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Dorothy Domestic Short Hair Milwaukee, WI

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
  • Tabby (Tiger Striped), Tabby (Leopard / Spotted)


Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Prefers a home without
Other cats, dogs, children.

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Meet Dorothy

Meet Dorothy! Dorothy is an approximately 4 year old domestic short hair that Milwaukee Pets Alive rescued from Milwaukee Animal Control (MADACC). She has the most adorable overbite! The shape of her muzzle that her overbite creates reminds us of the muzzle belonging to the Cowardly Lion…but as you will read, this little pumpkin is anything but cowardly! She is one of the bravest kitties we know for all she had to endure to get to us. So instead, we named her after another Wizard of Oz character – Dorothy!

Dorothy is a modern, independent cat whose eyes are filled with curiosity. Dorothy's favorite thing in the whole wide world is 'Da Bird' feather toy. When that toy comes out, little Dorothy is on it! Everyone will get out of her way because she is flying across the room and leaping as high as she can to catch that feather. She will play until she is panting, determined to catch her prey. She also enjoys playing with her Turbo Scratcher and doing ninja leaps onto unsuspecting toy mice and Kickeroos.

Dorothy loves naps, cheek rubs, looking out the window, and following foster mom around the house to make sure she didn't want to give her more cheek rubs. “Oh, you did? Good!”, she says. Described by her foster family as a “mama’s girl,” Dorothy cherishes gentle petting during quiet time with her foster mom. Regarding naps, Dorothy has a particular fondness for pet beds. There are pet beds all over her foster home and she lays in any and all of them regularly. A pet bed next to a window is the best way to spend the day. At night, Dorothy is very busy collecting all the cat toys around the house and putting them in her pet beds. What a helpful little girl!

Dorothy has been through a lot. When we found her at animal control she was underweight and at the back of her holding cage there, bleeding from her vulva due to pyometra (an infected uterus), and had been like this for several days there! What a brave, brave girl – in a scary place all alone and hurting to boot! Pyometra requires emergency surgery, so we begged them to let us take her, whisked her up and rushed her to our vet, who was awaiting her arrival and immediately took her into surgery. Dorothy did great in surgery and even immediately after, her vet commented that she could tell Dorothy already felt so much better! Dorothy spent several months recuperating and made a full recovery. This was a lot for her little body to deal with, but now she is finally happy and healthy and living the good life.

We don't know what Dorothy had to deal with in her past or why she was in such bad shape, but we do know it involved some bad people. It took a lot of coaxing, gentle petting, and sweet talk to finally get her to trust anyone. Dorothy is a sensitive girl and needs to feel safe and secure to be her best self. She doesn’t like to be picked up or handled too much. She loves to be pet and to rub her face on your hands, and to sit near you, but otherwise is a very independent girl. She doesn't like a lot of noise or activity because it makes her feel unsafe and uncertain, so we are seeking a home for her without any children.

Dorothy lives in a foster home with other cats. She would do best as an only cat or with 2 other mellow, laid-back, easy-going cats. We think just one other cat companion would put too much attention on her by that cat - unless perhaps there is one older, senior cat who is more interested in naps in their golden years than paying too much attention to another kitty . Dorothy is very independent and fearful of too much attention or assertion. One of the more insecure resident cats in her foster home bullies her so Dorothy would like a forever home without a reactive cat where she can relax and nap and play with her toys. Dorothy plays very well on her own and really enjoys the one-on-one attention of playing with interactive wand toys with her human. This shy girl also needs a home without dogs. As often happens when we discover an animal is stressed by the presence of another animal in their foster home, when we take that information and then find them a forever home that is more suited to their specific likes and needs (without any of what they don't like), their confidence usually grows by leaps and bounds and they really come into their own and blossom – and we anticipate the same will happen for Dorothy when she finds her forever mom and/or dad and is their only animal companion (which she would do very well as!) or with the mix of cat companions described above.

Dorothy is a little bit of a picky eater, but enjoys Fussie Cat Chicken & Tuna and Natural Balance pate mixed with a little water, and a little dry food snack.

This sweet, adorable, petite girl seeks a quiet, calm home to thrive in with a gentle, patient person or persons who will love her always. We want our Dorothy to know, there’s no place like home.

Companion animals are family. They are not “less than”, “below”, “beneath,” or any different from human family members. They are one and the same to us and we seek those adopters who share the same philosophy and feel the same way about these, the most amazing beings we are so privileged to share our lives with. Dorothy’s adoption fee is $70 and, like all MPA adoptables, she is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. If you live in the Milwaukee Metro Area, if you have what Dorothy is looking for in her forever home and will promise to love her as the precious little girl she is (and know you’re lucky to have the opportunity to do so), contact us today.

About Milwaukee Pets Alive

Milwaukee Pets Alive is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the killing of Milwaukee’s homeless pets through comprehensive programs and resources benefiting and serving the companion animals of Milwaukee first. Our top priority is that all healthy, treatable, and rehabilitatable animals at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) achieve live outcomes.

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