On the surface, shelter pets seem like rejects.
But when we hear their stories, their experience becomes real,
and we see that all they want and need is a forever home.
If these shelter pets could talk, they would say…



Teddy, the Tenderheart!
He was found on the street, and when I met him, he was in the animal shelter lying in a puddle of his own urine. His eyes were closed, cutting off the reality of his surroundings. But when I came up to him, he responded with affection. I put him in a bed, and he started purring and kneading. After a few weeks in our foster home recovering from an upper respiratory infection, he started to open his eyes. It was quickly evident that he was timid but receptive to love. He also liked to cooperate in the photo studio. Pretty soon I started putting a few outfits on him, and he went along with it. He and I became very attached, and we spent quite a bit of time together over a five-week period. As it approached the time that he should be finding a forever home, I was torn. I loved him dearly, but he would be better off in another home where he was the only cat. After praying about it, I just trusted God to lead me to a person who would be a good fit for Teddy. Within two days I was lead to a senior lady who had lost her cat four months prior. She only wanted a cat who would sit on her lap all the time. TEDDY was that cat! I’m happy to say that his new “mom” has figured him out, and she’s helping him gain confidence to get past the hard life that he has had.

Peppermint Patty

Peppermint Patty is a barely 1-year-old black and white domestic short hair cat. Her story starts with being picked up as a stray, coming in with a gnarly left eye. Animal Friends of the Valleys immediately determined that she was worth fighting for, so they scheduled surgery to remove her eye. She came into my home the day of her surgery, and for 10 days she wore a surgery cone so the eye could heal. She was an awesome patient. In no time she was up on her feet, ready to love and be loved on. After 14 days the surgery site healed, and then the real Peppermint Patty started to show. She loves dogs. She loves other cats. She loves to cuddle and play. She is irroestiable and persistent when she wants to give you attention. She is probably one of the most tender-hearted, gentle cats I’ve met, and she shows that by softly reaching out with her paw to my face or arm. She has no idea she has only one eye. After 4 weeks in our foster home, she was adopted by a gal who already has a male cat with one eye. Perfect match.


Abby is an eight-year-old dilute calico Siamese mix, with soft, light blue eyes. She was surrendered by her owners because someone in the house was allergic to cats. She was with us only for a few days when it became evident that she would probably stay with us. But trying to be true to the mission of foster, I took her to her first meet-and-greet with a potential new family. Three-minutes before meeting the family, they called to cancel. Then a few hours later, I got a call from someone I know who was interested in her, but that didn’t work out. So three weeks after we took her in for respite, we adopted our little Abby. She has a unique way of talking…everything she says is said with emphasis, as shown in the last photo…she squeaks and closes her eyes. It took her 6-weeks to settle in after being adopted. It just takes time.

Colby Jack

Colby Jack is a 2-year-old orange tabby. He was a stray, got adopted, and then was returned for no reason. I took him in as a foster to provide him some soothing respite, since when he came back to the shelter, he had lost his spirit. Within one week, he was ready to go back to the shelter to get a home. Colby Jack quickly got a forever home, and is now the best friend of a 15-year-old boy who fell for Colby Jack as soon as he met him.


Buddy came into the shelter on March 23, 2020, and no one had come to see him when I took him into foster in our home two months later.

Buddy is a supper cool cat. He has two colors of eyes, and that’s what makes him unique and special. He’s friendly, playful, and loving. He likes to engage and then he likes to hang out on his cat tree. There’s nothing wrong with his eye, it’s just dark.

As each day passes in our foster home, Buddy Blue gets more comfortable. He’s letting his real personality show. I like to be picked up. He likes to eat. He doesn’t like it when I stop petting him.