Winter’s Christmas Miracle!
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for… Winter!
On December 5th, 2006, Young at Heart Pet Rescue took in a scared, abused little black cat. She had a burn on her hip and was as sweet as pie – unless she saw your hands coming near her – hands triggered a self-preservation defensiveness in her. We’ll never know what happened to Winter in someone else’s hands, but we promised her that she would never know anything but gentle hands again.
Winter came to live at our small cageless adoption area at Best Friends Pet Care where, year after year, she made huge strides in trusting people again. She had occasional interest from adopters, and we always warned them that she would bite people she had not yet learned to trust (and occasionally those she did trust!), but alas, our warnings were not heard, and the potential adopters would leave with another cat, or no cat at all.
Over the last 5 years, Winter watched a lot of her feline pals find forever homes, but though she fast became our longest resident, she was content to be in a safe, known environment, watching the world go by on her perch in the window or high up in the cat tree. She knew love, friends, and gentle hands over the last 5 years with us. But we always hoped there was someone out there that would love her and understand her as we did….
Last year, a wonderful couple adopted a Young at Heart cat named Rain. Rain was at the same adoption center as Winter, but Winter was not even on their radar at that time. After all, they had a scared, biting cat at home already. But when that cat passed away earlier this year, and the couple looked on our website once more, there was Winter.
After the traditional Winter warnings and a meeting, they wanted to adopt her. Another meeting to get to know Winter a bit more, and the paperwork was signed. As we said goodbye to Winter with tears of happiness in our eyes, we wished her luck and happiness. For the first time in her life, Winter got into a cat carrier without a fight, as if she knew a new and more wonderful future was in store for her. She was on her way home.
Today, we are happy to report, that after 5 years, 2 weeks, and 4 days in Young at Heart’s loving care, Winter has found a family that understands and respects her needs. Their first report is that Winter is adjusting beautifully, acclimating in a guest room and hogging the pillows, as if they were the greatest cat beds ever invented. Winter officially has a family of her own. We’ve seen great things over the years while rescuing and adopting out seniors, but Winter’s adoption touched us all.
Merry Christmas, Winter! We are so incredibly happy that you have your Christmas Miracle!