the exception of one childhood cat that was never overly social. We were taken by surprise when we realized two 7 1/2 year old cats –sisters stole our hearts. What a fun experience it has turned out to be.
Snow & Mittens found themselves in the south shelter of Toronto Animal Services, after a series of very unfortunate events. They were littermates and were lucky enough to find a home together. These two are genuinely bonded and life at that time must have seemed wonderful.
Details are not exactly known, but the information we have is that their owner tragically, died and Mittens and Snow were delivered to the shelter – for the first time.
They became: Mittens (ID#A617151) and Snowshoe (ID #A617150)
While at the shelter staff fell in love, Snowshoes & Mittens let everyone know how unique they were.
After a few months one dedicated staff found them a home together and relief and happiness for the two bonded sisters – that happen to be genuinely awesome cats was felt by all.
Fate would not let the relief last too long though, within 3 weeks they were returned because their new owner was tragically diagnosed with an awful disease.
Yet again they were in the shelter and while loved and well cared for by staff their future together was in question. Heartbreaking was this fact to anyone who had spent 10 minutes
They were also on cp24 breakfast & animal housecalls -everything was being done Snow & Mittens had become the recognizable faces of the lost and abandoned.
In November Pet Social hosted its first Adopt-A-Thon for Toronto Animal Services, on this day we endeavoured to help complete families-little did we know that we were in fact also adding to our own.
They came to the store from the shelter in yet another attempt for a family to notice what a special pair they were. We all hoped that they would be adopted that day. The plan was for them to return to the shelter to await their turn at finding a family if they were not.
During the day at the event they were not caged, Snow & Mitten's were walking around Pet Social & became quite fond of the chair and the fireplace. They did not mind the people or dogs coming in, they both in fact seemed amused with the constant action of the store … As many of you
know, they have been here ever since.
Pet Social did not send them back to the shelter that night. We wanted to try ourselves to find them a home. Our adoptions have been quite successful, perhaps, we thought, that because we had so many less animals to focus on we could direct all of
our energy in to finding them a home.
Try we did … but truth be told, after a time it was half hearted. We did not want to see them go. We began to love them; they were becoming a part of our family.
We asked the shelter to consider us for adopting them together.
still learning every day, very loving! Snowshoes is as regal as any Queen with a huge diva personality to match – Snow is a thinker and is constantly verbalizing
her wishes … usually they have to do with food.
Mittens lives her life for Snow, people – all people are second to her. Luckily for us humans who have to be content with being second to Snow, she is a super affectionate cat and makes sure that she lets us know that she trusts and loves us– with a nuzzle, a leg rub, or a quick kitty groom throughout the day. Snow makes it her priority throughout the day to nuzzle Mittens – almost as if she is saying “hey I am right over here ok?”
They have applauded their transition to a healthier more active lifestyle – they have lost 10lbs between the two. A few of our customers have been witnessing the clicker training that we have introduced to their daily life…
(As mentioned before we are more familiar with the companionship of a
dog) they are doing tricks now on command, such as high five, sit pretty –
fetch). Snow is much faster to oblige because she is very food motivated, and actually comes running just as fast for her clicker as she does for her canned food. Mittens makes us ask harder but she is getting more complacent ever since we realized that she is not too interested in food –Mittens wants affection and lots of it.
We want Snow and Mittens to no longer be the faces of the lost or abandoned – we want to re-introduce them to you as two awesome cats that at 7.5 years old are learning new tricks. We want them to represent what is possible on behalf of the lost
and abandoned. We want people to meet them and think “Wow…they came from a shelter; the breeders cats don’t do that!” We want them to help people make a powerful personal decision that as long as shelters have cats & kittens- kijiji will no longer be an option.
Big thank you to Vaida Pociute for providing us with these lovely images of Snowshoes and Mittens. She
volunteers her services to help aid Pet Social with the kitten / cat adoptions.