Taking Matters into his own Paws

By: | May 15, 2017

On April 3rd, 2016, Tink, a 7 month old kitten (now named Hobbes) was surrendered to the APA Adoption Center. His previous owner had become ill and could no longer care for him. Just a couple days later, on April 9th, the Snelling family came to the APA wanting to adopt a cat. Below is the account of their love connection when meeting Hobbes!

From the Snelling Family:

We lost our 20 year old family cat in August of 2015. Our daughter, Grace, had a special connection to her and was not ready to start looking for a new cat right away.

In January of 2016, we decided as a family that we were ready to bring another cat into our home and visited multiple shelters in the St. Louis area. I’m not sure how we heard about the APA, but what kept us coming back and leaning towards the APA was the facility itself. We loved the rooms the cats stay in and the biographies for each cat. We wanted a younger cat who had been with dogs, because we are a family with a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. The cat biographies noted whether or not the cat had been around other pets. Hobbes had been in a family with other cats and dogs.

In the end, my husband and I let our 15 year old twin daughters pick Hobbes, although I think Hobbes actually picked them! He walked into the visiting room, climbed up on our daughter’s lap and sniffed her face. The decision to adopt him was made at that moment.

Hobbes had no fear of our two dogs and had no problem acclimating to our home. He’s independent and entertaining. Like many cats, he decides when he wants to be in someone’s lap and when he’d rather be alone. He enjoys talking to birds out of open windows and watching neighborhood cats. A year later, he now tolerates and/or torments our dogs. He’s the perfect cat for our family!