Depp and Gareth both came to the BC SPCA Surrey Branch separately as strays at the end of summer 2011. Gareth as a lost little boy, and Depp was dropped off at an animal emergency clinic with a protruding eye. It was suggested that Depps eye was to be removed, and a surgery was booked for the next day.
During their stay at the shelter, both boys became very frustrated and staff decided to house them together to allow them to have a friend to play with. Unfortunately, a few weeks into their stay, the shelter was shut down due to an outbreak of ringworm. Depp and Gareth were put into isolation, where they remained under quarantine until the beginning of the new year.
A lovely woman by the name of Pat came into the Surrey SPCA looking for a bonded pair of cats to join her household. Staff members let her know about two lovely boys who would be coming available for adoption in the upcoming weeks and Pat agreed to wait to meet them. Once the three met, it was clear they were meant to be family.
Pat wrote in to share an update about the two charming young boys she adopted:
Just wanted to let you know Gareth and Depp are doing great, and we are one big happy threesome.
They didn't make a peep in the back seat on the drive home. Elizabeth (my co-worker) who drove us home, and Jean, my next door neighbor watched their 'release' into the living room where the boys explored with complete abandonment, talking to each constantly, and taking absolutely no notice of us. Within about ten minutes they were chasing each other and rolling around still mewing. We all felt they were celebrating being back together again -- it was so obvious how close they were, and how happy they were to be together.
When Elizabeth and Jean finally left, Gareth and Depp continued to chase each other around the apartment, play and wrestle, talking constantly. Eventually they noticed me and came over to be petted and picked up and purr, with absolutely no fear or concern whatsoever.
They slept with me that first night and have ever since. The first morning at home, they were asleep with me and we were woken at first light by the sea gulls crying and they bounded over to the balcony door and climbed the screen to see what was going on. They love bird and raccoon watching.
It’s probably no surprise to you that Gareth is an extreme extrovert. He loves everyone who visits. Depp is quieter, almost maternal and has a purr so loud that the first time I heard it I thought it was the plumbing vibrating. When I pick them up, both of them wrap their arms around my neck.
They chase each other constantly, jump on each other and wrestle. Half the time, they sleep pressed together pressed and often with an arm around the other. They both groom each other like mom cats. Depp takes responsibility for grooming me.
It's been so much fun watching them experience first time things, like TV (which sent them momentarily under the sofa). They spent a few days circling around the TV screen trying to figure out just where the people were. They are particularly fascinated by the bathtub, particularly after my nightly shower so they can watch the last drops of water from
the shower head drip into the drain.
So all in all, they are in good hands, and so am I. They are lavish in their love and affection with each other and with me. It is obvious they got a lot of love and affection at the shelter which has made them so well adjusted and so trusting in their new home and with their new person.
They are wonderful cats and I adore them and feel adored by them. I will take good care of them and I’m happy to send you more photos from time to time if you would like progress reports.
Thank you so much for matching us up. It was perfect.
Depp and Gareth couldn't be luckier to have found a loving home together. They deserved an amazing home, and they definitely found it!
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