For a long while now, Dexter, my four year old son, has been asking if we can get a cat. I had this idea in my head that my boys would be begging for a new puppy, but it turns out that we are all cat people. They have been around cats and dogs at other people’s houses, but they are definitely more fixated on getting a cat than a dog.
A few months back, after a Dexter and Mommy movie date, I stopped by the Utah Humane Society on a whim to talk to them about whether Dex was too young to volunteer to help the animals. He was so excited to see the furry little critters in their cages, but we were told that he couldn’t help out until he was twelve. He’s been begging me to go back ever since.
My husband and I have discussed it at length, and we had come to the conclusion that the kids were probably a little too young to have pets right now. We thought it might be okay to give them a fish or something small, but then we realized their longevity isn’t assured, and we didn’t quite want to have a discussion about death quite yet. So we decided. No pets.
And then we went to Petsmart this past weekend. We took the kids around through all the cages and aquariums, showing them birds and lizards and snakes and gerbils. We saw rabbits and chinchillas and turtles. They were amazed and elated. They loved just looking at them, which was great because we explained as we went in that we were ONLY there to look.
We were just getting ready to leave when my husband spied a few cages across the store that we hadn’t been to yet. We made our way over there, and little eyes got very wide when we realized there were cats and kittens inside! All of us immediately were drawn to a little cage featuring two tiny black and white kittens named Kaiba and Morton. Adorable little male cats, they began purring and meowing as soon as we got near. Dexter watched, fascinated, as I stuck my fingers into the cage and stroked the soft fur. The kitties play-attacked me with their little claws and teeth, and I saw the worry in Dex’s eyes.
“Does it hurt, mommy?”
“No, kiddo. Kitties like to play, and sometimes it hurts a little, but it’s not their fault. They just love to play.”
He was satisfied with that, and we all continued bonding with these little furballs.
Mark had to pull me away from the cage, as he immediately realized that I was in love. I managed to snap a photo of the phone number for adoption, and when we got home, I called it up and set about starting the process. Mark was amused.
“What about the kids being too young? What about cleaning and feeding them? I don’t want to do it!”
Like a little kid begging her father, I swore that I’d clean up after them and feed them and water them. I’d take full responsibility and he could just sit back and enjoy the cuddles. He didn’t take much convincing.
I picked our new family members up Monday evening, arriving home just before the boys got back from school. We went into the basement, and I made the big reveal. They’d had no idea, and they were OVER THE MOON.
This weekend, November 13-15 is the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, a three-day event which is held four times every year. There will be a large selection of dogs and cats available for adoption in all participating PetSmart stores in North America. On average, over 15,000 companion pets find their forever home during these weekends.
PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization of animal lovers committed to ending pet homelessness by investing in more than 3,000 animal welfare groups across North America. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart stores and sponsored adoption events. They have found lifelong, loving homes for more than 6 million pets – that’s one out of every ten adoptions in North America! Maybe you can be the next one to Find A Pet to adopt!
Check out the PetSmart Store Locator to find your nearest participating store, and head in this weekend to find your new family member!