Jill and Roger Curtiss, Biscuit & Sophie
After 18 years on the job, our calico cat Ballou decided it was time to retire. We were so used to having a feline around that getting another was an obvious move. Having made that decision, it was also a given that the new cat would be an adoptee from APS.
Jill went to the shelter and was drawn into the strategically placed kitten room. She quickly found a brother and sister pair (if one is thinking “kitten,” it only makes sense to plan to adopt two) and we waited until they were old and big enough to be neutered and released from APS.
During the waiting period, Marsha called and said that a litter of calicos was expected to arrive soon. The litter arrived before the original chosen ones had been cleared for adoption. Two tiny sisters worked their way into our hearts and laps and it was decided we would adopt them instead—a decision made easier by the fact that someone else was enamored with the first set of kittens, so everyone got what they wanted.
Another waiting period ensued while the two (tentatively christened Biscuit and Scones) gained sufficient weight for their spaying. Soon enough, they were cleared for departure.
The kittens came home and were cautiously introduced to Jack, our giant golden retriever. That initial meeting was less than a total success, so it was deemed prudent to keep them separated for a few days. Within a week the kittens, now Biscuit and Sophie (she just wasn’t a Scones) no longer fled when Jack approached. Now Biscuit greets her new boyfriend when he comes home, and both kittens are likely to be found snoozing either next to or on top of him.
Adopting the kittens from APS was definitely the right thing to do for us, as well as for them. –Roger Curtiss