Adoptable Pet of the Week: Sophisticated Nautilus, and Marengo the dog’s Cinderella story

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Nautilus has great posture. — photo by Zak Neumann

Nautilus may be a black cat, but she’s anything but a bad omen. This petite, green-eyed girl is a gentle, calming presence at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. She likes to sit upright and serenade humans with a beautiful chorus of meows. But when a toy crosses her path, the 1-year-old proves that she still has some kitten in her.

This friendly black cat likes to play and sing. — photo by Zak Neumann

Though some shelters hesitate to adopt out black cats in October, fearing they’ll be used as temporary Halloween decorations and then returned, staff at the Iowa City Animal Center are adept at identifying the true black cat lovers who can appreciate their silky, sophisticated coats 365 days a year.

Visit the Iowa City Animal Center’s website for more information on adoption. To meet Nautilus, stop by the Iowa City Animal Center at 3910 Napoleon Ln in Iowa City between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays.

Marengo’s inspiring story

Marengo — photo by Zak Neumann

Up until recently, Marengo has not had it easy. She was one of six dogs Iowa County officials confiscated from a farm in Marengo, Iowa (for which she was named), and had spent her first two years of life tied to a post outdoors. When she arrived at the Iowa City Animal Clinic in March, she was extremely shy and fearful towards humans and suffered from several medical conditions. Over months of careful work by staff and volunteers, Marengo and her fellow farm dogs grew more trusting, loving and healthy.

Marengo — photo by Zak Neumann

Last week, when we visited Marengo at the shelter, she was a bit shy but enjoyed walking around the building and, especially, interacting with other dogs. Unlike many rescue animals, Marengo is most comfortable around her fellow pups — when another dog arrived on the scene, she brightened up immediately, jumping and playing like a puppy.

Marengo — photo by Zak Neumann

After more than seven months in the shelter, Marengo was adopted on Saturday and is settling into her new home. She is the last Iowa County dog to be adopted — a significant moment for the Iowa City Animal Clinic community.

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