Joplin the affectionate tortoiseshell cat raised 7 kittens. Now she’s ready for a new home

Annette Sheely
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Joplin is generous, affectionate and patient. And her time has arrived.

The tortoiseshell cat, who’s less than 2 years old, is always ready to share her love.

That is impressive given she arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter homeless, underweight and nursing seven little kittens.

Even with all this stress, Joplin was true to her nature.

Shortly after she and her kittens came to the shelter, a tiny feline orphan arrived who was unlikely to survive without support.

Finding a foster parent with bottle-feeding skills was considered, but with the high influx of kittens during kitten season, foster homes were scarce.

Thankfully no foster family was needed.

Joplin welcomed the orphan as one of her own. Although the new arrival looked different from his littermates, nurturing Joplin made sure each baby received the love and attention they needed to thrive and ultimately grow up to be confident and healthy.

Being adorable fluff balls, Joplin’s kittens were quickly adopted to loving homes.

But Joplin,who’d spent nearly three months at the shelter being a mom,is still looking for a home.

Now with her kids gone, Joplin’s post-parental remake is progressing. She’s reached her proper weight and the natural luster of her beautiful coat is beginning to glow.

Patient Joplin is waiting for a loving person or family to take her home.

She’s happy to be a retired mama and is ready to blossom as someone’s loving and devoted lap cat.

It’s Joplin’s time to shine and finally find a home.

For more information about Joplin (ID No. 280457), call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter at 805-781-4400 or visit The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1, in San Luis Obispo.

The full-price adoption fee is $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a $28 county license fee for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.

The adoption fee includes a new collar, a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip and eligibility for a free veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County. Cats also are tested for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus, and adopters receive a carrier..