Thursday, October 7, 2010

A little bit of Persia in Woodville, Lower Falls

Imagine that you're surrendered to the Cranston Animal Shelter because someone didn't have the time or desire to care for you. You live there for what seems like forever, in a barred steel cage surrounded by other kitties in barred steel cages.  This is "The Cat Room." Everyone yowls. Or, everyone tries to sleep as much as possible so as to forget what's happening. People come in and out, and sometimes someone takes you from the cage and holds you. And then puts you back. Until Tuesday, October 5th. 

She came in and held you close to her. You rubbed your head against her face and against her hand. "I want this little one!" she said. (Because you are little, weighing less than five pounds!) She left the room but returned a short while later with a carrier, and before you knew it, you were outside the animal shelter, then in a car. The motor purred, just like you. You settled down and made yourself as small as possible. In your short life you've been taken many places, and this was just another place to go.

Then the car stopped and she took you into the house. She opened the carrier and picked you up, and ascended several flights of stairs. You could tell immediately there were other cats and something else--a very large cat that they call a Lola Dog--and then you were in a quiet room. There was delicious food and a bowl of water. There was a tidy litterbox. There was a very soft place to sit.

She told you your name is Molly, and you are in your forever home. She said, "I want to take your photo for the knitting blog, but we have to link this to knitting, even though it's really about how anyone who loves animals can ADOPT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND LOVING PET FROM AN ANIMAL SHELTER. You were already sitting on a hand-knitted blanket, but she surrounded you with several skeins of the softest cashmere yarn, which is very warm and made you feel even happier than you already were.

This lady who loves to knit wants her readers to know that all her adult life she has adopted beautiful, wonderful cats and the world's cutest and smartest and best Portuguese Water Dog from animal shelters and foster homes, never from breeders or pet stores. There are too many helpless creatures out there who need the love and attention that they deserve, but have never received. The animal shelters are full of them, sad to say.

Molly, the silver-cream Persian with aqua eyes, now lives with four other kitties--a Himalayan named Kramer, a really big Persian named Alfie, a tiny elderly Persian named Fiordiligi (she's 20 years old!), a tuxedo kitty named Rufus--and Lola the Wonder Dog. They are all very happy, and Molly is pretty sure she's going to be happy, too, though it might take a little while before she feels really safe and secure. Her new person wants every reader of this blog to know: If you have the ways and the means, please check out Molly and her new family and all her furry friends at animal shelters everywhere will thank you dearly.

"I am trying to make sense of it all."


  1. She is very beautiful. It will be lovely to watch her her personality unfold!

  2. AWWWW...great post. We Moss girls are all about the rescue stuff!

    Love, your sister Bettina (owner of 3 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs)

  3. She's beautiful! All my kitties have been rescues. The latest were our Maine Coone litter 5 years ago when they were not even a week old and Mama Kitty was gone. We still have 4 of the 5. Number 5 went back to the person who found them originally.

  4. Dear CK--thanks for sharing this. We need to get the word out about how important it is to adopt, not buy, our pets.

    Molly is doing very well. She's started exploring the house and meeting the other kitties. So far it's been a smooth ride.

  5. Loved the perspective of this little kitty article. Pets are always at the mercy of their humans. The sad stories are sometimes too sad to hear, but there are many good hearted folks who really care.

  6. I couldn't agree with you more. And every time I hear of someone buying a pet or getting a pet from a breeder, I see red. There are thousands upon thousands of beautiful animals languishing in shelters all over the country, and they need loving homes!