Fayte was a scared, thin and cold kitten when she was found on November 24, 2011, wrapped in a blanket and left in a box on the steps of the health care centre in Enderby, B.C. Fortunately, a good Samaritan found her and rushed her immediately to the BC SPCA Shuswap Branch - and not a second too soon. When she arrived at the branch, Fayte was limp, lifeless, cold and so thin that staff could feel every little bone on her small body.
Fayte welcomed the love, good food and warmth she received and was soon giving the shelter staff lots of very messy but loving kisses. As she was such a friendly and affectionate kitty, staff were optimistic that she would quickly find her forever home.
At the same time, Anita was looking for a grey cat who looked like her beloved cat Samantha, who had passed away in November 2011. Time was of the essence as Anita’s other cat, Tabatha, was grieving the loss of her “kitty sister.” She had become very quiet and didn't want any affection.
Anita had come across a website that talked about animal reincarnation and she believed that her cat Samantha wanted to come back and be the most beautiful girl in the world. After searching on the BC SPCA's online adoption site, she found herself drawn to a grey cat called Fayte who was in the care of the BC SPCA's Shuswap Branch in Salmon Arm.
Even though Anita lived in Vancouver, she was determined to make the drive to go pick Fayte up, however, a friend of a staff member was driving to Vancouver and volunteered to take Fayte with her. Anita couldn't believe her luck. It was destiny; Anita was meant to adopt Fayte.
Anita shared this amazing story, along with some photos, of Fayte (now called Dalila) with us.
I felt I had to have Fayte. It was a strange knowing feeling. Fayte was not shy at all; she held my finger as we she watched with curiosity all the lights of the city as we drove her to her new home. Tabatha immediately went up to her with anticipation. No hissing, nothing, just a nice hello. Thank God, because Tabatha doesn't like anyone.
Fayte immediately wanted to go to the room where Samantha used to hang out in. She went to her spots and lounged there. I was amazed - was I imagining all of this? I asked Fayte if she wanted to be named Dalila and she immediately bit my glasses and started to lick my face. I guess that was a definite yes. She responded to her new name right away. I couldn't believe it!
She sleeps on the same spot of my bed and sofa that Samantha slept on. She wakes me up the same way. I asked her if she was Samantha and she winked at me, licked my face and held my hand. Okay, was I losing my mind? But my husband noticed all this too.
We have Samantha's picture right behind the sofa and she stares at the photo all the time. I told her that every day she will get bigger so feeding time is a very important time for her. Samantha loved getting her photo taken and so does Dalila. It’s like a strange miracle, this reincarnation thing, but I believe in it now. So I encourage anyone who has lost a pet to not close off their heart for fear of feeling that loss and pain, your pet is your animal spirit guide and is with you forever.
Tabatha is happy and enjoying her sister again, Dalila is a ball of energy and loves running around and playing with Tabatha and two other boy kittens, they play for hours...
I thank you all at the BC SPCA Shuswap Branch and especially Lianne for bringing true fate (Fayte) into our lives.
Thank you for sharing this heartwarming tale with us. We are so happy that you, your husband and Tabatha, have found a new friend who embodies the spirit of your former beloved cat. We encourage potential adopters to search all the BC SPCA's shelters for their new furry companions.
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