Saturday, October 9, 2010

The New Face in Town

I met her back in April. She was a frightened newcomer at the Homer Animal Shelter, given up when her elderly owner became ill. She huddled in the back of the isolation area with a worried look on her face. I spent a half-hour cutting a mass of matted fur from her back, holding her on my lap and speaking softly to her fear.

That little face of hers put me in mind of another who came into my life decades ago--abandoned and frightened.

I kept my eye on her throughout the summer. Adoptions were slow. She sat in the big cat room, watching the season pass outside the windows. She was a nice cat but the shelter was full of nice cats.

After BeBe died, I kept thinking of her and wondering if we might have room for another cat. The house is crowded, but some cats required very little. For the sake of my dear Kisa, I couldn't let this one languish without a home any longer.

I brought her home a couple weeks ago and she has fit in well.

Her name was "Khia" and she is almost eight years old.

Yes, "Khia"--that was the name she had been given in her former home. It is a strange echo of another name--one forever written in my heart.


Nina the Torbie said...

Oh, she's lovely! I'm sure she's happy to be with you forever, too. Hello, Khia!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Oh what a beautiful girl. She is stunning!

Anya said...

She is very beautiful - some Tortie in her, judging by that orange paw.

Mama Bear said...

Such a sweet mix of colours...perfect for an Autumn kitty! I wonder if she knew back in her first day of meeting you that she would eventually be coming home with you. She's a lucky lady having a loving home to welcome her.

Cat said...

I love your new kitty, she has such soulful eyes! So glad to hear she is fitting in well :-)

Lisa said...

She's gorgeous and lucky now to have a wonderful new forever home. Thank you for giving her that opportunity.

Anonymous said...

thank you