Naturally, we always want to find the perfect home for all of our cats, yet for some kitties, what’s perfect is not a home at all — at least not in the traditional sense.

Purrito is a case in point. When he arrived at P.A.W.S., we weren’t sure what to make of this fine boy. All we knew was that he and his companion, a female, had been found in an abandoned house. But how had he gotten there? Had he simply wandered away from home and been unable to find his way back? Had he been abandoned by his owner? Or had he been born “feral" and lived his whole life on the fringes of human society?

With cats that come to us as strays, we can only guess at their history. A true stray — one that, at some point in life had an owner or some sort of relationship with a human — often can eventually adjust to life as a house cat; whereas so-called feral cats that have had virtually no contact with people, generally cannot. We believe that Purrito falls into the latter category. He simply does not like to be around people. In fact, he is so frightened of them that his instinct is to protect himself from anyone who approaches by hissing, spitting, and growling. For him, living in a kitty-condo and having to deal with staff, volunteers, and visitors all day long is pure misery. So we’re desperately hoping to find some kind soul out there who has a soft spot for misfits, as well as a barn in need of a mouser. To be left mostly alone, with a warm place to sleep and fresh supplies of food and water, would be heaven for Purrito — and all he would ask in exchange for keeping your property rodent free.

If you can offer such a place (it needn't be a barn, really — a shed or garage would work just as well), we would love to talk to you. Please visit us at 123 John St. in Camden and meet Purrito, or give us a call at 236-8702.

As always, we invite you to stay on top of all things P.A.W.S. by visiting our website, There you can read about the numerous dogs and cats currently waiting for adoption at the shelter and explore our calendar of upcoming events. Plus, before your next trip to Shaw’s or Hannaford, we hope you’ll check the shelter's frequently updated wish list for items you might be able to purchase and donate, to help us care for animals in need. (Our top wishes this week: canned dog and cat food, nonclumping kitty litter, bleach, and detergent.).

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: we simply could not do what we do without your help.