Friday, March 13, 2020

Will You Adopt Me? Meet Cinnamon - A Sassy, Smart Lady at Monmouth County SPCA

I’m sure most of you know by now that I am a contributing writer for the Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro Program. It’s a project that I absolutely love volunteering for because I love seeing cats who were previously considered “unadoptable” find their happy forever homes. From time to time I also form a great relationship with one of my assigned shelters and I love keeping in touch with them. Although the semester is just starting, I’m already forming a wonderful relationship with Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, NJ.

When Nina Lucow, their Feline Adoption Manager, sent me a draft of their first report I immediately fell in love with the cat, and knew I just had to share her story on the blog and all over social media to help her find her forever home. I’m elated to introduce you to Cinnamon, a beautiful orange Tabby girl with a little bit of cattitude. 



Monmouth County SPCA


Nina tells me that Cinnamon, a 6 ½-year-old lady, is Monmouth County SPCA’s Cat Pawsitive Pro star. She entered the shelter in August, 2018 as a surrender because, sadly, her owner could no longer take care of her. Cinnamon is one of those “on her terms” kind of cats who is outgoing and can be very affectionate. But if she’s not in the mood, she’ll give you a smack or a nip. Cinnamon reminds me of Lexy who spent a while in the shelter before I found her, and who is extremely affectionate – but definitely on her terms and only when she wants the attention. Maybe that’s one reason I was drawn to Cinnamon. 


Monmouth County SPCA


Cinnamon also takes time to warm up to someone. When shelter staff and volunteers would introduce her to potential adopters, she would swat or nip at them, which would unfortunately put an end to the meet and greet. Cinnamon is also FIV+. Between her age, FIV+ status, and her catitude, she is a difficult adoption. 

Monmouth County SPCA


When Monmouth County participated in the Cat Pawsitive Lite program, Cinnamon was their star pupil! She learned to give a stellar high five, which brought her a lot of attention. Cinnamon was in the shelter for almost a year before she was finally noticed by a nice older woman. (It was the high-five that got the woman's attention). Unfortunately, she brought Cinnamon back after a week because Cinnamon nipped her in the home. This was frustrating for the staff because Cinnamon just wasn’t given enough time to adjust and show her true awesome self. This also reminds me of Lexy, who needed quite some time to adjust to being in her forever home. It was a difficult transition for both of us at times, but with time and patience we worked through it and Lexy settled in. She is now a very happy cat and we have settled into a routine that makes us both happy.


Monmouth County SPCA


Cinnamon absolutely loves to learn and Cat Pawsitive Pro has been so much fun for her. Staff and volunteers love working with her and seeing her mind work as she figures out what they are asking her to do. Cinnamon has mastered high-five, fist bump and nose boop and she is on her way to learning even more! Cat Pawstive Pro has given Cinnamon something to focus on and it has helped her overall mood. Staff and volunteers have noticed a decline in how often she swats or nips and she is overall much more relaxed.


Monmouth County SPCA


Nina tells me the cutest thing is how much Cinnamon loves to high-five everyone she meets and it’s now her signature move! She says it’s been an amazing tool to be able to use when introducing potential adopters to Cinnamon. Now rather than losing interest in Cinnamon the second she swats or nips them, they do a high five with her and want to learn more about her!


Monmouth County SPCA


“We still haven't found ‘the one’ for Cinnamon, but being able to show off how smart and skilled she is has been a game-changer!”, says Nina.

Monmouth County SPCA



Here are two videos of Cinnamon showing off her skills. 







Cinnamon needs a special family, and if you're interested in making her a part of your home and want to learn more about her, please contact Nina Lucow at nina@monmouthcountyspca.org. You can also call her directly at the shelter at 732.542.0040. (Don't forget to tell her Lola sent you!) And we'd be so grateful if you'd share Cinnamon on your social media accounts. 

Have you adopted a shelter cat? Tell us about them the comments. 

Dawn


All photos and videos courtesy of Monmouth County SPCA. 

22 comments:

  1. Cinnamon is adorable! I'm glad that the Cat Pawsitive program helped her, and I hope that the right person comes along for her soon!

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  2. She's so pretty! Must be the buff color and green eyes! ;)

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  3. She is truly beautiful. I love her pale ginger color.

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  4. She is a lovely girl who needs the right owner who understands her to come along and adopt her.

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  5. What a wonderful program! I love that you are involved and sharing this with us all - go Lola Mom!

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  6. Such a beauty! I can't believe the right human hasn't spotted her and fell in love. We're purring for you sweetie!

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  7. Cinnamon if the Inn had any room we would zip down to NJ and bring you home. We are sending purrs and prayers that you have your forever home soon

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  8. Cinnamon, we are so happy that we got to meet you here on this post. We hope that forever home is found before you know it. These videos are just so cute. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day and good luck sweet one.
    World of Animals

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  9. She's so beautiful and sounds like such a special kitty! I'm excited to be writing for the program this semester too.

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  10. Cinnamon is adorable! We purr that she finds her home soon.

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  11. She is gorgeous. I wish I could adopt her, I don't mind being swatted :) XO

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  12. Thank you so much for featuring our girl, Cinnamon!!!!! She is a favorite here at the Monmouth County SPCA and I'm thrilled to announce that she's added 2 more fun behaviors to her resume!! Cinnamon now waves and is ringing a bell!!! :)

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  13. Cinnamon sure sounds like lovely and talented girl! I think if dad ever tried to teach me to high five or anything else for that matter I'd give him a good what's what bitey or swat.

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  14. Aww, I can totally see why you fell in love with Cinnamon!!! What a complete cutie! She will high-five her way into someone's heart for sure!

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  15. Cinnamon is so pretty! She needs someone who's patient and will love her no matter what. Her talents are amazing. I loved the videos.

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  16. Cinnamon is so awesome! We hope she finds her happily ever after real soon. Cat Pawsitive is such a wonderful program. Hopefully PAWS can participate in the future.

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  17. She has a pleasant face and I hope she finds a home soon.

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  18. Cinnamon is stunning! I LOVE her green eyes and the shade of her fur. 'Cinnamon nipped her." Oh, for Pete's sake. Maybe I'm being unfair - but did she ever stop to think that she'd ignored Cinnamon's warning? I keep trying to point this out to The Boy. If Bear hisses at you, don't try to keep petting him to make it up to him! He WILL bite you! I don't know about Cinny, but Bear usually gives a warning swat or hiss first. I'm afraid that around new cats I can be that way too. I want to show them that I'm not bad and probably majorly freak them out in the process. I just guess with my own cats, I'm better at giving them space because I know them well enough to know that when they want affection, they'll come to me.

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  19. You bring out the smiles on me, Cinnamom, what a sweetie you are. Here's a Pawkisses on top on your High Paw. Good Luck Pawkisses to find a furrever home soon🐾😽💞

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  20. Why are FIV+ cats hard to adopt out; we obviously need to educate the public!
    Here's hoping Cinnamon finds her true furrever home right away.

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