Pet of the Week: Curious Corra just wants to play

Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker at Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, holds Corra. A dilute tortie, Corra is available for adoption.   Henry Culveyhouse/Daily

Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker at Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, holds Corra. A dilute tortie, Corra is available for adoption. Henry Culveyhouse/Daily

WINCHESTER — In the feline kennel of the Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, Corra the cat slinks around a counter, knocking off spoons and other loose items. Her bed is on top of her cage, about 10 feet high, and after playing in the morning she climbs up the cages and catches a mid-afternoon snooze.

Corra, a domestic shorthair, is between 1 to 4 years old and weighs between eight to 10 pounds. Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker at the facility describes Corra’s personality as “loving, affectionate, playful and curious.”

“She just wants attention, she just wants to be held, she just wants to play,” Dixon said.

Dixon said Corra was brought into the shelter as a stray on Oct. 25 after being found in a rural area of Frederick County. Little of her origins are known, Dixon said.

“It could have been a drop off, it could have been it was born there and it hung around,” Dixon said. “A lot of times when you get out into the country area, cats are born and raised out there, or somebody moved away.”

Corra could adjust to a wide range of living situations, just as long as her owner gives her attention and affection, Dixon said.

“I would say even if you were a single or adult or have kids, she would do great in any home — just as long as she got attention,” Dixon said. “She could be an indoor cat or even an indoor-outdoor cat because she still has her claws to defend herself.”

Even in households with other cats or even dogs, Dixon said she believes Corra could adjust.

“She saw a dog the other morning and she wasn’t horrible with it, but she was a little standoffish,” Dixon said. “She seems to do fine with the other cats.”

However, Corra does not like being touched at the base of her tail. As Dixon rubs that area, the back of Corra’s hair rises and her tail begins to flick.

“Not a lot of cats like being touched right there,” Dixon said. “She seems to tolerate it, but you can tell she’s irritated.”

Corra eats both wet and dry food, Dixon said.

“We rely on donation food, so she doesn’t have a set preference,” Dixon said. “You can tell by her belly she likes food. We recommend to owners when they put a cat on a particular food, they need to stick with it and give them time for their bellies to adjust.”

Corra is de-wormed and is up-to-date on all her shots, except for rabies shots, Dixon said. Any potential owner, Dixon said, is mandated by the state to have her spayed after adoption.

“We actually don’t know if she’s been spayed or not, because some cats get a belly like hers when they’re spayed and other cats don’t,” Dixon said. “The only way you can really tell on a female cat is if they have a tattoo that designates they’ve been spayed.”

Dixon said one of the reasons Corra has yet to find is because during the holidays, people are more interested in adopting kittens rather than full-grown cats.

“A lot of shelters don’t have a lot of 8-week-old kittens during Christmas time,” Dixon said. “Corra is still very playful, but her personality is set. How she’s acting now is how she’s going to act.”

Corra’s adoption fee is $80, with $50 of that going towards a certificate to have her spayed. For those interested in adopting Corra or any other animal at the shelter, he or she may visit the facility at 161 Fort Collier Road, Winchester between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They may also contact the shelter at 540-667-9192.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or

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