"Friends of the Shelter Inc - Vinton, IA"

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Featured Cat

Say hello to our big lover, Valentino! Originally found on Valentine’s Day, it’s no wonder where this boy got his name. After being brought into our care, Valentino was adopted into a home. Unfortunately when his family went through a divorce, they decided they weren’t able to keep him and he was brought back to our care. Although we were devastated he was returned after being with his family for 1.5 years, we learned a lot about his personality, which helps us make sure we find the perfect match. Valentino lived in a home with 3 small kids, all under the age of 10, and did fantastic. He never got aggressive, swatty or upset with them – always laid back and ready to go with the flow. His home also had a large dog, whom he got along with great. Since being back with us, he has gotten along well with other laid back cats, asked for snuggles and loved all the attention he has received. Valentino is a wonderfully playful and friendly cat, waiting for a home that’s waiting to make the commitment of a lifetime!

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Featured Kitten

If you’re looking for a cute and quiet boy, Finley may be the one for you! Originally born as a stray, Finley came into our care with two litter mates. Since he hadn’t been handled daily, humans were quite scary to Finley. But we have to say, we can’t really blame him! All he knew was we were the people that took him from where he was comfortable…but at least we were giving him yummy food, fresh water and a cushy bed to snuggle in.
Shortly after being in our care, Finley began coming around. Instead of hisses, we heard soft purrs that quickly turned into a loud motor. We watched his personality go from a frightened and timid boy to a playful and energetic kitten! Finley loves running around with other kittens and finding that special buddy to snuggle with. Although he can still be fearful with loud noises and new surroundings, when he’s picked up and cuddled, he melts in your arms. Finley would benefit from a home that will provide lots of patience and TLC – but one that won’t forget all of the FUN a kitten is supposed to have.
Finley didn’t have the best start to life, but we’re determined to give him the ending he deserves. In a short time, he has already realized that humans aren’t scary; help us show him we’re a creature to love just like he is to us!