Home-Hunting For Cats And Dogs
Dogs & Cats Forever is a rare kind of animal shelter. It never euthanizes its pets and will always take them back if the owner is unable to care for them.
Photography By Denise Ritchie & Barbara du Pont
Bread peers out of his crate at PetSmart while a volunteer makes rounds with food and water. All Dogs & Cats Forever animals have been fixed, dewormed and microchipped.
When an elderly woman came into Dogs & Cats Forever (D&CF) in Ft. Pierce looking for a companion, she found a sweet, older, formerly stray cat the volunteers called Pretty Boy. She adopted it, and the gray cat with the intense blue eyes kept her company during the last years of her life.
The no-kill shelter serving the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County houses about 150 dogs and cats at any given time and receives no money from the government. They promise to take back any dog or cat someone adopts from them for the lifetime of the pet if the owner, for any reason, is unable to keep him. So when Pretty Boy’s owner died a couple of years later, he was returned to D&CF. By this time, Andrea Nicholson, the cat adoption coordinator, had begun personally taking out ads in the local newspaper so the public could see some of their special pets. After an ad featured Pretty Boy, the shelter got a call.
“I think you have my cat,” the voice over the phone said. “I lost him a few years ago and I think it’s Pretty Boy. Is he missing his right canine tooth?”
Andrea checked the cat’s mouth and, sure enough, Pretty Boy didn’t have a right canine.
Read the entire article in the May 2012 issue