When Janelle started working as a volunteer for our Adoption Preparation program, her husband made her promise she would not adopt any more cats. They already had two at home. But Janelle fell in love with Astrid and Fiona, two females from a litter of unsocialized kittens. Janelle and the other staff work with shy and fearful cats to get them ready for adoption through behavior modification techniques and lots of TLC. Astrid was the most fearful of the bunch, while Fiona was the most secure. They tugged at Janelle’s heartstrings, and she just had to take them home.
Now, life couldn't be better for the pair. Their older sister, Sammi, is like a surrogate mom to them. Sammi will put her arm around Astrid and groom her. They sometimes fall asleep wrapped together like that. Older sister Zoe tolerates the twins as they shoot around like little rockets. They keep everyone laughing with their antics. Fiona and Astrid have come a long way. They used to be terrified of all the noises in the house. Now they have the run of the place: hanging out on the back of the couch, checking out the birds, squirrels and chipmunks, watching the animal channel, and playing laster dot tag every day.
Photography courtesy of Laurie Schneider Photography. For information on pet portraits visit http://www.lschneider.com/.