The shelter was full of people adopting kittens and young cats so these two seniors — they're only 8 — were barely given a glance, as was the situation in the past when I visited them. It's really too bad. I sat on the floor in their little pen and Colby came right over to me. As I petted him, he began purring and head-butting me. He's big and beautiful, and the kind of sociable cat that enjoys to be spoken to.
His sister Sasha is harder to photograph, just as our tortoiseshell Snicky was. Here's the photo from her ARL listing:
Photo: Animal Rescue League, Boston
I think they both seem a little sad: who wouldn't be after losing one's home and one's beloved person? Being penned up in a noisy shelter for seven weeks is also taking a toll. The cats don't realize how very lucky they are: the Animal Rescue League staff know they are great cats and are dedicated to finding them another good home — and there won't be a time limit, as there can be with other shelters. But how I hope it happens soon. Stress and strange surroundings can make many cats in shelters ill. The ARL is a very good shelter, and they do a particularly good job of evaluating the personalities of their cats; their volunteers spend time playing with and observing them. They write detailed bios for the cats, and the ones for these two are full of praise for their being affectionate and snuggly. (And they're honest: they told us that Toffee was "very vocal" and "a little devil." We didn't believe them, since he spent all his time with us purring in our arms at the shelter. But they were dead-right about him, especially the "devil" part.)
After I was there for a while, Colby went up onto the bed the cats share and began kneading it with his paws, purring, with his eyes closed before settling in. I think he liked getting attention from me, and would be a great companion. You can see him kneading away, with his head in the corner:
Sasha really wanted to play. They both let me brush them. Their coats are long but not matted. I think regular brushing and a healthier diet, including Omega 3 supplements, would improve their fur dramatically.