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Arlington Pet of the Week: Jasmine

by ARLnow.com January 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm 41 Comments

Our Arlington Pet of the Week this week is Jasmine, a 7-year-old cat who’s awaiting adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

More information about Jasmine can be found here. From the AWLA’s write-up:

Jasmine is quite a sweetheart! She was brought to us due to her owners allergies, and she wasn’t happy about it one bit! The shelter is a stressful environment for most cats, and especially for Jasmine. She is very frightened of the other cats and all the commotion really stresses her out. Jasmine is cautious of new people and doesn’t trust them right away, though once you’ve earned her trust she’ll be your best friend. She loves head rubs and chin scratches and will show her appreciation with a good purr!

Once Jasmine is used to you she will sweetly meow for your attention and greet you with a brush against you legs. Jasmine also likes to play with all kinds of toys and, according to her previous owner, she will even play a game of fetch with you! Jasmine also loves laser pointers and, baffled by that pesky red dot, could chase them for hours. It takes Jasmine some time to adjust to new environments and she would benefit from a slow introduction to her new home. Because Jasmine is wary of the other animals at the shelter, she would prefer to be your only pet. Sudden movements and loud noises are scary for her, so she would do best in a home with older children who are familiar with cats. Come visit this sweet, smart, and spunky gal and give her a chance to to settle in your heart, and perhaps your home too.

The Arlington Pet of the Week is sponsored by Dogma Bakery, which has locations at The Village at Shirlington (2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive) and the Lee Harrison Shopping Center (2445 N. Harrison Street).

Dogma selects one shelter pet per month to be featured as the Pet of the Week.

“Beginning on the day we first opened, Dogma Dog Bakery encouraged people to consider adopting or fostering dogs and cats,” said owner Sheila Raebel. “Every month, we will work with our local shelters, and rescue groups to feature a pet in need. Sometimes, some adoptable pets are just overlooked for no special reason, and they need a little more exposure to find the right home.”

Want your pet to be considered to be the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] Each week’s winner receives a $25 Dogma gift card.

Photos used with permission.

  • Brian Griffin

    How long do we have to deal with this…its boring reading about this

    • Lyon Park

      Then don’t read it!

    • KathyInArlington

      You nay sayers annoy me to no end. If it is something that doesn’t interest you, don’t click on the article. There are plenty of us who do like this new addition. Fool, if you don’t like it, but click on it anyway, keep your thoughts to yourself.

      • Brian Griffin

        Well have some respect with people personal opinion than

        • Traffic Jammin

          I respect “people personal opinion than” which are proofread.

  • Wilbur

    Worst. Sellout. Ever.

    • Brian Griffin

      are you the pig?

    • Quoth the Raven

      Would you prefer to pay to use arlnow? In other words, the site is free. The “price” we pay is to have these types of articles on the site. If you don’t like them, DON’T READ THEM. Why is that so hard?

      • Please

        Let’s quit feeding these trolls and maybe they’ll quit their annoying , predictable whining. It’s the same thing every week for these people….

  • Jasmine

    Easy for you to say.

  • Sylvester

    Once Jasmine is used to you she will sweetly meow for your attention and greet you with a brush against you legs…..UHHH DONT ALL CATS DO THIS!!!

    • BBMS


    • Becoming Indifferent

      Apparently, you don’t know much about cats.

      • torsionbar

        Cats are disgusting animals, and anyone who keeps one inside their home is a filthy person. I won’t spend the night, or eat food that was prepared in the home of a cat owner. Just plain nasty. Cats belong in the barn, with the horses and donkeys and goats. Not inside the home. Nasty!

        • 7-11-bum

          Please explain how they’re any more disgusting than humans

        • Janet

          Wow. Glad you aren’t a friend of mine. I don’t have pets, but wouldn’t want your nasty attitude anywhere near me.

        • KathyInArlington

          Torsionbar, your attitude is more disgusting to me than any cat or dog could ever be.

        • eye roll

          Right, cats bury their own waste and bathe themselves, but they’re just so disgusting.

          • AL

            I dispose of my waste with lots of water and a complex series of tubes leading miles away!

        • AL

          At least you know if there’s a cat in the house that there’s no mice!

