It’s no secret that people love kittens, so when Buddy came to the ASPCA at the age of 6 months, we assumed he’d be adopted right away. But Buddy is all personality—feisty and finicky—and his behavior just wasn’t clicking with potential adopters. Before we knew it, a year had gone by and he was still waiting for a home. Though we never imagined that Buddy would have such a long stay at our Adoption Center, it turns out that he was just waiting for the perfect people to come along. Those people were Neysa and her boyfriend, Bijan, who proved that in the end, all Buddy needed was a friend. Here is their Happy Tail.
“After my landlord agreed to let Bijan and I get a cat, we both began searching online,” recalls Neysa. The young couple browsed through the adoptable cats on ASPCA.org separately, and without even consulting each other, both selected Buddy as the cat they would like to adopt. “I had very interactive cats in the past, and Bijan grew up with dogs, so we knew we wanted an animal that was outgoing.” From the moment they spotted Buddy’s face online, it was meant to be.
At the ASPCA Adoption Center, Neysa and Bijan took a tour of every room and met all the adoptable cats, but Buddy remained on their mind the entire time. “No one stood out to us the way Buddy did,” says Neysa. “Though he was a little feisty, I knew he was the kind of quirky that would work well with us.” They adopted Buddy that day. “There was no way we couldn’t take him home,” she says.
True to character, Buddy’s transition into the home was trying. He scratched and bit often, and got upset when rubbed the wrong way. But Neysa and Bijan were patient: “Over time, we learned each other. Bijan and I realized that Buddy mainly acts out when he wants to tell us something—he’s hungry, he wants to play, he wants attention. Once we knew how to react, he stopped being so rough.”
After a bumpy few weeks, their hard work and kindness paid off. Buddy blossomed into an amazing cat, and Neysa tells us that he cuddles every night, watches TV with the couple, and is “the sweetest thing in the world.” She adds, “I think he’s very happy with us, and I know we love him.”
After a year in our Adoption Center, this frisky cat found his perfect people. As it turns out, Neysa and Bijan were exactly the “buddies” he was searching for.
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