Saturday, March 19, 2016
Wryn and Sprite - adoption story
So yesterday I went to the shelter after work to see Wryn and Sprite at the shelter. I was jonesing for a little kitten love and I hoped they were still there.
I lucked out, they were still there. When I went to see them, the staff at the adoption counter told me they all thought they were very cute, and that they had been out cuddling them all morning. I love to hear such things because I know the more these girls are handled the better it will be for them. I went to the cage, and they were both hanging out at the bottom (which is covered with a cage cover to give them some privacy). Sprite came right to me, but I had to pull Wryn out. Both were very friendly though and enjoyed the attention and didn't seem fearful at all. It made my heart sing to see it.
I spent some time with them, and when they realized they could run in opposite directions and drive me crazy, I put Sprite back and took Wryn to the adoption counter so I could stand up and still be with her.
As I stood there a woman and her daughter came into the shelter. They came to see a pair of cats that were noted that would be good to be adopted together. Unfortunately by the time they came one of the cats had been adopted. She was looking for a pair of kitties because she previously had a pair of sisters that lived until they were 17, but they had passed a year and a half ago. So yes, I put on the hard sell. Apparently they had been in yesterday and saw them, and they were very interested, but the woman was moving into a new place, and for the next week or so things were going to be chaotic, and she was going out of town for Easter.
So I did what any sane kitten woman would do - especially when she doesn't have foster kittens - I offered to kitten-sit.
She was not in a position to adopt them right then and there because the water company was coming to turn on the water, and so I confirmed my offer and gave her contact info if she wanted to take me up on it. I warned them that I didn't think the girls would last very long. And then I went home.
I wasn't home very long before I received a message from the shelter asking if it was okay to give out my contact information to the woman from before. I said it absolutely was okay, and a moment later I received a phone call asking me if the offer to kitten-sit was still on the table. I said of course it was, and I jumped up and ran to the shelter.
This time, she was there with her other daughter.
They were both so giddy at the idea of adopting kittens that it was infectious. They kept thanking me, but seeing them so happy over these two girls... well seriously, it felt like they were doing me the favor.
I actually waited around until her other daughter (the one from earlier) showed back up to snuggle the kittens some more. We swapped contact information and Facebook contacts and I told her about the webcams so they can watch them. There was talk of coming to visit, to which I said they were welcome to. And once all the paperwork was complete and all the exchange of info was done, they were afraid they were keeping me. It was so sweet, but I seriously could have stood there and watched them coo over the kittens for hours.
I mean seriously.. they were literally bending over to accommodate these kittens. I so hope they don't mind my sharing this particular photo, but this moment totally made my day... well that and the little dance of joy they did when they walked out of the shelter.
So we packed them up and I brought them home. It took them about five minutes to relax in the room when they realized they were back and nothing had changed, they started running around and had a little snack. Then it became apparent they were tired. Sprite climbed up on the back of the couch and started snoozing. Wryn climbed up in my lap and let me pat her. She then proceeded to lay down, and then..
This was a first.They both fell asleep on me. Once again my heart sang.
It was such a good day.
I'm not sure exactly when they will go to their new home, but it will be sometime after Easter. I know I'm in no hurry, but I bet they are.