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Luma adopted us well before we had planned to get another cat. We had moved to Seattle in August 2013 with our 8-year-old cat, Havilland. We were still getting settled in when, one evening, we were walking to a nearby restaurant and spotted a kitten in the street near our house. I squatted and he immediately ran to me and started purring. We petted him and then continued on to our destination, which I regretted for the rest of the evening. What if he got hit by a car?

The next day was Saturday. I went out each hour to try to find him. Finally, when my husband got home from work at 10pm, we went out together one last time and there he was! Again he came running and jumped purring into my arms. He spent the night in our bathroom despite Hav’s growls. The next morning, I realized he had fleas and ear infections, which I didn’t want to expose Hav to, so I needed to bring him somewhere. The local animal shelter was undergoing renovations and couldn’t take him, but a local emergency vet agreed to take him as a “good Samaritan” find and treat his conditions. They probably saved his life. His ear infections were so severe that he would have been deaf within weeks.

In the end, we were able to adopt this darling creature. We named him Luma after our shared hometown of Petaluma, California (get it? Pet-a-Luma?). His tail is abbreviated due to an injury, but that doesn’t seem to decrease his spunky attitude one bit. He and Havilland bicker some, but we think she secretly loves having a companion!

Amanda Bryan
Seattle, WA

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