Tyler and I visited our local animal shelter because we were bored one day. We knew well that this was a bad idea for us, but we promised we would not allow ourselves or each other to fall in love with any animal there. We could get one after I move out, but not now.
Then we saw this little girl.
We should have known better than to go there. Of course we’d fall in love. This little one had the most adorable little face. She was very quiet and shy. We found out she was still unadoptable, as she had only been brought in to the shelter 4 days prior and hadn’t had her surgery yet. This was last Monday, 3/9.
We couldn’t help it. We talked to the people at the front desk and had them put an adoption interest on her and we resolved to find a way to have her now.
Tyler and I went back every single day to check on her, except Friday. Each day we found that although she was on the list to be spayed soon, she remained unadoptable and stuck in that little cage where we weren’t even allowed to hold her. But she got to know us. She’d meow at us when she saw us, and rub against the opening of the cage so we could pet her as best we could. By the end of the week she had a name.
We still didn’t know how we could have her. By this time his family had made it very clear that a kitten was not welcome in their home, as they have 5 dogs and 2 cats already. At my home I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. And a hamster, who was tyler and I’s first fur baby.
When the next week (this week) rolled around, I had to work and could not go see her, so tyler called. On Monday she had not yet had her surgery. So they said. On Tuesday, St. Patty’s Day, tyler called again.
She had had surgery on Monday. Finally, after 8 days of waiting for her, she was ready to be adopted. And– it just so happened that they were having a St. Patrick’s Day sale on all cats. (Side note: this irks me, a shelter having a “sale.” It worked out nicely for our adoption of Evie but I do not believe this is something shelters should do. To me it only encourages “buyers” that may just be looking for a cheap deal. But these are animals, not things. If you’re truly looking to adopt, a sale shouldn’t drive you to do it. To me, if you adopt because you heard there would be a sale at the shelter, don’t do it. You’re doing it for the wrong reason and you may not be giving that animal a good home. But I digress.) Tyler brought Evie home that day.
To hold her and pet her freely felt so amazing. To finally get her out of that god forsaken cage she’d been so lonely in. I nearly cried when I held her for the first time. My little love.
Evie is staying with a friend of ours for a little while, no more than a month. Just until I move into an apartment. I am forever grateful she was willing to take her in while we wait more for her to be with us for good. God she’s worth it though. Everything just aligned so well for us to have her. She’s just a complete joy and sweetheart. Little angel.
It may not have been the most responsible thing in the world to adopt her when we had no place for her with us right now. But I couldn’t pass her up. I am blessed with amazing friends who are willing to help us out until we can take her and I am grateful for that.
But. We have a new baby and couldn’t be happier.