Sheena

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 03/31/2009

Desert Paws rescued Sheena and her sister from a feral colony.  While Sheena's sister was very outgoing, Sheena was the shy one who preferred time away from people.  They were quickly adopted as a pair by a very nice lady; however, their adopter experienced some unexpected health issues and had to move into an assisted-living facility.  After they were returned, Sheena's sister was quickly re-adopted, but Sheena couldn't shake those traits that often result from a feral upbringing: avoids other cats, often in hiding, and shy of new people.

Sheena has a strong personality and definitely calls the shots when she interacts with the Desert Paws team.  She does occasionally allow back-scratches, but when the mood leaves her she is gone with the wind!  Fortunately, she is a big fan of wet-food so we are often able to lure her out of hiding with nice bowl of Friskies.  Since these are characteristics that aren't often sought after by new adopters, Sheena has settled in as a Desert Paws Sanctuary Resident.  She is a happy and healthy gal, and we are glad to provide her with a safe and peaceful place to spend her years!

Polly D

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 06/23/2011

Polly D (she’s a polydactyl – extra toes on her front paws) was born in June 2011 to a feral mom.  She was the only kitten in her litter who didn’t disappear.  She came from the same apartment complex as Lynnae (another Sanctuary Cat) and was also living in the parking lot and being fed in secret until Desert Paws Rescue brought her to safety.  She was about 6 months old when we got her; unfortunately about 4 months past the age for easy socializing.  With patience and perseverance from Polly D and her foster mom, Polly D came around enough to be adopted by a nice young couple with a dog that loves cats.  (Polly D was very fond of the dog in her foster home.)  All was going well for a month or two, Polly D and the dog were buddies, but her new family felt that she really missed having another kitty.  Since they could only have 2 pets in their apartment, they returned Polly D.  We were very sad, but Polly D settled right back into her foster home and has made it very clear that she doesn’t want to leave again; she won’t allow any petting and definitely cannot be picked up.  But she’s front and center when the canned food is served, so her foster mom sometimes sneaks a touch on Polly D’s head while she’s eating.  We know she is very happy being back "home" with her kitty friends and enjoying all the comforts of indoor life.

Paige

Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 03/19/2017

Paige was born into our care in early 2017.  She was born very premature and must've been all squished up in utero because her back legs were a bit underdeveloped, which gives her an odd gate and could potentially result in hip issues as she gets older.  Paige's resting grumpy face was a hit at adoption events, but her grumpy attitude has kept her from being an ideal candidate for adoption.  She is extremely shy and isn't a big fan of new people, but does well around her foster-sibs and has a special affection for Freeway (another Sanctuary cat).  They have become a bonded pair, and have both settled in as sanctuary residents.  Paige is a healthy, albeit grumpy, gal and we are more than happy to give her a peaceful and safe place to live out her years with her partner Freeway.

Minnie

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 06/20/2015

Minnie came to Desert Paws in late 2016 with an adorable litter of kittens.  We hoped that once Minnie got through motherhood and settled into a safe environment, she would become more trusting and less skiddish around new people.  Unfortunately, she never quite came out of her shell and was very grumpy anytime she attended adoption events.  Not many adopters are looking to adopt a cat who isn't too sure of humans, and that's OK with us because Minnie gets along just fine with the other sanctuary residents so we are more than happy to give her a healthy and safe place to live out her years.

Lynnae

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 6/8/2009

Nine-year-old Lynnae came to Desert Paws Rescue in 2012, when she was about 3 years old.  She had been TNR'ed at an apartment complex when she was a kitten, and one of the tenants brought her inside and kept her as her own pet.  About 2 years later that person moved and left her behind.  She was friendly but timid, especially after some of the resident children were caught chasing and throwing rocks at her.  Another resident coaxed her onto her patio and gave her shelter and food so she would stay where it was safe.  (Due to extreme health reasons, she could not bring her inside.)  When the apartment complex got a new manager, who threatened to evict anyone who fed the outside cats, she begged Desert Paws to take Lynnae hoping she would adjust to indoor life again and become adoptable.

Lynnae has been in her foster home for over 6 years.  It took a while, but she once again became friendly and approachable.  She likes to be brushed and pet, but does not like to be picked up or carried.  She is happiest perched on the cat condo when the sun is shining on it, or hanging out with the resident dog.  She’s had 2 major dental procedures, including the removal of all of her teeth behind the canines, but is otherwise in good health.  She’s very well-behaved and easy to have around.  She’s quite content in her foster home…it would take her a long time to adjust to a new home and we don’t want to add any stress to her life.  But that’s not to say we wouldn’t entertain the idea if the right home came along!  We realize that very few people are willing to adopt a kitty like Lynnae, so she is welcome to stay in her foster home for the rest of her life if that’s the way it has to be.

