We adopted Joey in June 1997 from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in Oakland, California. We decided to adopt a female adult cat since our studio cottage was too small for active kittens and also because female adult cats sometimes have to wait a long time before they find their forever homes.
Joey arrived at the SPCA with five little kittens. When the kittens were weaned, she was spayed. When we met her, her naked belly was still healing and she seemed so weary. However, JoJo walked up to us when we approached her cage. She was purring loudly and giving us such a wistful look, so we told the shelter volunteer that we were interested in meeting her. After a visit to the cat play room and an interview, we signed the papers and brought Joey home.
Since then, Joey has been delighful company. As I write this, Josefina is sitting in my lap, purring loudly. She's so special!