I wanted to share one of my Christmas gifts with all of you.
I shared before about my Pepper Oni being sick. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge on December 11. The plan had been to get another cat, but I was waiting to find the cat that I could not walk away from.
My local shelter features a Pet of the Week on the local news. For the past several weeks it has been dogs. Saturday they featured a cat named Elf On The Shelf.
The name caught my attention. That is my nickname for my younger sister simply because at 41 years old, she is only 4’9″.
The next thing that caught my attention was her nose. That white spot…❤️.
I knew they had an adoption event that day. By the time I saw the article it was over. The shelter was closed on Sundays.
Today I went to the shelter and asked about her. She was still there! I took her into the cat play room. She snuggled herself into my neck purring up a storm. Then she did something that my Pepper Oni used to do. She buried her face in my arm and went to sleep. I stood there holding her and cried.
I asked the worker if they could hold her until Friday when I got paid. They couldn’t. I didn’t have the $75 adoption fee. My bank account is less than $1 until pay day.
I put her back in her cage and told her that I would be back for her on Friday and she better make sure nobody else adopted her before then.
I close the cage and see that she had been sponsored. Her adoption fee was reduced to $50. Still more than I had. I go to leave. I stopped at the desk to talk to the worker and pet Onyx (a big black cat about 8 years old). While I am petting Onyx a phone call comes into the shelter.
Elf On The Shelf is in a warm home this Christmas and for every Christmas in the future thanks to an amazing friend who paid her adoption fee.
I have decided to keep the name the shelter has given her, but I am calling her Elfie.