My resident cat, Cosmo, lost his litter-mate to FLV when they were about a year and a half old. After a couple years of being the only cat, Cosmo was definitely showing signs of missing having a friend to play with (I was getting play-attacked on a regular basis) so I started thinking about getting him a companion. I wanted a kitten because I thought that might make their introduction a bit easier so when kitten season hit, I started the “online dating” process. I must have looked at 100 profiles of the most adorable cats. Plus, all my friends were sending me links to potential candidates but I was nervous about this whole endeavor so I kept finding excuses not to go meet any of them.
Finally, l ran out of excuses and made the decision to go to the SF SPCA and “look”. But a dear friend of mine always says you can’t window shop for kittens, so I was pretty sure I’d bring home a friend for Cosmo. I saw a couple options online that seemed promising and a friend of mine who is an SF SPCA volunteer agreed to meet me and help with the “looking”. “First dates” are always nerve wracking! I made my way through all the hallways, “speed dating” all the kittens I had seen online plus other adorable options. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel a connection to any of them. I was discouraged but I had faith that someday I’d find a love match.
Then we walked to the lobby to leave and – curled up in the front window – was a scraggly looking, 2 month old, 1.25 lb ginger kitten who had been neutered the day before and just released. He smelled like antiseptic and his fur was patchy and coarse from a ringworm incident but when he crawled up my arm and snuggled into my neck I knew I’d found the perfect match.
Finn, the polydactyl ginger kitten, came home with me that day. I started all the suggested “introduction” steps, but Cosmo quickly took matters into his own paws; he pushed open the door separating them and began their sweet bromance. Now, Finn is 2 years old, his silky fur has grown in and he and Cosmo spend all day play-attacking and snoozing. Sometimes “online dating” is the perfect way to meet your match.
Dogs have special powers to make us better people. Just by walking down the street, they turn strangers into friends. A quick cuddle from a canine companion can help you feel less alone. They can teach you everything you need to know about how to enjoy life. When they say they will love you forever, they mean it. How does your dog bring out the best in you?
The SF SPCA has been saving and caring for San Francisco’s animals since 1868. We’ve come a long way since then—founding the No-Kill movement, building the first cage-less adoption center and advocating on behalf of all animals—to become a global leader in animal welfare and helping to establish San Francisco as one of the most progressively humane cities in the world.
We couldn’t have done it without the help of all the people who have adopted an animal, volunteered their time or provided financial support. Together, we’ve been able to bring pets and people together, celebrating the merriment, magic and meaning that animals bring to all of our lives. Thank you for your generosity—the animals we save, the lives we change, and the communities we touch are all made possible because of you!
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