Sunday, March 9, 2014

Family of FIVE!

I've been wanting to add on to our little family for about a year now.  So when I heard there was a large adoption event going on yesterday Eric and I got in his new Jeep and headed to the Pet-wonderland that they made of the beautiful Franciscan Renewal Center.

View from the Franciscan Center

It was a gorgeous morning and the event was quite crowded with people looking to adopt.  And boy were there some cutie-pies that needed good homes! 

Healing Garden at the Franciscan Center

I was in the market for a new kitten, but I fell in love with a number of dogs!  Just look at some of these faces!

This guy was blind due to the way he was bred

Big guy trying to make friends with a little girl!

They even had bunnies!  

There were a few cats up for adoption, but I had my heart set on a kitten.  So we said goodbye to the sweet animals at the event and started looking at animal shelters across the valley.  Just like when we adopted Grace, we looked at several places for "the one".  And we didn't find her until our last stop...which also happens to be where we found Grace in 2010. 

As soon as I saw her face I knew she was the one.  I fell in love immediately.  Her shelter name was Emma and they brought us all into a little room to meet one another.  She was an immediate cuddler purring non-stop!  I cuddled with her for a bit and then I sat her on the floor and noticed that she has 6 toes on each of her front paws!!  A Hemingway cat!!  It was meant to be, as he's one of my favorite authors!

All the kitties looking for homes    

So we started the adoption process with little "Emma".

Her former home with the adopted notice hanging up 

 That's when we learned her story.  It seems that our kitty was a police rescue.  She is 6 months old now, but in January when she was about 3 months, she was rescued from the hands of some kids who were banging her head up against a telephone pole.  The police saved her and brought her, bloodied and beaten, to the animal shelter.  They shaved her entire body to check for contusions and injuries (her hair is growing back slowly).  She had injuries to her head and her lungs were filled with blood, but she had no broken bones and no "severe" injuries.  They nursed her back to health and yesterday was her first day up for adoption.  She was fixed on Friday, microchipped yesterday, and spent the night in her new forever home last night.  She's been through a lot in her first six months of life.

Meet our little girl, Hemingway:

The tough part right now is we have to keep her quarantined from Cyrus and Grace for 7 to 10 days in case she has a cold (which they all pretty much do when coming from the shelter).  So right now she's living in Eric's office and our other two are lying outside the office door wondering when they can meet their new sister!

You can kind of tell how thin her fur is right now where they shaved her body

She doesn't meow very much and she LOVES to cuddle. I think this little polydactyl kitty is going to be very happy here!

It's not easy trying to take a one-handed picture of a 6 toed kitten...but you can kinda see her little thumb here

"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not."
Ernest Hemingway (author, For Whom the Bell Tolls)

Papa and one of his many cats

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