After yesterday’s heavy post, I’m excited to bring you a guest post today that is very uplifting! Lauren from the blog Lauren Runs is going to share the story of how she adopted her cat, Emma, from PAWS Chicago! After reading her post I am even more excited to be running Chicago this year as part of Team Paws!
Hi everyone! I’m honored that Kristina asked me to share my PAWS adoption story on her blog today. If you know me from my blog Lauren Runs, I’ve had my fur baby Emma for just over two years now. What you may not know is how we got to know Emma, which was through the PAWS Foster program.
I’d had a friend who fostered kittens (whole litters) and I thought it was such as cool concept! I kind of made up reasons to go over to her place to play with the kitties, who were usually too young to adopt. I had cats when I was a kid, but nothing at this point in my adult life. She encouraged me to get into fostering.
At the time, my fiancé (now husband) was starting to travel quite a bit for work, and I was feeling a little lonely at home. Since the hubs was allergic to cats, I wanted to be thoughtful to him. We’d done some research and learned that cat allergies are to the dander plus fur, and unique to each cat, like a fingerprint. So we tried fostering.
We fostered one cat who was a bit rambunctious (let’s just say that he definitely had not been neutered yet… he kept humping my arm!). Another kitten who was super cute, but Mike was incredibly allergic to. He came home from a work trip and actually asked to go out to dinner within half an hour of getting home because he was so sneezy already!
There were a few others, but then in November 2012, when Mike was going to be gone over my birthday, I decided to foster another kitten to keep me and my delivery pizza company :). And that cat was Emma. She was incredibly friendly and Mike didn’t seem to react to her. She was it! We decided to adopt her.
When we told the foster program, they told us that they needed her back to finish her vaccinations and spaying. We “returned her” and then were instructed to pick her up 3 days later at the PAWS Adoption Shelter. I went right at the time they said that they would put her out, as I was concerned maybe she’d get scooped up too quickly!
We brought her home, and then she was ours! We’ve had a great couple years so far cuddling and playing together, uncovering more of her quirks and behaviors, and how she’s grown from a kitten into cat.
I’m grateful that PAWS is such an awesome organization and is based here in Chicago. I didn’t really have to make any specific decisions on where to look for a cat, as PAWS is the most visible adoption agency here in the city. But the more I learned as time went on about the organization, the more I learned how special they are, that they take in animals from “kill” shelters and guarantee that they are a no-kill facility.
Kristina, I hope this gives you a little more purpose for your next tempo or long run – just think about Emma! And of course, thanks for letting me take over your space today!
If you have a minute, head over to Lauren Runs and check out my adventures in triathlon and running. You can also find me on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram! Looking forward to “meeting” you soon! And, if you have any questions about running or triathlon training feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a pet, where did you adopt from? Was it love at first sight?