Blackjack was brought into the shelter at the end of June, when the person who had been looking after this young stray and trying to socialize him was unexpectedly called up for military service, and it suddenly became urgent that Blackjack get into a safe environment. He was neutered, tested and vaccinated, and the vet tipped his ear, just in case he could only find a home as a barn cat. But he’s a better candidate as a companion cat, as he is not feral. He was frightened at first, unsure of his environment and his role among the other cats in the cat room, and it took him a couple weeks to venture out of his cage. Initially he would retreat from human contact, but would never strike or bite — he would hiss once, and then retreat to the other side of his double-wide cage. But since he’s been venturing out of his cage he is understanding more that humans can be trusted, and he enjoys lounging in a big cat tunnel to observe all the activity in the room, rather than be in the midst of it. All signs point to him being a submissive cat, as he defers to the other male cat he is allowed out with, Clarence. In fact, Clarence and Blackjack seem to have an understanding and mutual respect for each other. He now enjoys being pet on the head by his volunteers, even though he is still a bit anxious about being picked up. We’re working on gaining more of his trust, but we also know that an adopter with skills in dealing with timid cats like Blackjack could do the same work in the home, which would be a much better environment for Blackjack. While he should be fine with older children, he might be wary of small active children. He will probably be fine with a dog, provided it's a gentle, laid-back dog that is accustomed to living with cats.
Blackjack is estimated to be between 1 and 2 years of age, is box-trained, neutered, current on vaccinations, and tested negative for FIV and feline leukemia. He has received dewormers and a flea treatment. Adoption fee for adult cats is $50 (credit card, check or money order payable to “Town of Scituate” — no cash, please!). For more information or an application, email ClayvilleCritters@cox.net, call the shelter at (401) 647-7200, or visit the shelter during regular hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 7 to 11 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can find a downloadable application by scrolling down the Town of Scituate’s Animal Control page: http://www.scituateri.org/departments/animal_control/
Please email all PDF applications to ClayvilleCritters@cox.net for faster processing.