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Pet Adoption Stories
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S-l-o-o-w cat intro creates fast friends
We stopped by the shelter back in May looking for a kitten to make a perfect friend for our resident cat who is 10 months old. It was important for us to find a young kitten to make the transition smoother for both our resident cat and the new kitty.
We saw Ontario but were asking to see the girl kitten he was in the room with, only because we thought having a girl kitten would be less friction for the introduction of our cats. However, as soon as we met Ontario and played with him, my husband immediately said, “He has to come home with us!” We fell in love.
The shelter let us know that he usually hisses with people at first and is usually scared, since he was feral up until you found him at about 2 or 3 months old. He did not show any of these signs with us at the shelter—he was immediately a sweetheart—but he did show signs when he was brought him home, as we anticipated.
We took things slowly and kept him in a small area of our apartment for the first two or three days until he got bored of it. We kept the cats separate, but they sped up the process by playing with each other under the doors and incessantly meowing through the doors trying to meet. At day five, we let the cats see each other with a screen between them; they immediately were pawing at each other through the screen, and we let them do that for about an hour. We separated them the rest of the day and the next day let them spend face-to-face, supervised time together. We kept them separated only at night at that point, and after another week left them together all the time. They were instantly best friends, and we couldn’t be happier to see them both so happy—they are inseparable! We are so proud of both our boys transitioning so well, and seeing how far Ontario has come.
Thank you for all the resources you supplied to us, including background information on Ontario, which helped us decide how to introduce him to our home environment and reminded us to stay patient even when that first week was pretty tough. The animals certainly appreciate you all, and we do too!
– Ciarra R., Denver, Colo.
Rocky to the Rescue!
When I adopted Sadie, my part terrier/part Lab, 20 years ago from the Dumb Friends League, I thought she was the last dog I would have. She was 2, and I was so lucky to have her until 17 when I had to let her go six years ago. I was devastated, and I didn’t think I had the energy or heart left for another dog.
Nine months after I lost her, I adopted a beautiful cat who was more than I bargained for, mostly in good ways! I continued to say when asked about a dog that Sadie was my last dog and there would not be any more.
Then one day I decided to go on the Dumb Friends League website and just “look around.” Well, you can guess what happened. The first face that really hit me was little Rocky, who was about a year old, 11 pounds and had been at the shelter for two months. I couldn’t understand that, as he had me at hello!
Rather than do my usual due diligence and think of every possible flaw and downfall, I just adopted him. WHAT a handful! He’s part terrier and full of energy. But I adore this little guy. I was starting to feel like a piece of furniture, and this little blonde baby boy brought life and love into my dull, sedate existence!
All it took was love and patience on my part, and once he understood what was expected, he got right with the program. A new pet is like a new spouse or child. You need to take the time to understand each other’s idiosyncrasies, habits and needs. It took three months with my little boy, but then it all fell into place, and he’s been terrific in every way!
– Michele F., Denver, Colo.
Batman & Jillian: a dynamic duo
I adopted my tuxedo cat, Batman, from your organization six years ago. He quickly became my friend and confidant, always by my side. He’s seen me through a dozen moves, a breakup, a marriage and thousands of good and bad days.
I’ll never forget the moment I saw him at your shelter, and how he chose me as much as I chose him. I will always appreciate your staff and facility for helping me find such a special friend. I no longer live in Denver, but I do check your Facebook page every so often, just to see the happy faces of those you’re continuing to help. Thanks for all you do.