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Bijoux is a hugger, putting her arms on (Credit: Newsday/Ellen Yan)

Bijoux is a hugger, putting her arms on people's shoulders and rubbing cheeks with them. At Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter, the cat, 5, is curious and open to greeting anyone who comes near. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Bobbi & the Strays' animal shelter

Kitten season was supersized this year, and shelter officials across Long Island blame an unusually warm winter for an early start to breeding. The Northeast this year had its warmest seven months on record, climatologists said. At Bobbi & the Strays' no-kill animal shelter in Freeport, rooms, corners and aisles have been converted into emergency housing for kittens.

Meadow is like a kitten in a senior's
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Meadow is like a kitten in a senior's body, say workers at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. When she's not trying to sleep or sit on someone's lap, she's playful beyond her 14 years. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Fidget has the colors of a creamsicle and
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Fidget has the colors of a creamsicle and a personality that's just as sweet. He's been at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter for three months after his owner abandoned him at a veterinarian's office. Then he ran out of time at the vet's office, which threatened to toss him, too, the shelter said. Now, he amuses himself with a new mouse toy, deftly controlling where it goes. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Emily is a
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Emily is a "follower," trailing people to get affection at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. Her owner was ill and gave her up about a year ago. At 7 years old, Emily has a talent for quietly rubbing up against people to get their attention. (Aug. 21, 2012)

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Dougie, about 2 years old, is cool and
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Dougie, about 2 years old, is cool and mellow, doesn't even stir as other cats jump above and below him on the cat tree. He's been at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter for about four months, and sweet the entire time. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Willie, a mackerel-striped tabby, is 16-years-young. She doesn't
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Willie, a mackerel-striped tabby, is 16-years-young. She doesn't like to be picked up but likes to jump into people's arms, say workers at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. Willie will push her head against your hand to be stroked and loves to sit on laps. In return, she needs someone who can give her steroids once in a while because she has cancer in one ear. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Cheetah, named for her spots, looks for attention
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Cheetah, named for her spots, looks for attention at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter as she and two of her roommates wait for permanent homes. She's another longtime resident of the shelter, and although she can be a little shy, Cheetah's bold enough to come up quietly to investigate people and get her share of petting. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Lugo has waited three years for a new
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Lugo has waited three years for a new home and now he's 14 years old. At Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter, he's well-mannered, loves to be held and enjoys perching on people's shoulders like a parrot. His cleft palate and age give him a regal look. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Duncan was emaciated and sick when he and
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Duncan was emaciated and sick when he and another cat were abandoned at the gate of Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. He has regained some of his health and all of his personality as the skinniest king of the shelter. He's a people follower, grabbing attention and treats and letting other cats know he gets first dibs. (Aug. 21, 2012)

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Oliver is a chestnut tabby who's a Manx,
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Oliver is a chestnut tabby who's a Manx, a breed of cat with a stubby tail. He was turned over by Long Beach animal control officers three years ago and now lives at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. Instead of being a cat's cat, Oliver likes to be with people and talk to whoever walks by his cage. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Babu appears to be a Russian Blue, a
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Babu appears to be a Russian Blue, a breed known for its silvery-blue coat and intelligence. This one, at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter, is great with other cats but may take a little time to warm up to strangers. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Thadeus, or Ted for short, and four other
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Thadeus, or Ted for short, and four other cat housemates were dropped off about a year ago when their owner got sick, and now Ted has gotten a little sick adjusting to shelter life at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport facility. It can be tough living in close quarters with a bunch of four-legged strangers, but Ted, his legs shaved for recent blood tests, doesn't show the stress in his calm, green-eyed gaze. He's mellow and waits undemandingly to be petted. (Aug. 21, 2012)

The snow white and slightly chubby Poggi has
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The snow white and slightly chubby Poggi has lived years in shelters and he treats his free-roaming opportunities responsibly at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. He jumps on tables but doesn't knock much off as he lies on workers' papers, looking at litter cleanup, feeding time and more. He loves to gaze out windows. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Amalphia was dumped with two other cats at
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Amalphia was dumped with two other cats at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter after Tropical Storm Irene last year. Her owner left a note saying it was too much to take care of them. Perhaps that is why Amalphia has had a tough time liking strangers and getting used to a crowd of new cats. She's been a little scared, but when she's in her comfort zone, Amalphia loves being petted. (Aug. 21, 2012)

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Ginger is one of the oldest cats at
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Ginger is one of the oldest cats at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. Her cauliflower left ear gives her an endearing look as she kneads her bed right after suppertime. She loves back scratches and is calm and accepting of all good things, like petting and treats. (Aug. 21, 2012)

When it's not bedtime, Pickles loves extreme petting
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When it's not bedtime, Pickles loves extreme petting sessions, rolling on her back and undulating here and there to get the most strokes in. She just wants fun, whether it's attention or toys, at Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Bijoux is a hugger, putting her arms on
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Bijoux is a hugger, putting her arms on people's shoulders and rubbing cheeks with them. At Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter, the cat, 5, is curious and open to greeting anyone who comes near. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Nappy never fails to flop over for belly
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Nappy never fails to flop over for belly rubs whenever someone walks by. At Bobbi & the Strays' Freeport shelter, workers say she has the "perfect personality." She loves attention but can amuse herself batting a toy. (Aug. 21, 2012)

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