Bonded animals—pets who must stay together—can offer adopters twice the love. Unfortunately, they can also be twice as hard to place into a permanent home. Such was the case with Lucca and Zoe, two bonded kitties who were adopted and returned to the ASPCA three times. But these pals stuck together through thick and thin, and now they’re living a doubly good life because of it. Here is their Happy Tail.
Lucca and Zoe first came to the ASPCA in November, 2012. They were left at the door of our Adoption Center in New York City, and at the time they were less than 6 months old. The two tiny kitties were adopted four days later, and we were pleased that they had found a home so quickly. But then a pattern emerged: Zoe and Lucca were returned in July 2013, then adopted again, and then returned a third time in March 2014. Though the cats were cute, we learned that little Lucca had a tendency toward accidents that was proving more than adopters could handle. In each home, he had urinated repeatedly on couches, beds, and rugs.
We set out to find the cause of Lucca’s problem, and that’s when we discovered the blood in his urine. As it turns out, this fussy feline wasn’t behaviorally challenged—he had a massive amount of bladder crystals. At our Animal Hospital, he received surgery (a cystotomy), and was given a life-long prescription for urinary-friendly food. Though we had solved his health problem, we were back to square one in terms of adopters.
Because of all they had been through together, Lucca and Zoe were listed once again as a bonded pair. We were worried about their prospects, until we remembered that one of our volunteers, Michelle D., had expressed interest in adopting bonded kitties. Michelle was introduced to Zoe and Lucca, and it was love at first sight. “When I first saw them, they were snuggled together with their paws wrapped around each other,” she says. “I called my husband Will and he was able to come see the two cats right away, and he fell in love as well.”
Before rushing into a fourth adoption for the pair, though, we made sure that Michelle and Will learned everything about their health and history. “We found out that these two year old cats had been through some tough experiences from the time they were kittens, and that made us even more determined to give them a happy home,” Michelle says. “At the ASPCA, people work so hard to give each animal the medical, nutritional, and behavioral care he or she needs. Everyone is rooting for them to find the right match, and we really wanted to adopt cats who were in need of a home.”
Fortunately, the fourth time proved to be the charm, as Lucca and Zoe are now thriving in Michelle’s home. She tells us, “They bonded solidly with us. Lucca loves to be picked up and held, Zoe loves to sleep with us, and they often follow us as we move from one room to another.” The kitties now spend their days playing with toys, snoozing around the house (Lucca loves the armchair; Zoe the ottoman), and sitting on the windowsill watching birds.
Michelle adds, “At some point each day, we’ll find them nestled together, cuddled up and bathing one another. We love these cats and feel lucky to be loved in return. We’re so grateful to the ASPCA for their commitment to find a home not only for Lucca and Zoe, but for all the other cats who come through their doors.”
With such a long history of bad luck, Lucca and Zoe are finally getting the love they deserve. We’re so glad this bonded duo found their forever home—and that they found it together.
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