Name: JoAnn

Age: 9 months

Breed: DSH White & Tiger

Sex: Female

“Sometimes you gotta be a beauty and a beast." ~Nicki Minaj

We know the term "GirlBoss" is a bit of a cliche, but it could have been invented for JoAnn.  Young, dainty, and oh-so pretty, you might be tempted to write her off as another delicate flower.  You couldn't be more mistaken.  Ten month old JoAnn survived outside as a kitten, when so many others did not.  She came to us with broken teeth  (now treated), most likely from trauma.  Nothing stops her.  Heck, nothing even slows her down.  She is a force to be reckoned with.

We are not suggesting that she is aggressive.  JoAnn is not mean- or even rough- with people, but she is strong and stubborn.   If you want her to do something she doesn't want to do, she will just stay two feet outside of your grasp.   Yes, you can trick her.  Once.  But she is a very smart girl and never falls for the same trick twice.  Since you can't catch her or fool her, you will need to convince her to interact with you.  Luckily, there is one very easy way to win JoAnn's heart: play with her.   JoAnn is always front and center when there is a toy around.  She runs and jumps and gallops.  She adores the mouse on a wire and the laser, and will happily chase a ping pong ball.  JoAnn will be your best friend if you play with her.  As for petting, playtime needs to come first.  Once she is worn out, JoAnn likes to be petted.  However, she is not yet comfortable being picked up or carried.  We think that will come in time, but she is a work in progress when it comes to trust, and her people will need to keep working with her.

JoAnn can be bossy with other cats.   JoAnn has an attitude that is twice as big as her tiny body, and she isn't going to back down.  She might not actually be fearless, but she is close.  In short, JoAnn would make a timid cat miserable and would challenge an alpha cat (making you miserable). JoAnn has been fine with a slow introduction with those cats who will let her be the boss, but still stand up for themselves.  She would also do quite well as a one and only with plenty of dedicated play time.  We don't know about dogs, but we suspect that she might do fine with a cat savvy dog.

JoAnn has made huge progress when it comes to trust since she has been with us.  She is starting to realize that she doesn't always need to be the boss, and is showing her softer side to some of her favorite volunteers.  We would love for her to go to a home with someone who respects her strength and her smarts, and will keep working to teach her that it is okay to be tender.  We love that she is a boss, but want her to understand that it is safe to sometimes simply be a Beauty.

To find out more or to make a special appointment to meet them, please fill out the application at and send an e-mail to The first approved application that is a good match will be given an appointment but they will remain on the website and Facebook until they are adopted. The Placement Team Volunteers at will have the most up to date information about appointments.

Adoptions are now done by appointment only. Email for more info and an appointment.

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