Pet adoption sparks joy

Pet adoption sparks joy

It’s funny how things can happen, as I went out to the South East Animal Welfare League (SEAWL) for a work interview and found myself a couple of days later adopting a cat.

A grey, fluffy, one-year old cat caught my eye instantly while I was interviewing SEAWL Operations Coordinator Marica Perkovic and I asked her, “who is that cat?”

I had wanted to bring a cat into my home for quite some time – and now the timing was right – I was ready to do so.

Bindi was once a stray and has already had four kittens during her little life, which have now all been adopted through the SEAWL.

Her most noticeable features are her small stature, feather-like tail and big eyes.

She has a fabulous personality, serious cat-titude and is definitely one of the chattiest cats I have ever met, always with something to say and loves following me from room to room.

Then I saw Domino, a large four-year-old Oriental pop up on the SEAWL Facebook page and a couple of weeks later I decided I wanted to adopt a friend for Bindi.

I asked Marica if he was still available and she said yes, so I went out for a look and shortly after he was in the cat carrier and moving into my house.

He is a tall, black and white gentleman who was very quiet, timid and shy when I first brought him home, however he is now starting to talk more and is definitely coming out of his shell.

Sometimes it just takes some time for a cat to get comfortable and settle into a new space.

Domino’s former name was ‘Meow Meow’ and was changed to ‘Mr Meow’ at the SEAWL. As sweet as the name Mr Meow is, I thought Domino was a much more fitting name.

Their unique personalities bring me so much joy every day and I just adore them both.

Adopting two cats was the best decision I ever made, and I would strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about adopting a cat to consider giving an adult cat a chance.

Cats are a huge and long-term commitment, so please only adopt when you are ready to do so to prevent more kitties ending up unwanted in shelters, and please desex and microchip your pets.

I am so proud to say I have given these fur babies a new life and a place to call a fur-ever home.

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