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Wanted: A home for two cats

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By Kirsten Laskey

Most animals come and go from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, but this is not the story for Nalani and Puff. The two cymric long-haired cats came to the shelter and have stayed at the shelter for longer than average. Puff, and his sister, Nalani, have experienced two failed adoptions. Their shyness and long hair both require attention and while their new owners meant well, they didn’t realize the type of care these cats need. As a result, the two cats have resided at the shelter for about year.Volunteers at Friends of the Shelter are trying to reverse the siblings’ fortunes. “(We are trying) to find adopters who know (cymric’s) issues and can deal with them. The search is on to adopt them … to find them a good home,” Mary Timmers, vice president of Friends of the Shelter, said. Peter Roberts, Friends of the Shelter volunteer, said they are looking for people who are willing to make a commitment and who truly understand Nalani’s and Puff’s issues.A quiet home would be good, especially one with no other pets and no children, he said. Additionally, the two cats need to stick together. Roberts explained the brother and sister have bonded; they have relationship.Adopters would not be burdened, although Nalani and Puff require care, they are wonderful pets, Roberts said. “They’re gorgeous, they’re friendly, they’re very sweet,” he said. “They’re wonderful pets for someone with patience.” The two cats came to the shelter as roamers. Timmers guesses they are either one or two years old. The cats are in a free living situation at the shelter.Technically, Timmers said, the shelter is a no-kill shelter so Nalani and Puff are not facing a dire situation. Since she has been involved in the shelter, she said, “We have been able to avoid euthanizing any healthy dogs and cats.” However, things could become problematic if overcrowding occurs. Currently, there are six dogs and 12 cats at the shelter, Timmers said. The mission of Friends of Shelter, she said, “is to help the welfare of companion animals in northern New Mexico.”To accomplish this mission, shelter personnel offer a voucher program to cover the costs of spaying and neutering animals. Additionally, they help pet owners and animal shelters cover catastrophic medical care.Timmers added part of the Friends of the Shelter’s mission is to enhance the welfare of the animals living at the shelter through different activities like walking, socializing and grooming.Not only do these activities improve pets’ wellbeing, it makes them more adoptable, Roberts said. He explained socializing makes dogs and cats more adoptable because they are more people-oriented.To support the organization, a fundraiser called Dog Jog is held in April.If interested in adopting Nalani and Puff, call Timmers at 505-470-6973 or Roberts at 505-670-9349.The Los Alamos Animal Shelter is located at 200 Knecht St. and is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Call 662-8179 for more information.