet him, he purrs so loudly that I feel like I'm the one receiving TLC. What a gentle sweet mellow guy. Just being with him is pure bliss. I believe his right person will show up one day and it must be someone very special who can see his soul behind that skittish facade. (2016)
Moo Moo (left) and Cupid (right), both 1 year old from the same litter, were adopted together from Nine Lives Foundation in July 2016.
Moo Moo is adventurous, curious, smart and playful, while Cupid is sweet, gentle and affectionate. Since they are a bonded pair, they pretty much do everything together, be it eating, grooming, exploring, watching birds or playing with toys. Moo Moo's favorite past time is to explore every nook and cranny of the house. Cupid just can't stay too far away from his feeder. If he's not playing with the slot machine (kibble dispenser), you can definitely find him watching birds or squirrels at play from the kitchen window. Both cats love to catch the feather wand toy after dinner.
Both cats were initially adopted when they were kittens but were returned to the shelter because that family was moving. That was when Lisa & Simon saw their photos on Nine Lives FB page. Cupid reminded them of their last 20 yr-old kitty Sneezy who had passed away a year and half ago. They weren't ready for another kitty but couldn't pass the opportunity of a glimpse of them. Their sweet nature showed through the cages at the shelter even though they were scared and confused. The rest was history once they meowed and were eager to get a little head and chin rub.
"We are very lucky to find this loving pair," Lisa says. I believe Moo Moo & Cupid would say the exact same thing, too! (2016)
Stray kitty, thank you for trusting me and my friend to give you the last ride in this life for a comfortable departure. May you be free of pain and suffering now. Sending you lots of love. (2016)
Every year we have many unwanted and homeless kittens flooding animal shelters waiting for adoption and/or a loving foster home.
An overwhelming number of kittens are born because cats are not neutered or spayed. To help control the situation, we can start with neutering/spaying our own cats, encouraging others to do so and supporting the effective humane way of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) for feral cats. (2015)
UPDATE: Lassen has been adopted by her foster <3
Age is only a number! Lassen is a stunning 15-year-old tabby with flowing long fur. As always, it's hard to tell the animals' true character in a shelter environment because they are under a lot of stress. Lassen seemed to be very shy and fearful towards strangers. It took quite some time for her to warm up and trust. Once she came out of the cage, I finally got a glimpse of her curious nature. She also liked sitting on laps and purring away. As timid and older cats often get overlooked by adopters, I wish someone out there would see the beauty of Lassen and provide a home for her to shine. (2015)
8-year-old Hunter is a loyal, emotional, and sweet kitty who is bonded with her brother, Lloyd. When they were less than a week old, they were found abandoned on the side of a road in Arizona. Most shelters do not accept kittens less than 5 weeks, so thankfully a non-profit that worked with spaying and neutering stray cats lovingly took in the neonatal kittens and planned to bottle feed them until they were old enough to go to a shelter or to be adopted. The nonprofit placed an ad on petfinder.com which was where Maria found them.
When Maria had to move from Tempe to San Francisco a few years ago, she was determined to take them with her. Now, Hunter lives in a happy home with his brother Lloyd, Maria, and her cat-lover boyfriend. "Hunter has a special bond with my boyfriend Alex and waits next to his pillow for him to come to bed each night. He is a very sweet and talkative cat, but his loyalty and connection to us is what makes him such a special cat." (2015)
Zoey is bonded with her sister Willow, both 7 years old. She has the most stunning blue eyes (same as Willow) and a short coat like a patchwork of cream and brown. She is very friendly, gentle and very much a lap cat! She'd sit on your lap and purr for hours. (2015)
UPDATE: Pepito has been adopted!
This large 8-year-old orange & white tabby completely melted my heart when I TLC him at the animal shelter. Sweet, gentle, and super cuddly! When he purred, it was so loud that I could see the fur near his throat vibrate! At first I was a little sad to know that he got surrendered by the owner to the shelter because of "moving, new baby" after 8 years together. But a few days later when I returned to the shelter, he already got adopted! I literally jumped with joy! Missed this guy so much but feel so lucky I've had the chance to cross path with him. (2015)
Bella is a 7 and a half years old kitty with a lady-like demeanor. She was adopted by Cindy and Eric back in 2012 from Oakland SPCA. Not long after the adoption, the couple had their first child. While most people advised them to get rid of Bella before their child was born, they never gave it a thought. They were committed to give Bella a permanent home no matter what. Turns out Bella is extremely patient with their active 2-year-old who sometimes plays pretty rough. She's gentle, quiet, and affectionate. Cindy and Eric both believe that their kid will develop more compassion growing up with an animal, which I can already see it in baby Nathan.
