Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
When a kind person found a local stray kitty, they brought him to Buddy Dog. Timothy’s past is unknown, and he took the transition to the shelter roughly, but over time we got to know the playful, social, and sweet kitty he can be. The Timothy many of us have gotten to know loves the company of other cats, joyfully plays with wand toys, is always excited for treats (especially Temptations!) and enjoys affection and attention from his trusted human friends.
When he first arrived, he was very scared and often hiding away. As he began to settle in, he felt the need to defend and control what he considered his territory from his handlers. As staff noticed him becoming unhappy, we took action to improve Timothy’s well-being and quality of life. For 3 weeks, Timothy spent some R&R at a staff’s home where he had his own guest bedroom to enjoy in peace and quiet – away from activity, noises, and smells of a busy shelter. He enjoyed time napping, bird-watching, and grooming sessions with his foster. But soon Timothy grew restless – he is an adventurous and active little panther after all. He seemed ready to go back into the world now that he had his chance to decompress.
Timothy is back at Buddy Dog, where he now lounges in our large corner kennel, sunbathing and enjoying pets and treats often. What was most remarkable after his return is how much Timothy enjoys the company of other cats. We have never seen him happier than he is now, sharing his kennel with two other cats. When he has free roam of the kitty room during off-hours, he descends into zoomie-mode with his pal Guy, our resident cat.
Timothy’s pride and confidence are not to be underestimated. He knows he’s a beautiful sleek panther kitty, and he’s the boss of his own world. When he is unhappy with how he is being handled, he’s learned that quick glares, grumpy meows, or just a little whack is enough of a warning. He may give you such warnings if you pet his back (he prefers being pat on the chin or head) or pick him up. In his foster home, he displayed mild food-guarding behavior and territorial behavior towards his foster, which may have been due to the confusion and stress of being relocated into an unfamiliar environment or being contained0 to one room. These behaviors disappeared after being reintroduced to Buddy Dog, where he is in a welcoming, see-through pen with his kitty friends and given plenty of attention by the hour.
Something his new family needs to be aware of: Timothy has FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). FIV is a slow-acting virus that weakens the immune system over time; although most cats are not symptomatic. Cats with FIV are prone to secondary infections over time, but often live normal lives as long as they are kept indoors with regular vet check-ups. It is only contagious to cats and is transmitted either through bites or from a pregnant cat to her babies. Timothy would do well in a home with other FIV+ cats. He is very cat-friendly and has made several feline friends here at Buddy Dog, so even if the other cats in the household do not have FIV, we feel Timothy could happily live with other healthy cats as long as they are friendly and adopters understand the risks with FIV. In fact, Timothy seems happiest in the company of other cats; and his caretakers at Buddy Dog recommend that he is adopted into a multi-cat home.
How to Adopt
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We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Timothy 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 Timothy to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Timothy must be strictly indoor-only
If there are other cat(s) in the home: experience introducing new cats to each other, or willingness and patience to follow guidelines for gradual cat-introductions and the ability/space to keep cats temporarily separated for days or weeks as needed
Experience with cat behavior, comfortable handling behavioral challenges mentioned in his description
Aware of the risks of FIV
Yearly check-ups at the vet
If you are interested in learning more about Timothy; 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.