Even if an animal is already an adult at the time of their adoption, it can feel like they were always a part of our lives.
Hoover was left in a carrier at the BC SPCA Surrey Education & Adoption Centre back in the summer of 2011. It quickly became evident to our staff that this mystery kitty was the sweetest boy ready for his forever home.
Once we transferred Hoover to the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch, he met his purrfect guardian, Kate.
Kate and Hoover spent nine loving years together before he crossed over the rainbow bridge. Now, Kate has written to us with an affectionate tribute to her feline:
This is an adoption eulogy.
I picked up Hoover in October 2011. He was a five-year-old big, black short-haired cat, who had been abandoned at the shelter.
Hoover (named after the way he ate) was the most affectionate, cuddly, gentle cat I have ever had. He had a permanent grumpy expression on his face and he drooled uncontrollably while being held.
From the moment I first took him home to his last moments this weekend, Hoover was always ready to share a hug and a cuddle. He was extremely tolerant of our new baby even when she grabbed his paws or tail. I’m so sad she won’t get to grow up with him.
Sadly, we lost Hoover to hind limb paralysis (the cause was unknown). We had a wonderful nine years together.
Thank you, Kate, for adopting Hoover and for giving him a second chance at life. Once he came home with you, it sounds like he had all the love, care and food—however fleeting before he hoovered it up—that he always dreamed about. We hope you are able to find comfort in remembering all the warm cuddles and happy moments you shared with him.
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