        • YTK

          ALOT cleaner than dogs who will lick their buts, drink out of the toilet, eat poop and rotten squirrels and then come up and slooobbber you with kisses.
          Alot cleaner than liddle kiddies who will pick their noses, play in the mud, scratch their poopie butts and then put their arms out for you to pick them up so they can sneeze and slobber all over you.
          And so, Torsion bar, I am so sorry to have to disinvite you from my sumptious dinner party – the cats will not allow your presence.

    • PetOwner

      No. Cats have very distinct personalities.

  • Brian Griffin

    I do this to Elmur Fudd all the time!!

  • Palo

    Nothing wrong with featuring shelter pets up for adoption—I think it’s a wonderful service. The animal shelter where I used to live does a weekly adoptable pet feature on the local newspaper’s website, with video of the animals. Perhaps, though, the headline could read “Shelter Pet of the Week” when the story is about an adoptable pet. That way, the shelter pets will stand out from those pets that already have homes.

  • Caat Grrrl

    Thank you ARLnow! I volunteer at AWLA and anything we can do to put the word out about the amazing and wonderful pets ready to go to new families helps greatly! Jasmine is adorable and would make a great addition to any home.

    • YTK

      THANK YOU Caat Grrrl for all you are doing at AWLA. But please tell some of the other volunteers to act a little less like Nurse Ratchit when they are dealing with the public. No one likes to have a list of Thou Shalt Nots sternly told to them when they have done nothing but walk into the cat/dog rooms to see the adoptable animals. Other local shelters are much more welcoming– they DO keep an eye out on the pet/person interactions but they do so in a much more positive and friendly manner.

  • Ralph


  • Marcia J

    YES! Thanks Arlington Now for featuring shelter animals and using to get the word out to feature these animals. It is a great way to get them featured and adopted. There are some good people out there to help creatures that need decent people’s help! BRAVO!

    • Stephanie Todd

      We can’t take all of the credit here. This is only possible because of Dogma Bakery’s sponsorship. Sheila, the owner, is dedicated to the pet community at large and does tremendous volunteer work. She gives tremendously… in fact, someone actually mentioned her to me at random today to tell me how generous she was with donating 100% of the proceeds she made at an event. GO DOGMA!

  • 7-11-bum

    I hope Jasmine finds a wonderful home! Thanks ARLnow for featuring pets every week. I enjoy reading about them. And its great you’re featuring shelter pets!

  • Tabs

    She’s beautiful!

  • Tumblebum

    Palo hit the nail squarely. SHELTER pet of the week.

  • Charlie Tuna

    That cat ain’t right.

  • Dogma Dog Bakery

    We forgot to mention that for the person who adopts Jasmine, we will offer a 15% discount on your first purchase. Yes, we carry cat products and food!

  • novasteve

    Cute kitty. Was at Pet Smart tonight and they had a bunch of adorable ones for adoption as well.

    Thanks to Arlnow for providing this so that animals can find loving homes.

    • Stephanie Todd

      You’re welcome. But the credit really does go to our sponsors, Dogma Bakery… yes, they have cat food and supplies, too!

  • What a beautiful cat! I hope someone adopts her quickly – what a sad story. If I didn’t have a house full of other pets I’d adopt her for sure. My kitty also came from AWLA and we love her dearly.

    thanks Arlnow.

  • Sheriff Gonna Getcha

    what needs to happen around here to get the classic West Highland Terrier recognized?

    I have seen 9 in 22201 and 22207 in the last 5 weeks.

  • AL

    This is a nice article, but I am SHOCKED at what this article left out. This cat likes to hiss and bite and pees all over everything! And it has a taste for Fancy Feast! $$$$$

    • YTK

      No she doesn’t. I can count on one hand the number of times my cats have hissed or bitten in all the 20 years of being owned by cats. As for peeing all over the place – NOT! But if anyc at or dog did that it would be Vet Time– as this would indicate a Urinary Tract Infection or Hyperthyroidism. And as for Fancy Feast, so what? A pet is a responsibility for Life.

  • novasteve

    Ugh, I wish I could, I really want to, but I already have 3 kitties in a 1 bed room apartment 🙁

    I will play the lottery on friday and use my winnings to by a kitty sanctuary.


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