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Tale of two adoptions

By Barbara Webber

This story begins two years ago. Whispurr, our Maine Coon cat, was three, getting bored alone and slowing down. Although laid back, Whispurr objected to other adult cats. We thought a kitten might be just the thing – non-threatening, active and fun.

While volunteering at the SPA, I fell in love with a tiny black and white kitten, spotted like a cow. We named him Sassy and brought him home to surprise Whispurr. Sassy took to Whispurr immediately. Whispurr was reserved, but very kind to the newcomer. Sassy persisted and soon they wrestled and played together. Later, when Sassy was old enough to go out, we were pleased they were joyfully chasing each other in the yard.

Fast forward a year and Whispurr just was not active enough for Sassy. Naturally, we thought about another kitten, but hesitated. A kitten a year? Hmmm.

Again, while I was volunteering at the SPA, the perfect kitten came along, a long-haired black and white, lively and full of love. We named him Elbe, short for Little Bug. Whispurr tried ignoring him, but Sassy was very offended and hissed for over two weeks, protesting so much that she eventually lost her voice. Apparently, she’d forgotten how nicely Whispurr treated her in the beginning. Finally she started to play with Elbe. Now we even catch Whispurr running and playing with both.

Whispurr, Sassy and Elbe are a wonderful part of our lives and each others’ lives. While people say cats are independent, our cats like to be in the same room with us. They seek our company for laps and petting. When they are outside, they check in every so often to say hi and make sure we are still there. They are usually waiting at the door for our arrival if we have been out. We are very pleased to offer them a good home and a happy life.

Audrey, Pride and Sassy are examples of the many cats and kittens currently at the SPA, all waiting for a chance at the good life. If you adopt one or more, I can guarantee your life will be more joyful. See for biographies, pictures and videos of all our adoptable cats and dogs (click on Facebook Doggie Album link. Visit the SPA, Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm, Los Pinos 7, phone 152-6124, or stop by the Jardin on Thursdays from 11am-1pm to meet some of our available pets.

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