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I lost my "big girl" Mercedes to sudden illness at the age of 12- her baby brother Cooper was inconsolable the day I returned from the vet without her. He started to become introverted and I knew he needed a brother/sister to bring him out of his shell again. One evening, I spent hours looking on and was drawn to a grey kitten at a local shelter. The next day, I decided to see if he was still available for adoption.

As I approached the main cat room, there was a little white and brown fluffy ball of happiness in a cage at the door - as I got closer, she crouched down in a pouncing stance, wiggled her butt just waiting for me. I got to the cage and she plopped over onto her back and let out the loudest purr I had ever heard in my life! My heart melted - I immediately asked to take her to a private room where she graced me with numerous head bumps and face rubs. The shelter worker told me Winnie (her shelter name) was 13 months old and surrendered with her litter of 5 kittens 3 weeks prior. All of her kittens were adopted out immediately.... There was no doubt in my mind that she would be coming home with me, she had me at the first butt wiggle.

It has been close to 2 years since she became part of our family; Darrby and Cooper are the best of friends - they love to play "attack" through the curtains, run around sounding like a small herd of elephants (often at 2 a.m.) and sit in the window and watch birds together. She not only brought more happiness into my life, but she also brought my Cooper out of his shell again.

Laura H.
Rockland, MA

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