Athena

My goodness, I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write this. In 2008, I had just moved out of the house I was living in, and I had a 5 month old kitten who was used to having other cats to play with. Sadly, those other cats stayed with my former roommates, and she was terribly lonely. So, I went to QAS in search of a companion for her. And that was when I first saw this adorable gray tabby, just chilling with about 4 other cats, totally unphased by anything around her. The shelter had dubbed her “Marina,” since she was found wandering around Marina Bay right after a December blizzard in 2007. I fell in love with her right on the spot. I adopted her, and named her Athena.

When I got her home, she wanted nothing to do with people, but she ADORED my kitten, Izzy. Izzy gave her the grand tour of the apartment, showing her where the food and litter box were, and the two were inseparable. It took two full years for Athena to be ok with people, but I never gave up on her, and Izzy just loved her so much. But that’s all ancient history now. At the ripe old age of 12 (Izzy is now 10), the two are just as inseparable as they were back then… only now, I’m part of the trio. Athena has turned into a regular little cuddle-bug, and you’d find all three of us parked on the couch on any given night. She’s an old girl now, with a touch of arthritis in her hips, and she insists on being carried to meals, but she’s loved, and has been since the day her adoption was finalized. She’s had a good, long life, full of love, snuggles, and treats. I’m so grateful to QAS for bringing her into my little family; I can’t imagine life without her.

Sincerely,
Susan Kemen

Simba

We adopted Simba in April 2018 and can’t imagine our lives without him! He brings us so much joy. Whether it’s playing with his toys, zooming around the house, or simply lounging in various silly positions, he keeps us laughing. Thank you for allowing us to give him his forever home!

— Ellen & Andrew

Monty

We adopted Monty (formerly known as Almond) back in October 2013. As soon as my husband and I saw her at the shelter, we fell in love and applied for her right away. I knew then and there that this was the cat for us. I had never had a pet before, and so I was very excited. We adopted her at 5 months – she was still a kitten at the time, but she’s grown since then.  Monty has quite the personality, and loves to watch birds from our living room. She’s also very vocal, eats and drinks well, and is just a happy go lucky kitty cat. My favorite time of day is when I come home. She stretches out before me, scratches on her scratching post, and then rolls over at my feet so I can pick her up and pet her. Josh and I love her, and completes our little family. Should we decide to adopt again, we will most likely come back here!

— Best, Josh, Nandanie, and Monty

Snowflake

Jerry’s lap is not big enough. Yoda is still a little skittish but loves to sit or stretch out on Jerry. Snowflake sits on whoever’s lap is available. They both love being brushed and have found favorite places to sleep. We’re enjoying them every day.

— Claudette and Jerry Newhall 

Bailey

Hello,

We wanted to send you a little picture of our Bailey (fka Misty), who was with you for a very long time before becoming a part of our family almost 2 years ago now. As you can tell from the enclosed pictures, she adjusted quite well! She’s a very loving and endearing cat, and we simply love her!. She’s also grown to love her brother (also a fellow QAS alum..Reilly, whom we adopted almost 10 years ago now!). There is such a thing as a Happily Ever After…thanks to you guys!

— The Griffins

Molly & Kung Fu

My mom and I adopted Molly and Kung Fu in November, and what a success! The first few weeks, they were very shy and only came out every few hours. But now, they’re running around the house, waking us up in the morning, meowing away and knocking things over! Molly is very skiddish, but loves to play and sleep, while Pumpkin refers to relax (although he does tag along in her mischief too). Pumpkin’s a big lovebug, and Molly is so energetic! Maybe she’ll be like him when shes older :).
Overall, Molly and Pumpkin love it here and we’re glad we gave them a fantastic new home.

Thanks a bunch, 
— Natalie and Susie

Kelly

My husband and I adopted “Kelly” from QAS last May 2017.  We fostered her first, to see if we could successfully integrate her into our already-one-cat household.  We are the proud cat parents of a wonderful 14 year old senior, Tubby. We brought Kelly (an 8 year old loving and friendly sweetheart) home from QAS, set her up in our spare bedroom, and kept her there (with her many creature comforts) with the door closed for 4 days (we visited her frequently, of course!).

After 4 days passed we opened the door and put up two stackable baby gates.  This allowed Kelly to ‘meet’ (and get used to) Tubby (and vice versa), but eliminated the risk of a fight. We kept this “baby gate” arrangement for almost 2 weeks.  At that point, we took the gates down for the “in-person” (“in-feline”?) meeting and it went remarkably well!

Now, 9 months later, they are almost friends J. They co-exist beautifully with only the occasional scuffle.  When they’re apart, they look for (and miss!) one another.  It’s been wonderful to have two. Also, it’s worth mentioning that we adopted Kelly with some medical issues. She required a tooth extraction and an additional/second spay surgery.  She was worth all of it and then some.  We love her dearly and we are SO happy to have her as part of our family.  SUCCESS!!!

Thank you so much for taking Kelly in, for and giving her food, love, and shelter when she needed it.

Sincerely,
Elinor & Erik Kostanski
Melrose, Massachusetts

Riley

We adopted Riley (Giselle) in September 2017. She adjusted quickly to our home and is now an mischievous, snuggly goofball. She spends most of her time under a blanket on our bed, on top of our kitchen cabinets, or curled up in her hammock by the window. She loves to play, especially with ribbons and jingly balls – we think she may be training for a major-league soccer career! She also loves playing in paper bags, and bubbles. We are so grateful for the Quincy Animal Shelter for introducing us to Riley.

— Tori and Ben Todd

Thaddeus

I just wanted to thank you all for your continued work to make a better life for all the animals you guys see.

My fiance and I adopted Thaddeus in November ’15. He is the most handsome, goofy, lovable guy. Thad has taken over our home and our hearts. We just wanted to give you all an update! He is the best and we are so happy with our experience with QAS. Thank you all again!

— Elizabeth Devine, Dan Shapiro & Thaddeus

Magnus

We adopted Goose (now Magnus) mid February. He was a nervous cat for the first few weeks. His favorite spot was under the bed. He had to wear a shirt for a bit due to overgrooming, but once he was put on a hypoallergenic diet he began to improve. Today he is very talkative. He enjoys a good window, chasing some toys, being pat with a grooming glove, and sleeping in a uhaul box with a blanket instead of the cat bed. We are happy to have him.

— Gregg Isaacson