Kismet

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 07/08/2011

Desert Paws rescued Kismet from a feral colony when she was just a kitten.  Unfortunately, Kismet has never been able to shake those characteristics that feral cats often possess.  She is extremely shy of humans, avoids new intakes, and is often tucked away in her favorite hidey-hole.  Since these aren't typically traits that new adopters seek, Kismet has settled in as a Desert Paws Sanctuary Resident.  She is a happy and healthy kitty, and we are glad to give her a peaceful and safe place to spend her years!

Karmen

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 01/03/2011

Karmen came to Desert Paws in April 2012 as a mom with four beautiful kittens.  Her kittens were all quickly adopted, but when her chance came she had trouble making it stick.  Karmen was adopted to four separate families, and each time she was returned due to behavioral issues ranging from pottying outside of the litter box, to scratching up furniture, to not getting along with her animal roommates.  She has been a permanent Sanctuary resident since her last return and has displayed zero of the aforementioned behavioral issues.  We understand that new adopter may not want to deal with behavioral issues like Karmen has displayed in the past, and so we are happy to provide her with a healthy and safe place for her to live out her years!

Jake

Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Gender: Male
Born: 04/07/2015

Desert Paws rescued Jake, and his brother Jessi, during the summer of 2015.  They were both pretty fearful of humans at only 10-weeks old, but we hoped that some TLC would turn these two youngsters around.  Despite our best efforts, neither cat really developed the social skills that we hoped for.  We understand that cats who are shy of humans or "skiddish" aren't necessarily what new adopters are looking for.  Jake gets along great with his foster-siblings, and so we are happy to provide him with a safe and healthy environment for him to live out his days.

Freeway

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Male
Born: 05/31/2017

Freeway was rescued in August of 2017 by a good Samaritan who saved him from trying to cross the Superstition Freeway (hence the name).  He was fairly shy and understandably skiddish when he first came to Desert Paws and would spend the majority of adoption events hiding under his bed.  We were never able to break Freeway from his shyness and even know he is only comfortable being pet by a few select people.  We realize that these are not necessarily traits that appeal to a potential adopter, but that's OK because Freeway gets along fine with his foster-sibs, and we are happy to give him a peaceful and safe place to spend his years.

Eliot

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Male
Born: 06/01/2009

Desert Paws rescued Eliot from a hoarding situation.  As is common in hoarding environments, Eliot did not have much contact with new people and as a result was extremely shy and distrustful.  It took a couple of years for Eliot to come out of his shell and let his personality shine!  These days he is commonly called 'The Welcome Wagon' because of his balanced approach and friendly nature towards new Desert Paws intakes.  Eliot is adept at helping new cats settle in to our rescue environment, and we so value his friendly and affectionate attitude!

Despite all of Eliot's incredible qualities, he has one very unfortunate weakness: he's a tinkler.  Our amazing little ambassador has a sensitive bladder, which causes him to urinate whenever and whenever the mood strikes.  This is not typically a trait that a potential adopter is looking for, and so we have happily accepted him as a permanent member of the Desert Paws Rescue team, and a Sanctuary Resident.  We gladly clean up all of Eliot's unintended messes, and are happy to give him a peaceful and safe place to spend his years!

Dovey

Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Gender: Female
Born: 11/12/2014

Dovey and her sweet baby kittens were rescued by Desert Paws in the summer of 2016.  Dovey not only nursed her own litter to adoption age, she also nursed several other young kittens who came to Desert Paws without their mothers.  She was such a good mama that we were hopeful she would easily find the right forever home.  Unfortunately, Dovey was adopted and returned several times because of behavioral issues.  She does mostly OK with the other sanctuary cats, but is very skiddish and shy around new people.  We realize that many cats have traits that will keep them from being adopted, and that's OK, because we are happy to give Dovey a healthy and safe place to live out her days.

Dinah

Breed: DSH
Gender: Female
Born: 02/25/2015

Dinah has always been a mellow and lovable lap kitty that purrs easily. Unfortunately, Dinah has one major flaw that no adopter has been able to see past: she is a tinkler.  Our petite little love-bug has a habit of urinating whenever and whenever the mood strikes.  This is not typically a trait that a potential adopter is looking for, and so we have happily accepted her as a permanent sanctuary resident.  We gladly clean up all of Dinah's unintended messes, and are happy to give her a loving and safe place to spend her years!