take a chance on Me
This campaign is a no-fee, foster-to-adopt program designed to help the shelter "wallflowers". We know they'll shine once at home! These kitties have been overlooked because they're a little older, shy, intimidated, or overwhelmed. But we are certain that each has their own way of winning your heart!
Case In Point: A Story About Olive.
It all began with me looking for the next kitty for our family. My last cat of 15 yrs passed away over the summer and I thought adopting a kitten for my boys would be a fun experience, but I wasn’t having any luck finding "The One!" So I was open to the possibility of rescuing an adult cat. I went on Petfinder.com, searched the site, and glanced at photos of available cats for Adoption. I scrolled through the pictures, and there she was, "The One!" I fell in love with Olive's unique colors and features. She looked to me like a cute friendly cat. I knew I just had to meet her. I made the call to the shelter and spoke to the director. They gave me a little history on the cat. They mentioned how Olive did not like being in the cage, showed aggression, and would hiss and swipe toward some of the volunteers. The director told me she had a good feeling that Olive would do great in a home setting. Olive was part of the "Take A Chance" program. No adoption Fees! If she didn't work out, the shelter would take her back. After driving a hour to meet Olive, I knew she was worth a chance and had good vibes she would be a perfect fit for our home. The volunteers had warned me that she may go into hiding at the house and might hiss at us. Give her a few weeks to get settled. Just be Patient! Once she's comfortable, she will come to you.
Once I arrived home with Olive, I gave her about 20mins to look around from the carrier, to see that she's no longer in a shelter. I finally opened up the crate and Olive walked around the room for about 5-10mins. It was no sooner that she came right up to me, started rubbing her head up against me, tail wagging and rolling on the floor. She enjoyed the attention we were giving her. It's like Olive knew she was rescued. Olive is a sweet kitty. She's become a lap cat and loves to cuddle on the couch on these cold winter nights. Follows Mommy all around the house from room to room. Loves to play with the family!
I'm so glad I took a chance on Miss Olive. It breaks my heart to know that she was in the shelter for 4 months. Maybe she just was waiting for me! I do believe everything happens for a reason. There is a cat out there for everyone! I encourage anyone thinking of fostering or adoption; please don't overlook the cats that might be shy, intimidated, and or overwhelmed. It just might be the best decision you make! You won't know until you try! All the Cats in the “Take a chance” program deserve a second chance!