Pet of the Week: ‘Very affectionate’ Alexa awaiting a home

EDINBURG – Alexa, a 2-year-old domestic short hair cat, was scooped up as a stray two weeks ago, and she’s now awaiting her next home while biding her time at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter.

EDINBURG – Alexa, a 2-year-old domestic short hair cat, was scooped up as a stray two weeks ago, and she’s now awaiting her next home while biding her time at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter.

Holly Helsley, an animal caretaker at the facility, recently described Alexa as a “very, very sweet” feline.

“She’s very affectionate,” Helsley said. “She’s a lounger.

“And clearly she’s gonna need a scratch brick,” she added with a laugh as Alexa clawed at the carpet inside a room at the shelter.

A penchant for clawing aside, Helsley said Alexa would be a fine addition to anyone’s home, one that won’t require a ton of maintenance or special care.

“She’s litter box trained and I think she would do well in a home with anybody, honestly,” Helsley said. “I don’t see her being too much for smaller kids or anything like that. I think she would do good with all ages.”

Helsley added that Alexa should thrive in a household with other pets.

“She actually came in with another cat and he’s since been adopted but she doesn’t seem to mind other cats,” she said, noting that Alexa likely wouldn’t have trouble adjusting to life with a canine companion either. “When the dogs come in she kind of looks at them like ‘uh, I’m not sure,’ but she doesn’t hiss or growl or swat.”

Alexa is up-to-date on her vaccinations, Helsley said, though the cat has yet to be spayed. Helsley said the procedure would be the responsibility of Alexa’s new owner unless someone steps up to sponsor the animal in the meantime.

Cat adoption fees at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter are $15.

The Edinburg facility recently experienced a rush of cat adoptions, Helsley noted, as the number of felines available for adoption at the shelter dropped from 17 to 10 in a span of only four hours on Saturday.

Helsley added that the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter has avoided a large influx of kittens this summer, a fact she said is due to owners being more responsible when it comes to spaying and neutering their pets.

“We were expecting kitten season to go boom and it really hasn’t,” Helsley said. “We’re thankful for that and we appreciate the efforts of everybody else because it makes a huge difference.”

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 www.shenandoahcountyva.us/animal-shelter.