Friday, June 26, 2015

Every Living Soul Deserves a Name

Of course I still love dogs but I'm having fun remembering what it is like to be around cats. My second day of volunteering at the Aurora Animal Shelter was awesome!  

First we (and when I say we from here on out I mean Yukari and me) discovered there is yet another newly decorated cat room at the shelter! Design students from Aurora Community College (I hope I'm right on that) and their instructor have done all the research, design and hard work making two awesome play rooms for the kitties!  They are adorable.

Tee - hee!  It's kinda' true.  *wink*  But I love my dogs to the moon and back!

When we walked into the "Cat Room" today I was at first surprised to see quite a few empty kennels where cats had been last week. Relief set in when we talked to a staff member and she assured us that a number of the cats had been relocated to other shelters, some to rescue groups and some were at PetSmart up for adoption ~ all of which gives the cats more exposure and a better chance at being adopted! Yay!

In talking with this friendly staff member we asked ~ this may sound funny, but the cats who don't have names... can we name them? She laughed and said, "Of course! They should have names! And it might even help them get adopted more quickly!" The only thing we had to check was that their five day hold was up and they were, indeed, available for adoption. (The Shelter holds animals for five days to give owners time to claim them if they already belong to a family. If no one claims them in five days, they can be adopted out.)

As we walked farther we saw a couple of familiar faces from last week and then omysweetgoodness ~ the kittens. There were kittens. Adorable, cute beyond words kittens. So what better place to start naming?  After they all got a little mani-pedi from us the naming began!

This is Annie.  She is 8 weeks old and available for adoption!

This is Cancun (you'll have to ask Yukari the reason for the name...). 
She didn't want to hold still so this is the best shot I got of her.  
She, too is 8 weeks old and ready for a new home!

Meet Diva. She lived up to her name. (ha)  Honestly she's a sweetheart.
8 weeks old and looking for a loving home!

The last kitty we named 
(but there are more soon to be ready for adoption) is Eden.
She, too, is 8 weeks old and would love to come home with you. 

Sunny is a year old sweet boy. 
We took him to the play room but he wanted to stay 
in the cat carrier so we let him. He's really a love ~ you need him, right?

You might remember Benny from last week. Personality Plus+++  
He loves to play. I just adore him.
He's only a year old and would love a fun, active family! 
Or he's happy to sit on your lap and purr, too.

There was a lot of activity at the shelter today ~ lots of staff members (all so friendly!), a few more volunteers and people coming in with lost animals hoping for microchips, people looking to adopt and the volunteer decorators were putting more fun touches on the shelter design and decor. It was a super happening and fun place on this last Friday in June!

My first day volunteering was overwhelming and tangled with emotions. I told myself on the drive to the shelter this morning that every visit will get easier and get better. I was right!!!! It was a great day.

But the best day will be when there is no need for a drive to the shelter because every sweet kitty soul and puppy soul has a family and a loving home.  YY 

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