Saturday, June 1, 2013

June is Adopt-A-Cat-Month-American Humane

Believe it or not, Cody was the FIRST cat that I adopted. My Angel Bobo was found as a stray, and gifted me with 18 glorious years. Here is the letter I wrote to Cody on his Gotcha Day in 2012 where I have been grateful EVERY DAY for having adopted him:

I want to thank you my precious Cody for helping to heal a heart that was broken. The day I found you at the PetCo adoption drive, my heart was hurting from having  to say goodbye to your Grandpa Bobo just two weeks earlier.

I thought maybe it was too soon for another cat.  That is, until I picked you up and you immediately curled yourself up against me, never making any attempt to move, I felt your heart taking over mine, I knew you were sent from the Heavens.

I can see why your first name was Prince, your Dad frequently reminds me of how I should never have changed it. You truly ARE our "Prince."

You entered your Dad's and my home when you were about 11 wks old.  You had such kitty swagger! You never hid, you strolled through our home with an air of ownership. You had the cutest little pot belly and a sturdy, solid frame. Such a  rough-and-tumble boy kitty you were! As a handsome mancat, you still are.

Cody was sooo small
nestled between these books!!


Your Dad and I would laugh when you would turn and look at us with the most inquisitive, intense stare, your eyes literally appeared to look through us, you never averted your gaze. We could tell you possessed the wisdom of the ages with that look, it is a look you frequently give us to this day.

Cody about 10 or so weeks old


You are patient, yet determined, tolerant, but no pushover, fearless and loving.

Thank you for the love, laughs and light that you bring to my world, your Dad's and of course your best friend's, Dakota.

As I used to say to Grandpa Bobo, "you MUST stay with Mama til you are at least 24!"

Thank you  for being the incredible kitty that you are, my special boy, I adore you.

Love, "Mom"



If you have been contemplating getting a cat, please consider ADOPTION first, (I have a Petfinder widget on the sidebar of my blog that has been there for the past few years which can help you find the purrfect cat for you.)  Petfinder has a list of Animal Welfare Organizations where you can find a shelter near you! You can also visit Petfinder right here

Enjoy this informative video that was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association last year:

48 comments:

  1. Aw, Cody Buddy, you were cuuuuuuuuuuuuute!

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  2. Adopt-a-cat month is my favorite month of the year!

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  3. Oh that is SO sweet....we're all tingly here.
    And Cody, my man.... you were SQUEEEE-ingly adorable!!!
    Ok, you STILL are. : )

    xo,
    Katie

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    1. Awwww Katie THANK YOU!
      Mom had to make that photo in B&W because she had no flash back when she took it and it wouldn't reproduce well. Thanks so much!
      Love, Cody

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  4. Beautiful post for a beautiful cat. What a cute kitten Cody was! Reminds me of my Athena on those pics. She strolled around the house as if she owned the place from day one too :)

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    1. Awwww thank you Marie! He was such a cutie! I love that Athena did the same. Cody sooo made me laugh, my Bobo was always a rather fearful cat, Cody? Never!! He made himself right at home!! lol

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  5. What a wonderful letter to your special boy Caren! Every time I look at Sam I am reminded of how much he means to me and how happy I am that we adopted him 13 years ago from the shelter. What a life-changing move that was!

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. thanks so much Pam! I actually posted it last year but guess that no one saw it! lol. Ohhh yesss I can so relate! Sammy and Cody are lucky boys and so are we! xoxo

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  6. Just so sweet. We hope many find new forever homes. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. thank you Molly! Hope you have a "Super Saturday" too!

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  7. Caren, what a beautiful Prince Cody story:)

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  8. Love Cody's adoption story!
    All of us were picked up as strays but Mommy considers that as "adoption" from the streets. :)

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    1. Thank you! My Bobo was an "adoption" from the streets so I couldn't agree with you more!
      xoxoxo

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  9. Cody, you sure were one cute kitten. Glad you found such a good home. Hope lots of cats and doggies too get adopted this month and every month.

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  10. I sure hope there are lots and lots and lots and lots of adoptions that are as happy as yours Cody!

