This month’s Adoptable Pet from Second Chance Animal Aid.
Age: 6 months
Health: Treated for fleas, mites, worms, eye infection, upper respiratory cold virus, ringworm (fungus) vaccinated, and neutered. All SCAA animals receive international-standard PAW veterinary care.
Ideal Home: Zorro’s active and playful temperament is well suited to a family home with older children and/or with a friendly pet – a cat and especially a dog.
Zorro was a tiny bundle of dirty fur, his eyes weeping and lungs weezing from infection, when he was found huddled pitifully against a building on a busy downtown Shanghai street corner. He even had chewing gum stuck in his tail! Zorro was hand raised and just as he was getting over his cold virus, he suffered from a common fungal infection (ringworm) that sidelined his adoption prospects for many weeks.
Displaying his easy-going personality, Zorro took his regular baths in stride. It’s amazing Zorro’s rescuers spotted him considering it took him a couple months to start mewing softly in foster care – we began to wonder if we had the first mute kitten. Zorro has since made up for it with his persistent howls and yowls to be let in to “the puppy area” of his foster home so he could play with his canine companions.
An affectionate, curious, playful and adventurous kitty – Zorro is always eager to make new friends but is still working on proper greetings and giving fellow felines and canines some personal space – since he was raised as a single kitten without any siblings to learn how to play, it takes Zorro a little time realize that jumping on another cat’s back or on a dog’s head to start a fun game of hide & seek doesn’t go over well with his new animal friends. Thanks to his fellow foster animals as well as training on his foster mom’s part, Zorro now minds his manners.
Zorro’s sleek black coat is accentuated by his shiny black nose and large eyes with pupils that are often fully dilated. He practically disappears in the dark and seems to enjoy his camouflage powers; we don’t have the heart to tell him his oddly greying coat (very Geoge Clooney-esque) makes him easier to spot trying to sneak up on you nowadays! Zorro’s eyes shake slightly, a permanent side-effect from his battle with strong viruses as a tiny, frail kitten. His condition (called Nystagmus) isn’t contagious and it doesn’t affect his vision – as his leaps and bounds around the house playing football/soccer with his favorite toy mouse attest to.
Zorro likes children and as his previous foster family will tell you, a certain little girl sure liked him. Although a young child could get scratched by his eager bunny kicks, older children who can be trusted to leave Zorro alone in the rare moments he prefers to be can easily pick Zorro up and carry him around the house. He’ll run off when he finally tires of the attention and wants some peace. Former foster puppies Kato and Mocha treated Zorro like the roughhousing puppy Zorro fancied himself to be when he was fostered with them and Zorro would eagerly welcome another canine companion.
For more information about adopting Zorro, please visit SCAA’s website http://scaashanghai.org/adopt_a_pet.shtml, contact [email protected], or come meet him at Adoption Day on Sunday, September 4 at O’Malley’s Irish Pub (42 Taojiang Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu 桃江路42号) from 11AM – 2PM.
Second Chance Animal Aid (SCAA) is a non-profit organization in Shanghai that helps rescue companion animals and supports local animal or pet welfare projects. Go to www.scaashanghai.org to learn more. Shanghaiist is an official media partner of SCAA.