Meet Gus-Gus:

Adoption Date: 12/27/2018

Intake Date: 1/23/2018

Adoption Announcement – 12/27/2018

Hello there. My name is Gus-Gus, and it’s my turn to tell you about finding my furrever home. Many of the volunteers at Safe Place for Pets were afraid that I’d never find one, and to be honest, so was I. You see, I’m not the friendliest cat in the world, and if I don’t like you or want you near me I will make it crystal clear by hissing and growling. In fact one of the Safe Place volunteers nicknamed me Grumpy Gus, and it kind of stuck. But I’m not grumpy any more! I have my new home and family and couldn’t be happier.

It’s kind of cool the way it happened. Mom and Dad live not too far away from the Safe Place for Pets Welcome Center and were at the laundromat a few doors down from it one day. While they were waiting, they decided to take a walk down to look at the posters of available cats in the Welcome Center window. They had been thinking that it would be nice to find a companion for their cat Emmer (now my brother!), and when they saw my poster and read my story, they decided that I might be The One. Of course they could also look in the window and see me lounging in one of my usual spots. I may be grumpy sometimes, but no one can say that I’m not beautiful! So naturally they gave Safe Place a call and arranged to meet me. I liked them immediately, and it was arranged that I would go home with them and we would give things a try.

When I came out of that dumb cat carrier into my new home, there was no question in my mind that I was home to stay. Dad was really great about giving me my space and not pushing me, and Emmer and I got on well right from the start. We have a great time chasing each other around and playing. We take our afternoon naps in the neat cat tree in the back room, taking turns on who gets the ‘top bunk.’ At night we sleep with Dad, but nighttime is also playtime, so when Dad gets up in the morning, all those toys that He had put away so neatly in the basket before bed are strewn all over the living room! It’s lots of fun 😹.

I’d like to thank the various vets who have helped me out this year when I had some medical issues: Fillmore Veterinary Hospital, Buxton Veterinary Hospital (both Safe Place for Pets partner vets), Uintah Pet Emergency, and especially Dr. Ko at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty. I’d also like to thank the Safe Place volunteers who made the snuggles for Emmer and I to curl up on. I wasn’t willing to pose, but you can see Emmer enjoying his. In short, thank you so much to everyone for helping to turn Grumpy Gus into Happy Gus.

Adoption Bio – 1/23/2018

Hi, my name is Gus-Gus. I am a beautiful 8-year-old male neutered gray domestic medium-long-haired fellow. I am an indoor-only cat, which is absolutely necessary because I have been declawed. Wouldn’t it be horrible if I were outside and something attacked me? I’d be helpless!

To tell you something about myself, unlike most cats at Safe Place for Pets, I am not a Colorado native. Yes, I have to admit that I’m another transplant. I really hope you won’t hold that against me though. I came here from sunny California two years ago with my prior mom. I was with her ever since I was a kitten, when she adopted me after someone abandoned me at the veterinary office where she worked. Don’t ask me how someone could do that; I’ll never know. Anyway, she named me Gus-Gus, maybe because I was small and gray. I’m told that Gus-Gus was the name of a mouse in the Walt Disney movie Cinderella. I’m no small mouse now, I can tell you that! I’m a strapping 15.14-pound guy, and a few years ago I was over 17 pounds. I guess you could say that I like to eat. The vet put me on a diet – the meany! – so now I’ve slimmed down some. But you can see from my pictures how handsome I am.

As far as my personality goes, I have to say that you have to have some patience with me. After living alone most of my life with my prior mom, I’m not really accustomed to being around people. So it may take me a while to warm up to you. I was with mom’s sister-in-law from November until just a few days ago, and it took me until just over a week or so ago to start to really trust her enough to be friendly. She really liked me, especially after that, but she has two other older cats and she didn’t think that we’d get along too well. Also, she says that although two cats are fine, three is a bit too much. I’m not really a lap cat, but I do like to sit at your feet once I get to know and trust you. I’m not big on toys either, EXCEPT those feathers on a stick that she dangles in front of me! I love to go after those. As a matter of fact, she’s had to replace them a few times because I like to shred them. I also like to sit next to the window and watch the birds and squirrels outside the house.

I’d really like to find a new forever home where I could settle in and learn to trust and love somebody again. Do you think you might want to come to the Safe Place Welcome Center In Manitou Springs and meet me? All you have to do is call 719-359-0201 or email them at to make an appointment to come by and see me. As I said, it can take me a while to warm up, but I promise that if you’re patient with me you won’t regret it!

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