[clockwise from top left: 1.Shotgun and Kay, 2.Brownie, 3.Clovis, and 4. Alaska]
At Serena’s request, we’re sharing our other Cute Finds Contest entries. Hope they warm your heart as much as they warmed ours!
Read their adoption stories.
1. Kay sent us a beautiful love story about how she rescued Shotgun.
Her roommate found him in a Wal-Mart parking lot, and coaxed him into their car with part of a hamburger. Shotgun immediately lept into the front seat. “He had my heart, the first time I sat eyes on him,” Kay told us. The two girls posted fliers around town, and a woman called to tell them she had “set a litter of kittens free” in that parking lot a few days earlier.
After that, Kay and her kitty were inseparable. “He slept under the covers with me and waited for me to get home. He also followed me around the house like a puppy,” Kay said. But, soon she began dating a man who was violently allergic to cats. Last December she married him, and Shotgun moved to Kay’s parents’ home.
“I honestly don’t think my husband knows how hard it is to come home without being greeted by a “meow” and to not have purrs in the morning or random happy attacks while watching tv in the afternoon. When my mom calls and tells me how he spent his day sunbathing and watching her clean, I tear up… He gave me three wonderful years of companionship and love. He’s happy with mom, and he’s happy to be alive, but I miss him.”
2. Here’s Keelin’s adoption story: “We adopted Brownie from a local pet fair in 2001. She will be about 8 years old this month! Brownie loves to snuggle with her pillow on the couch and always comes up with a new and even cuter way to snuggle with it. She always makes me smile with her silly antics and can make anyone laugh. Brownie was the runt of the litter and was always getting pushed away from her food bowl… we knew we had to rescue her and we are so glad we did!”
3. Kendra also sent us a great story about how she rescued Clovis:
“I was on a family road trip with my parents and two brothers. While driving through central Cali, we took a break at a rest stop. As I sat at a picnic bench eating my nutritious yet tasty vegan sandwich, I heard weak mewling in the bushes. What should I find upon investigating but a tiny grey tabby kitten! She looked to be a couple weeks old, her leg was badly broken, and her mother was nowhere to be seen.
We immediately bundled her up in old clothes and took her home, naming her Clovis after the city we’d stopped in. When the veterinarians first saw her, they were doubtful that she would ever be able to walk. But several trips to the animal hospital and hundreds of dollars later, her leg was finally healed! Now she’s three years old, and the healthiest, friskiest kitty I’ve ever known.”
4. Here’s Jaclyn’s adoption tale:
“I was interning alone in the Midwest at my favorite record label, Saddle Creek; and when my dad came to visit from NJ, he surprised me by taking me to a no-kill shelter. I was looking around at the kitties, but still couldn’t find “the one” so I asked a volunteer if he had any other kittens. He brought me to a room in the back full of kittens, and if I could’ve, I would’ve adopted every single one of them.
That’s when I first met Alaska! She’s my cute little half Siamese/half domestic kitty. For the past two years Alaska has been the best pet ever. She was a crazy little kitten and demanded a lot of attention! In the first month she managed to get caught underneath my dishwasher, attack herself on iphotobooth knocking my computer off the table, and use my paper towel holder as a scratching post. But she always makes up for her antics by running to me with a meow whenever I call her, perching on my shoulders, and cuddling up to watch the latest episode of House.”