Cats need permanent homes

Published 8:56 am Wednesday, August 18, 2010

With the Freeborn County Humane Society filled to capacity, the nonprofit organization’s leadership is looking to find some good homes for some of their feline friends.
Humane Society volunteer Char Butterfield said at last count there were more than 50 cats and kittens at the shelter, with between two and six cats per cage.
“I’ve had to turn people away left and right,” Butterfield said of people who are wanting to turn cats into the organization.
Among the cats currently at the shelter, there are both mature cats and kittens. The cats are all litter-trained, up to date on shots and altered, she said.
Butterfield encouraged people to come in and interact with the cats if they are considering adopting one.
“It’s easy to come and look at the cats, but once you actually start interacting with them, you find that each one of them has their own distinctive personality,” she said.
People should call in advance before stopping to look at the animals.
The shelter is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for visiting hours, Butterfield said.
For information on adopting any of the cats, contact the Humane Society at 377-8501 or The organization’s website is at
The following highlights four of the Humane Society’s mature cats that range in age from 2 to 5:

Naomi is a domestic short-haired orange and white cat who is affectionate and loves attention. She enjoys playing with her string toy. She came in as a very frightened mother with kittens. Her kittens have all been adopted. With love and patience, Naomi has blossomed into a loving and trusting cat.

Josie is a total lovebug whose favorite thing is being petted. Her soft, thick fur is almost all black, except for three white patches. She gets along very well with other cats. Her family was moving and couldn’t keep her. She is good with other cats and children, Amberg said.

Derrick is a dilute calico who is very mellow, loving and accepting, said Freeborn County Humane Society Vice President Dee Amberg. Though he may seem pretty quiet, he can be playful if someone else instigates. He has a loud purr. He loves to sit on people’s laps and has a loud purr.

Eddie is a Russian blue cat that came to the Humane Society with a softball-sized abcess on his neck. After much treatment, he is almost fully improved. He is laid back and versatile, going along with any change without a problem. He does well with other cats and keeps a clean cage, too. He loves attention.

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