It’s always hard to let go

28 Apr

Well, we are now officially a two cat:one child household. We’ve quietly been trying to find homes for two of our brood for several months without any luck. As much as I love our cats, four is just too many especially when it continues to appear that some of Jeffrey’s weeziness may be attributed to them. We thought it would help if we got rid of the two long haired cats first and then see how he does with the other two. We checked with all of our friends (no one wanted them), we checked with local no-kill shelters (they were all full) and we were in a quandry as where to move next. I refused to take them to a shelter where they might be killed. After all they’ve been part of our family since they were wee kittens and I love them. I was only letting them go if they were going somewhere good.

On Thursday night Brian put up a post on Craig’s List. The next day he received an email from a lovely woman who lives down the street from us. Apparently her husband had just made a deal with her that she could get a cat if she could find one that was declawed and spayed/neutered. Turns out she found two.

She and her son came over on Friday evening to meet the cats and for both of us to decide whether she would take our lovlies home. We found out that her son was a preemie in the NICU at the same time as Jeffrey. He sailed through the NICU with nary a problem despite being much younger and smaller than Jeffrey was. They ended up hanging out for almost two hours and seem like a very nice family. Her husband works a great deal and she wanted them for her companionship as well as for her son. Plus she wanted both cats. We gave her the kitties, some toys, food and all of our well wishes and then she took them to their new home.
She emailed us on Saturday to let us know that they were adjusting well so far and that we should set up a playdate for the boys. That way they get to hang out with another child their age near home and we get to check up on perl and Cisco. I’m very happy that we found them a good home but sad that they’re gone from ours.


Posted by on April 28, 2008 in Family


4 responses to “It’s always hard to let go

  1. Rachel

    April 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    I know firsthand how hard it is to have to give up one of your pets. But, how wonderful that you found them a great home and possibly new friends!!

  2. Lynne

    April 28, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    It’s wonderful someone who lived so close could offer a new home to your cats. It sounds as though you may have made some friends for yourself and your son, as well!

  3. Kelly

    April 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    oh that is so awesome!! I’m sure it makes you feel so much better about letting them go…at least you can still see them!

  4. Kellie

    April 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    It sucks giving up a pet. When I first moved here and had to find a home for Baylee? I was a WRECK!! Never in my life was I as happy as I was the night his new family called and said it wasn’t working with their other dog and could I come get him.

    But, you did what you felt was best for Jeffrey and you didn’t take any option available. You took the time to find a great home fo the cats and I have a feeling they will be well loved and cared for–just like when you had them.



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