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Upon returning home from our Hawaiian honeymoon, I was sad that all of our luggage was stolen, and moreover because my kitty, Coco Puff, was going to stay living with my parents, and her best friend, their dog. I didn't want to uproot her and take her out of her routine.

To cheer me up, my husband took me to local the cat sanctuary, where we told the volunteers we were "just browsing." None of the cats stood out except for a dainty tuxedo with a crooked mark on her nose, Summer,who coolly eyed us from across the room.

When I sat down in a chair, she jumped on the back of the chair, meowed, walked a circle around me, and settled in my lap. My husband said, "I think she just picked us." We convinced the volunteers to "put her on hold", paid the adoption fees, and then picked her up two weeks later once we moved in and unpacked.

Fast forward to that winter (one of the coldest), I noticed a VERY FAT orange cat sleeping under our car. She was friendly, but skittish, and so cold! After I put a basket with old blankets out for her, she spent her nights (and the really cold days) on my porch, with her ears sticking out the top. She belonged to my neighbor, who liked cats but didn't like the responsibility, so he moved her outside. When he would go away for the weekend, no one would come feed her. She was 16 lbs. because she would eat all of the food in the neighborhood, not knowing when her next meal would be. I started feeding her and decided she was ours. The neighbor (had no choice but to) let us keep her when he moved.

We didn't plan on either of our cats, but three years later, can't imagine life without them. Summer is a great conversationalist, cuddler, and clean laundry inspector. Roxie has replaced some of her pounds with confidence, moved inside, and sleeps in my husbands arms. We didn't name them, but they're our family.

Sacramento, CA

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