It’s All in How You Look At It: Adoption Stories

Guest Blogger: Beth Mauder, Adoption Counselor

Monday was dreary and rainy. As a matter of fact, the day before that was also dreary and rainy. The clouds were low and full of rain and they completely overshadowed the flowers that were struggling to bloom. Sometimes coming to work feels like that, until suddenly something happens to make you remember why you get up in the morning.

Monday was one of those days.

It started with the usual craziness—lots of people in a hurry, or not knowing what they want. It came to a halt when a young man came in looking for a kitten for his son. I told him it was still early in the season. We only had 2 kittens to choose from at this time, but I told him that we will have plenty to choose from later on.

He took a deep breath and said. “I don’t know if we have that kind of time. My son has brain cancer and we are not sure how much time he has left. All he wants is a kitten. I really need to find him a kitten.”

He was a single dad struggling to make the time his son had left a good time. At that point, I would have stood on my head to find this boy a kitten (and I am not very athletic.)

We contacted his landlord, who graciously offered to pay for the adoption, and I placed a little grey kitten in the boy’s lap. The kitten promptly went to sleep. The boy had come looking for a male but instantly fell in love with this little girl.

He is the sweetest little boy and was beaming from ear to ear as he held his treasure. Needless to say, there was a happy ending to this story. When I left work that night the sky was still dark and grey and it was still rainy, but somehow the flowers seemed to be a bit brighter. I guess it’s all in how you look at it.

We’d like to extend best wishes from everyone at Animal Friends to this very special adopter and his father.  Visit to find your new best friend (or friends!).

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