One of the greatest measures of success as an animal rescuer is to find out that an animal that you helped save is happy and thriving in its forever home. It reminds us why we do what we do every day in our efforts of saving the lives of our innocent four-legged fur babies.
This week’s metro Atlanta adoption success story is from Good Mews Animal Foundation in Marietta. Here is Luna’s “happily ever after” story written by her new mom:
When we adopted Luna from Good Mews, we had no idea how much good she would do for our family and for so many children in our community. We came to Good Mews desperately in need of a companion cat for our Exotic Shorthair kitty named Twinkie. Our very first cat, Potato Cakes, had been an awesome therapy cat to our son who has an autism spectrum disorder. Tragedy struck, however, as our son was leaving Georgia to begin his Masters/PhD program in another state, and Potato Cakes passed away from an extended illness. It was almost as if he knew his job was done.
Twinkie had also learned to be a wonderful therapy animal, doing most of her work with the Disability Ministry at St. Peter Chanel Church in Roswell, GA, but as gratifying as her work was at SPC, Twinkie could never be happy as a one-and-only cat in our household. I arrived at Good Mews, needing a companion for Twinkie ASAP, but also wondering if I could possibly find another therapy cat candidate.
Luna was the third cat I met on my anxious visit to Good Mews. Twinkie is extremely gentle, so I knew she would need an extremely gentle friend. The staff at Good Mews was outstanding at helping me to find a kitty with the type of personality my husband and I needed in a friend for Twinkie. Because I love my ministry work with individuals with disabilities at St. Peter Chanel, I had no qualms about adopting a cat with a disability. Potato Cakes and his awesome vet at Paws, Whiskers and Claws Feline Hospital had taught me so much about lovingly caring for a cat with health issues that Luna’s health issues didn’t seem to be such a big deal.
Luna was extremely friendly and easy going (which are also the qualities of a therapy cat!), and I just couldn’t help but fall in love. The Good Mews’ staff told me that Luna was also very good with any children who had picked her up and carried her around on previous adoption days, but that no families had felt comfortable enough to adopt her because of her health issues and the fact that she was missing an eye. I was very impressed with how much detailed information they gave me about her health issues and temperament. This detailed information has proven to be completely accurate.
Luna and Twinkie adapted to each other pretty quickly. They love to play with each other and have even taught each other some new skills. Luna has showed Twinkie how much fun it is to knock pencils off of tables, and Twinkie has passed on to Luna her secrets of being an awesome therapy animal.
Click here to read more about Luna’s work as a therapy kitty.
Click here to see more Good Mews “happy endings”.
Click here if you are interested in adopting a cat from Good Mews.
Click here to see the cats that are currently available for adoption from Good Mews.
Click here to see an awesome video of the kitties in action at the Good Mews Shelter.
Good Mews is a cage-free, no-kill cat shelter offering an alternative to traditional animal shelters in the Metro Atlanta area. They provide a safe haven for homeless, abused, or abandoned cats until they can be placed in permanent, loving homes. Since 1988, Good Mews has placed over 7,000 cats in forever homes. The shelter receives no government support and relies solely on donations of time, services, goods and money from its many supporters and local businesses. Good Mews is home to approximately 100 residents on any given day – most of whom reside at the Shelter in Marietta, with some cats residing in foster homes.