Smitty came to Animal Welfare League after her owner, who was 91, passed away. Accustomed to a quiet environment, she didn’t take well to the noise and activity of the shelter. To hide her fear, she hissed and nipped at anyone who came near; not the best policy when looking for a new home and someone to love you.
Gloria Smith was looking on the shelter’s web site for more information about a kitten she had seen at Pet Smart. She happened to see a feature story about Smitty and, according to Gloria, “It spoke to my heart.” She told her husband Larry, “She is meant to be our cat.”
Smitty seemed to know that the Smiths were her ticket and set out to win their hearts. “She is so affectionate, she just takes my breath away,” says Gloria. “She wants to be loved”.
After some initial time hanging out in the covered litter box in the Smith’s laundry room, Smitty quickly adjusted to her new home, exploring it thoroughly, and even spending the first night at the end of their bed. She often rolls on her back, displaying her belly to the Smiths for a scratch; a sure sign that she feels safe and loved.
About that name: Gloria liked Smitty’s name but Larry thought it should be changed to something that fits her better. Pixie is the new name chosen by their grandchildren, Avery and Lindsey.
A new name, a new home, and a brand new life are more than this lucky girl could have imagined that first terrifying day at the shelter.