A young adult so sick with a cold and parasites that he weighed less than four pounds, Sonny lay on his side in a humane trap, struggling to breathe. When the volunteers reached into the trap, however, Sonny purred and let them pet him. Knowing Sonny would die if he was brought back to “his” farm, the same woman who had brought Buddy home also took Sonny to her house to recover. Buddy turned out to be about ten years old, and tested positive for FIV, an immune system deficiency that many people mistakenly think is highly contagious to other cats. He’s a bit shy, a bit arthritic, a bit skeptical of new people. Sometimes, if you reach to pet him too fast, he still acts as if he’s going to be hit and ducks his head. Sonny, on the other hand, is only about a year old, outgoing, affectionate, low key, and trusting, with a purr that can be heard across the room. And everything makes Sonny purr: being petted, being talked to, being fed, being looked at….just being. It doesn’t seem these two have much in common – they’re opposite in every possible way – but they’ve been best friends since they met in foster care eight months ago. Sonny follows Buddy everywhere, and Buddy looks for Sonny when he’s not close by. Sonny reminded Buddy that most people are nice and can be trusted, and Buddy taught Sonny what it’s like to have a big brother to protect him. They sleep curled next to each other, insist on eating side by side, play together with their favorite toy (the turbo scratcher), and are never far apart. They both want a home of their own, but what would really make them happy is to go home together. Their foster mom can’t imagine splitting them up. AnimaLovers knows it will be hard to find a family to adopt these two boys. Few people want to adopt a 10-year-old cat, much less one that comes with a pre-selected friend. But we’re committed to trying to find these two a home where they can enjoy each other’s company – and yours – for many years to come, and we intend to keep trying until the right person comes along to take them home. Their adoption fee is waived for the special family that will open their hearts to this unusual but loveable pair.
To adopt or learn more about Sonny and Buddy, contact AnimaLovers at 348-3903 or AnimaLovers@empireone.net