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One of a Kind Pet Rescue

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Do you know what I did last Friday? I pet ninety-nine cats. Well, one hundred and one if you count mine. After spending the morning skateboarding Jeff and I swung by One of a Kind Pet Rescue. A few months back we were driving by it when a giant dog statue outside caught my eye. I was having a rough weekend and just really wanted to pet some animals so I asked Jeff to turn around. I was not expecting this place to be so darn awesome.

When we wandered into One of a Kind Pet Rescue for the first time it just filled me with the warm fuzzies. The cats aren't in cages, they're in rooms visitors can freely come in and out of. (I like to pet cats without having to ask permission first, I don't know about you...)  In the largest of the cat room there is a massive spiral staircase that has these clear compartments off the sides for the cats to lounge in. When you look up you get the most hilarious view of squished kitty bellies! The cats have tons of cozy places to sleep, and lots of toys. Surprisingly enough, with all those cats, it doesn't smell! Best of all, unlike any other shelter I've been in, it's not sad there at all. Jeff commented it was probably the happiest he had ever seen me. Hah! Obviously I'd rather cats didn't have to be in shelters at all, but the ones who end up here are pretty darn lucky.

On our most recent visit I decided to take some photos to share here on the blog because I am just so tickled pink by the space One of a Kind Pet Rescue has created for these animals. I'm not exactly sure how many readers I have in the Akron, Ohio area but if even one kitty gets adopted because of this post I'll be a happy camper!


I may or may not have fallen in love a handful of times during our visit. First with Tinker, pictured above. That cat was so sweet. She just kept slamming her little head into our hands and faces like "if you won't pet me, I'll pet me for you!" Jeff isn't allowed to have pets at his apartment so I'm pretty sure he was secretly hoping I'd cave and bring her home and believe me, I wanted to. I know Professor would have loved her, they seem like they're a lot alike.

Another kitty who stole my heart was this angel. Cute black cat with fancy ear fuzz, okay okay but when you see this cat from another angle it's just too much! He or she had a permanent little smile. I couldn't help but giggle every time I caught a glimpse of those tiny teeth. I don't think you could wake up next to that cat in a bad mood.


If you're anywhere near the Akron area I can't recommend One of a Kind Pet Rescue enough. Adopt a kitty, volunteer or even just go hang out with the cats for a little while!
xoxo

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    1. This post does not do it justice! It's seriously so so so awesome.

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  2. What an awesome cat space! I love that the cats aren't in cages! I'm actually going to pick up a new kitten today. Totally unplanned, but it was love at first sight. :)

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  3. Wow! What an amazing place!! I wish all shelters were set up like this. That last picture is killing me :)

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    1. I took so many photos of that last cat trying to capture it's funny smile. That last one was my favorite because it looks SO pleased to be pet, like 'oh my goddddd, this feels so goooood!"

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  4. Oh my gosh, what a wonderful place! I'm about 3 hours away from Akron (West Virginia girl, here), but if I'm ever up that way I will have to make it a point to stop there... and perhaps adopt. :)

    This might just be my favorite post ever.

    Bianca | Born in August

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    1. Definitely worth the drive, especially to take home that lil guy with the great smile! ;)

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  5. Okay. I'm jumping in my car right now and driving 9 hours to Ohio. This place is my dream. I have literally dreamed of this.

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    1. Is that just adorable!? That was such a soft cat too!

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  7. I swear I said "AWWWWW" out loud at least a dozen times. I'm always sad when I see shelter kitties. I'm sure they're well taken care of but it makes me sad that they don't have their own full time humans. People: Please go adopt a pet! They will change your life.

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    1. Haha!

      Aw, same here! I hate that any cat doesn't have a human to snuggle with every night!

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  8. Hello there, I just wanted to come on and say thank you so much for this post! I called my almost 2 year old daughter to come and take a look at the photos with me and she absolutely loved all of the kitties. She said "hi" to every single cat as well as "this one, this one" which is her way of saying "there is another one!" I am from Alberta, Canada so I am sad to say that I probably won't be able to adopt a kitty from One Of A Kind Pet Rescue in Ohio, yet this post has opened my eyes to the idea of visiting a pet rescue even to just give some love to the animals (and hopefully adopting a kitty as my daughter loves them way too much). Thank you so much.

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  9. Oh what a wonderful shelter! There's one like that in Boston MA as well. It's called the Gifford Cat shelter. If you're ever in the Boston area on a road trip you should definitely visit it :)

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  10. I love this so much! I actually don't live far from Akron, so I might have to stop by. In my town we have a small cat shelter, but they don't keep the kitties in cages either. It's so nice for them to have room to run around!

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    1. I know! It's so much easier to get to know a potential forever fuzzy friend when they aren't in a cage too!

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  11. This place sounds so cool And the cats definitely look way more chill and relaxed than in your normal shelter situations.

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  12. Hi! I live in Akron and all 3 of my kitties are from One of a Kind Pets!! Its my favorite place to go when I'm feeling blue and I'm glad you loved it there too and made this post so more people get a chance to visit!!

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  13. I'm reading this post misty-eyed. I live 6824 km away from Akron so I'll propably never have a possibility to visit that glorious place :-(

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  14. What an awesome rescue! Yay! This post makes me so happy.

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  15. How fantastic! I volunteer for a spay/neuter clinic and that is the major reason why: I get to pet all sorts of kitties, all day!

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