The story of Tayla and four year-old cat Buddy isn’t the usual adoption story because Tayla met Buddy before he arrived at The Lost Dogs’ Home.
“My Mum woke me up one Saturday morning to let me know there was a black cat sitting in our backyard.
“I immediately ran outside to check out who it was and there he was, sitting in the backyard, looking at our house,” said Tayla.
During the day Tayla noticed Buddy wandering through her backyard and even interacting with her own cat Timmy. After watching Buddy for some time, Tayla decided she needed to find Buddy’s owner.
“Despite Buddy and Timmy getting along so well, I knew that I needed to go and find Buddy’s owner. He looked like he had recently been in a fight because he looked quite matted and he wasn’t really able to jump my back fence.
“I gave Buddy some time to go home in case he had just wandered away for a short time, but he didn’t leave. So I put him into one of our cat carriers and called The Lost Dogs’ Home to pick him up.”
After seeing how well Buddy and Timmy got along, Tayla knew that she would offer her home to Buddy if his owner couldn’t be reached.
“I told the Home I was interested in adopting Buddy if they were unable to contact the owner, and the rest is history,” said Tayla.
It didn’t take long for Buddy to become a key part of the family.
“Buddy has adjusted enormously well. He and Timmy lie together on my bed and often play together.
“He is a very affectionate cat, when I’m lying with him, he’ll lay in the crook of my arm, holding my hand, but when I go to move, he’ll latch on. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just his way of saying don’t leave me.”
For Tayla adopting animals from a shelter is incredibly important as they are just as loving and caring as animals purchased from a store.
“It’s a great thing to know you’ve given your pet shelter, food and love and you can really see they’re grateful for it.
“Buddy, Timmy and I have a strong bond; it’s the kind of bond you only get by taking an animal out of the shelter and into your home.”
We have a number of cats looking for their forever homes. You can view the cats available for adoption here.