Pet of the Week: Playful Mr. Meowgi ready to explore a new home

Mr. Meowgi, an 8-week-old domestic medium hair cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – The moment Mr. Meowgi enters a room at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, the 8-week-old kitten begins exploring. He crawls over furniture, navigates his way along a bookshelf and even climbs up the back and onto the shoulder of animal caretaker Holly Helsley.

Mr. Meowgi is one of five kittens that arrived at the facility as part of an owner surrender on May 17, a group of felines that Helsley calls “all love and very playful.”

“If they want somebody to play this definitely is their guy,” Helsley said of Mr. Meowgi, as the domestic medium hair tabby walked along her shoulders. “Somebody to love on. He’s definitely a lap kitty, you can see that. He’s interested in everything. … And he’s not rough, that’s the good thing. He comes up and he just kind of hangs out.”

It’s that outgoing personality that Helsley said sets Mr. Meowgi apart from his four brothers and sisters.

“He’s more affectionate than the others and very talkative,” she said. “He basically sells himself just because of how much of a love he is. He’s not reclusive, he just comes right out and says, ‘Hey, I’m here.'”

The kitten’s friendly, explorative nature would be a good fit for practically any home, Helsley said, although she said small kids would have to be supervised because of the feline’s claws.

Helsley added that Mr. Meowgi seems to do well around the canine residents at the shelter.

“I did an evaluation on a dog this morning that was older and he seemed to do fine around her,” Helsley said. “He didn’t hiss or anything. The other ones not so much, but he was fine. He just kind of stared at her.”

Helsley said Mr. Meowgi is up to date on most of his shots, although he has yet to receive a rabies vaccination, which is something that the kitten’s new owner would have to take care of. He also has yet to be neutered because of his young age.

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg and can be reached by phone at 540-984-8955. More information about the facility can be found online by visiting

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or