Many of the animals who are adopted from the APL
come from other homes, often when circumstances change and, for example, an owner no longer can care for them. Once in a while, though, an animal appears who has been living “on the streets,” like Taylor.
Taylor is a Snowshoe cat, a less-common relative of the Siamese. Snowshoes are thought to be intelligent, vocal, affectionate, and social. So social, in fact, that some say they don’t do well on their own. But that’s just where Taylor was, in September 2016. He was brought to the APL
by a Good Samaritan, who had seen him wandering outside for nearly a year. Taylor walked with a limp, and appeared scared. APL staff estimated that he was about eight years old.
The APL veterinary staff—using a recently acquired x-ray machine!—determined that Taylor’s leg was fractured in two places. His leg was immobilized, to allow it to heal. He received some TLC in the home of an APL foster parent. Then, about a month after his arrival, he was ready for a new home!
Fortunately for Taylor, Jamie had room in her home and her heart for one more, in a house full of life, including children and dogs and cats. Jamie is a firm believer in the importance of giving good homes to shelter animals; all her pets have been rescues. One of Jamie’s cats had passed away some months before, and after some time, she felt she could take in one more. Jamie has a soft spot for older animals, and for Siamese cats. She met with Taylor and was taken in not just by his good looks, but also his personality. He was given a new name, Smokey, and welcomed into the family.
Smokey, Jamie reports, settled in quickly. He flopped down in the middle of the floor, she says, and claimed his space. No more roaming the streets for him! He did perhaps develop some savvy on the streets, though; Jamie says he manages, through loud complaints, to persuade Jamie and husband into feeding him up to three breakfasts a day! He loves catnip, too, which Jamie grows for her kitties and dries, so they have a fresh supply over the winter. Even the dogs, two not-too-small rescues themselves, don’t seem to faze Smokey. And though he passes every day by the door leading outside, he never tries to get out; he doesn’t seem at all tempted to return to his former life in the “great” outdoors. And why would he? Smokey has found his happily-ever-after, inside Jamie’s home, safe and warm!
Thank you, Jamie, for making room for one more, and giving Smokey the life he loves and deserves.
Information about the Cleveland APL
To meet the adoptable animals at the Cleveland APL
, visit our adoption center in Tremont at 1729 Willey Avenue in Cleveland or our PetSmart Charities® Everyday Adoption Center in the Parma PetSmart® store at 6870 Ridge Road. To view all of the animals who are waiting for loving homes online or on your mobile device, visit www.ClevelandAPL.org
or download our free adoptions app on your iOS or Android device.
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Our Twitter handle is @ClevelandAPL
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