Thursday, January 27, 2011
Yesterday our adoption coordinator was on the phone with Animal Welfare League when she learned that at that very moment Cat 707 was being adopted. This kitty had been at the shelter for three of our volunteer trips. It turns out 707 was about eight-ten years old. He had been adopted from AWL over six years ago ... but returned in November, we don't know why. What we do know is that a ten-year-old "regular" cat sitting in a city shelter doesn't have a great shot at being adopted. But then he met Briana, who had come on the volunteer day last weekend. She fell in love.
She went back to see if 707 was still there, and there he was, and there he is no longer, because now he's in Briana's home. She declined to name him Boeing (my suggestion) because obviously his true name is Nigel. Briana says "Nigel LOVES scratches, headbutts and snuggling."
I love this story. I feel so grateful for everybody opening their homes to foster and adopt animals. Right now the city (and surrounding areas) are experiencing a real crisis, however, with evictions and foreclosures, and people surrendering or abandoning their animals. And kitten season isn't even here yet! Every shelter is overflowing with animals. If you have been thinking you could foster or adopt, or add another pet to your home, now is the time.