A girl named "Bob" ... for her bobcat-like look, this little girl has been at the shelter for a few weeks. This young cat has especially beautiful and unusual markings, including a golden mane with black stripes around her neck. She also has black-tipped tufted ears, and a broad black stripe down the center of her back. The resemblance to any wild animal ends there, however, because you'll find this small-sized girl as gentle and sweet as they come. She is a quiet, soft-spoken cat, and is very people-oriented. She loves affection and is also playful, if invited to be. Once you look into those amber eyes, you'll be smitten. She was found stray and dropped off at the shelter; sweet Bob deserves a good home for Christmas. The shelter also has irresistible kittens, a personable pair of brawny black and white adult cats found abandoned in an apartment, and dogs and puppies who are participating in downtown Cortez as the 12 Strays of Christmas in their quest for a forever home. The shelter is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on alternate Fridays; they will be closed this Friday, and will close early at 11:30 a.m. on Christmas eve, Monday. The will also be closed on Tuesday, Christmas Day. The fee for adoption includes spaying or neutering, vaccination and microchipping. The shelter needs donations of non-clumping cat litter and cleaning supplies such as paper towels, Pine Sol and unscented bleach. For more information, call the shelter at 565-4910. To view more animals, visit www.petfinder.com or www.petango. com (enter 81321 zip code for each) or www.cityofcortez. com/government/animal_shelter.