Fashionable felines

By Joan DiPiero

Housing about 40 cats at any given time, the SPA features felines with coats of every possible color variation. We’ve noticed that our adoptions seem to follow a certain pattern of color choices. During one four-month period, our orange cats are the “in” cats and adopted within weeks of arrival. The next few months, we can’t keep up with the demand for black cats. Sometimes our calicos are the sought-after group.

It’s difficult to determine the reason for these trends in color selections. Perhaps there is a feline version of Vogue with an Anna Wintour-like editor who decrees what the popular choices should be each season. Perhaps “Gray tabby is the new black” will be announced for spring, or maybe “White cats should only be seen from Memorial Day to Labor Day.” These fashion edicts leave many of our wonderful cats unchosen. Right now, we have an abundance of black with white cats, lovely in every aspect, but not the favored color scheme of the moment. Some with tuxedo markings might be suffering the recent trend from formal attire to “casual Friday” mode. What a shallow criteria for choosing a life companion!

Please join us in showing the fashionistas that we will not be swayed by haute couture media hype. We will choose a cat with a blind eye to color, not caring if it is out of style or marks us as hopelessly déclassé. Remember, fashion always returns. The popularity of black and white cats like Felix, or Sylvester, or Socks, the Clinton White House cat, or the Jellicles, is just around the corner. Beat the crowd and make a preemptive fashion-forward move by considering one of our featured cats.

Our four “Connect-the-Dots” sisters offer a variety of spots, smudges, splotches and smiling faces. With fur soft as a bunny as well as sweet temperaments and affectionate natures, Bonnie, Belinda, Brynn, and Betsy are about six months old and long overdue for a loving home. Gilbey, an eight-month-old charming boy, as gentle as could be, loves to snuggle and be held. Smirnoff, about eight months old, demands our attention. Not noticing him is quite an offense, resulting in lots of meowing until he is placed into a secure lap position.

Hurry before they are gone! See them in person at the SPA, Monday-Saturday, between 11 and 2, on our website (, and in our Facebook album (


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