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I had just had Fenimore, my 16 year Maine Coon put to sleep that day. My wonderful vet, Julie, felt so bad that she couldn't make her well. I told her I knew myself well enough to know I would be getting another cat, from our SPCA,very soon. One of the vet techs said, "we have a kitten here from the SPCA!" I said I really didn't want a a curtain climbing kitten, I preferred the older cats. The tech said "We have a 4 year old orange tabby who's very sweet." My poor Fenimore was still laying on the table in front of us. I said I didn't think I was quite ready yet! As I was paying my bill, I asked the receptionist if I could see this orange tabby. She grinned a big grin and I was lead into an exam room where I met Simon. A handsome big boy who was clearly not happy and was not the least bit friendly towards me. I asked why he was here and they told me that his owners, who had not been nice to him to begin with, after 4 years, decided they didn't like him or want him anymore. Simon had been living in a cage at the vets for several months. I said I had to think about it and left. I called the vet back an hour later and asked if I could see Simon again. I went back on my lunch hour and by the time I got there, the crew had updated his shots and had a carrier ready to go! I thought, "who adopts a new cat the same day they lose a beloved pet of 16 years?" Evidently, me. It was a bumpy first year. He was fearful of everything and had some health issues. Two years later, Simon has become the cuddly, confident, playful cat he was meant to be. In this household, we do what Simon says! Fenimore gave us both a wonderful gift that sad day and I've thanked her every day since.

Jacqueline B.
Cooperstown, NY

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