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  11. Cody your were such a kyootie! Stop blushing. I was kyoot once too, I mean I was a kitten, I mean... Lets move on.
    Thanks so much for this info. We will post this on our blog and help get the word out.
    Timmy T

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  12. What a beautiful letter and post! I think Cody hit the lotto with you guys!! I hope all the other babies get lucky too!

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  13. How adorable you are Cody.
    Sue B

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  14. We love, love, love those baby pictures of Cody. So cute!!!

    Have a great day.

    hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles

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  15. Cody, you are such a cutie.

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  16. Such a touching tribute to Cody, Caren. He sure did come to you for a reason and I am certain your angel Bobo is grateful Cody is a part of your family. I hope many, many cats are adopted this month and every month!

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  17. Cody, you are a brilliant advert for adoption! I adopted Austin and never regretted it ..... much! lol Just kidding xx

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  18. What a cute little mancat in training you were Cody - no wonder your Mom adores you. We are adopted too - in fact all Mum's "before us" cats were.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  19. Cody buddy I think you made out like a bandito!
    You got a great home with lots of love and all the comforts any kitty could ask for.
    We are hoping for lots more kitties to be as lucky as you and I!

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  20. The only way our mom has ever healed from losing one of our meowmates is by giving a home to another kitty. She says that she has nine heart-shaped holes in her heart but that the eight of us keep her breathing and moving forward each day. She says all the past kitties are always with her. She thinks and dreams about them all the time. Thanks from Mom. She says this was a great post. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette. IF YOU TRIED TO COMMENT ON OUR POST "PAYBACK FOILDED" AND COULDN'T DUE TO THE CAPTCHA CODE, MOM HAS REMOVED THE CAPTCHA REQUIREMENT!

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    1. "nine heart shaped holes" that is such a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing! Thank YOU for your kind words!!
      I thought I left a comment on that post but can't remember!

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  21. Let's hope that the number of adoptions exceeds all expectations.

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  22. What a lovely post. Adoption rocks!

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  23. Aw, what a sweet letter you wrote Cody.

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    1. thanks so much!Now I am laughing because I posted it on his Gotcha Day last year and I am thinking that no one read it the first time around! lol

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  24. Cody, I just *knew* you were gonna say that, MOL! Of COURSE you are still cute! Me too ;-)

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  25. What a beautiful post! It's almost a year since I adopted my little Trudy. She and my other little girl, Cookie, are so sweet together.



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    1. thanks so much!! Sooo happy that Trudy and Cookie are getting along so well!

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  26. Oh yes to adoption always! And purrrrrrs to you and sweet Cody!

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  27. Oh, that is such a sweet letter to Cody. It's nice to get to know ya, Cody!

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  28. Amazingly, Jen has never adopted a cat. Every cat she's ever shared her home with was a stray. And there have been plenty of 'em.

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  29. Cody was a star from the beginning all right! I would adopt another cat if I could. I hope others will!

    Greg

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    1. Awww thanks Greg! I think he was too :) I would adopt another as well but we can only have 2 pets where I live :(

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  30. Stanley and Daisy (and the human too) made a great job on this video!
    Lovely, lovely message to Cody! Cody you were such a cute kitten and you turned into a handsome mancat! I think we should start a club together ;-)
    Purrs

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    1. they sure did, didn't they? Thanks sooo much!! I think we for sure should start a club together!

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  31. What a beautiful letter. It almost teared me up. MOL! When the peeps had the house, they never dreamed they'd adopt a cat at a shelter cos they had their pick of strays. It would be cruel to adopt and not give one of the strays a home. Cody was a really cute kitten. TW wishes she could've held me as a kitten cos she sure as heck can't hold me now.

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  32. Aw, Cody, look how little you were! Now you're a big, handsome mancat! We sure loved that letter ... it's quite a tribute to a special kitty. We think every month should be Adop-a-Cat month. :)

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  33. What a sweet letter to Cody! We love how little kittens have a big swagger, like they are invincible. The Baltimore Humane Society has set a goal of finding homes for 500 cats this month. They made their goal last year, so we have high hopes for this year too.

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  34. That's so cute. Cody is still as cute as when he was a kitten. :)

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