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Waggytail Rescue

, New York, NY, 10002

Shelter Description

Founded in 2004, Waggytail Rescue is a NYS registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and rehoming of small breed dogs and other animals in need. Our program is focused on finding forever homes for animals in urgent circumstances by saving them from imminent euthanasia in over-crowded shelters across the USA. Waggytail Rescue DOES NOT have a physical shelter location. All of our animals are fostered by our wonderful volunteers in their loving homes. 

Areas Served

Adoption Instructions

Dog Adoption/Donation Fees (includes microchip registration, age-appropriate vaccines, and spay/neuter by ASPCA): $550 for puppies under 1 year, $450 for dogs 1 to 8 years, $325 for seniors 9 years of age + and up ​Cat Adoption/Donation Fees (includes FIV test, microchip registration, age-appropriate vaccines, and spay/neuter by ASPCA): for all cats $175

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Pets in this Shelter

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Bayou

Domestic Short Hair

Bayou is a 3.5-month-old, 2.5-pound female domestic shorthair kitten. Bayou is a beautiful tabby who spent the first 2 months of her lif... show more

Bayou is a 3.5-month-old, 2.5-pound female domestic shorthair kitten. Bayou is a beautiful tabby who spent the first 2 months of her life on the streets, but she's now totally loving indoors life! It took Bayou a few weeks to get used to her foster parents, but she now loves them and will come for pets! Bayou loves to eat, play with toys (just like any kittens), and would love a home with another cat who can keep her company.  Bayou's new parents must understand that she is a SMART cat who will not trust you right away from the get-go. You will need to earn her trust, but once she feels safe around you, you'll realize she is the sweetest little girl. :)  Bayou is up to date on shots, spayed, FELv/FIV negative and microchipped. Needs rabies when of age. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable cat, or final size of any of our adoptable kittens. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the cat into our rescue. show less

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Buddy

Chihuahua

Buddy is a 3-year-old, 13-pound male chihuahua mix from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Buddy is ALL EARS waiting to hear news of... show more

Buddy is a 3-year-old, 13-pound male chihuahua mix from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Buddy is ALL EARS waiting to hear news of his new home! He is a typical chihuahua who took a little time to warm up to his foster, but now that he has, he's very sweet and affectionate with him! Buddy can be protective of his person and wary of strangers, but is able to warm up with some time (and treats of course!). He LOVES to play with toys and is food motivated. He has not shown any resource guarding with his human, who went slow until he gained Buddy's trust. Buddy walks well on a leash and is very housebroken - he has not had an accident in his foster's home at all! He loves going for walks and sniffing around. Buddy will bark a bit when left home alone, but eventually settles down for a nap, and is generally a very well-behaved dog at home. He is being fostered with two large dogs and two senior cats and does fine with them. Buddy is looking for an experienced adopter who can provide structure and training, since he can be possessive of his person and his home when someone enters his space (barking). He is a loyal, sweet little pup who would do well with an experienced and patient adopter!  Vaccinated for rabies, DA2PPv, lepto, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention due 7/22. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Captain America, Thor, and Wonder Woman! *BONDED TRIO*

Domestic Short Hair

If you’re looking for triple the fun, then these 3 rescued musketeers are the ones for you! They share a special sibling bond and must b... show more

If you’re looking for triple the fun, then these 3 rescued musketeers are the ones for you! They share a special sibling bond and must be adopted together. They’re about 8-9 months young, up to date on shots, FELV/FIV negative, litter trained, and spayed/neutered. Thor, black male, known for his gentle soul and calm nature. He loves his naps and his feathered/bell toys, and soft belly rubs. He’s truly a baby at heart and his handsome face will capture you at first sight. Captain America, aka Cappy, is a male tabby, who can be shy, but once out of his shell, he’s sweet and affectionate, and often dubbed as “Romeo”. If he’s not following you around, he’s teasing his siblings with a good chase or wrestle. Wonder Woman, aka Winnie, is a black female. Don’t be mistaken by her little size, she has a big adventurous and inquisitive personality, who tends to lead her brothers and loves to snuggle with each one. Give her a toy mouse and watch her go!  They love watching TV, particularly they’re favorite YouTube channel at the moment is Birder King. If the TV is not on, you’ll find them by the window enjoying the view. They’re shy at first with strangers, but once they warm up, they really enjoy your company. Just shake the bag of treats and they’ll come running!  Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable cat, or final size of any of our adoptable kittens. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the cat into our rescue. show less

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Chavez

Chihuahua

Chavez will be at our adoption event at Lucky Bar in the East Village on 8/1 at 1pm. Chavez is a 1.5-year-old, 14-pound male chihuahua m... show more

