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September 24, 2020

FURever Home Found: #RememberMeThursday

Today is #RememberMeThursday, an international event that shines a light on orphan pets, and the beauty and life-saving importance of pet adoption. And we've got a tale to tell!
 
 
In December 2016, we met a beautiful 4 year-old cat named Sassy for the first time.

Sassy (circa 2016)

It was clear she was overwhelmed by being surrounded by other cats, and by the unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells of the shelter. Her backstory, and how she ended up at PAWS, made the situation even sadder. As it happens, the reason she was so nervous and wary of humans was that she had been tormented by children in her former home. Instead of teaching their children to treat animals with love and care, the adults in the house took the easy road (for them), and Sassy was out.

Despite what she had been through, Sassy often showed her human friends (read: PAWS volunteers and staff) flashes of her true self. To those of us she trusted, Sassy was a gentle, sweet, and playful cat who just needed a chance.
 
Sassy (circa 2017)





But, we all wondered, would that chance ever come? In 2017, 2018, and 2019, more than 1,500 cats and kittens were adopted from PAWS. Sassy was not one of them. But we all knew in our hearts that this special girl’s forever home was out there somewhere. We just had to find it. And in 2020, while the COVID-19 pandemic spurred adoptions and foster homes for shelter animals across the nation, Sassy waited patiently for her moment. 

Sassy (circa 2020)

And then it happened. In May of this year, after a 3 ½ year wait, Sassy was adopted. How, we wondered, would she do in a home where she was loved and cherished? Would she blossom, as we believed she would if given the chance?

The answer, of course, is yes. After just three days, her mom shared these pictures. Sassy is finally home.
 

 
Sassy’s story is a testament to the value of patience, the power of love, and the forgiving spirit of animals. We’re grateful she ended up at a place like PAWS, where she had the time she needed to adjust, and to find her happily ever after.

Please consider adopting your next pet from a shelter or rescue organization. By doing so, you'll be saving an animal’s life - and the life of the next one that can now be taken in by the shelter. And what could be better than being a part of the fairy tail ending that a pet like Sassy has been waiting her whole life for? 
 


We're taking part in the special Remember Me Thursday Blog Hop, hosted by our awesome friends at Lola the Rescued Cat. Be sure to visit their blog to see who else is hopping (or to hop along)! 

28 comments:

Summer said...

What an awesome story! I'm so glad that Sassy is home and happy.

Purrfect Haven said...

what joy to see Sassy placed and happy, as every cat should be. Beautiful girl.
Thank you for continuing to remember us and visit us (despite our erratic posting). Love from all at Haven xxxx

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Sassy's story just made my day - week - even year! That some cats take a bit of time to adjust to a shelter and grow into themselves makes it even sadder that many aren't given the chance because shelters lack space.

The Island Cats said...

We are SO happy that Sassy found her purrfect home!

Kea said...

Oh, my gosh, I'm bawling my eyes out. I'm SO happy she finally--finally!--found her forever home. ♥

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Like Kea I also have tears running down my face. I am so happy for Sassy finally getting her home after all this time of waiting.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

What a lovely story! This brought tears to our eyes. Thank you for joining our hop.

Sandee said...

I'm so happy for Sassy. What a lovely happy ending for her search for a forever home.

Have a fabulous day and thank you for all you do. ♥

Brian said...

We love, love, love that happy Sassy story!!! Adoptions are just the best and here's to many, many more...and then some. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Random Felines said...

Awwww.....more proof there is a family out there even if there is a wait to get there

Sasha + Saku said...

What a wonderful ending for Sassy! We're sorry it took so long for her to find her furever home but good things come to those who wait.

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Beautiful story!

It made Mum's eyes go all teary.

Well done for not giving up on this beautiful girl and thank you for all that you do for these kitties x

Catscue said...

Sweet Sassy, you deserve a purrfect furever home with a loving family.

Tamago said...

Sassy had a hard time in her former home and she waited so long.
I'm really glad she finally found her forever home. She looks so happy in her new home :-) I hope more kitties find their happily ever after like Sassy did!

Katie Isabella said...

Made leaky eyes here. Love to Sassy always.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

sassy we iz tryin ta bee big catz N knot cry.. but we iz... N we due knot care whoo noez it...we iz BUZZED TWO DE MAX ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺ that ewe finded yur for everz home and we give 984 pawz up and shout outz two PAWS for takin such grate care oh ewe all thzt time ♥♥♥♥♥

Timmy Tomcat said...

Sassy your story is so important to remind everyone that every pet has a home waiting it just takes time in some cases. Wonderful story and thanks for joining in

The Florida Furkids said...

Fabulous story! Thanks for the update on Sassy!

The Florida Furkids

Cathy Keisha said...

Way to go, Sassy! What a beautiful Christmas story with a happy ending. Shelter cats are the best, including me.

pilch92 said...

I am so happy for Sassy! I am sorry it took so long for her to get adopted though. XO

catladymac said...

What a happy ending for Sassy !

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What a purrfectly wonderful story! This is such an important day. It's up to all of us to spread the word about how amazing rescued pets are.

Chirpy Cats said...

Oh my cat! Happy tears here! I hate hearing of stories where kids in the family mistreat the cat or dog. Wonderful to hear how Sassy has blossomed 😻🐾 After 3 odd years she deserve no less than a happy ending

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

We are so happy that Sassy gotted her forever home! Sometimes (though it is tough and hard to understand) The BESTEST things takes longer and it sure like Sassy has her BESTEST HOME!
Kudos Sassy and the All of your team!
Purrs
Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Angel Nellie

Three Chatty Cats said...

Over the moon with happiness for Sassy's (finally) happy ending!

Little Binky and Granny said...

Such a heartbreaking story, but happy tears at the end. So glad Sassy found a furrever home, where she's wanted and loved and thank you for taking so good care of her while waiting💗👼Good Luck Pawkisses for every animal that is waiting for a furrever home and a wonderful weekend fr all of you🐾😽💞

www.shelter-cats.com said...

I love this story. It's thanks to devoted volunteers like Kevin and Tracey that Sassy's spirits were kept up while she waited and waited.
xxoo
Maggie

Danielle L Zecher said...

I'm happy crying for Sassy. I'm so glad she finally got her happily ever after! And I'm so glad she had the wonderful people at PAWS to care for her until she did.