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Why Not Me? Sassafras Has Been ADOPTED!

02/05/2020 by Katie Virdell
February 5th, 2020 by Katie Virdell

Sassafras the cat needs a home

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.


Breed: Domestic Medium Hair  

Age/Gender/Size: 14 ½  years / Spayed Female / Small

Likes: Playing fetch and chin rubs

Special Considerations: Needs a single pet home with no small children

For this first week in February, we are featuring a sweet senior kitty by the name of Sassafras. This sassy little gal with the beautiful plush black coat and dazzling eyes is available for adoption at Homeward Pet Adoption Center. They are an organization located in Woodinville, Wash. that has provided the community with several years of rescue support, adoption resources and veterinary care to animals in need, just to name a few.

Sassafras the cat needs a homeSassafras is an older gal, but don’t let her age fool you! Though she does enjoy her down time, she still has a ton of spunk. She still loves to play and can put any dog to shame with her fetching skills. Sassafras is a fairly independent kitty, and will let you know when it is time for attention. She especially loves plunking down on your lap and waiting for some rubs under the chin. Her foster parent has expressed that Sassafras has perfect litter box habits and as she is not declawed, is great with using her scratchpads.

This sweetie needs a calm, quiet home that can provide her with some space, especially at the beginning while she settles in. Sassafras will need to be the only pet in the household, so no other kitties or dogs. To ensure that she is handled gently, Sassafras will do best in a home without small children.

Older kitties sometimes have thyroid health issues, and Sassafras was treated for hyperthyroidism at one time. She had been on long-term medication but then received an iodine treatment, and has since had a clean bill of health. The only prescription due to Sassafras at this time is a big dose of TLC.

If you are interested in meeting this mellow black beauty, we urge you to reach out to Homeward Pet. Adoption counselors are ready to assist you Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. A $50 adoption fee applies, and Sassafras will go home spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, de-wormed and will have received flea preventative. You can read more about their adoption process and guidelines here, or visit their website at

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.