Ask Jennifer the difference between adopting a cat from a rescue and from a shelter and she’ll tell you it’s akin to “having a baby with a GP or with a midwife”.
“Midwives are a much better experience,” Jennifer laughs. So too was adopting Ramona Flowers from Annex Cat Rescue via foster mom Elizabeth, who gave Jennifer and her family a more complete picture of the small, round tortoiseshell kitten (then named Raisin). In September 2014, Raisin/Ramona was going home to befriend Jennifer’s adult cat Stella, adopted from the Toronto Humane Society a few years earlier.
“Cats in a foster setting are much better adjusted than in a shelter,” Jennifer adds. “Elizabeth had children and the cat was able to play with the kids. When you see a cat at the shelter, they’re in cages and it’s just not a natural situation for the cat or the adopters.”
Add to that, long-time ACR foster Elizabeth could tell Jennifer that Raisin/Ramona was a voracious eater, loved popcorn and was very friendly with Charlotte, her foster roommate. “Also, that she farted a lot,” Elizabeth chuckles. Luckily, Jennifer reports the flatulence problem subsided with the onset of adulthood.
“But she is very vocal; the chattiest cat I’ve ever known,” Jennifer says of Ramona Flowers, named for a character in the Toronto-shot film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. “Ramona was born on the streets of Toronto and she’s scrappy and just full of personality. She loves to play in the bathtub and sink and she loves running water. She’ll chase water down the drain.”
Ramona also bonded immediately and completely with Stella and later, with Rosita, a rescued street dog from Mexico.“Ramon and Stella were instantly best friends. And now they’re best friends with Rosita. The three of them love to sit at the back door and bird watch.”
“Ramona is just a great sister to all,” Jennifer says. “And being able to meet her outside of the shelter system in a house where she wasn’t stressed and had been socialized made such a difference. Cats aren’t themselves in cages.”
— Kim Hughes