Jersey Shore was found in a backyard, in a box with his four litter mates. They were only a few weeks old when the woman who found them brought them to CATS Bridge to Rescue, a no-kill cat rescue organization in Pennsylvania.
As a kitten, Jersey didn’t like being handled, so he just stayed in the background while his brothers and sisters monopolized the attention. The shelter staff tried to play with him but he didn’t like to interact with people.
His friendly litter mates were adopted quickly and Jersey soon found himself alone. The CBTR staff knew they would have to work extra hard to help Jersey overcome his shyness and learn to trust people. So, that is just what they did!
When he was old enough, Jersey enjoyed leaving his cage and freely zipping about playing with every cat in the main cat room, even those that hissed at him. He showed a wonderful, outgoing confidence with cats of all ages but his people skills needed serious help.
The shelter’s behaviorists worked extensively with him to gain his trust. Within a short time, Jersey began to come around. He allowed those he trusted to pet him and even pick him up. The more he was played with and loved, the more Jersey opened up.
Today, Jersey Shore is a spunky, fun-loving, playful cat. He is a handsome guy too, with golden eyes and sandy coloring and eight months old! Once he knows and trusts someone, he becomes frisky, confidant and affectionate. Jersey happily jumps into the lap of anyone he trusts and will even let his friends give him belly rubs.
Jersey Shore needs a home that will be patient with him and let him get to know his new family slowly and on his own terms. He will not let people he does not know or does not yet trust pick him up or rub his tummy, though he will play with anyone who has a toy in their hand. Once Jersey feels loved and safe and has had plenty of play time, he will become the purrfect family cat.
C.A.T.S. Bridge to Rescue (Caring About the Strays) is a non-profit, no-kill, 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to caring for the abandoned, sick and unwanted cats and kittens in our communities through adoptions, community awareness and fostering. They have a rescue building as well as a foster care program, which are both solely run by loving volunteers. They have no paid employees.
CBTR’s mission is to help stop overpopulation by providing a low cost spay/neuter program, as well as educational information on the importance of sterilization and responsible pet ownership. They believe that every animal brought to them deserves a chance at life and finding a home to call their own.