Aloha! I’m on vacation but I love this series so much and I wanted to share Luna’s story with you. Frank was our first Adoption Tails story and people really enjoyed how candid his mom was about the adoption process. I’m thrilled to be bringing you stories from a cat adopter today, so without more babbling (and so I can go enjoy vacation) here is Luna’s story.
Your pet’s name
Tortoiseshell/ 1 year old
When did you adopt your pet from CACC?
What were your thoughts about CACC before you visited?
I learned about CACC more after watching a video on no kill shelters. The video talked about the difference between a no-kill and [an open-access shelter] and how much the no-kill goal depends on volunteers, fosters, and adopters. It opened up my mind about how important it is to support your city shelter.
What made you decide to visit our city shelter vs getting an animal elsewhere?
I was actually on the CACC Facebook and saw they needed a few donations and other things for the summer. I went there to drop them off and decided to visit the cat room.
What was your initial impression of CACC when you first walked in?
Honestly, I was a little intimidated. From past experiences, adopting an animal was always such a intimidating experience due to all the questions and more. However, the volunteers that day were very friendly and helpful, it made it less stressful and more exciting.
What made you choose your pet?
Previously, we had a cat and so we kind of knew what we wanted and didn’t want. And I think my initial connection to Luna was that she let me rub her belly. However, Luna was chosen my boyfriend, as soon as he saw her he couldn’t ignore it, and Luna continued on meowing to him. It was love at first sight for them.
How were you treated? How was “customer service”?
The customer service was good that day, they did have several volunteers and they helped us answer our questions and any concerns we had. I would say it all took about an hour which isn’t too bad.
How was the actual adoption process? Was there anything you would change?
The adoption process took less time than I thought it would. I was very content on how fast everything went. I was very satisfied.
How was post-adoption? Was there anything you would change?
I think post adoption was also great. It did take Luna a few days to recover, since she had her spayed surgery. Other than that, she settled in just fine.
I think that it’s very important to educate yourself before adopting. I was very ignorant before when we would go to further places to adopt, just because I thought that CACC would have traumatized animals, I was so wrong. These animals are just afraid and really just looking for a loving home. I also think it’s important to realize that the people there are helping and making a HUGE difference in making CACC a better place to come and adopt.
I don’t think you can say, “I don’t support CACC because it’s a ‘kill’ shelter,” and not do something so that the outcomes are better. I follow a lot of the [social media] accounts that work with CACC and they helped me understand that everyone is helping the animals. And I think everyone coming in for the first time should know that.
Luna is not some sad cat like people thought she’d be because we adopted her from CACC. Those cats in the cages are just scared because they’re unsure of their place but once you bring them home, it’s amazing the shift that happens. You see how comfortable they get and how happy they become.
The difference between Frank and Luna’s adoption stories are almost night and day. Granted, there is a major difference in adopting a dog vs a cat, but I like to think that since Frank’s adoption, we’ve improved at CACC. Luna’s story demonstrates that.
Thank you Lizette for sharing your story with us!