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Lost, Found and Looking

Riley the tortie is wishing for a loving owner for Valentine's

Pope Memorial Humane Society
Feb 13, 2020
Photo by: Pope Memorial Humane Society Riley may be a shy cat, but she just needs someone with endless patience and love.

From the desk of PMHS Events Coordinator Kasey Bielecki:

It’s the season of love and there are plenty of animals looking for that special someone at Pope Memorial Humane Society. Cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, all looking for their forever homes and families.

Riley comes to mind when I think about someone that keeps getting overlooked.

Riley has been in the shelter for over 250 days. She came to us as an 8-week old kitten with her two siblings after being abandoned on the side of the road. Riley’s siblings were adopted quickly, but as she was the shyest of the trio, she began to grow up in the shelter.

After a rough start, it’s understandable that she needs time to warm up to new people. A beautiful tortie, Riley is going to need a home that will give her plenty of time to come out of her shell.

There are many cats like Riley at the shelter. Adopting a shy animal can be very tricky and requires plenty of patience. Having a safe, quiet space that your new cat can call their own makes a world of difference.

It is tempting to rush and try to cuddle with your new cat, but cats like Riley will not respond positively to this behavior. Upon arriving at their new home, cats, especially shy cats, will probably hide for the first few days, if not longer.

It is a good idea to take things slow. Sit on the floor, and maybe read aloud to your new family member. Small treats are also a great idea. Who doesn’t like a treat? Patience is key and will be rewarded.

Staff at Pope Memorial Humane Society would be more than happy to talk to you about introducing a new pet into your home. We want it to be just as successful as you! After all, every animal that gets adopted saves two lives. The one who gets adopted and the one who takes its place. Remember, the season of love. You can’t buy love but you can adopt it!

If you’re not ready to add a new family member to your household, why not show the love by hosting a donation and supply drive for the shelter? Email Kasey at for more details. We have posters, wish lists and a variety of tools to help your donation and supply drive be successful.

To stay up to date on Pope Memorial Humane Society events, visit or follow @PopeMemorialHumaneSociety on Facebook and Instagram.

Wish list: pate style chicken recipe canned cat food, cleaning supplies, gift certificates to Hannaford, Walmart and other local businesses.

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