Introducing Lonzo! He is a big, strapping 2-year-old boy who is both gentle and affectionate. Lonzo is a Siamese mix Seal Point with the most beautiful blue eyes. His tattered ears add to his character and also give us a hint of what kind of life he had before he came to Kirkland's MEOW Cat Rescue.
Lonzo was a free-roaming cat who has been abandoned. He was seen foraging for food near garbage cans and dumpsters and he eventually began showing up at people’s doors ‘asking’ very politely for food.
Abandonment is a very real problem and it is a cruel fate for any cat. Previously ‘owned’ cats who are abandoned will not easily fend for themselves outdoors, nor will they do well. Most will suffer premature mortality from starvation, exposure or trauma. An unspayed female lives a very difficult life, spending most of her time pregnant and hungry only to give what little food she has to her offspring. Unneutered males roam to find food and fight, often resulting in debilitating wounds.
After spending some time in foster care, Lonzo is now happily lounging in one of the big, open rooms at MEOW. Gone are the days of wondering if there will be food or warmth. Lonzo has been neutered, microchipped, parasite treated, tested for FeLV/FIV (Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids), dewormed and had a manicure and pedicure. He’s loving life.
Lonzo’s "feline-ality" is a Personal Assistant. The definition of a Personal Assistant: "You're working on the computer? Let me press the keys. Reading the paper? I'll hold the pages down for you. Watching TV? I'll just plop in your lap so you can pet me. I love an orderly household, don't you? I'll help you with all your chores and I'll help you relax when we're done. You'll wonder how you ever managed without me."
If you’re looking for a feline companion who is truly appreciative of the finer things in life, you are invited to come and meet Lonzo. See www.meowcatrescue.org or call 425-822-6369.
Marilyn Hendrickson is a transplant from Montana who has lived in the Kirkland area since 1985. She volunteers weekly at the MEOW Cat Rescue shelter in Houghton and enjoys cooking, reading, wine-tasting and spending time with friends and family.