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Lindsay WhiteAnimal Bio
In December 2017, I met Sammy for the first time at a cat shelter in the Fraser Valley. She was recently surrendered to the shelter from the only home she'd know, due to neglect and the mental health of her first human.
While across the aisle visiting another cat, I noticed Sammy quietly watching me from under a shelf, on the floor of her cage. As I approached her cage, she came out of hiding, jumped up, started rubbing against me with loud beautiful purrs, and curled up in my arms - she chose me.
Because Sammy had only recently been surrendered, she still needed to attend her veterinary appointment to determine her health and age. The following week, I received a call from the shelter informing me that Sammy was 14 years of age, not the 8 or so they had estimated, and they asked if I still wanted her.
While viewing cats in the shelter, I confidently walked past all cats 8 years of age or older, not wanting to worry about immediate medical needs. After meeting Sammy however, I knew we bonded in that instant, and I decided to move forward with the adoption.
It's now been three years Sammy and I have been together, and I couldn't be more grateful to have her in my life. I am often filled with great shame in thinking back that had her age been posted on her cage, I would have walked by her and missed out on one of the greatest loves of my life. Her trust in me is none I've experienced before, and she shows her love and affection unconditionally, everyday.
She reminds me to slow down and enjoy the sun, play. Watching her zoomies and seeing the world from her eyes - watching the birds, cars and dogs go by with reverence, fills my heart with more joy then I ever thought possible.
Sammy will turn 17 in 2021, and my only regret is that there is no way I could have know her sooner.