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A pregnant cat was rescued by a local firefighter, who raised the kittens, had them all spayed/neutered, got them vaccinated and dewormed and was giving them away free. Despite this great deal, he was having trouble finding a home for the two plain black boys. We were looking to adopt two kitties to help us fight the ubiquitous moles, voles, ground squirrels, mice and whatnot that wreak havoc around our farm, and I couldn't stand the idea of these two sweet babies being overlooked because they were "plain".

I expected them to be good hunters (they are), but what I didn't realize was how much joy they would add to our lives. Panther and Smudge both have hilarious, wonderful, loving personalities -- though they are very different from one another. When they are not wrestling with each other, Panther is a big, mushy, cuddle-sponge, while Smudge likes to follow you around and "help" with everything you do, meowing his opinion all the while.

One worry we had was whether or not our two dogs (also adopted) would be okay with the cats, and vice-versa, but the cats adored the dogs from the get go, and the dogs, with careful supervision, quickly came to accept the cats and not chase them. They all get along famously now, the dogs patiently allowing the "purr pups" to stalk them, pounce of them, grab their legs and lick their heads. Smudge even tries to join in the dogs' frisbee games, while Panther enjoys sunning himself on the back of one of the horses.

Please consider adopting black cats and dogs: they are killed at a disproportionately high rate at shelters -- but there is nothing "plain" about their beautiful hearts and souls. OUR black cats have been nothing but good luck! : )

Susan K
Redding, CA

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