Chavez will be at our adoption event at Lucky Bar in the East Village on 8/1 at 1pm. Chavez is a 1.5-year-old, 14-pound male chihuahua mix from Texas.  The first thing you notice about this litte guy are his adorablly big ears! He has a great personality and settled in with his foster mom and her pups right away and became part of the snuggle pack. He's working on potty training and walking without getting distracted by the squirrels and birds in Central Park where enjoys walking every day.  Chavez would make a great apartment dog and loves to snuggle with his person. We haven't seen him with children, but feel he would do well with them too. He charmed all the other Waggytail fosters during his appearance at our recent adoption event. Vaccinated for rabies, DHPP, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Heartworm prevention due 9/1. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: adopt@waggytailrescue.org Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Cooper

Chihuahua

Cooper will be at our adoption event at Lucky On B in the East Village on 8/1 at 1pm. Cooper is a 3-year-old, 15-pound male chihuahua mi... show more

Cooper will be at our adoption event at Lucky On B in the East Village on 8/1 at 1pm. Cooper is a 3-year-old, 15-pound male chihuahua mix from Texas! Cooper is fun, loving, and sweet. He adapted to his foster home with days. He’s low-key and doesn’t bark, he makes himself comfy easily. He’s playful with his people, a bit wary when meeting strangers at first, but still very friendly. He’s also has good interactions with other dogs on a leash. Cooper will need some further leash training, as he’s scared and on edge with loud noises including loud kids and cars. Cooper has great energy. He has some funny quirks and his total "chihuahua-ness" sure will grow on you. He looooves a good lap session and belly rubs. He doesn’t play with toys, all he wants is for you to pet him. Cooper walks 3 times a day, for 20 minutes each. He is fully house-trained to do his business outside. Cooper sleeps well in his crate. He’s a bit of a picky eater but will eat eventually and does fine on his own for a few hours. He’s also a good protector -- he will alert and try to tell you someone is at the door or hallway.  Cooper is an all around great guy who would do well in any home that gives him the time to come out of his shell. We would not recommend a household with small children, as he can be mouthy when he plays. Vaccinated for rabies, DA2PP, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention due 9/1. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Cruella

Terriers (Small)

Cruella is 5 months old, 15-pound female terrier mix from Texas. She is an absolute sweetheart who loves snuggling and giving kisses.  S... show more

Cruella is 5 months old, 15-pound female terrier mix from Texas. She is an absolute sweetheart who loves snuggling and giving kisses.  She loves other dogs and plays all the time. She is a wiggly puppy! Check out her stats:  5 months old 15lbs Terrier Mix but further DNA tests confirmed she is 100% snuggles Little shy at first, but loves all people and pups, eager to be loved by YOU Not quite housebroken, but you weren’t either at 5 months so cut her some slack, she’s workin’ on it.  She’s so cute and cuddly you won’t want to leave her alone, but rest assured she’s comfortable on her own. A dash of TLC and patience will go a long way with her.  If you’re in the market for: a best friend, unconditional affection, a furry floppy-eared 4-legged source of happiness, Cruella is your girl. As with any puppy, her adopter will need to continue building her confidence with basic training and leash training.  Vaccinated for rabies, DA2PP, canine coronavirus, and bordetella. Spayed and microchipped. Needs heartworm test at 6 months of age. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention due 9/1. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Finnegan

Labrador Retriever

Meet Finnegan! This handsome lab/golden (?) mix weighs 55 lbs and is one year old. Finn was rescued from questionable breeders in the so... show more

Meet Finnegan! This handsome lab/golden (?) mix weighs 55 lbs and is one year old. Finn was rescued from questionable breeders in the south and his whole litter was born with a leg deformaty. He had it removed when he was 6 months old, and gets around just fine on three legs! Finn is a typical young dog with lots of energy. Finnegan loves cats and small dogs. Currently living with a cat, a kitten, and chihuahua, it’s never a dull moment! Finnegan Is potty trained and thrives off of a strict schedule for potty breaks. Finn could use some additional leash-training as he does bark at other dogs when on leash - although we know he is dog friendly (peep those cute photos of him and his chihuahua buddy!). Due to the pandemic, Finn also prefers being with a person and needs some help learning to be alone. We believe crate-training would be very helpful.  Finn is vaccinated for rabies and neutered. Email us today! Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Happy

Chihuahua

Happy is a 2-year-old, 10-pound male chihuahua mix from Texas. Sweet, energetic, and ADORABLE (almost hairless) boy.  Happy came from a... show more

Happy is a 2-year-old, 10-pound male chihuahua mix from Texas. Sweet, energetic, and ADORABLE (almost hairless) boy.  Happy came from a hoarding situation in Texas, so he is a little unsure of new people, new surroundings, and loud noises.  However, once relaxed, he definitely lives up to his name and will be ready for play and snuggles!  Happy loves to play with his toys on his own or run around the yard playing chase with the other dogs in his foster home.  Although he thrives while around his foster siblings, Happy would do best in a home with a dog that matches his energy level.   Vaccinated for rabies, DA2PP, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Heartworm prevention due 9/1. Flea and tick prevention due 10/24 (Bravecto). Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Kiki & Tux!

