Thank you so much for your comforting words about my Jack The Unicorn. Losing Jack on Friday was a deep low. But something happened on Sunday that brought me a great deal of joy. In fact, I don’t think there is much else that could have pulled me up out of my funk the way this did.
On April 11, I had a Petfinder inquiry in my email inbox. Now for those of you who are not associated with a shelter, there is no way to fully express to you how WONDERFUL and at the same time SCARY it is to get that first inquiry. You all know that I am a small shelter. I don’t get a lot of Petfinder traffic to begin with. But of the handful of emails I do get, most do not end up being the beginning of a forever home. It would surprise you how many people don’t meet even the most basic requirements. I no longer get over-the-top excited about that initial inquiry. That might surprise you as desperate as I stay in the area of needing homes. But as I’ve said many times, a lot of Winnie’s Wish kitties have had pretty rough starts in life. After working hard to socialize them and nurture them and bring them to health, I’m certainly not then going to adopt them to just anybody. I need to know they will be family members in their new homes. So back to my point. The inquiry is wonderful because of the potential it holds, but scary because I have no idea what I will discover about the person behind the inquiry. When I open a dialogue with someone and begin to discover that he or she is this great person looking to adopt a cat for all the right reasons, THEN I get excited.
I received the inquiry from Melissa and emailed her back. She emailed me back and so it began. I asked the questions I needed answers to. She asked the questions she needed answers to. In her very first email she said - I've been thinking about getting a cat and I keep getting drawn back to looking at & reading about Truly and Shiloh. First of all, TWO?!! Two at one time is wonderful and I absolutely wanted Shiloh to be able to stay with his sister. In addition, some of the best homes Winnie’s Wish kitties have ended up in materialized because someone out there kept feeling drawn to a particular cat. I started hoping this was the right home for Truly and Shiloh. At some point during our emailing, I offered to mail her the contracts so she could look them over. She had shared about her past cat experiences and her current situation. I had already decided that Melissa sounded like a great cat mom to me.
On Thursday before the Easter weekend, we were emailing about possible times to meet. We decided on Easter Sunday at noon, at a location halfway between the two of us.
I try so hard not to get my hopes up too high. Sometimes things change. And sometimes, even though the adoption goes through at the time, it doesn’t work out. But then on Friday morning, I was suddenly faced with saying goodbye to my Jackie Boy. It was hard to focus on this wonderful upcoming event (my FAVORITE thing – an adoption) while I was trying to accept that Jack was suddenly gone. On Sunday morning I felt something akin to shock, I think, as I was loading up Truly and Shiloh to take them to the beginning of their new life. Here we were. FINALLY – an adoption.
When I met Melissa and her daughter, I liked them so much. Melissa had already purchased TWO cat trees for her two new kitties. Boy did I ever want this to work. I explained to Melissa that Truly and Shiloh were 100% lovebugs. BUT – they had been living in the cathouse for a year and a half. I knew this would be quite an adjustment for them. I predicted that Truly might come around pretty quickly, but I warned Melissa that it might take quite a while for Shiloh to become comfortable. Even though he and his sister met me at the cathouse door every day for attention, it had taken a very long time for Shiloh to reach that point with me. All I could do was send them off with Melissa and hope with my whole heart that this would be Truly and Shiloh’s chance at The Good Life.
The first report I received (at about 48 hours) was that they were both still hiding. I fretted about this, hoping Melissa would understand that this is very normal. Last night I received the first pictures and an updated report.
Shiloh was in the kitchen last night, and I managed to get some pictures of him. This morning, Truly was on my kitchen table and stayed in the kitchen while I fetched a can of food from the utility room, and after eating she went up on the cat tree. Truly has been "scouting" all around and has been pretty vocal. She seems especially fond of seeing herself in mirrors (and meows at the image). She always returns to where Shiloh is, and it's almost like she's going back to give scouting reports to him.
So what do you think, Friends? Keep your fingers (and everything else) crossed that Melissa will fall head over heels in love with Truly and Shiloh. After the start they had in life, and a year and a half in the cathouse, they deserve to spend the rest of their years living The Good Life.
Have a great weekend.