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Pet Adoption


I’m proud to provide the following testimonials in support of Wee Paws, written by recent visitors:

From Best Friends supporters, Joyce Clarke and Jack Pacetti:

We first visited Wee Paws Animal Sanctuary in November 2010 to deliver two senior cats from Orange County Shelter as we were enroute to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. Wee Paws immediately reminded us of a small scale Best Friends where cats receive the best of care. At Wee Paws cats are free to roam the sanctuary, which is remarkable for its cleanliness and variety of spaces for cats to play and sleep. There are no cages. Each cat has one-on-one care from Leigh-Ann and Nancy: fresh food is prepared daily; Leigh-Ann monitors the health of each cat and provides a detailed analysis of any sickness. It is truly a cat paradise. Wee Paws provides an essential and compassionate service in giving senior and disabled cats abandoned by others the chance to live out their lives in comfort, knowing love, and with dignity. We are enthusiastic in our support of Wee Paws Animal Sanctuary.

From professional animal transporter, Pat Lopez:

I have personally transported over a dozen cats and 1 very large dog to Leigh-Ann/Wee Paws, traveling to their original location in Las Vegas and to their new location in Pahrump.  My first transport in 2009 was 4 cats and a senior German Shepherd dog, named Mack, who would have been killed at California’s West Valley shelter if Wee Paws had not opened their heart and home to him.  Mack has filled out and is absolutely gorgeous and the picture of health.  I feared that one of the cats was not going to make the trip because she was very senior and very sick, but she did.  Almost 1 and 1/2 years later, I made a 2nd transport; this was to Wee Paws’ new location in Pahrump.  I took seven cats to Wee Paws and as I was being given the grand tour of their beautiful home, Leigh-Ann pointed out the sick cat I had transported 18 months earlier.  I could not believe my eyes at how this cat had made such a turnaround!  This senior, healthy and happy cat was running and playing like a 4-year old cat.  This is due to the great care that the animals are given at Wee Paws.  Leigh-Ann showed me the raw diet she feeds them.  Wee Paws is located in a small town just outside of Las Vegas and is a beautiful, clean home with with central air and heat, several rooms, bathrooms, the kitchen is very large as is the living room and dining area.  Wee Paws is specifically geared towards housing the cats and dogs who would otherwise have been killed if Leigh-Ann and Nancy did not take them into their home.  The cats have access to many litter boxes, plenty of fresh water and an abundance of toys and cat trees where they can lounge and relax when they are not playing.  The dogs have a huge fenced backyard, over an acre in size, with wild rabbits, hare, and quail for company.  The dogs are also fed a raw diet.  I have been to Wee Paws several times and every time I arrive, which is often unannounced, I have never noticed any unpleasant odors or smells from dirty litter boxes. I’ve told Leigh-Ann that her house doesn’t smell like even one cat lives there, let alone dozens of them.  If I was a dog or cat, I would want Wee Paws to rescue me.


State of the Sanctuary Report, May 2011

Click here for photos of most of the Wee Paws cats!

It’s no secret that this website and my Petfinder page are badly in need of updating.  Unfortunately, I’ve had so many new special needs cats come to Wee Paws in the past few months that finding time for administrative work has been next to impossible.  There are only two of us caring for all the cats, dogs, and parrots, so running Wee Paws is already an 18 hour a day job without adding in marketing duties.  That’s not to say these duties are unimportant, because they definitely are!  I just hope you’ll bear with us as our information is currently scattered over a number of webpages and not always complete.  I’m doing my best to correct that.

I wanted to provide you with the most current list of animals here as of May 2011, as well as a short description of their medical needs (if any). If you’re considering donating to us, I hope this list will show you where your donated funds go (because 100% of donations are used for veterinary bills, animal food (cat, dog, parrot), cat litter, and miscellaneous care items such as new electric clipper blades to keep the long-haired cats trimmed).  If you ever decide to donate to us and don’t wish to send cash, we welcome you to make a payment directly to our veterinarian for future services.

Without further ado, the cats of Wee Paws (in no particular order):

1. Jackson Monroe, neutered male, age 14, owner died; currently has a gastric ulcer

2. Skylar, neutered male, age 17, owner surrender; except for a frequently matted coat, Skylar is remarkably healthy for his age

3. Derek, neutered male, age at least 14, stray; in good health except for some anxiety issues which cause him to over-groom

4. Slippy, neutered male, age 12, owner surrender; has an anxiety disorder

5. Joey, neutered male, age 12, owner surrender; has a cyst around one kidney and permanent ear damage from prior untreated infections

6. Willy, neutered male, age 10, stray; blind amputee cat with chronic pain from a previous accident

7. Ethan, neutered male, age 12, owner surrender; Ethan is FIV+ and has chronic mouth issues.  He needs a number of dental extractions.

8. Sugar Ray, neutered male, age 3, stray; Sugar Ray is FIV+ and currently in good health but seems fragile.

9. Moby, spayed female, age 6, owner surrender; Moby is FIV+ and in excellent health.  She was extremely obese when she came to us, but has slimmed down over the past 18 months

10. Missy Mae, spayed female, age 12(?), stray whose caretaker died of cancer; Missy Mae has severe arthritis and some permanent disfigurement from ear infections

11. Frank, neutered male, age 6, stray; Frank suffers arthritis and lost two toes in a car accident which occurred the day before we found him

12. Digger, neutered male, age 6, owner passed away; brother to Taza, extremely sweet but slightly high-strung

13. Taza, spayed female, age 6, owner passed away; sister to Digger, a beautiful, sweet cat who’s slightly nervous

14. Tie, neutered male, age 6, stray/orphaned kitten; Tie, Scampi, and Bing are siblings we’ve raised since they were brought to us as orphaned bottle-babies in Dec. 2004.  Tie has FUS.