Domestic Shorthair

Kiki and Tux will be at our adoption event on 8/1 at Lucky Bar in the East Village at 1pm. Kiki and Tux were found as strays and brought... show more

Kiki and Tux will be at our adoption event on 8/1 at Lucky Bar in the East Village at 1pm. Kiki and Tux were found as strays and brought into the city shelter with severe eye infections. With the help of antibiotics and TLC, they're now healthy, happy, and their eyes don't bother them anymore. Kiki and Tux are both around 7 weeks old, even though Tux is bigger in size!  Kiki is a bright, watchful girl who loves to nap on your lap. She has a tiny squeak and killer instincts with a toy. Tux has dramatic white whiskers, bad depth perception, and a big personality. He likes to scream for his food and tries to hog his sister's meals.  Both of them will happily tolerate belly kisses, and love to wrestle with each other. There's a chance that they may require some sort of surgery when they're older if their eyes need correction. They're too young for surgery at this age.  Kiki and Tux are FeLV/FIV negative, vaccinated for FVRCP, and will be neutered when they're big enough.  Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable cat, or final size of any of our adoptable kittens. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the cat into our rescue. show less

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Maty (Maddie)

Chihuahua

Maty (pronounced Maddie) is a 1-year-old, 15 + pound  (yah, she could lose a pound or two) female chihuahua mix from Tijuana. She's been... show more

Maty (pronounced Maddie) is a 1-year-old, 15 + pound  (yah, she could lose a pound or two) female chihuahua mix from Tijuana. She's been in foster care with us since end of April, fully shut down. But after these 2,5 months, she has learned just how much she LOVES love. Maty who arrived with her brother Marco (recently adopted!!), has made a stunning transformation with tons of patience from her foster.  As a stray, it took weeks to be comfortable being in the same space as people, and then more weeks to accept touch. Now, this sweet soul  with her big brown eyes is a big fan of attention and ready for her forever home.  Maty is a pure mush, loves to be pet and will roll over and show you her belly!  She absolutely LOVES to eat and that's very helpful in the effort to gain her trust. Her rough past means she needs some time to open up, but trust and treats and hugs from her humans win her over and return her love tenfold. Most of Maty's trust and confidence came from the other confident foster dogs leading the way. This really good girl will thrive in a suburban environment or quiet neighborhood, with another playful and outgoing dog, and as much as she now loves attention, she happily shares it with her fur-siblings. May has recently graduated to being fully housebroken and enjoys walks in the park. She also has shown no separation anxiety and is fine when home alone. Rarely barks.  We are excited to see her thrive with whoever is lucky to get her. She makes a wonderful companion.  Vaccinated for rabies, DHPP, and bordetella. Spayed and heartworm negative. Needs microchip.  Housebroken. Flea and tick prevention due 7/28. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Peter

Chihuahua

Peter is a 3-year-old, 8-pound male Chihuahua mix from Alabama and he is just the cutest .  Peter is fun loving and sweet once he's comf... show more

Peter is a 3-year-old, 8-pound male Chihuahua mix from Alabama and he is just the cutest .  Peter is fun loving and sweet once he's comfy with his people but when meeting strangers he  is wary and needs a bit more time with distractions, ie  treats and toys! Once he trusts you he wants nothing but your undivided attention, On that note, Peter would probably do best as an only dog or with an easy dog (not sure about cats).   He currently resides with another foster  dog who is very submissive so he dominates her and competes for attention ( another dog on the same level may not tolerate as well). Peter has great energy  -  he plays hard and rests hard but he definitely needs enrichment/activity.  He’s almost puppy like , jumping and running, but not naughty really like a young one. He enjoys lots of playtime. He loves to go outside for walks and is fully house-trained with frequent walks and holds it throughout the night.  He sleeps well, sometimes with you in bed if you allow and sometimes he likes to sleep on his own. He is independently minded :) He will alert / bark if someone is at the door or hallway.  He eats well and does fine on his own for a few hours.  Peter's ideal household would be in a dog experienced home who especially understands the chihuahua or small breeds.  No children under teenage, as he can be  mouthy with light nips, though he is definitely all bark no bite . He has some funny quirks  and this little man with his total "chihuahua-ness" sure will grow on you.  Vaccinated for rabies, DA2PP, lepto, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention due 7/27. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Sneezy

