Adopting Our Cat, Lulu

Two years ago today, we adopted a sweet little cat we named Lulu.  This is her the day we adopted her, at about 7 months of age.

We feel strongly about adopting animals from the local animal shelter; the people who work there just want to do right by the animals, and they work hard and with little funding.

When we adopted Lulu, we were told that there was a special at the animal shelter: if we adopted an all-black or black-and-white cat, they would waive the adoption and spaying fees.  The reason: black cats tend not to get adopted because people are superstitious of them.  We were aghast when we heard that; that kind of thinking still exists?  It's a KITTEN, found on the street!  We saw this little cat and she seemed friendly and gentle enough; it was a no-brainer.  And since we had already planned to pay the adoption fees, we decided to donate her fee back to the animal shelter, to help somebody else who wanted an animal but found the fees a hardship.

Animal shelters are a fantastic way to support your community, help reduce excess animal population problems, and get a wonderful, healthy pet.  If you're thinking of getting a pet, I'll ask you to think about a couple of things:
  1. If you're thinking of owning a single pet, consider owning a pair.  The pets keep each other company so they're not lonely, and it's just as easy to take care of two pets as it is one.
  2. Call your local animal shelter and ask them when you can visit their kennel.  There are plenty of wonderful animals to adopt.

We love both of our cats.  Both came from the animal shelter, both are as sweet as can be, and they get along great.  We're lucky to have them.

Happy Anniversary, Lulu!

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That design is really nice.

That design is really nice. They poured a lot of good things to it and it shows. - C Frederick Wehba

Pasta cats

Jan, I love the name "Gnocchi de Lulu", and I like the Italian food theme; excellent! Around the San Mateo Bridge in Foster City, there are lots of feral cats that live and hide among the rocks on the shore. I used to run along that stretch and see volunteers feeding those cats years back. More recently, it seems to have turned into a more organized project to feed, catch, spay/neuter, and return the cats there to help control the stray population and to help the quality of the cats' lives. I think that's a great idea, glad somebody's doing it.

2 good kitty stories

I like Jan's story as well as your story about Lulu's adoption. My heart goes out to all the kitties who need homes and I'm glad that Gnochi de Lulu has found a place to get a regular meal. I won't be surprised if Gnochi de Lulu (love the name!) eventually lets you pet her but they have good reason to be cautious. Happy Anniversary, Lulu!

Gemelli and Gnochi de Lulu

Hi George - We adopted our cat, gemelli (named after a favorite pasta of the kids) a few years ago. She is an indoor cat. We do have a lot of cats around the yard and they love to walk the fence. Recently a cat similar in size and looks to gemelli has been hanging around outside the back sliding door. We started to feed her but she has been very scared. Though she is always there. The kids baptized her Gnochi de Lulu. Gnochi to keep the Italian food theme going. Not sure where the Lulu part came from but she does have a name worth of somebody from nobility.

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