Meet Buffy: A polydactyl cat with plenty of charm

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month and it is the perfect time to put a shelter cat in your life.

My dearest Winston:

Hello! I’m Buffy, and the first thing you and your readers will notice about my photo (next to my beautiful face) is my multi-toed PAW. See, I’m a polydactyl cat. What is this exactly? It’s a cat gifted with more than the usual number of toes! I like that I’m seen as “different” and it’s amazing what I can do with those special paws of myself. I’m pretty sure I can turn the doorknobs and maybe even help out typing in the shelter’s office!

Let me tell you more about myself. I am 3 years old, quite the independent young lady. I was brought to the shelter because of my owner’s illness. This transition was a little stressful for me so I would need a patient loving home to help me adjust. I don’t get along very well with dogs or children and would get along best as the only pet in a home.

I’m very playful, but I don’t like being touched a lot. As I said before, I am very independent and more of a “overseer” type of cat. I like to sit back and watch what happens around me. I love toy mice, catnip, and wand toys. I enjoy playing in the privacy and comfort of my cage at the shelter and just love snuggling under my warm blankets for a good night’s sleep.

I’m quite a tall lady and I have a really cute little squeaky voice! Winston, I would be a wonderful companion for someone who would take the time to get to know me. I have a lot of love to give and I look forward to sharing it with that special person (s)! Many Thanks! Buffy

Hello Buffy:

This is a great photo of you, and it really shows off your extra toes! I once heard that polydactyl cats bring good luck! I am very excited that you are in the spotlight this week and hope that you find the home you are looking for. Please be patient, my friend, I love you! Reader, I thought you might want to learn more about polydactyl cats, so please read the information below.

Sincerely, Winston

Polydactyl cats

Polydactyl cats are also known as “Hemingway Cats”, named after the writer Ernest Hemingway. He was a big fan of these cats and owned several in his lifetime. Hemingway was given a completely white polydactyl cat by a ship’s captain, thus establishing a tradition of polydactyl cats. He soon had over 50 cats on his Key West, Florida estate, most of which had multiple toes.

Today you can visit Hemingway’s estate, which has been converted into a museum, where many polydactyl cats (direct descendants of Snow White herself) still live and are well looked after by the museum staff.

Takeover updates

Cats: Emmet, Ame, Spirit (live in the Capitol Theater!) Sweetie, Toni, Tesla, Josie, Olive, Romeo, Pips, Gin, Jim, Tequilla

Dogs: Sally, Stella, Juno, Lyra, Bella

Congratulations to all of our wonderful animals that have found their home forever!

Wish list


Scratching posts, towers, perches or climbing frames

Purina kitten chow

3-tier cat cage

Digital baby scale


Miracle nipple

We have updated our Amazon wish list:

Paws on the green

Help us celebrate our biggest fundraising event of the year: The Paws on the Green golf tournament. The event will take place on Monday, August 2nd, at Teugega Country Club, 6801 Golf Course Road.

Please collect your golf fours early. The cost is $ 150 per golfer and you can enjoy a day of golf along with lunch – dinner – snacks on the course – entry gifts (golf shirt and golf balls), prizes and more.

Sponsors are required for the tournament. Become a main sponsor or a hole sponsor it is a great way to promote your business while also helping our animal shelter. Major sponsors also receive advertising on the Humane Society website and on social media. Call Lynn or Peggy at 315-336-6870 for more information. We are also looking for sponsors who support our shelter and at the same time receive advertising for their business.


Since it is such a hectic time of the year and in line with the CDC’s health and safety guidelines, we ask anyone interested in visiting our shelter to make an appointment beforehand.

This applies to the delivery of animals and to possible meetings and greetings for adoption purposes. Donations can be made at any time without an appointment. Even if you come by without an appointment, we ask for your patience and please wait in your car until we wait for the person in front of you.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Here’s how you can help
the shelter

become a member


Donations (you can indicate where your donation should go: medical fund, spay / castration fund, construction fund or general fund)

Did you also know that you can still help if you love animals but are currently unable to adopt?

Sponsor the cost of an animal while it lives at the shelter (cover the cost of food, grooming, etc.)

Sponsor an animal’s adoption fee

Sponsor an animal’s castration or neuter fee

Contact us

For more information, call 315-336-7070 or visit online.

The shelter is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

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