Every year we countdown 12 very special adoption stories through our 12 Saves of Christmas series. Each day we will post a new adoption story on our website. Be sure to check in daily as we get closer to announcing our #1 on Christmas day.
Whiskers first arrived at the ARLGP in December of 2017. He was then a 11-year-old kitty recently diagnosed with diabetes. His family could not afford the insulin needed to maintain a healthy life for Whiskers. Whiskers had also been completely declawed, a practice that can cause behavioral issues in cats as the age. After four months in our care, Whiskers was adopted into a loving home. He spent a year and a half with his new family before being brought back to the ARLGP this April because of a change in their lifestyle.
Now a 13-year-old diabetic cat, we knew finding a home would be more challenging than the last time. But, we were committed to seeing Whiskers live out the remainder of his life loved and cherished.
For eight months this year, Whiskers was king of colony room one. If you visited us this summer or fall, you most definitely met Whiskers. His favorite thing to do was to lay on a big poufy bed, watching the birds and butterflies through the windows. Every morning when our team would arrive to feed him, he would excitedly run out onto his screen-in patio and meow loudly until his platter of wet food was set down for him to gobble up. Eating breakfast in the fresh air was a must, and we were happy to oblige.
We did a lot of advocating for Whiskers and his fellow diabetic kitty roommates. At one point we had four diabetic cats in colony room one. Every day visitors would ask about the cats, and we would explain that just like humans, cats can have special medical needs that require a little extra care. They each still deserve all the love in the world.
This November a woman named Ginny visited, and after hearing his story, she knew she could give Whiskers the life he deserved:
“Whiskers is 13-years-old, diabetic and has lived at ARLGP twice – the most recent time for eight months. On top of all that, he had been declawed (a practice I strongly disagree with) on all four feet. How could I resist adopting him? When I met him at the shelter, it was a very busy, crowded day and he wasn’t too interested in me or anyone else, but as soon as he came home his true personality emerged – a wonderful, loving sweetheart who immediately bonded with me.”
And, his sunbathing continues at home (in his new kingdom):
“Whiskers’ favorite activity is lying on the bed in the sun, closely followed by being petted and cuddling. I hope to give him many happy years here. He so deserves that!”