Yep. That's the happy ending to today's cat story. When a neighbor became unexpectedly too ill to remain in her own home, family willingly and lovingly moved her to their home. The glitch? The family dogs hate cats. Not wanting Romeo the cat to find out exactly how much the dogs hated cats, the neighbor asked us to feed Romeo while she worked things out. Working things out turned out to be impossible as the now former neighbor's health went from crisis to crisis. While she appears stable right now, she is not able to even consider how to find a loving home for Romeo the cat. "Will you please take Romeo to a shelter?" she asked, clearly distraught by this turn of events.
So off we went this morning with Romeo the cat to the Glendale Humane Society's shelter. This was not an easy trip for any of us though Romeo appeared to settle down quicker than did we.
Things changed completely when we got to the shelter. Up until we walked into it I thought we were marching Romeo to some terrible end. Not the case. Come to find out the Glendale Humane Society's shelter never euthanizes an animal. Two little dogs were helping out behind the counter so it does appear that all able bodied 'guests' are expected to pull their own weight which, in the case of those two little dogs, isn't necessarily much. And, they love cats. They even have volunteers who come in and read to the cats. Romeo is hoping for an evening of Shakespeare but said he will be happy with just about anything as long as it's not a Lilian Jackson Braun cat mystery. As desperate as Romeo was earlier this day, he said that would just be asking too much.
We intend to make a contribution to the Glendale Humane Society's shelter. By the way, it receives no funding from the City of Glendale so if you're looking for a place to give money, this would be a good choice. We recommend it. So does Romeo.