From their paws … to your heart!

Welcome to AWS’ blog – written by the pets at AWS!

Whether it’s a dog who likes to blog, a cat that enjoys a chat, a bird who shares the word or the occasional funny bunny, you’ll love hearing from the animals directly. The pets featured in this blog are all looking for new homes. Check back regularly because our pets have a lot to say!

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October 22, 2020: Cute Kyzer Opens Up

Hi there. My name is Kyzer and it’s very nice to meet you. The staff here at AWS tell me that I’m being very brave by coming on here and talking to you all, but I don’t necessarily see it that way. I’m not brave, really, I’m just doing what I think is right. The truth is, I am a little nervous and I do kind of want to stop typing… but I won’t stop now! Because at the heart of it, I really do want to find my perfect family and chances are that they’re out there somewhere close by. You see, sometimes I just get too scared to come out and say hello when people stop by for a visit. It’s not because I don’t like them or anything, I’m just very, very shy. I want to open up more and be more outgoing, charismatic and playful but I think it might take a special person to help me get there. I’m really willing to put in the work if you are, I just need patience and time. I don’t think that’s too much to ask right?

You see, the nice folks here call me “semi-social,” which I guess means that when I was a young baby, I didn’t have enough contact with you humans. I’m not feral and I’m not wild, I just get a little nervous, that’s all. I really do like to be indoors where it’s calm and quiet and I can watch the birds fly by and the squirrels run up and down the trees… and you can be there too! Maybe gently petting my back or just admiring me from afar. But like I said, I’m willing to put in the work! Who knows? Maybe we’ll have a soul connection where you help me break free of my shell and I can blossom like the beautiful little flower I am! I might never be a lap cat or seek out attention, but I’ll forever be grateful and loving and kind. Plus, time changes a cat, as they say, and I might just surprise you! Maybe it just takes a special hand or the loving comfort of a new, quiet home. Doesn’t that sound nice?

Now I know I may not be your typical house cat and yeah, maybe I hide under the bed for a little bit (it’s really interesting under there…) but I promise it’s just because I need time. New things are scary for me! You can understand right? It’s nothing personal and honestly, I really do like humans. Once I’ve warmed up to you like I have with some of the lovely staff here, I can honestly just relax and be myself. I like to snuggle into blankets and be read to and rumor has it, I even purred a couple times when being held! (Sshh! That one’s a secret!) I promise I’m not mean or angry… I’m just shy. But boy oh boy would I like to find my perfect someone. I know once I get to my new home and have plenty of time to get comfortable and relax that I will be a perfect kitty. Everyone deserves a safe home and I hope that mine can be with you! I’m so ready to start this new journey and you know what? I am brave after all! I’m proud of myself for chatting with you today and I can’t wait to get that phone call that my people are coming. I hope to see you soon!



October 19, 2020: A Special Chat from a Special Cat

Zuko here! How is everyone? I’m so excited to be able to chat with you today as I have some super special and important information that I want to share with you all. The nice folks here at AWS were going to make a post about it but I thought hey, why not let me do it? After all, it does pertain to me and my special situation and what better way to educate then to hear it from the source! Plus, I’m a very social kitty and I love chatting with people. I’ve always wanted to be able to click my claws against a keyboard and it seems like now’s the time for me to shine!

So, where to begin? Well, I guess I’ll just start by being honest: my name is Zuko and I have both feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus. It sounds scary, I know. But let me tell you, I don’t let my diagnosis define me! In fact, I find that life seems sweeter now that I know. Plus, I have a whole team of caring and loving AWS staff to back me up and support me… now I just need a forever home to call my own! I know my people are out there and I can’t wait to meet them, I just need to be patient. Anyway, I thought it would be a cool idea to come on here and talk about myself because honestly, my diagnosis is only a small part of who I am. There’s so much more to me than just that!

Basically, I’m super loving, caring and soft. I have golden eyes that can look right into your soul (don’t worry, I only ever see good things!) and I’m mighty friendly. Everyone tells me I’ve been such a good boy since arriving here at AWS and that I deserve to find that someone special. Maybe it’s you? Or someone you know? I’m just so excited to find my family! I know it seems like a lot to adopt someone like me, but I promise that it’s not so different than adopting any other kitty. However, I should mention that because I do have a weaker immune system than most cats, I should be kept inside and on a special diet. I should also be the only cat in your home. Unless, of course, you happen to have a cat that already has FIV or FeLV. Wouldn’t that be cool?! I’m so ready to find my perfect family who’s willing to open up their heart to me because honestly, I’m a treat! I have enough love to go around and my shining personality can light up the sky! Don’t you want to shine with me? Together, we can be the two brightest stars in the galaxy! What a dream come true ♡



October 15, 2020: Simon and Theodore Have a Chat

Hi there! My name is Theodore and the equally handsome although less-colorful cavy next to me is my brother Simon. We’re a bonded pair of guinea pigs who have found their way to AWS and are now ready to find their way home!

That’s right, bro. I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since we arrived here… it feels like a flash! I mean, with all the attention and treats and toys it’s a wonder why we would want to leave.

