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There are occasions when it takes a lot of perseverance to find the right guardian for an adoptable animal. For Archie, the third time’s a charm.

After being surrendered, again, to the BC SPCA Victoria Community Animal Centre in late 2022, we hoped that Archie’s next adopter would be his match. This handsome tabby had so much to offer for his perfect human.

When Deborah came in to meet him in December 2022, she immediately fell for his charm. Once she looked into Archie’s eyes, she knew… and she hasn’t looked away since.

Now, a year and a half since adopting Archie, Deborah has written to us with their story:

“My family convinced me it was time to bring a new cat into my home. I was hoping to give a home to an adult cat.

When I saw Archie had medical needs I was familiar with, I submitted my application. My first impression of Archie was that he is a BIG boy. Then he looked up at me and that was it.

When I brought Archie home, I had his safe zone all setup, but he quickly decided the entire condo was his safe spot.

Archie definitely has his quirks. He doesn’t like to be picked up but loves to be petted and sit beside me or my guests.

There’s one spot in the hallway that has become his ‘petting zone’. He leads me there, then flops down on his side, stretches out and starts dragging himself along the carpet, purring like mad. He has the loudest purr I’ve ever heard.

He also regularly wakes me up at 4:00 a.m. by tickling my face with his whiskers. He isn’t happy until I get up, join him in his petting zone and give him some love. Then I can go back to bed.

If I take too long on my computer, Archie jumps up on the back of my office chair and headbutts me.

Archie likes to sit at the patio door watching the birds. He turns up his nose at cat grass but is fond of chewing some of my plants (non-poisonous).

His favourite toy is a string on the end of a long wand. We are still working at getting his weight down and chasing his toys really helps.

Archie is a dear, sweet boy, loved by the whole family. It breaks my heart to think this is his third ‘forever home’—he is part of our family permanently.”

Thank you, Deborah, for choosing adoption as your first option. We greatly appreciate that you specifically wanted to give an adult cat a home and we’re thrilled that Archie caught your attention. He is such a special boy and it’s evident how strong of a bond you have built together. We wish you many more happy memories to be made over the years to come.

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