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Black Cat Appreciation Day

Celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day on Friday, November 28! Meet your new best friend at an adoption event this weekend or browse our black kitties online.


Jax is an all around lover boy. His purr motor starts the moment he sees you and goes nonstop while jumping into your lap. He is a delightful kitten, extremely sweet, friendly, playful and loving. Jax is current on vaccines, litter box trained and scheduled to be neutered mid-July.


Skye is an amazing and absolutely delightful cat. She is gorgeous, petite, very sweet, playful and quite the talker! Skye is affectionate and loves to be close to her human. She will make a wonderful lifelong companion. She is spayed, current on vaccinations, micro-chipped and litter box trained.

Mama Boo-Boo

'Mama' came to us with the name Boo-Boo. She was a great mom to a few of our kittens, and so became known as Mama Boo-Boo. Mama is a small kitty with delicate features. She is very gentle, loving and affectionate and always likes to see where you are and what you are doing.


Tilly is a riot. She is a very fun loving, playful kitten who is really fun to watch. She likes to cuddle and loves to talk to you. She really is the life of the party, and so sweet!


Jewels is one of the prettiest cats you will have the fortune of meeting! Not only is she beautiful on the outside, her personality is just as gorgeous. When I first met Jewels, she had come from the shelter and was very unsure of her new surroundings.


Orpheus can sometimes be a mellow cat sitting on the windowsill soaking up some sun, but he tends to be playful as well. He's also very affectionate, and will let you pet/scratch him for a while, and blink and lick to say thank you.


Dizzy is a member of the Jazzy Kitty family. He's a funny boy---jumps on his foster mom's back {with minimal scratching ;0} whenever she bends over---to scoop, fill bowls, etc--and rides around snuggling with her hair and purring loudly. Dizzy loves to wrestle with his sibs, explore every space in the room and just hang out being cute!


Cleo is an adorable little girl with physical and behavioral traits indicative of the Egyptian Mau breed. Cleo and her sister Isis were rescued near an abandoned semi tractor trailer near RDU airport when they were about 3 months old. Cleo is an outgoing and affectionate kitty who loves attention and comes when called to relax in your arms, loves to be stroked endlessly and kissed on the head.

Summer Basil

Basil can't decide what she likes best: chasing one of her brothers or playing with her human friends. Basil's nickname is "ninja cuddler" because she'll sneak onto your lap when she wants a snuggle. She gives loud purring feedback to let you know that you're doing a great job petting her.

Mama Mia

Mama Mia is an absolute sweetie who has loved people from day one! Although she doesn't tend to do much lap perching, she will eagerly greet her foster mom and lay close to her to watch TV. She is a prize-winning nuzzler and loves having her belly rubbed! She will often climb onto the back of the couch and affectionately rub all over the top of her foster mom's head.


Bruce was found outside as a tiny kitten, dirty and hungry! He was rescued by an IAR volunteer and has been living happily indoors ever since. He is a very social boy, loves people and other cats and he gets along great with the dogs in his foster home, too.


Kuma is a sweet little kitten! She loves to play, but also enjoys kicking back and watching the kittens in her foster home do all the rough and tumble work. Little Kuma also loves to be held and snuggles into your neck, all while purring, and she never wants to be put down.


Percy got his name because no matter what's going on, if he's awake, he's purring. He is very energetic and playful, but he also LOVES to cuddle and take naps with his human. He's incredibly trusting and overall one of the most friendly cats I've ever seen.


Ruthie is extremely outgoing and friendly! Within a few days of being rescued, she was begging for pets and cuddles. She loves to run around and play, jump into laps, and roll around like a puppy. She would be a wonderful addition to a home with other playful cats!


Basie is the clown of the Jazzy Kitty litter. He jumps in the sink when the faucet is on, ambushes his sibs from behind their cardboard box fort and hoards the mousies, growling when others get close. He's also as sweet as pie--loves laps and purrs whenever his foster moms are close by--a real charmer.


Austin is the type of kitten who starts purring the moment you come into a room because he is so happy to see you. He'll nuzzle his little head into your hand and expose his belly to get as many tummy rubs as possible.


This active little guy loves to play with his ball with bell, wand toy, or anything that moves, especially his big sis. After he has had a busy time playing he likes to curl up in his foster mom's lap. As most kittens are he is curious and likes to explore new places and find new things.


Isis and her sister Cleo were rescued from an abandoned tractor trailer out near RDU Airport when they were about 3 months old. Isis is a quirky, quiet girl most of the time. From a window perch, she loves to watch...


Peewee (formerly Pecan) is an observant and intelligent cat. Mellow is his middle name and he has many of the attributes--if not the size--of a Maine Coon. He digs scratches and brushing, and is fine with being picked up and smooshed on, but he's not much of a lap cat, preferring to maintain some independence.


Ella (Fitzgerald) is a member of the JAZZY KITTY FAMILY. She is super sweet and playful with her sibs and human family. Ella loves to ride on her foster moms' shoulders and purr in their ears. She's the only girl in the litter AND the runt, but has a big personality, and holds her own with her 5 brothers.


Chino is the bravest of his brothers and always the first to check out anything new. He is always happy to see you and enjoys his petting time. He is a sweet, friendly and affectionate kitten who enjoys getting attention.


From her perfect little angelic head to her winning disposition, Ellie is an absolute sweetheart. She has a large vocabulary of coos, trills, purrs and meows and loves talking to and hanging out with her people (on a lap or nearby). Throw her favorite spring toy and she'll bring it back to you--she's a natural at fetch.


Bagheera (BG) is a super friendly guy who loves being petted and is always ready for a chat. He has been on the outside for quite some time and really, truly wants to live the life of an indoor cat, getting fed on a regular basis, rolling on his back for belly rubs, and drooling with happiness as you scratch behind his ears.

Did You Know: An old Italian superstition says that a cat sneezing is a good omen for anyone who hears it.
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