15. Scampi, neutered male, age 6, stray/orphaned kitten; brother to to Tie and Bing, suffers from FORLs and food allergies

16. Bing, spayed female, age 6, stray/orphaned kitten; sister to Tie and Scampi, has FORLs and FUS

17. TJ, neutered male, age 4, stray/orphaned kitten; came to us with his two siblings after their mother started to, ahem, eat her kittens.  His siblings were adopted, but TJ stayed with us.  He has FUS.

18. Carlo, neutered male, age 4, stray/orphaned kitten; brother to Bunny, has food sensitivities, gastic ulcer, and FUS

19. Bunny, spayed female, age 4, stray/orphaned kitten; sister to Carlo, has restrictive cardiomyopathy and takes daily medication

20. Dobby, spayed female, age 4, stray; came to us as a feral kitten but has never become truly comfortable with people.

21. Pocahontas, spayed female, age 4, pulled from a high-kill shelter where she’d gone in as a stray; still not very comfortable with people but loves other cats

22. Bella Siobhan, spayed female, age 4, pulled from a high-kill shelter where she’d gone in as a stray; very sweet cat with FUS, loves to mother the other cats

23. Charlie, spayed female, age 4, pulled from a high-kill shelter; very affectionate and people-friendly, but not very good with other cats

24. AbbyCadabby, unspayed female, age 2, brought to us as orphan for bottle-feeding; extremely sweet, smart, and entertaining (really a perfect cat), but still a very tiny runt with some food sensitivities.  Hasn’t been spayed because of her slow development and tiny size,  but we now feel she’s grown healthy enough for the procedure

25. Betty Lou, unspayed female, age 2, former feral/stray brought to us when she was found dying of starvation and dehydration after being locked in a shed in the middle of summer; although we spent many weeks handling Betty Lou as she recovered from her brush with death, she’s remained quite feral and doesn’t like to be picked up or touched.  She still has a few health conditions which make spaying her a risk.

26. Oscar, neutered male, age 2, former feral/stray who was found abandoned on a freeway off-ramp when he was 5 or 6 weeks old; absolutely adorable and a wonderful gentleman to cats and people

27. John Henry, neutered male, age 2, trapped and taken to high-kill shelter as stray/feral; he is indeed a true feral, terrified of people and very aggressive.  We’ve worked hard to tame him, and he now trusts us enough to have free run of the house.

28. Walder Rast, neutered male, age 8, trapped and taken to high-kill shelter as stray/feral; he’s not feral, just an abandoned former pet who’s lived on the street for a long time.  He seems to have been abused and is nervous, but loves people who treat him kindly.

29. Lolo Jones, neutered female, age under 1, trapped and taken to high-kill shelter as stray/feral; she’s feral, but as she’s still very young, we’re working with her to tame her and to gain her trust.  She’s a work-in-progress.

30. Lacey Lu Holiday, neutered female, age under 1, trapped and taken to high-kill shelter as stray/feral; she had a few kittens with her when she was taken to the shelter, but they died.  She loves people but really hates other cats and should ideally be an “only cat”.

31. Pandora, neutered female, age 5, owner-surrender; Pandora’s an unusual cat, because if she’s an owner-surrender, she still acts very feral!  She won’t allow us to touch her or interact in any way except to place her food dish in front of her

32. Lucy, deaf neutered female, age 4, owner-surrender; less than 12 hours away from being euthanized by shelter.

33. Samson: 10 year old neutered male, somewhat obese, rescued from a hoarding situation documented at

34. Tsunami, 16 year old spayed female, obese, rescued from the same hoarding situation as Samson. (sadly, deceased due to illness in late July)

35. Madison, 12 year old neutered tuxedo male, owner surrender and scheduled to be pts at shelter.  Madison arrived here with a severe dental/sinus infection which required extensive surgery and many weeks of different antibiotics.

36. Asha, 8 year old spayed tuxedo cat, owner surrender and scheduled to be pts at shelter.

37. Clementine: less than 12 months old, feral, scheduled to be euthanized because she was “aggressive”.  After we begged the shelter for a chance to save her, we found out she had 3 kittens, still nursing.  Unfortunately, two of the kittens subsequently died at ages 4 weeks (“Bruce”) and 14 weeks (“Liam”), but one remains and is doing well.

38. Anya, a 15 week old female tortie, daughter to Clementine, built like a linebacker or sumo wrestler.

39. and 40. Jack Layton and Olivia Chow, a male and a female kitten, adopted at age 4 weeks.  They were taken from their mother far too early and nearly died from starvation because they couldn’t feed themselves, but are now about 6 weeks old and doing much better!

Coming soon: Abandoned adult female cat named “Mayfair”; living on streets all summer, extremely timid and in need of special care.  We’re also actively providing “Kitten Medic” services for kittens who’ve been poorly weaned and need help learning to feed themselves.