Madam Curie is a beautiful orange and white tabby adopted at 10 weeks old from one of the BC SPCA branches on October 24th, 2015. I’d like to say that Curie’s arrival was as convenient as her popping out of a large Hudson’s Bay shopping bag, surrounded by fluffy pink gift wrap and colorful cat toys, but it wasn’t.
I had been checking the SPCA’s “adoptable animals” page for what seemed like forever (but was only two weeks) in anticipation of finding a female kitten. There were plenty awaiting their “forever homes” in shelters located quite faraway from us; but none that matched our personal preferences in any of the nearby ones.
On one busy Saturday morning whilst my parents were reorganizing the garage… my brother who had been helping me in my search by regularly checking the BC SPCA’s list of adoptable pets, exclaimed that there was a female, 10 weeks old kitten available at the Abbotsford branch. I called in right away to request the shelter’s staff to keep the little kitty (they come and go quickly, fortunately!) on hold for us, as we try to get there ASAP; the drive from home to the shelter was 1.5 hrs long!
I fondly remember the first day my family met her. She was purring (a sound we’ve now become so accustomed to!) in her small, metallic, shelter enclosure even! She was seated on top of the cardboard “Hide. Perch. Go” SPCA cat-house, alongside one of her siblings named Monkey (a handsome black and white tuxedo-ed fellow). I should add at this point that, before having been re-dubbed by us, she was comically named Squirrel by the shelter staff; in renaming her, we tried to keep the “Q” sound, and took in consideration her curious (scientist-like, hence Madam Curie) nature.
The lady at the shelter who helped us complete all the adoption paperwork was wonderful. She was friendly, helpful (I had lots of questions!), and even gave us a complimentary scratch post!
She’s not quite full-grown yet, but I can already tell that she will be the most beautiful lady-cat ever (obviously, biased). As evident from her photos, she loves posing for the camera, and lounging on laps when she’s not busy playing with her favorite furry mouse.
I’m beyond excited to bond with and take care of Curie to the utmost of my ability; it’s a special feeling to be responsible for the welfare of another living creature. But undoubtedly, the best part of having a cat now is that I’ll be able to live one more part of the inspiring Sunnah of our prophet Muhammad salalahu alayhi wa salam; he too is said to have a beloved cat, named Muezza.
“A man felt very thirsty while he was on the way, there he came across a well. He went down the well, quenched his thirst and came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, “This dog is suffering from thirst as I did.” So, he went down the well again, filled his shoe with water, held it with his mouth and watered the dog. Allah appreciated him for that deed and forgave him.” The Companions said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He replied: “There is a reward for serving any living being.”
– Imam Bukhari.