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After Vogon passed today on an immediately available kitten in Garland, Laurel redoubled her efforts to visit Operation Kindness, our local no-kill shelter. They're open until 8 PM on Thursdays, so we went over after Laurel finished her homework.

Laurel and I had a lovely time visiting with the roaming cats on the enclosed cat porch, where a friendly tortie point Siamese followed me around and Laurel made fast friends with a little black cat. We chatted with a talkative seal point Siamese in a cage (recovering from a car-related injury) and an affectionate white cat with different-colored eyes. After extracting Vogon from the kitten room and reprimanding him for opening the cages, we brought him into the cat room to meet a tabby who insistently worked on getting and keeping my attention.

Chance is one half of a please-adopt-together duo with Mrs. Applebee, who were surrendered together to the shelter this past January. We are applying to adopt them but it will be another month before we have budgeted the adoption fee of $110 per cat. It will be nice to have cats in the house again.


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Sep. 18th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, Mrs Applebee's story sounds so sad. Poor kitty. I hope you'll be able to adopt them both. A lot of shelters set up pay scales if that is of help. Maybe they can do something that allows you to pay part of it now, part next month, etc? It never hurts to inquire.
Sep. 19th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
We are filling out the adoption form tonight and they will keep it on file for 90 days. We already have a permanent file there because Vogon adopted Biko from the shelter in 1998.

The staff members we talked to today are confident that Mrs Applebee and Chase will be available when we have the fees put together. (They are firm on their fees.) Adult cats, especially the please-adopt-together ones, spend more time waiting to be adopted there than kittens.
Sep. 18th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I think it's lovely of you to be looking for some cats to adopt from a no-kill shelter like that! No home is complete without some cats!

Sep. 19th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
We love Operation Kindness! They are the largest no-kill shelter in the area and most of their cats are just super friendly come-up-and-greet-you sweet.

The little black cat that Laurel played with hopped up on one of the kitty trees and started playing with her, then pulled her hand to its chest with its front paws. I almost died of cuteness.

This week has been the first time in over a decade without a cat in the house for Vogon. He nearly let a local outdoor cat into the house the other day after it followed him up the stairs to our door. (I didn't point out that it was probably hoping for some dry food since I keep a bowl outside but don't always keep it filled because a leasing agent saw it earlier this summer when a unit on our floor was vacant. Maintenance has no problem with it because it's a low-traffic area and I regularly sweep the area outside our door.)
Sep. 19th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
set up a link for paypal or something. i'll contribute. =)
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! That could have been LeeLee's samurai forebear.
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