How I Gave Up My Cat (and Why It Was the Hardest Thing I've Ever Done)
My love for KC (pronounced Casey) was the one thing that helped me through some extremely difficult and lonely years. His love for me was unconditional and something that I could count on during the entire time we were together.
KC brought me so much joy. He was very gentle, but he liked to box with me! We would sit on the living room floor and exchange blows. I had to wear oven mitts to protect myself. KC and I had so much fun together. I remember one time, I put a big plastic pool on the deck of my home, and KC would not let anyone else use it when he and I were there.
I Posted a Flyer Around the Neighborhood to Find Him a Home
Because I was sent on assignment, I had to give up my darling boy. First, I tried to find a foster home for him, but I was unsuccessful. I then tried to find someone from my neighborhood. This is what I wrote on the flyer I posted around the neighborhood:
Beautiful Male Cat Needs New Home
Hi! My name is KC (pronounced Casey), and I need a foster mom who will love and care for me for one year. I have been loved and admired since I was a little tyke. I don’t think I was spoiled, but I certainly had a lot of very kind attention. That’s why I’m so laid back now.
Then a catastrophe happened — Mom was sent on assignment for a year! Mom had no choice. She had to take the assignment. Although she tried so hard to find a foster home for me, she couldn't find one. She really tried, and so did her friends.
Mom says she wants to find someone who would like to take me home for a year while she completes her assignment and finds a home for both of us. She says we will get back together again, but she wants what is best for me. We have discussed the possibility of someone loving me so much that they might want to keep me. So, I want to be as positive as possible about where I am now and where I go next. It’s very important to Mom. She loves me so much.
Would you like to foster me for a little while?
No One Wanted to Foster My Cat
On the very last day when I had to leave, I took KC to an animal shelter. I chose this shelter because Sarah, a woman whose cat donated blood to mine, ran the place. KC met a couple of cool guys at the shelter: Skittles and Squeek. They were very handsome fellows!
My cat was now up for adoption. When your pet goes to an animal shelter, he either gets adopted or put down. But, at this particular shelter, unless an animal is very ill, they do not “destroy” long-staying, non-adoptable animals. (Whew!) Delta Community Shelter tries very hard to find loving homes for its four-legged guests.
Don't Let Your Pet Stay Too Long at an Animal Shelter
Sarah, the shelter manager, didn’t want KC to stay at the shelter for too long because he couldn’t get outside like he was used to doing, and although the quarters were extremely clean, they were pretty cramped. Sarah knew that most people go to a pet store to find a new pet rather than going to an animal shelter. So, as soon as possible, she arranged for KC to go to a pet store in South Delta called Pets-N-Us.
My Cat Was Finally Adopted by Another Family
Pets-N-Us is big and airy, and KC had a huge cage from which he could come and go, right in the front window of the pet store. He had so much fun racing across the floor at night when there were no customers, and he enjoyed climbing all the cat-climbing equipment.
He looked fine and felt great, so it’s no wonder he was adopted in just a couple of weeks.
Adoption Means the New Family Now “Owns” KC, and I Will Never See Him Again
Before KC left for his new home, the pet store reassured me that he was all right. But, I was heartbroken. I miss him so much and feel so bad that we will never see each other again. I miss brushing him. I miss the times we would sit together in the evenings (or during my morning coffee), and I would brush his fur and scratch his back. I miss the way he used to hop up on my bed and snuggle with me at night. I’m sure wherever he is, he'll be well taken care of and loved.
I Still Remember His Birthday Every Year
Aug 8th is KC's birthday. I still miss my beautiful cat. I know where he is, but I cannot see him. Farewell to you, my beautiful boy!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.