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Adoption spotlight: Ferdinand and Egg

Posted on Friday, April 23, 2021
Love in the time of a pandemic: Siblings Ferdinand and Egg found a lasting home with their loving foster.

Receiving alumni updates from our adopters brings our staff an immense amount of joy. Whether it’s a silly photo, a quick hello or a heartwarming story, we love sharing updates with our colleagues. We recently received an email from an adopter that not only warmed our hearts, but brought tears to our eyes. In today’s blog, we feature this moving foster win.

Hi, Richmond SPCA adoption team,

I am reaching out today to share my positive experience with the shelter and the amazing bond I have with my two kitties adopted from the shelter.

In February 2020, I received my diagnosis of stage 2B breast cancer at 26 years old. Unknowingly to me, the next year of treatment would be overshadowed and plagued with the pandemic, taking me away (physically) from my friends and family during such a difficult time. I started my treatment in March 2020 and temporarily moved from Washington D.C. to Richmond to self isolate during chemotherapy with my father.

Growing up our family always had cats and I consider myself a crazy cat lady with various cat themed clothing, home decor and hundreds of photos of cat photos stored on my phone. As the pandemic continued and my treatment became more difficult, I looked into fostering kittens with Richmond SPCA … I missed numerous opportunities, but I finally succeeded in securing foster kittens. I was so excited to finally have a litter to foster. About 3 or 4 days later, I met my first (and last) litter of foster kittens named Homer, Henry and Stuart.

These kitties were there for me during my weakest times and gave me the emotional strength I needed. As my bond grew for these kittens, I knew I wouldn’t be able to let them go. I decided to adopt Homer, now Ferdinand, and Henry, now Egg, and partially sponsored the adoption fee for their brother, Stuart. My treatment continued after their adoption and they became my “healing stones” after my surgery.

I am forever thankful to have them in my life as I continue treatment and onward to remission. Richmond SPCA helped make this match possible.

I wanted to share my story to express my gratitude and to encourage Richmond SPCA to keep doing what they are doing. For me personally, I love to hear the good experiences people have with my work and wanted to let you all know that these foster fails have a wonderful home, and I would be lost without them.

We are so glad that these kittens and their guardian found each other and have formed an inseparable bond. We wish you all many years of happiness!

Pet companionship is incredibly enriching and rewarding. Don’t miss out on the joy, companionship and love a cat or dog can bring to your home. If you have no pets, let our adoption counselors know, and they’ll work to match you with a cat or dog who is looking for a home just like yours. Make an appointment to meet our pets who are available for adoption by leaving a message at 804-521-1307 or emailing adoption1@richmondspca.org.

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