One of the greatest measures of success as an animal rescuer is to find out that an animal that you helped save is happy and thriving in its forever home. It reminds us why we do what we do every day in our efforts of saving the lives of our innocent four-legged fur babies.
This week’s adoption success story is Jekyll from Good Mews Animal Foundation in Marietta. Here is his version of “happily ever after” (from his new family):
“My name is Oliver. I am nine years old. My brother’s name is Nathaniel and he is six. We are very happy that Jekyll is our cat. When went to Good Mews to pick him up, we put him in a purple carrier. We then took him out to the car. For more than half the drive home, he YOWLED like a scaredy-cat. We took one stop at Petco to buy supplies like food, a second scratch post (the first we got for Christmas with a lot of other supplies) and more food. This outing was meant to make him feel comfortable and at home. The rest of the way home he yowled a little more. Then we finally got home.
We brought Jekyll’s carrier into the laundry room, which is now his new room. He hopped out when we unzipped it. He took a quick moment to look around and then leaped up on top of the washing machine. As soon as he was done exploring in his room, he went out and entered the living room. Then he climbed up on the piano bench, then LEAPED up on top of the piano. At that moment we thought about re-naming him after one of the famous composers. While he was on top, I started to play some music. To our surprise he liked it. His favorite music is played slowly in the key of A minor. So I wrote a special tune for him. Usually when I play it, he enters the room and listens. So Jekyll has a musical life.
Jekyll really likes it with us. We got him three cat beds, but he never uses any of them. Every night he comes upstairs and sleeps with us. On his first night, he woke up my parents in the middle of the night to thank them for adopting him. Another night, he scratched on my door a few times because he wanted to come in. I opened the door, he came in and spent about ten minutes in my room before sitting down in front of the door, which was my signal to open it for him.
I’m learning to decode his cat signals. When I stick my hand in front of his head when he’s licking himself, he licks me too. I read in an almanac, that a cat holding his tail high means that he is happy. Jekyll does this a lot, so we can tell that he is enjoying his new home. We all love him and treat him like the king of the house. Sometimes he meows right before he hops into bed with us. Jekyll has a bell attached to his collar, so we know where he is and we can follow the sound of his bell and pet him.
Jekyll is very happy with us and we are very happy with him. And we think that Jekyll is the BEST CAT IN THE WORLD!”
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