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


True to her name, Mystique is a shy and elusive girl. This lithe little cat came in to the CARES shelter in May, and was initially very weary about coming close to people. She had a tendency to hide, and coaxing her out was usually a lengthy task. She has since started warming up to people a bit, and, while still cautious, she will tentatively come forward from her hiding places to investigate people. Once she deems you safe to be near, this delicate, almost waifish feline proves to be a complete sweetheart. When I sat down on the floor of her room to visit, and she eventually determined I was trustworthy, she almost transformed into a different kitty. She was still skittish, any quick movement or loud noise making her flinch and skirt back towards her out-of-reach retreat, but she would usually return momentarily to seek affection. She reacted to every pat and stroke as though it was the best thing in the world, nuzzling and giving head bumps in return. She wasn’t feeling bold enough to be picked up, and wasn’t quite ready to climb up on my lap – but otherwise it was abundantly clear this baby desperately wants someone to shower her with love. Mystique was brought in as a stray. She is only about one year old, and it is not certain how long she was out on the streets. Although this girl may have had a hard start to life, she has the chance now to find a safe home where she can spend the rest of her life in comfort, getting all the care she deserves. The folks at CARES have determined that she is alright around other cats (though she can be selective), and would do well as an indoor/outdoor cat. She is spayed, up-to-date on her shots, flea treated, dewormed, and microchipped – all she needs now is someone willing to put the time in to earn her trust, and to offer as much love as she will in return.


Drax is a playful guy, with a stoic demeanor – until he catches sight of a toy, then all bets are off. This fella loves to run bat around toy balls, or peak around corners to pounce on feathers on a string, etc. I watched him run circles around his playroom, laying on his back to bat and paw at the toy dangling above, and hide behind things so he could pop his head out, duck back, peek out, and dodge back over and over in the hunt for his prey (a fake mouse). And, as much joy and entertainment as watching him play master hunter brings, it doubles when he finally abandons pursuit of his quarry in search of something even better – cuddles. He accepts kisses and pets graciously and with appreciation, making time spent with him a true pleasure. (Side note – he’s not a big fan of being held, but he doesn’t lash out because of it – just tries to escape.) He is an independent chap, however, and once his quota for loving is filled, he makes his way off to go do his own thing – which, in the instances I witnessed, was curling up on a towel up on a shelf. Shelter staff paint this lively fellow as incredibly sweet with people (which I can vouch for), though not so much towards other cats. While he is not known to be overtly aggressive with them, he will sometimes hiss, growl, or take a swat towards them. Mostly he keeps to himself, but he would probably do best as the only cat in a home. Drax is around 6 years old, healthy, neutered, ​up-to-date on all his shots, flea treated, dewormed, and microchipped. He’s been at the shelter since June, and this exuberant and energetic guy could really use the chance to get out of there, and go enjoy a place where he can frolic to his kitty-heart’s content. If you have space in your life for a friendly, lively little addition that will provide you with the highest quality company one could hope for, don’t wait – bring this affable buddy to his new home now!
To learn more about Drax or Mystique, 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 ​Burien C.A.R.E.S. 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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