You can have your gift matched today only -- and help an animal find their purr-fect match!
When I met Ron, he was a tiny black and white kitten shivering in the corner of the room, wedged behind a scratching post, trying to get as far away from any humans as possible. Every time a hand would come near, he'd cower in fright.
In stark contrast, his tortoise-shell sister, Hermione would run right up and let anyone pet her. Then she'd come back and curl up beside her brother, and you could tell he felt safer with her by his side.
Sweet little Ron and Hermione came to the BC SPCA during a large-scale seizure of cats from a serious hoarding situation in Penticton. More than 160 cats living in a one-room trailer, fighting for a warm spot to sleep, clean water and food. You can imagine the scene.
As happens with cats in these types of situations, Ron was terrified of humans, but very comfortable with cats. He and Hermione were transferred to the Vancouver shelter, where Ron received behavioural rehab to gain a better chance of adoption.
Over a month or more, our dedicated shelter staff worked with Ron to get him comfortable with humans.
As you might guess, many people wanted to adopt Hermione because of her lovable personality. But our staff really wanted to keep the bonded pair together. They believed it would give Ron the best shot at finding peace in his forever home.
One day, a family came in to the shelter happy to adopt both kittens. Although Ron hid under the bed at first, over time, he came out of his shell, following his sister's lead. He'd play with cat toys and snuggle with his humans, purring and happy to have his soft fur stroked.
Tragically, Hermione developed some serious genetic health issues and began having seizures. It was terrifying and heartbreaking for her family. The veterinarians believe the seizures were from a genetic abnormality in Hermione's brain -- likely due to the conditions she was born into.
Despite her family's best efforts to care for her, sweet Hermione passed away not long after her first birthday. You could say she stayed strong long enough to be sure her brother would be okay in his new home.
I'm blessed to say that the family I'm speaking of is actually my own! Here's Ron now. He continues to come out of his shell, and is now very bonded with me -- his human 'mum'.
Ron and Hermione were a purr-fect match, and -- thanks to generous people like you -- they found their perfect home!
In honour of this match, we're thrilled to anounce that a group of generous animal lovers has offered to match all gifts made today, up to $10,000.
Your compassionate gift will give more animals like Ron and Hermione the care they need to find comfort and joy this holiday season.
I've made a gift in honour of sweet Hermione and the impact she had on our family for the short time she was with us. Will you join me?
Have your gift matched today!
So every animal can find their match,
Officer, Annual Giving