Two weeks before Christmas I received an email from a person inquiring about Betty Lou. This woman (G) had discovered Betty Lou on Petfinder. In that very first email, she introduced me to her current kitty family and described her human family, too. As you know, Betty Lou is “disabled.” One front leg is permanently drawn up against her body. This “disability” certainly never slowed her down. However, it DID play a role in getting her adopted. You see, G has two other kitties with “disabilities.” She sent a picture of her two, and here is what she wrote about them in that first email: Handsome is the male brown black tabby. We adopted him blind and with only one eye after his other eye was removed due to trauma. A few months after we got him we took him to an animal eye doctor and found that he had regained some of his sight, he is a very sweet cat. Happy is the white and orange cat and only has 3 legs (missing his back left leg) and a partial tail, the shelter thinks he lost it in an animal trap. He is very spunky and loves to run around the house, you can't even tell he only has three limbs.
As you all know, once I receive an adoption inquiry from someone about a Wisher, I engage in a back-and-forth email dialogue getting to know that person and his/her family and sharing everything I know about the kitty they’ve inquired about. It didn’t take long before I could see that this was the perfect home for Betty Lou. The problem? Distance. G lives nine hours from here. However, she had read on Petfinder that Winnie’s Wish will go to great lengths to get a cat into a home – wherever that home might be. I was already thinking about how I would put the word out on the blog and see who might be willing to drive a leg of a transport to get Betty Lou to her forever home. But none of that was necessary. The situation couldn’t have been more perfect. There was a plan in place before you could say “sugar plums.”
I did have one question for G that had nothing to do with Betty Lou or transporting, etc. She’d said she found Betty Lou on Petfinder. I thought that when a person did a search on Petfinder, only shelters within a certain distance came up. For instance, only shelters within a 100- or 200-mile radius. But there was G, nine hours away, and she was able to see Betty Lou at Winnie’s Wish. I just knew this was meant-to-be. Not only did G find Betty Lou, but the transport dropped perfectly into place.
The distance between G and me was nine hours. My sister and brother-in-law would be here for Christmas. When they returned home, they would literally be driving SIX of those NINE hours straight towards G. I could hardly contain myself as I sent an email to my sister telling her that I had an adoption in the works and that she and BIL could be part of the joy! She emailed back her excitement and said they’d be heading home the day after Christmas. I got back with G and told her about this option. She had to check about getting off work. I heard back from her and we made our plans. My sister and BIL would head north on 12/26 and G would head south. Sister and BIL would drive six hours towards G and she would drive three hours towards them. They met up Monday evening and the sweet Betty Lou was delivered into the arms of her new mom. Sister said Betty Lou did great, even spending some time on her lap during those long six hours.
I received an email from G the next morning (yesterday): Good morning Chrystal, Betty Lou did really well during the ride home. She didn't want to eat, drink or use the litter box while on the road but had some water when we got home. She's been eating a little bit here and there, I'm sure she'll get her appetite back shortly. She did find me in bed in last night and slept by me for a bit before getting up and going on about her business. Our son already adores her, this morning, he told her, "we love you new kitty". Pictures and updates to come as she gets acclimated to her new family. Thanks!
It just doesn’t get any better than this, right? I mean this is the BEST Christmas present Chrystal Parker can get, right? Yes. Right. Unless I should get TWO BEST Christmas presents . . . .
See you tomorrow.