Home, Sweet Home

By Joan DiPiero

Our top priority in Catworld is finding that perfect home for each of our cats. Since more than 100 cats are adopted each year, our population is constantly changing. An annual group photo would feature totally different cats with a few exceptions. Showing up year after year are a couple of our cats who have not found homes and, surprise,  surprise, they would have it no other way.

Fancy is a gorgeous tabby and white longhaired five-year-old who has been with us since she was a tiny kitten. She is healthy, well-groomed, sociable, and gregarious with the hundreds of roommates that have appeared over time. Sounds like a perfect candidate for adoption except she doesn’t particularly like people – not that she has a mean bone in her body, but her message to potential adopters has been “Stay away, please.” Approach her and her eyes turn into deer-in-the-headlight mode. After five years, change would be too difficult for her, and she’s made it very clear that the SPA is her home. When we announced our agreement with her decision, she was much relieved. Since then, in an exuberant display of affection, she allows some of her favorite volunteers to give her up to five pats on her head.

Martin is a large charcoal gray and white longhaired five-year old handsome loving male, who was actually adopted twice early in his stay. The first adoption failed because he was frightened by the large family dog and hid under the bed for a week, refusing to eat. The second adoption failed because he was frightened by the teensy, eensy family dog and hid under the bed for a week, refusing to eat. We got the message and had been trying for a dog-free home, but too much time has passed and change is now too difficult. Martin was also visibly relieved when we told him he was not going anywhere, and has relaxed and taken up his favorite petting position, facing downward on laps, slinking forward so he can make a graceful exit when needed.

For cats like Fancy and Martin, home is where the heart is, which happens to be the SPA. The other 99 percent of our cats strongly disagree and would love nothing better than to find their home elsewhere, hopefully with you. Please visit us during adoption hours of 11am-2pm, Monday-Saturday, Los Pinos 7, phone 152-6124.


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