Casper had a pretty tough beginning; he was abandoned with three of his siblings outside the doors of the BC SPCA Shuswap Branch in October 2010. They were all clamouring for attention when staff showed up and found them. Once brought into the shelter they were immediately given food, water, and comfy beds to sleep in; not knowing how long they were outdoors for, staff wanted to make sure these cats had everything they needed to be at ease.
Once Casper had settled in he was checked over to make sure he was in proper health; it turned out he had yet to be neutered or receive any type of identification. An appointment was booked at a local veterinarian’s office and within weeks of coming into the care of the Shuswap Branch Casper was now neutered, tattooed, and healthy.
Black cats always seem to have more difficulty getting adopted than all other cats; some can be in care for many months, some can even be in care for up to or over a year. They tend to get overlooked and that was definitely the case with Casper. After a couple months and no serious interest from potential adopters, Casper was brought to the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch in January 2011 via the Drive for Lives program to maximize his chances for adoption.
Things were going well for Casper in the beginning; he was very sociable and seemed to genuinely enjoy the company of all the other cats he hung out with. Entertaining staff and volunteers by day and playing with toy mice by night, Casper seemed to be the total package.
After a couple months of being in Vancouver’s care Casper was welcomed into a foster home to help him feel better; he had fallen ill and needed a bit of extra attention to help him regain his charming personality. His foster family thought he was fantastic and were surprised he hadn’t found his forever home yet; they only had good behaviour to report.
Finally in October 2011 Casper met his match. It wasn’t love at first sight (Casper was sleeping), but Nadia took a chance and opened her heart to Casper’s sad story and chose to make him a part of her family. Nadia has since written us a wonderful update on how Casper is doing in her home.
I adopted Casper from the Vancouver Branch on Oct 3, 2011. The first time I went to look for a cat at the Vancouver location, I completely overlooked Casper. He was sleeping in his cage and didn't show any interest in anyone walking by. I looked at a few cats, and the one I wanted to adopt was already being adopted.
So I came back a few days later and started looking at black cats as I heard they have a hard time getting adopted. There were two black cats sleeping in their cages, and I had to poke Casper to wake him up. He just looked at me and went back to sleep. After seeing that Casper had been at the SPCA for 1 year, I decided to adopt him.
Turns out he had been left at the Shuswap SPCA as a kitten and had been transferred down to the Vancouver office and had been between the two for about 1 year. I felt so bad for him, and I was so excited to give him a new life.
He was scared the day I brought him to his new home and spent the day smelling stuff and hiding under my bed. I don't think either of us slept much that night. His first trip to the vet a few days later was a challenge.It took quite a while to get him in his carrier and he did not like the vet at all.
Ever since then he has been a pretty amazing cat. He rarely scratches the furniture and always uses his scratching post (he has 2!). He has so many toys and loves playing with them all. He has a grandpa and grandma that spoil him and bring him presents whenever they come to visit him....especially Grandma. My whole apartment has turned into a jungle gym for Casper.
His favorite place to sit is the window seat looking at all the interesting things outside, especially when there is a nice sunbeam to sit in. I also find him often curled up like a person in my bed under my blankets with his head on the pillow when I get home from work.
He also loves the bathtub. He loves to drink all his water out of there and will sit on the tub until I turn on the tap. He loves his treats AND has gotten a little chubby!!! He also loves to talk and purrrsss a lot!
He still doesn't like being picked up, and puts up a fight if I try to cut his nails. He has just recently started being really cuddly with me and comes and cuddles with me when i go to bed. He loves eating grass.
He does get into trouble once in a while by jumping on the kitchen table and knocking things over, but most of the time hes pretty good. He likes to spend time out on the patio eating bugs and going to visit the neighbor. My whole family has fallen in love with him and he has been so spoiled....which he deserves.
I cant imagine my life without him. I have had him for about 7 months now and have enjoyed everyday of it. Even my dad, who didn't like cats before has fallen in love with him. I think Casper got more presents on Christmas then I did!! He is such a joy to have around.
I feel so grateful not only that I have been able to give him a wonderful life, but also for the joy and love he has given me.
It truly sounds as though Casper is in his perfect home. Thank you Nadia for welcoming this handsome young man into your home and making adoption your first option. It just goes to show it's not the colour of the cat, but the love in their heart you should look for.
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