There are so many days or months being recognized as national this or that, but one I always look forward to is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th. And yes, I'll be celebrating!
I grew up with all kinds of animals, but none were allowed in the house. Fast forward to when my husband, then boyfriend, gifted me two shelter kittens for my birthday. They lived, traveled and moved with us for almost 19 years. I was devastated to lose my "fur-babies," but determined to open my heart and home, again.
We currently enjoy the company of three cats, and between them, there are only four eyes but dozens of toes -- and so much love.
HarrieYeti-Boo-Boo-Kitty was in an area shelter as part of a group of animals rescued following a hurricane in Louisiana. She was grown, a bit persnickety, but her one eye and beautiful fluffy coat (thus the Yeti in her name!) drew us in. A few years later, she has become the sweetest kitty and my constant co-worker.
CBGB and Whisky-a-GOGO are sisters and also adopted. We named them after famous music venues, CBGB's in New York City and Whisky-a-GOGO in Los Angeles.
CBGB is rowdy, like her name-sake, and is polydactyl, meaning she has an extra toe that looks like a thumb. She is able to use it, too! Many pieces of jewelry or pens have disappeared in her presence. Writer Ernest Hemingway had polydactyl cats and we like to believe ours could be related.
Meanwhile, Whisky-a-GOGO is a punky little girl with her one eye and multiple toes on each paw. I recently counted nine toes on one of her front paws (most cats typically have five toes on their front paws)! She gets the "zoomies," where she runs crazy around the house, at least once a day, and it really does make us laugh out loud.
That's just a little bit about our wonderful pets, and why we we'll be celebrating them on April 30th. I'd love to hear the story about your adopted pets. And please share a photo, too!
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