Al was a handsome young cat who was found as a stray in the Salmon Arm area. He was taken to the BC SPCA Shuswap Branch to see if anyone would come searching for him, but after many days of waiting he was made available for adoption.
To increase Al’s chances of adoption he took a ride on The Drive for Lives to the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch where he was soon neutered and tattooed. Al was a bundle of energy; he could run around a room playing with toys all day if you let him. He could sometimes be found mesmerized by the traffic going by a window and was quick to look for affection when you entered a room.
A week after coming to Vancouver Al, now Raffi, had found a family to join. Previous adopters had come in search of another kitten addition to their home; they had already adopted Betty from the Richmond branch. They’ve given us an update on how their meet and greet soon went.
Last summer we got Betty (formerly Flowy) from the SPCA in Richmond. We finally decided that we would get Betty a friend! I spent the next week visiting the many SPCA locations in the lower mainland, looking for the perfect match.
On my second visit to the Vancouver branch I met Al, who is now called Raffi. Raffi won me over with his outgoing and affectionate personality. To me these kinds of personality traits are most important, when choosing a best friend. Even though I knew he was an awesome cat, I was still worried about how Betty would react. Raffi was so sweet he was worth the risk.
Wow was I ever lucky, what an easy transition! Betty was extremely tolerant, curious more than anything, and he was super relaxed, by day two they were cuddling! They both seem very happy! And so are we!
One interesting personality trait that both Raffi and Betty share is that they are both obsessed with water! They both love to play with running water, and have both jumped in a full bath tub several times, with no typical cat reaction, they just swim around!
Marlee & Mike
We’re so happy that Betty now has a friend for life and vice versa for Raffi. These two cuddle bugs are very lucky cats indeed, sharing their lives surrounded by people that love them. Thank you so much to Marlee and Mike for making adoption your first and second option.
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