She was eight years old, black, and had a tendency to drool. But Winnie clearly hadn't spent her life as a stray, though she came from an overcrowded municipal shelter. She loved people. In the years since she arrived at Heaven on Earth Society for Animals, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for December, Winnie attended adoption events, starred at black cat adoption days, and became a favorite among volunteers. She had comprehensive dental work, and lost the drool. But still, a forever home eluded her.
Elizabeth had no experience being responsible for a cat, but felt that a feline companion would be perfect for her retirement years. A volunteer introduced her to Winnie, but she thought she wanted a younger, more playful cat, and brought a spunky 3-year-old named Suzette home.
Suzette, however sweet and playful, was a little too spunky for Elizabeth. She came back to Heaven on Earth figuring she'd simply been at day-camp, and was adopted into a forever home three weeks later. And Elizabeth didn't give up on the idea of a feline friend to share her golden years with. At the next adoption event, Winnie completely won her over. Elizabeth wrote a few days later that Winnie was "exactly what I was looking for... 'Older' cats deserve to be rescued also. Thank you for saving her for me."
C.S. Lewis said, "You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." Winnie and Elizabeth are living proof that those dreams can come true.