Behind every great foster organization, there is a group of great pets. These beloved companion animals are our inspiration to help pet owners in a temporary crisis and preserve the Human-Animal Bond. Repeatedly, we have shown the great pets behind our brave military personnel and hospital patients. Today, we are introducing you to the pets behind PACT’s mission. They keep our staff going, even in the toughest of times.
Baby is a Norwegian Forest Cat who loves to be petted and demands constant attention. Within the PACT office, Baby has several favorite spots. Sometimes he can be found sitting on Marianne’s typewriter or on the windowsill next to the printer. Often he sits with our Grant Writer & Project Manager, Christina, either on her desk or in her lap. Baby loves a good dish of wet food and to be held by select people. Like humans, Baby has his vices, which happen to be poisonous plants like tulips and orchids. Balancing those, however, is a strong sense of intuition that lets him know when to help the PACT staff via cuddles, snuggles, and purrs.
Buddy is a mixed breed senior dog whose love of food cannot be vanquished. After being rescued by Buzz, Buddy went from starvation and open sores to luxurious meals and daily massages. Everyone in the PACT office knows Buddy by his poised trot and gentle demeanor. Repeatedly, Buddy accompanies Buzz to PACT events and is unofficially known as “the PACT mascot.” Three O’clock in the afternoon is Buddy’s favorite time of day. Why? That’s when he is brought a giant dish of smelly wet food. Though Buddy is now living the high life, he knows to never take any resource for granted—a lesson to always remember when advocating for a cause.
George is an African Grey Parrot with a wide variety of sounds in his arsenal. If you hear the sound of water droplets when the faucet is not running, chances are it’s George saying, “hello!” Other favorite sounds include the PACT doorbell and Buzz’s laugh. Occasionally George enjoys giving kisses, listening to music, and being spoken to in a British accent. Be careful not to get too close before he knows you, though. George is not afraid to defend himself, and will sometimes nip if he is afraid. Balancing this assertiveness is a strong sense of humor from his noises—an essential mixture to maintaining happy yet respectful relations with others.
Inky is a Snowshoe who is better known as the cowardly cat of the PACT office. Since a trip to the vet in kittenhood, Inky has been very shy around humans. Those who have seen Inky up close, however, have the privilege of knowing that he is a calm cat who photographs beautifully. Around the PACT office, he is often with J.J. on the limited occasions when he is seen at all. Having a big brother helps Inky come out of his shell. PACT’s staff awaits the day when Inky becomes a bit less afraid and joins his brother in human affections. Boundaries are critical when relating to Inky, who reminds us to respect the individual needs of pets and people as we strive to build a safe, loving network of foster homes.
John-Jackie, better known as J.J., is a striped orange tabby with a very loud “me-OWWWW!” Everyone at PACT knows he is coming because he announces himself from far away. Though he is frequently followed by Inky, J.J. is friendly towards everyone, and loves to roll over for belly scratches. Currently J.J. is on a quest to catch that strange red light! J.J. has come close several times, but the light always disappears before he can catch it and bring it to the humans. When he is not chasing the light, he can be found following PACT Maintenance Man, Dhoundup—love of J.J.’s life. J.J. loves the PACT staff while being loyal to Dhoundup, reminding us that it is possible for pets and people to have many friends while remaining true to their loved ones.