Memories of Shelter Cats


It has been over two months since the local SPCA told all of us volunteers to stay home. They are still taking care of and adopting pets but they are doing it with just their paid staff. That means the cats and dogs are still finding homes but they have fewer people around to pay attention to them while they are there.

While I was volunteering, I took photos of some of the cats almost every time I was there and I thought this would be a good time to share some of the ones from this year. The last time I was there was March 19th, over two months ago, so I’m sure all of these kitties have found homes by now. At least I hope so. I also have forgotten all of their names except Grampa Hulu who was unusual because he was a male tortie.


Grandpa Hulu


Hopefully they will be letting us volunteers come back pretty soon.

23 thoughts on “Memories of Shelter Cats

  1. The Island Cats

    We hope all those cuties are in their forever homes now. The mom hasn’t been volunteering at the shelter for the past 6 weeks either. Numbers were really down so she decided to take a break because of the virus. There were a few people volunteering still. But things are ramping up again…more kitties at the shelter…so the mom will probably be going back soon.

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      1. iamthesunking

        Would it be ok for me to take a copy of his picture, please, to send it to my friend who is tortie-obsessed? She has 4 so far and I don’t think she’s ever seen a male.

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        1. franhunne4u

          Male tortoiseshells are rare and are usually sterile (From Wikipedia)
          Als from Wikipedia:
          A male cat, like males of other therian mammals, has only one X and one Y chromosome (XY).

          That X chromosome hence determines the coat colour. […]

          Very rarely (approximately 1 in 3,000) a male tortoiseshell or calico is born; these typically have an extra X chromosome (XXY), a condition known in humans as Klinefelter syndrome, and their cells undergo an X-inactivation process like in females. As in humans, these cats often are sterile because of the imbalance in sex chromosomes.

          Some male calico or tortoiseshell cats may be a fusion of two twins into one cat (must be two males, if I understood correctly, which sounds a little gruesome, like The Fly-horror movie)

          Others are mosaics, in which the XXY condition arises after conception and the cat is a mixture of cells with different numbers of X chromosomes.

          It is complicated and I am not good enough to make it simpler.

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          1. Charles Huss Post author

            Thank you for sharing that info. I read up on genetics when researching whether ginger cats are friendlier than average and discovered that a couple of hours of research was not enough to understand the topic.

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  2. Robin

    So many beautiful kitties! That is really unique that you found a male tortie. I hope that they all find forever homes soon.

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