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Domestic Short Hair
Name: SalemSuspected Breed: DSH TortieApproximate Age: 1 yearApproximate Weight: 7 lbs (underweight)Personality: affectionate, outgoingObservations with Dogs: has not done well with dogs in foster homeObservations with Cats: has not done well with other cats in foster home, but reportedly did in SCObservations with Kids: has done well with gentle childrenCurrently Living at: DC area foster home Salem just got done raising her litter of kittens (also available for adoption: Apollo, Hera, and Athena), and now it's time for her! She was an amazing mom... very loving and protective.  Her kittens are fully weaned and Salem is enjoying some alone time in her new foster home apart from her kittens.  She was basically a teen mom, and the little family was found as strays and she was scared initially, but so grateful for the rescue.  We're working on fattening her up!She is being fostered with other dogs and cats, but has yet to be formally introduced to them as she is still decompressing (we follow a strict initial quarantine process and slow introduction).  Her SC foster had children, dogs, and cats, and Salem seemed to do well, but was a bit hissy since she was being protective of her litter.  After about 3 weeks in her DC area foster home, she has not really warmed up to the resident dog and cats, but it could take some more time.  As such, we think she would be best as an only pet.Salem is very social and loves her humans.  She is catching up on a lot of sleep and is playful when awake, but can also be caught sunning herself in the perfect sunbeam and snoozing in front of the TV.  Torties tend to be talkative and very expressive cats with big personalities (we like to call it ""Tortitude"").  They are a lovely breed who tend to be very engaging with their humans.Salem would likely do well with one if adopted with one of her kittens.  Otherwise, she would be best as a solo cat. Please note that cats adopted through DC PAWS must be indoor only, and may not be declawed.The adoption fee for this cat is $150, or if adopted with one of her kittens the fee for both would be $200.  If you are interested in adopting Salem, please submit an adoption application at US & IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES:Please note that you must use our official adoption application in order to be considered for adoption.  Applying through other sites (i.e., Petfinder) will not work.  The following are our applications:Dog application: application: PAWS Rescue does our best to provide accurate and complete information about our adoptable animals.  Please note that we cannot make any guarantees about age or breed; we rely upon our rescue partners and their veterinarians to make those assessments.  We also cannot make any guarantees about housebreaking and animal temperament, as animals can behave differently through transition and in different environments.Our shelter partners provide a basic vet screening for each animal we rescue, which includes necessary vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and spay/neuter (unless the animal is too young or otherwise deemed by the vet to not be a good candidate for surgery). Please note that this is not a comprehensive medical exam and as such, may not identify any and all medical issues, though our goal is to flag any obvious health issues through the basic vet screening.  We share all medical records with adopters and are completely transparent about any known issues prior to adoption finalization.  ABOUT DC PAWS RESCUEOur rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based dog and cat rescue in the DC area.  We rescue locally from Prince Georges County, MD, and from rural shelters in the south (presently Pickens County, Anderson County, and Greenville County in SC, and Raleigh County, WV).We partner with a local rescuer in Pickens County, SC, who saves adoptable cats and dogs from the three area shelters.  For the animals in this rural area, rescue is a critical lifeline, and often the only lifeline.  Our rescue partner not only works with DC PAWS to save as many dogs and cats as possible, but she has also established a successful spay/neuter program in the community to decrease the number of homeless and unwanted animals over the long term.FOSTER AN ANIMAL IN NEEDFosters make it possible for DC PAWS to save and care for homeless, neglected and abandoned animals!  To learn about fostering dogs or cats for DC PAWS Rescue, please visit: AN ANIMAL IN NEEDFor any of our animals!  Sponsors help us provide critical medical care, food, boarding, and other support for animals facing euthanasia.  Individuals who sponsor a dog or cat receive special recognition on the animal's profile.  Sponsorships can also be made in honor or memory of a loved one, and you may designate to whom DC PAWS Rescue should provide notice of your gift. Sponsorship levels of $250 and $150 include “naming rights” for a future dog or cat (respectively) that we rescue.To learn more about sponsorship, please visit:


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  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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