EDINBURG – Ziva, a 1-year-old black domestic short-hair cat, put her energetic personality on display earlier this week when given the freedom to roam one of the office rooms inside the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter.
Having never been in the room before, Ziva zipped from corner to corner, crawling under chairs, exploring the bottom shelf of a bookcase and flattening herself to squeeze under a small ottoman.
“She’s interested in everything, as you can tell,” Holly Helsley, an animal caretaker at the facility, said as Ziva clawed her way under a chair and into a corner of the room.
Ziva, who has “a lot of life,” Helsley said, is fully equipped to find a new permanent home after being brought to the shelter toward the end of January. Ziva actually arrived at the facility as part of a pair, according to Helsley, but saw her sister, Molly, recently picked up for adoption.
Ziva has been spayed since her arrival, Helsley said, and has also been updated on vaccinations, has been wormed and treated for fleas. The next step is finding the feline a permanent home.
“She’s super playful. She gets along with everybody, so I think a home with kids (would be a good fit),” Helsley said. “I don’t think she minds dogs too much. We test our dogs in there, we bring the dogs in and test them, and I think she does OK with them.”
Ideally, Helsley said, Ziva would go to a home in which she would get plenty of interaction from her owners and get the chance to spend time with an “upbeat family that’ll chill with her.”
“She’s very sweet,” said Helsley, who added that Ziva likely won’t add much more bulk to her 5-pound frame. “She’s not one that’s just gonna, when you’re walking through the house, she’s gonna get the back of your leg. She’s not one of those.”
The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter has seen the adoption rate of its cats slow considerably, said Helsley, who added that with kitten season right around the corner, the facility is hoping to free up space by finding permanent homes for its current feline residents.
The shelter’s adoption fee for cats is $15.
“We’ve kind of had a halt on our cats here lately. Our dogs have been good but our cats have kind of came to a screeching halt,” Helsley said. “And if they go out, they’re coming back. We’ve dealt with this before.
“We’re trying to do the best we can with our cat adoptions,” she added. “Fifteen bucks for a lifetime of love, you can’t beat it.”
The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg. For more information, contact the shelter by calling (540) 984-8955 or visit online at shenandoahcountyva.us/animal-shelter.