Last summer we wanted to find a "brother" for our calico cat, Lucy, because we had to put our cat, Curly, to sleep because of an incurable condition. Since we wanted a cat with good references we ruled out going to the local shelter or trying to lure a stray wandering down the street into our car. So we decided to look on petfinders.com, the national database of homeless animals -- which is sort of like internet dating but for pets and owners. We entered our criteria: male, orange, tabby, 3 years old, good with other cats and kids and likes long walks on the beach. Oh, okay, I made up the last one.
Up came approximately, oh, three bazillion orange cats. Now, we all know that each cat has defining features and a unique personality, but face it, at first glance most orange cats look pretty much the same. So we refined our search to a three mile radius and narrowed it down to a couple of hundred. How would we choose?
We did what any typical internet pet-searcher would do: Read the profiles. After a few days we narrowed it down to two choices: Cookie and Pirate, both fostered by Friends of the Formerly Friendless. Sally gave me a run down of both personalities and we decided Pirate would be the best fit. So we made an appointment for Sally to drop off Pirate for a visit which, I suspect, was to really see if we were suitable enough cat parents for him.
We somehow passed the test, and we’ve had Pirate ever since. Although I have to say he’s nothing like a pirate so we call him "Pie" for short. He’s a gentle cat and a joy to have around -- and we are very thankful we got so lucky to find such a wonderful cat.
Debbie Farmer-Crouch & Neal Crouch