Nine years ago this week I brought Shelley (formerly “Little Gray”) home from the East Harlem ASPCA. She was 20 months old, very underweight, timid, and FIV+, the last of which might explain the “owner surrender” notation on her adoption papers. Shelley was so freaked out upon arrival in my apartment that she first tried to escape by climbing up the chimney, then spent the next three days cowering under the sofa.
Today she’s a healthy ten pounds, the friendliest cat I’ve ever worked for, and spends her days growling at pigeons and making forts out of boxes and bags. As I like to do on this date, I encourage you to visit your local shelter and consider adopting an adult cat. At this writing there are dozens of adult cats up for adoption at the East Harlem shelter. I’m partial to Harris, who has a Grumpy Cat thing going on.
RELATED: The ASPCA has a fantastic “cats over three are free” program for adult cats: “The Free Over Three adoption package includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and micro-chipping. Adopters will also receive a certificate for free follow-up veterinary care at the ASPCA Animal Hospital within 14 days of adoption, a pet carrier and literature about cat behavior.” The APSCA also supports a no-kill coalition of animal shelters all over the New York City area.