Rebecca Takacs had decided to buy a kitten from a breeder to make sure it wouldn’t have a congenital heart defect like the 8-month-old kitten she had just lost. Little
did she know that adoptable pets on Petfinder are often as healthy
as or even healthier than those from breeders.
While she waited to buy a
kitten, however, she couldn’t resist surfing on Petfinder, and once
she saw Poppy, her decision to buy flew out the window.
The female Siamese, then called Sasha, was
the last kitten on the last page that matched her search criteria. And
as fate would have it, Rebecca, who lived in Grand Rapids, MI, had fallen for a kitten at Randolph County Animal Shelter in Wedowee, AL.
“Most people would have kept looking,” she says. She learned that
the shelter had never done a transport, so that left her with a
“Eighteen hours and four cans of Red Bull later,” she
says, “I was standing in the shelter with the most perfect kitten I had
ever seen. The ride home was filled with rock slides, multi-car
accidents and tons of snow, but less than 36 hours after I left
Michigan, I was pulling back into my driveway with our newest family
member in tow.”
She sums up the experience: “It just goes to show that love knows no
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