Editor's note: The Richmond SPCA's "Pet Post" newsletter is mailed to supporters' homes quarterly. Each issue features two pets on the cover whose lives have been saved thanks to our donors' generous support. Our communications intern, Shane Clements, has been hard at work this semester to gather updates on each pet who was featured in 2013, and we look forward to bringing you the stories she has gathered in a four-part blog series.
The August 2013 Pet Post Newsletter featured the story of Wayward, a kitten found on the side of a dark highway by a traveling group of filmmakers. The Good Samaritans realized the kitten needed more medical attention than they could provide him, so they brought him to the Richmond SPCA where he was given the name Wayward after the name of their production company, Wayward Nation. When Wayward arrived, he received much-needed medical attention and food, which he enthusiastically consumed. But even after eating, Wayward remained lethargic. The veterinary staff at the Richmond SPCA found that, prior to his rescue, Wayward had resorted to eating trash and vegetation to survive, leading to critical malnourishment. After receiving medical care and lots of love and attention from the Richmond SPCA’s staff, Wayward began acting like a normal kitten. Through the Richmond SPCA’s foster care program, Wayward began experiencing normal kitten activities: snuggling, playing and napping in the sunlight.
While waiting for adoption at the Richmond SPCA, Wayward caught the eye of his future family. His adopters, Rod and Janice, were instantly drawn to Wayward’s playful and outgoing personality. Rod and Janice knew Wayward was the perfect match for their family and gave Wayward a new name: Winston. In his new home, Winston is lovingly reffered to as the “terror of the house,” loves to play with his new family and feline companion Abby, who was also adopted from the Richmond SPCA. Winston loves to cuddle and crawl up on his family’s shoulders when he’s not exploring anything and everything he can reach. While his family works on their homeschooling, Winston likes to curl up on their desks to ask for more attention and less work. When his family plays ping-pong, Winston volunteers to be the “ball return cat,” as long as he can play with the ball for a few seconds before returning it. Needless to say, Winston loves his new family and is a very happy kitten. Thanks to the help of some Good Samaritans and a little bit of luck, Winston made his way to the Richmond SPCA where he had the opportunity to find his perfect match.
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