EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of an ongoing series that features Burien CARES animal adoptees looking for loving homes. This edition is sponsored by Sit ‘N Stay Pet Sitting: By Cydney Moore


Annie is a plush Maine Coon-mix, who loves belly rubs. This 5 year old feline has a very sociable side, which is immediately made obvious upon meeting her. My initial greeting from Annie was her promptly exiting her kennel, walking over to me, and plopping down on the floor, at which point she rolled over and stretched out to receive aforementioned belly rubs. She maintained this position for a considerable length of time before setting herself upright to come after head pats and ear scratches. Annie has been at the Burien C.A.R.E.S. shelter for nearly a month. She was surrendered after her original owner passed away, and has been waiting for someone to come claim her ever since. Although she displays the warmth of a cat who has been well-loved, she also shows a skittish side that suggests she is ill at ease (she was very frightened when she was first brought in, and has been slowly coming out of her shell), and just wants to go home. She doesn’t particularly like other pets, so the stress of being in close quarters with so many others gets to her, and sometimes she will startle at quick movements or loud noises. In a cozy setting where she can receive all the attention her heart desires, though, it is clear she will make a lovable and adoring companion for the incredibly lucky person who adopts her. Annie is, overall, in fairly good health. She does have a heart murmur, and the vet has noted that she could use a teeth cleaning, but other than that, she has tested negative for feline AIDS/feline leukemia, has been flea-treated and de-wormed, is up-to-date on all of her shots and spayed, and has been microchipped. I’d encourage anyone who has room in their life for a sizeable, fluffy sweetheart to stop by the shelter to visit with Annie; but will caution you to come prepared to take her home, because you will most certainly fall in love at first sight.


Truth is a BIG boy! This medium-haired, tiger-striped tabby is 24 pounds of lovable chunk. He is around 9 years old, and he has an unusual habit of eating all the food within reach. Truth was surrendered in January by his owner, who described him as “amazing”; the volunteers and staff at the shelter agree. Upon meeting him, they told me he is very sweet, and has shown to do well with “(certain) other cats, and (certain) kids.” Although Truth was very friendly when we were introduced, and never displayed any type of aggression, he did seem to be hesitant to leave his kennel, and almost despondent to most displays of attention. Given how lovey the folks at C.A.R.E.S said he was when he initially came to the shelter, it seems as though he has developed a sense of melancholy from being abandoned there, and the sadness is seeping out around the edges. He reacted to my affections slightly, showing that he did have an appreciation for the normal things cats do (chin rubs, petting, even playing a bit with toys, etc.), but his reactions seemed muted, dulled by an overlying sense of depressiveness that truly pains the heart to witness. This sweet and sensitive guy need someone to show him the love he is missing, and bring him back to his happy, charismatic self. Besides being overweight, Truth is in great health. He has lost a couple of pounds since coming to the shelter, but still has a ways to go. Because of his size, he can sometimes have a little trouble cleaning himself fully, so until he loses a bit more weight, he may need to occasionally have his backside wiped (using a warm, wet washcloth once in a while can easily do the trick). Other than that, however, he has been given a clean bill of health, and has been neutered, vaccinated, flea-treated and dewormed, and microchipped. Truth is a good kitty with a good heart; his demeanor displays a caring and affectionate core, beneath the loneliness brought on by his situation. If given a loving forever home, it is without doubt that this big, handsome boy will get back to the delightful personality he is known for.
To learn more about Annie or Truth, or to find out how you can foster/adopt, please contact Burien C.A.R.E.S. at (206)-812-2737 or stop by during business hours at 909 SW 151st Street. Burien C.A.R.E.S. is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter serving the City of Burien; more info at www.buriencares.org. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.
Sit ‘N Stay Pet Sitting, LLC Serving Burien, Normandy Park, and Des Moines Phone: 206.370.0169 Website: http://www.wesittheystay.com

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