Well Simon, I think it might be time for us to find our new family so that other guinea pigs like ourselves might find their way here so they, too, can get a happily ever after one day. I know it’s rather comfy here, but I think we’re ready to pack up our hay and our igloo house and take the next big journey of our lives.

That’s true Theodore… I didn’t think of it that way. We’ve been together forever and I can’t wait to take this next step with you. I hope someone adopts us soon because I’m ready to squeak and chirp and chatter with happiness! I mean, I think we’d make pretty good companions if I do say so myself.

 We really would, Simon! I mean, we’re playful and active and we love to snuggle! I, for one, like to be scratched right on the top of my head and I know you like a good back scratch or two.

I really do! It feels so nice to be loved and I can’t wait to be a part of a family again. Do you think it will be soon? I’m so excited!

 I hope so, brother. I’m also excited and I just know that our perfect people are out there somewhere. Maybe it’s one of the nice folks here on the AWS blog? Or on the Nosebook?

That’s Facebook, Theo. Geesh!

Whoops, my bad. Either way, I can’t wait to find our perfect home! I know we’re going to make someone really happy.

That’s for sure brother. They just need to pick up the phone and call AWS today to set up their appointment! I can’t wait to get that call! *wheek! wheek!*



October 12, 2020: Sweet Sam is Looking for Love

Hi there, friend! My name is Sam and it’s a pleasure to meet you! I would shake your paw but we’re kinda stuck behind our computers… or phones… or tablets. Technology nowadays am I right? Call me old school but I prefer a first encounter to be face to face so that you can scratch behind my ear and I can rub against your hand properly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to be chatting on the blog right now. I guess I just wish I could get scratches all the time without having to go through a screen. But oh well! It is what it is and if there is one thing about me it’s that I can always roll with the punches. I’m super carefree that way! Honestly, just ask the lovely staff here at AWS and they’ll tell ya. I’m a laid-back, older lady who just wants to be loved and share my love with the world. That’s just the kind of cat that I am!

I’m really grateful to be here in Maine at AWS and I couldn’t have asked for a more warm welcome. I got a nice bed and some treats and a fresh groom and before I knew it, it was time for me to go up for adoption. Yay! I was hoping to be adopted right away, but I get it. I’m not the only beautiful kitty here and it’s so nice to see all my pals find their perfect homes. But it’s been a little while now and I’m so ready to find my family that I just HAD to come on here to talk to you. I know I’m no spring chicken (even if 9 years is the new 4…) but I still have a lot of spunk and a lot of love left. Don’t write me off yet! I love to explore and play and I want to be around my people all the time. I’m very outgoing, honestly! Plus, I love to talk! All subjects interest me and I can be both a confidant and a good listener for you. I’m so ready to be your new best friend and family member.

So, what do you think? Do you wanna chat sometime? I’d love for you to come and visit me whenever your whiskers are free. I just know that if we were to meet in person (or cat, if you will) that we would get along so well. I promise to be the best little kitty you’ve ever loved and I know that in return, you’ll do the same. It’s just how we are, you and me! So, don’t forget to call AWS in advance to set up an appointment to meet me and when they answer ask for me by name. I’ve got them on speed-dial! Can’t wait to meet you!

Update 10/14: SAM HAS BEEN ADOPTED! 


October 5, 2020: Nikie’s Up Next

Hi there everybody! My name is Nikie and I’m so excited to get my chance to shine! All the other animals over here at AWS kept talking about writing on the blog and then before I knew it…POOF, they would be adopted! It was so nice to see my friends going to their new homes and waving their paws goodbye at me. But I kept thinking… when will it be my turn? I’m such a fun and lovely, little pup and I think I deserve my happy home too!  So, I looked to the humans and they totally set me up on this computer-thingy and told me to tell my tale. Now, I’m not sure how this all works but the one thing I do know is that social media can reach a lot of people and I’m willing to bet that one of those people is going to be my new family! Is it you? It quite possibly could be!

Now, ever since I was a young pup I’ve loved to run and jump and bounce and play and just be carefree, ya know? It’s one of the best things about me, actually. I have a zest for life that can’t be beat! But because I’m so go-go-go all the time it can be hard for me to focus and take things slow… that’s why the humans here tell me that I wouldn’t do well in a home with small children and other small animals. I get it though… what’s a girl to do? I can’t change who I am but I can work to be better! Maybe we can work together! I love learning and am pretty smart if I do say so myself. It could be a fun journey we do as new BFFs! And speaking of being best buddies forever, I also want to be your one and only please! I know that sounds super selfish of me, but I’m really quite the attention seeker! I just love too much, really. I promise I’ll make up for it by being the spunky, playful, charismatic girl of your dreams!

Do you think you want to make an appointment to meet me? I hope so because I’m really looking forward to it! Plus, it’s autumn now and being a Maine girl, I love to bounce around in the leaves and what not. I love long walks, too, through the crisp air where I can smell all the wet earth and maybe pretend to chase a squirrel or two (I’ll get one of those little guys some day…) Anyway, I’ll wrap this blog up quickly by saying that I’m ever so thankful to be where I am but I’m also a dog that looks to the future, and mine is ever so bright with you in it! I hope to meet my family soon and start the next journey of my life. I can’t wait!