Most cats love to be around people, and Tristin and Pax are no different. In fact, if you visit them at P.A.W.S., they'll practically beg you for attention. What sets these boys apart from other cats, however, is that they have no clue how to behave when they get the attention they crave.

Pax came to us as a stray. For the first few weeks, he would have nothing to do with us. He growled. He hissed. He was mad at the whole world. But then he began to change. There were moments when he would inch toward an outstretched hand and put his head against it as if to say he was just scared, not mad. So after we had Pax neutered and his vaccinations brought up-to-date, we moved him into one of our communal cat rooms to see how he'd do. For two weeks, he hid all day and emerged only at night. But over time, his attitude changed. Now he waits at the door for you to come in, rubs against your legs, and rolls on the floor to get you to scratch his belly. Yet just when you think he's the greatest cat ever, he'll shoot out a paw and smack you — and he's not afraid to put his claws into it. The bottom line? We believe Pax will do best in a home where he can be himself, with people who will give him the attention he wants it, when he wants it, and otherwise leave him alone to do his own thing. He'd be an excellent mouser and would not mind being an outdoor cat with the option of hanging out indoors when he feels so inclined. A farm or home with a little acreage around it would be ideal.

Tristin is a similar sort of fellow. Like Pax, he's generally fond of people, with all the associated rolling on the floor and rubbing against you. But he, too, will let you know when he's had enough, making loud noises that seem to roll up from deep within his belly, and occasionally has bad days when he starts making those sounds the minute he sees you. All things considered, Tristin would likely prefer to be an indoor/outdoor cat, with the freedom to roam his territory, take sun baths, hunt the occasional mouse, and, when he feels like it, greet visitors.

If you can give either or both of these gentlemen cats a better life than they have living in a shelter, please call us at 236-8702 and let us tell you more about our barn cat program.

On the other hand (er, paw), if adopting is not an option for you right now but you'd still like to help out, P.A.W.S. has opportunities galore. Especially in summer, with staff members taking well-deserved vacations, we often need extra hands to help with a variety of day-to-day tasks. We particularly need assist with cleaning–mopping floors, washing bedding, and the like–between the hours of 8 and 11 am. Please give us a call or just drop by the shelter at 123 John Street in Camden if you have a few hours to spare each week and would be willing to pitch in.

Finally, of course, we always deeply appreciate donations of pet food, kitty litter, cleaning supplies, and more. Please visit our website,, for a wish list of the items we need most, along with information about upcoming events, adoptable pets, and other shelter news. We thank you for your ongoing interest and support.