||Eight years old|
||Poughquag, New York, USA|
is our beloved Sterling. He is the newest feline member of our family.
In August of 2013, I started volunteering at our local cat sanctuary -
Mid-Hudson Animal Aid. The first day there, little Sterling promptly came
over to me and "introduced" himself. Each week, on my subsequent visits, he
would run over to greet me, chattering away. It seemed like he was telling me
all that had happened since my last visit. As charming as little Sterling
was, we weren't quite ready to adopt since we had just recently lost one of
our beloved cats, Kepler, and we were still grieving that loss. However, fate
intervened. There was a devastating fire at the shelter in September. Foster
homes for 150+ cats were needed during the five-month period when the shelter
was being rebuilt. We volunteered to foster Sterling, since I felt a special
bond with him.
The poor little guy was seven years old and had been in the shelter for more than
five years when I met him. He had been adopted once before, but was abandoned
when the family decided to move. Thanks to his microchip, he made his way
back to the shelter, but then he spent multiple years waiting for his
furrever home. How anyone could have abandoned such a sweet, beautiful kitty
is impossible to understand. He certainly deserved a second chance. After
just a few weeks of fostering, we decided to apply for formal adoption and
give little Sterling the furrever home he so deserved. Incidentally, we were
not the only "foster failures". Thankfully, 40 of the other foster kitties
also found their furrever homes. So while the shelter fire was a terrible
tragedy, there turned out to be a silver lining for Sterling and some of his
Sterling is a wonderful kitty and we are happy and blessed to have him in our
family. He loves to snuggle and cuddle. He also loves to play - either with
us or by himself. Sometimes he even loves to play with the little white tip
of his tail. We find his little toys strewn all over the house :-) He also
has a very extensive vocabulary. He "talks" to us all the time and has many
unique sounds he makes at different times and in different situations to make
his wishes clear. Two of the sounds are just like "Hello" and "No". Sometimes
it is uncanny how he makes those sounds just at the right time so they fit
right into our conversation.
I'm so glad Sterling "chose" me at the shelter. We are blessed to have him in
our family, even though our other cat, Tycho, doesn't share our enthusiasm.
He doesn't want much to do with Sterling, but we keep hoping that will change
over time and maybe they will become buddies. In the meantime, we just love
them both individually! There is more than enough love to go around and
everyone is happy with that.
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