Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
When all the people moved out of a group home everyone brought their cats with them, but Bradi was left behind. We couldn’t find out much about her past specifically, but it seems she wasn’t well socialized with new people. She has had trouble acclimating to shelter life and was at first outspoken about not wanting humans in her space, but with both patience and persistence, she has begun to show us the lovely cat she can be.
For the first several weeks at Buddy Dog, she locked herself away at the top of a cat tree, and would hiss fearfully at the approach of any person. After weeks of passively spending time in her space, cleaning and feeding an petting her friends, Bradi began to relax in our presence. We made sure to let her take the time she needed, without haste or force. At first it was only brief eye contact while attending to her basic needs, but slowly we began to engage her in play with wand toys and edge our hands closer to her with bowls of delectable wet food. Gradually, we noticed she would only hiss if we got really close, and would start to come out of hiding to explore more of her kennel. Eventually she would allow quite a rare touch or pat; she liked to be gently stroked by the end of a sleeve. Soon enough, she was accepting brief head scratches, which turned into chin scratches, which turned into loving head nuzzles; we swear we heard her purring! She still has along way to becoming a lap cat, but her transforming has been truly remarkable. We have confidence that given enough time and space, she will flourish in a forever-home. Bradi will need a quiet and cat-savvy family to help her settle in and continue to build her trust in people. Her new family will need to be patient with her, but also persistent!
Since she’s been at Buddy Dog, she enjoys the company of the other kitties. She has no complaints about sharing her communal cat kennel with her feline friends, and has not once given any "newcomers" any trouble. Having a confident and social kitty might even be a good example for her in a new home. We believe she would be an excellent, calm companion for another social cat. While we currently have no history of her with dogs, she seems fearful of barking and bouncy, rambunctious dogs. It is possible she would do okay with a relaxed dog who would keep to themselves. This can be further tested if a potential family has a dog. Bradi will need a quiet home in general; the activity and noise of young children and their visiting friends would be too frightening. An adult-only home would be best, but we know there are loving kitty-experienced mature kids whom Bradi may learn to befriend.
Bradi is a spayed female, about 3 years old.
How to Adopt
We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Bradi in person at our facility prior to filling out an application. Visitors are welcome to our shelter any time during business hours, no appointment needed. You can find our location and hours here. Applications are available to be filled out in person at our front desk. Our general adoption policies can be found on our page here.
The ideal home described below is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff and believe will be necessary for Bradi to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Bradi must be strictly indoor-only
Adult-only home, exceptions considered for older cat-savvy kids
Dedicated to taking the time needed for Bradi to adjust to her new home (expect at least one to two months of no-contact or hiding behavior, followed by gradual confidence building)
Use of a cat-sitter when needed; Bradi should never be boarded at a kennel or at a friend's/relative's home
Ability to confine her to one room or area while she settles in (having access to the entire house immediately will be overwhelming and potentially dangerous if she hides in precarious spots or out of sight of her family)
Comfortable with her fearful nature as she adjusts to her new home
No dogs, exceptions considered for quiet low-key and cat-experienced dogs
Yearly check-ups at the vet
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If you are interested in learning more about Bradi; contact a staff member by emailing or leaving a voicemail at 978-443-6990. Visitors are welcome at our facility any time during business hours, no appointment needed.