I started the month of June by telling you about my vacation which included (of course) the addition of three new Winnie's Wish cats. I've spent the rest of this month writing individual posts about all of the lovely Winnie's Wish kitties who are ready to be adopted. That's because June is officially Adopt-A-Cat Month. I packed those individual posts full of pictures hoping to attract the perfect homes. (Special thanks to Morgen at the CB for running those posts.) I appreciate those of you who left comments here on the blog and on Facebook. You left words of encouragement, proving that there are people out there who don't care if Traci Mae isn't the most beautiful cat in the world and who know that shy Shiloh will come around in time. It's been a bit discouraging to have zero adoptions here at month's end. The cathouse is full so the work and costs and worry are steep. I can't rescue any more needy cats or kittens until some of the current gang are adopted. But something happened this month to remind me not to get too discouraged.
Within a matter of days of each other, I received emails from people who have adopted from me – people who have Winnie's Wish kitties in their homes. I do periodically get updates from the wonderful families who have adopted a Winnie's Wisher. But it was truly strange to get FOUR updates over the course of such a short period of time. These folks even sent pictures. And just when I was feeling the stress of having a full cathouse! I REALLY needed this right now. It reminds me of why I do what I do, and it makes it all worthwhile. Here are some excerpts from the emails I received.
From J and B – they adopted Mitts and I was thrilled. But then they came back and adopted Spritz, who was one of the two LEAST likely cats to be adopted from the cathouse – EVER. Here's what J had to say:
Spritz is doing GREAT since the last email. We bought the girls (Mitts and Spritz) a tower and had I known it would get her out from under the bed I would have bought one sooner! Her and Mitters (Mitts' nickname) LOVE to play! They chase each other around like it's their job. Spritz loves playing in the living room, sitting on the back of the couch and chair, watching the birds from the back of the couch and on the coffee table (they BOTH love the coffee table for some reason? Lol!), and we can walk past her with out her jetting off! I can't even tell you how proud we are of her! Hopefully the pics will give you some idea of how far she has come.
Wanted to send you an update on Trixie - she is an amazing little ladycat! She is very smart and has learned some human phrases - when I sit in Lola's room to get ready for bed at night, she is usually in there along with Virgil, and when I tell her it is time to go to bed she will get up (she likes to sleep in the window in there) and wait by the door, and when it is time to go to sleep and I tell her, she goes to her spot on the bed and goes to sleep. She is the biggest snugglebug and is so funny because she and Barney will compete to sit by me at night. I haven't taken a lot of pictures in a long time but I do have one I have attached of Trixie sitting with Barney and Gus.
Next I heard from B, who adopted JoJo as a friend for her kitty named Tiger. B writes:
Hi from JoJo's new "mom". I really enjoy watching JoJo and Tiger playing together. I've attached a couple of pictures. I keep trying to get a picture of Tiger grooming JoJo but this was after. And he chases HER tail instead of his own.
When I thought I would burst with joy from all of the wonderful updates, I got yet another. This one was from Deb, who adopted Elfin. She writes:
I apologize - it's been way too long since I've given you an update. Elfin is my husband's buddy; he gets up with him in the morning and hangs out with him until he goes to work. My husband tells me they talk about stuff – him and Elfin. Elfin is truly the perfect fit for our family and the three of us adore him. Here is a picture of Elfin on his favorite chair on our screened-in porch.
Yep. These updates make my job much easier.
Now everybody squeeze your eyes shut tight, cross your fingers, and wish REALLY HARD that some more homes like these will come knocking at my door. Make a wish that your favorite Winnie's Wish kitty will be chosen for the perfect home for him or her. Have a great weekend!