Over Christmas 2010 weekend, I was forced to put down my best buddy, my Jinxy-cat who I adopted roughly four years prior from the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society. Jinx was my baby and saying goodbye to him was one of the hardest things I've ever been through in my lifetime. I never thought I would be able to have another kitty again after that. The weeks went by and I was so sad and lonely. The girls at work felt so terrible for my loss and one day, one of them said to me, "Jacqueline, your house needs a kitty in it. Just go have a look."
So off I went back to Golden Valley, and although I had no intentions of adopting that day, I met a kitty that instantly caught my attention. Penny looked up at me with her cheshire-cat smile and the kid who was working that day said, "you should pick her up. She gives good hugs." Sure enough, I picked up Penny and she made herself cozy around my neck. She looked at me and nuzzled her little head into my shoulder. She let me carry her around without hesitation and then the kid told me her story. She was 12.5 years young and abandoned by her owners when they lost their house. She needed medical attention and a home for the rest of her life. I immediately knew I could provide the care she needed and wanted to give her a home forever. In return she would fill the hole in my heart. It was a win-win.
Penny is doing great and loving her new home and mom. Everyone at her new vet just loves seeing Penny when she comes in because she is such a good girl and is very loving to everyone she meets. The vet even had a hard time listening to her heart because of all the purrrrring she was doing! I know Jinx would want his mom to have a new friend and I feel very lucky to have found such a good match in Penny.
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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.