Shelter Me: Animal Welfare Association

One family has a success story after they found a cat with quite a personality.

Six years ago, the Kirks visited the Animal Welfare Association and welcomed Buddy into their lives.

Stefani Kirk said, "I guess he kind of picked us out. He literally stuck his paw out, and hooked onto my sweater, and we kind of said alright I guess Buddy's the one."

Buddy has grown since then, and so has the family, with the addition of another cat and two kids.

"We actually just brought our daughter home from the hospital the other day. And he sits and watches and guards her," said Stefani.

Stefani also says that Buddy isn't your typical cat. For one, he loves to eat cantaloupe.

"We throw bottle caps at him, and he gets them brings them back to you," said Stefani.

The Animal Welfare Association was founded in 1948. One of the first humane organizations formed by volunteers to serve Camden County.

Nanci Keklak is the Shelter Manager at the Animal Welfare Association.

She said, "Last year alone, we did 2750 adoptions."

There are still several animals looking for a forever family.

Sweetheart, a cat with a condition that requires daily medication to keep her perfectly healthy.

Nanci says, "She loves to play, she loves her little wands and laser lights."

Kendra is a three-year-old pit bull mix and would love a home with older kids.

"Someone willing to exercise her mind as well as her body because she is very smart," added Nanci.

Precious would enjoy a quiet home where she can be the only cat.

"She's also part of our can't buy me love program. We waive the adoption fee in hopes that she can be adopted." said Nanci.

And there is Connolly. He came to the rescue with a chronic respiratory infection.

"He has almost a Roman type nose, and that's because the condition probably destroyed a portion of his sinuses. He's a love," said Nanci.

And, finally, this is Joey, a one year chihuahua mix. He is such a sweetheart as you can see. He's house-broken, loves other dogs, and is looking for his forever home.

If you're interested in Joey or any of the animals you've met today you can visit the Animal Welfare Association website.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abc Shelter Me and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

Action News will feature your stories on upcoming Shelter Me segments.
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