We Took the Kids to the Animal Shelter and Adopted a CatDevan McGuinness
This weekend we welcomed another member of our family — a 2-and-a-half year old cat named Ariel.
Since Puff died last month, I have had a strong feeling that we would eventually get another cat. I’ve always lived with 2 cats and Ming-Ming has been depressed since Puff passed. I knew that it would be sooner rather than later before we welcomed another cat into our home.
This weekend we did just that.
My husband and I went over to the shelter to take a look at a specific cat that I saw on the local Human Society’s adoption website. I wasn’t sure we would be getting a cat right then, we had to find the right one that seemed meant for our family so we didn’t tell the kids where we were going — we left them with a sitter.
It was love at first sight for us and we both knew she would be leaving with us. According to the shelter rules, all members of the household have to meet the potential new member before we can make it official, then there’s paperwork and an interview to see if it would be a good fit.
We filled out all the paperwork and set the interview time for later that day. We headed home and told the kids we were heading out to meet a cat. I was hesitant to let them meet her, fearing maybe they didn’t think placing her in the house with three kids + an older cat was a good idea, but we had to play by their rules. We didn’t tell the kids that we were trying to bring her home, just that there was this cute cat named Ariel we wanted them to meet.
It was their first time in an animal shelter and they couldn’t really understand why all the cats were in cages. It proved to be a great learning experience for them as we chatted about animal care, what may cause a cat to end up in the shelter, and then they met Ariel. They loved her the moment they saw her just like we did. So off to the interview we went, the kids were still not sure what was going on.
We chatted, answered questions, and since Ariel had been spayed just a week prior (stitches still in place), we were told that she was ready to take home.
The look on the kids face was priceless. They were sure we would just be taking her home for a day or so then have to bring her back, when I explained that we had adopted her and she was a part of our family forever now. They were so happy.
The whole experience was a great discussion starter; from talking about animal care, why animals end up in shelters, adoption, and how getting another member of the family doesn’t replace the love we feel for everyone else (and Puff, who’s not here), it was a good precursor to the day we bring home another baby (whenever that happens for us).
Photo credit: © Devan McGuinness
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