I have always been an animal person, sharing my love for cats and dogs equally. To me, each is an excellent companion in very unique ways. I got my first dog as an adult about a year ago, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Dexter. At the time I also had two cats with my ex-boyfriend, but when we broke up he kept them both because they were bonded. I was cat-less for the first time in years for nearly six months before my new boyfriend and I decided to begin our search for a new feline friend.
I made the decision early on to try and find a cat that had special medical needs since I know they are harder to find homes for. I started looking online everyday for special needs cats that caught my eye, and one day I came across Chance. He was at the St. Paul location, and I called ahead to find out what his condition was. The friendly staff explained that he was suffering from psychogenic alopecia, a compulsive over-grooming disorder in cats. That was definitely a medical condition I could handle, so I went to visit Chance that same night and fell in love. He was the absolute sweetest little guy and he did nothing but talk and purr the entire time I was there. I knew he was the perfect cat for my little family. I put a hold on him and my boyfriend and I came back the next night to bring him home.
He is the best cat I've ever had! We have since changed his name to Bento (Ben or Benny for short), which means "packed lunch" in Japanese since he's quite the little fatty. He currently weighs in at a hefty 16 pounds, but we are working on getting his weight down. But he is 16 pounds of pure love. He's very chatty and loves to lay in my lap and purr while I pet him. He's still a little shy around Dexter, but at night when Dex is tucked safely in his pen, Bento ventures up from his laundry room man-cave and spends the night on my pillow just purring away. He also really loves playing with catnip toys and being brushed!
We have quickly become best friends. He's everything I wanted in a cat and more. Bento has such a wonderful personality and he is absolutely great with everyone he meets, including my boyfriend's two young boys. I'm so grateful to have him in my family and to the Animal Humane Society for being so helpful and kind during the adoption process!
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Mission: To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.
Vision: To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.
Values: Be good to animals. Partner with people. Lead responsibly with compassion.