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Sail proves senior cats are special

Sail the senior catMy daughter and I stopped by the Quebec shelter in December 2014 to visit the dogs. We lost our dog to diabetes in June and were ready to adopt another needy soul. There weren’t many medium or large breeds, and on our way out, my daughter suggested we visit the cats.
When we entered a cat visiting room, a beautiful, friendly orange tabby greeted us with meows and rubs, and instantly won my heart! I was four months pregnant and slightly emotional. A volunteer noticed my affection toward the cat and commented about her being there since September and not getting adopted, probably because she was 8 years old. My eyes welled up, and I knew this cat was coming home with us.

I know that many people want young cats or kittens, but I would much rather have an older kitty that isn’t going to climb the curtains or run amok all night. Her name is Sail, and she is the most amazing cat ever. She lives happily alongside our 5-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Sadie. My twin boys were born in April, and one of Sail’s favorite spots to sleep is their changing table!
I would recommend that anyone thinking of adopting a cat (or dog!) should consider a “geriatric” cat. Sail is playful and kitten-like at times and is an amazing companion and friend. We love her beautiful face and silly personality, and wouldn’t trade her for the world!
-Milo N.

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Patience pays off for happy pair

Buddy and O'MalleyI cannot thank you enough for leading us to our dog, Buddy, adopted in May 2011, and our cat, O’Malley, adopted in December 2013. Buddy and O’Malley are the best of friends, and they are often snuggled up with each other.

While we are all a very happy family now, I want to encourage others to ride out the adjustment period with your new pet. Buddy had to be housetrained and learn the rules of the house. O’Malley kept marking his territory, but we finally realized he felt threatened by the smell of another male cat of ours who had passed away. Once we removed old cat toys, beds and scratching posts, O’Malley has been the perfect ca-dog. (That’s what we call him as we think he acts like a dog at times.)  

O’Malley is named after Thomas O’Malley from “The Aristocats.” He loves to go on walks and is the most social and talkative cat we’ve ever had. Buddy is truly everyone’s buddy and always has a soft toy in his mouth. Both of these guys have been the biggest blessing to our family, and they are always making us laugh. Thank you so much for all you do. 

-- Carrie O.

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ChloeNine years ago, we adopted our first Old English sheepdog, Molly, from the Dumb Friends League. I saw her online the night before and was determined to get her first thing in the morning. Molly was a lot of work in the beginning, but after some training, she turned out to be the best dog EVER!

Molly was a huge part of our family, accompanying us on camping and hiking trips all over Colorado. She was with us for the purchase of our first home and the birth of our two children. She was a wonderful and very much loved big sister! Unfortunately, we lost Molly very suddenly this past May, and it was devastating to our family. The heartache was too much to endure, but after much thought, we asked to be added to the Old English sheepdog purebred list at the Dumb Friends League. We were told that this breed is very rare in Colorado, but after four months, we got the call: There was a 7-year-old sheepie named Chloe available for adoption!

I rushed over to pick her up that same day and was greeted by Ben, who is just so fantastic in the whole adoption process. And just like that, we have opened our hearts and our family to loving another sheepdog! Chloe has been an absolute joy; it’s a true honor being her human mommy. It has only been five days, and she fits right in. Molly must have been looking out for her fellow Old English sheepdogs and sent her to us. Chloe has been wonderful with the children and loves to run around in the house and lounge on the patio furniture.

Thanks, Dumb Friends League and Ben, for making my dream come true. In the words of Roger Caras, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

- Alyce M.

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Seamus the shadow

SeamusNo stranger to rescue animals and only a few weeks after my roommate (and best friend) moved out of state and took her dog, I was searching for an adult cat to call my own. Ideally I wanted a companion that would hang out with me when I got home from work and enjoy some much-needed cuddle time after a hard day. I found all that and more in Seamus.

We went to a Petco location that partners with the Dumb Friends League after seeing Seamus online. After meeting him and falling in love, we took a couple hours to make sure that this was the right decision. I quickly called the Dumb Friends League to learn more about Seamus. Hearing his story of living in several homes and being surrendered through no fault of his own, I knew I had to take him home that day.

Ever since, he has been my shadow around the house. Vocal, loving, cuddly, attentive and intuitive, Seamus is happy to curl up and watch Netflix with me, play fetch with his favorite mouse toy or incessantly meow until I give him some head scratches. I couldn’t imagine coming home anymore and not having Seamus greet me with a few mews and a solid leg rub.

He finally has his forever home.

- Julia C., Aurora, Colo.

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