Visitors to Animal Friends often stopped to see a touching scene: two residents of a free-roam room cuddled up together in a flower-shaped bed, sleeping intertwined, arms around one another. But there is quite a story behind the two cats.
Déjà Vu, with striking black and white markings, and smaller orange tabby Vancouver were rescued from two separate cat hoarding situations, where they lived in deplorable conditions. Happy with other cats, both had lacked human interaction and socialization.
Vancouver was at Animal Friends nearly two years, and Déjà Vu somewhat less. In that time, they became inseparable, grooming one another and cuddling in the cozy bed. While the two were content to be together, they remained skeptical of humans, and both were overlooked by potential adopters who could provide them a loving home - until last week.
A woman came to Animal Friends asking to visit with Vancouver after viewing her photo and profile on the web site. She spent two hours on the free roam floor, and observed firsthand the bond between Vancouver and her buddy. Patient and willing to make the commitment to move slowly, she decided to give Vancouver a home, and knew that she couldn’t possibly leave Déjà Vu behind. Soon both cats were on their way.
Any time a long-time resident finds a home, news spreads quickly among staff and volunteers. But this double happy ending, almost two years in the making, brought tears to many eyes. After a long wait, Vancouver and Déjà Vu have everything they could have wanted – a loving home and each other, forever.