Happy Tail: April and Louis

Siblings Louis and April had quite a long journey before arriving at Anna and Erik’s home. It began when they were born in the comforting home of ACR volunteer Liz. During a frigid winter season, Liz had spotted Louis and April’s mother Annabelle, who had started to frequent her porch. Noticing that Annabelle was pregnant, Liz had trapped her and set her up in the dining room. Annabelle peacefully gave birth and cared for her litter in the first few weeks, before they were transferred to a foster home.

Happy Tail: April and Louis
April (top) & Louis (bottom)
Happy Tail: April and Louis

April and Louis were then adopted as kittens. However, a few years later, Liz was reunited with the two cats, as she discovered that they had been surrendered to Toronto Animal Services. As she went to pick them up, she was shocked. “What beautiful cats they turned out to be, I can’t believe they were surrendered,” Liz says. The pair were now all grown up and were made available for adoption again.

Soon after, Anna and Erik had come across photos of April and Louis through ACR’s Instagram. “Not only are they undeniably majestic and fluffy, but their foster Luke wrote such a loving description of them, that we had to meet them,” Anna recalls.

Happy Tail: April and Louis
April (top) & Louis (bottom)
Happy Tail: April and Louis

At their initial meeting, April was not particularly enthusiastic to meet them, as she ducked under the couch. However, Anna says they were able to catch a glimpse of her sweet face. Her brother Louis was pleased to come out and play with them. Anna and Erik decided they would be ecstatic to have the two cats join their home.

When April and Louis were first brought home, they were a little skittish as they adjusted to their new surroundings. However, as time passed, and as Anna and Erik continued to play with them, the pair gradually got more comfortable. “Now, they come to greet our guests and sleep in the middle of the floor; they essentially own the whole apartment,” Anna says.

Today, the cats are five years old, and settled into their cozy home with Anna and Erik. Despite being siblings, Louis and April have such contrasting personalities. “Louis is snuggly, playful and affectionate, while being demanding and a bit sassy.

Happy Tail: April and Louis
April (left) & Louis (right)

“April on the other hand, is the least sassy cat in the world, she is rather sweet and has the teeniest meow,” Anna says. The two siblings are respectful and loving towards each other, and never fight. During the last few months, Anna and Erik really appreciate having the furry duo hanging out at home with them. “We even taught them how to ring a bell for treats,” Anna says.

-Justina Tran

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