Rat Terrier

Sneezy is a 1-2-year-old, 14-pound male rat terrier mix from Texas.  Vaccinated for rabies, DA2PP, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm n... show more

Sneezy is a 1-2-year-old, 14-pound male rat terrier mix from Texas.  Vaccinated for rabies, DA2PP, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention due 8/1. Sneezy arrived in The Big City of NYC with just a tiny bit of baggage. Rescued from a hoarding case, he was initially timid and shy. Having settled in, Sneezy (slowly but surely) likes to explore and is curious about all the new things he can learn! He is a quick learner and does not mind any extra TLC he can get from humans and dogs alike. Sneezy’s leash skills are limited but he is improving daily with help from his foster parents & furry foster brother! Though brave and bold, Sneezy does get the occasional fright. With training and patience, he is sure to become a confident companion. An ideal home would have a furry companion for Sneezy to continue teaching him the ropes. He is a pocketful of potential and love awaiting his forever family.  Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue.   show less

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Tango

Chihuahua

Tango is a 1-year-old, 13-pound male chihuahua mix from Texas. This little guy is an old soul in a 1 year old body. His foster mom says... show more

Tango is a 1-year-old, 13-pound male chihuahua mix from Texas. This little guy is an old soul in a 1 year old body. His foster mom says he's PERFECT at home - loves his crate, doesn't bark at the door and doesn't get into things. He does need a home with another dog.  It takes Tango a while to open up, and once he does, he will be your perfect buddy, both loving and playful! He is potty trained, crate trained and walks well on leash, but needs his new family to understand that it will take him a while to be comfortable and relaxed in a new space with new people. He loves being around his foster siblings and would do best with another confident dog in the household.    Vaccinated for rabies, DHPP, and bordetella. Neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped.  Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in fostering or adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption or foster application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal. Simply attach your completed application to an email with the dog's name in the title, and send to: Adoptions: adopt@waggytailrescue.org PLEASE NOTE: Dogs marked "Adoption Pending" have an approved adoption application on file and are awaiting final approval. Please check back in a few days to see if they are still available! We understand you may have questions but the fastest way to get answers is to fill out the application and the foster parent can answer any questions you may have! Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable dog, or final size of any of our adoptable puppies. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the dog into our rescue. show less

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Zoila and Zeke

Domestic Short Hair

Zoila and Zeke will be at our adoption event at Lucky On B in the East Village on 8/1 at 1pm. Zeke and Zoila are 9-week-old, 2ish-pound... show more

Zoila and Zeke will be at our adoption event at Lucky On B in the East Village on 8/1 at 1pm. Zeke and Zoila are 9-week-old, 2ish-pound male and female domestic shorthair kittens.  Zeke and Zoila are loving and playful kittens who would make an exciting addition to any home. They are a bonded pair of FIV+ kittens and will need to be adopted together. They started out scared and withdrawn but have grown into a dynamic and playful duo with complimentary personalities. They fight and love like true siblings, wrestling each other multiple times a day only to end up curled up for a nap in the sun together. These two babies began to bond with their foster family as soon as they left the shelter. While Zoila was more curious at first she was also the mor le cautious and protective of the two. Zeke proved himself to be more trusting - warming up to pets and cuddles even while his sister was still skeptical. Both are extremely food motivated and their new humans should absolutely use this to gain their trust. Through the slow intro to touch at meal times and the rolemodel of her brother, Zoila now seeks out snuggles all on her own. Since these babies love to play, any potential owners should be prepared to give them space to run around and/or a cat tower to climb on. Waggytail is so proud of how much these two have grown and we are confident they will bring so much joy to their forever home.  Vaccinated for one round of FVRCP. Next round due 8/10. Microchipped. FELv/FIV positive. Needs rabies and spay when of age. Flea and tick prevention due 8/14. Please contact us DIRECTLY using the instructions below if you are interested in adopting one of our Waggytails! Visit our website (www.waggytailrescue.org) for an adoption application. It is important to fill out an application as soon as possible for consideration, and we require a complete application for you to meet an animal.  Adoptions: waggyadopt@gmail.com Waggytail Rescue CANNOT guarantee the exact age of any adoptable cat, or final size of any of our adoptable kittens. We rely on the information provided to us by veterinarians, shelters, owner surrenders and other circumstances bringing the cat into our rescue. show less