Ironically, Bella was actually surrendered to the shelter by her previous owner because of "new baby and moving". Having a pet is a life-time commitment. (2015)
9-year-old Honey is a curious and playful tuxedo. She likes being petted but would rather keep you company on your side than on your lap. Out of all the toys her favorite is actually playing with the towel! A silly girl who'd make you laugh just by being with her. (2015)
UPDATE: Sydney has been adopted!
An absolutely gorgeous torbie. 7-year-old Sydney is the most gentle cat I've ever met. She loves giving head bumps, sandpaper kisses, playing with her catnip toys and simply sitting on my lap purring up a storm! I saw sadness in her eyes and whenever I took her out of her cage to play she'd become a very content kitty. It's a mystery to me why she still hasn't gotten adopted yet. This sweet girl has a lot of love to give and definitely deserves to be loved unconditionally by the right people. (2015)
The first time I saw Pirate, he was hiding under the towel peeking out from underneath. He is definitely a scaredy-cat and I can sense fear from him. I'm not sure if it's related to his eye-trauma (not recent) or not. But once I took him out from the cage and spent more time with him, I've already had a glimpse of his curious side. I really hope more time and care will help him feel safe again. (2015)
Puck & Keira
Puck is a 7-year-old goofy guy with crossed-eyes and fangs and just LOVES to play! He is extremely friendly and gets along well with everyone. Keira is a 10-month-old new addition to the home. She was still getting used to the new environment and meeting new people when I did this painting. They made such an adorable pair! Note: This is a commission piece. I'm including it in this series because both of them are rescue cats. (2015)
UPDATE: Merlin has been adopted!
Merlin is a 10-year-old male with a very cute rusty voice. Every time he meows, it sends a huge smile to everyone! Despite his age, he is quite active and loves playing with toys. (2015)
The first time I saw her I just thought, what a beautiful face! Sol is a small lady bonded with her older friend Misha. Quiet and mellow, a lot of times she just chills by my side while Misha sits on my lap. (2014)
UPDATE: Persephone has been adopted!
Persephone is a pretty girl who loves being brushed! Actually you'd only need to hold the brush and she'd brush her face against it by herself. She loves playing with toys and getting lap pets, too. She was a sweet darling! (2014)
A shy timid kitty with the most interesting marking! (2014)
Fiona is one of the most mellow and shy kitties I've met. It takes more time to warm up with her and get her out of the shell. But once she does, she'd sit on my lap and purr away. Reality is that most people still see black cats as less desirable... Sometimes I really wish at least they'd have the chance to show you their lovable personalities. (2014)
Casper / Harley
Ah, Casper. Formerly named Harley at the animal shelter. Every day I'm thankful he chose me to be his human. He is unbelievably sweet. He was brought into the shelter as a stray and had a deep gash on his face right next to his left eye. It took months for the wound to heal before he was putting up for adoption. I'm always amazed how trusting he is despite what he's been through. Casper is chillest and easiest cat ever. He's never fussy about anything and all he wants is to snuggle! He favorite activity is to purr his time away on my lap. (2014)
Sheba is an 8-year-old lady with a coat of smooth long fur. She is elegant and has a character of her own. I believe she deserves someone who can truly appreciate her for the way she is. (2014)
UPDATE: Esmerelda has been adopted! <3
Esmerelda, Esmerelda. I love this girl. She almost went home with me but it didn't work out in the end. She is the one who makes me realize there's a reason behind behaviors. She is in general pretty mellow but would nib when we pet her too much. Normally, she'd be labeled as "difficult" or "with an attitude" already. But after some time, we find out she actually has early-stage arthritis near her tail. That's why she's not very active. That's also the reason she'd nib when people touch or hold her in a way that cause her pain! She's not trying to be difficult. She's just trying to communicate. (2014)
Meowmeow (that's how I call him/her) is the soul behind this My Dirty Paws projects. He is a stray in my apartment building. For 3+ years, I'd see him every single day. Initially he was just asking for food. Slowly after more interactions, he would come close to me giving me head butts. It was a highlight seeing him every day after work. If I had a hard day at work, I'd sit on the floor and talk to him. And he'd be sitting there listening for as long as I wanted to! Saturday afternoons are the best; I'd spend some time with him outside in the sun while he takes his cat naps. He's a special being in my life.
Marie is part of a bonded pair with her brother Donny. They were brought in to the animal shelter after their owner passed away. Every time I visit her, I see fear and insecurity in her eyes. It took a LONG time for her to come out of her shell. Her brother, Donny, is the more active and out-going one of the pair. Their deep bond touches me. Whenever I TLC them, Donny would be out playing and Marie would be hiding in the corner. But from time to time, Donny would go over to Marie to check on her and groom her. (2014)