If you read my post about how I became a dog person, you will learn that I’m actually a cat person. We had 2 cats growing up. Both of them lived long, happy lives, into their 20’s. I do miss having a cat, though. My last cat passed away at 18. My dog isn’t much of a snuggler, but she rarely sleeps at night without being right beside me. As much as I love this, there’s still nothing like having a cat cozy up to you in your lap.
So when my niece suggested to my parents that they consider adopting a cat, the idea was exciting for them. They are unable to travel due to my dad’s medical issues, and they’ve felt a bit isolated in quarantine. The time was right to find a new family member.
Fortunately, I have a friend who works for the Richmond Animal League. This happens to be the rescue organization where we adopted our dog Ellie. Having someone on the inside was great, because I could tell him exactly what my parents were looking for, and he could help me find the perfect companion. Due to Covid precautions, you now need to make a selection before you get there, which complicates the process a bit, but shouldn’t stop you from meeting a potential new companion!
One morning, my friend sent me pictures of a beautiful girl named Ace, and he was, in his words, smitten! She had been adopted from them in the fall, and was surrendered a bit over a week ago. Apparently, she does not do well with toddlers. Poor girl! So my parents are probably more her type.
After going through the application process and phone interview, we had an appointment to meet Ace. Since my parents live in Tidewater, not Richmond, my daughter and I went to meet her. I even Facetimed my mom so she could see the kitty!
Shortly after that, we were on our way to take Ace to her new home. She was the best car rider! I’ve never had a cat so content in a carrier.
Once we got to my parents’ house, we let her out of her crate to assess her new domain. We only stayed about 30 minutes and were masked the whole time, but in that time, Ace, who will now go by Lacey, explored every inch she could, and she even used her litter box twice. Her first time on my mom’s lap, she made biscuits. And by the time we left, she seemed quite content and was purring up a storm.
My mom reports that Lacey is settling in just fine. She sleeps in the bed with them and has been very generous with her attention. I think we found a good fit!
I can’t say enough great things about the Richmond Animal League. They are a no-kill shelter, and have been since their founding in 1979. If you’re in the Richmond area and are looking for a new friend, be sure to check out their available animals. They also take donations of goods and money to support their efforts. As you know, all non-profits need help right now. But most of all, if you are looking for a fur baby, adopt. Don’t shop. Check out a shelter in your area. You may find a new companion to rescue you!