Meet Eric:

Adoption Date: 2/9/2018

Intake Date: 12/17/2016

Adoption Announcement – 2/9/2018

Hello! I’m Eric, and if you have been following Safe Place for Pets on their Facebook site, you should be very familiar with my handsome profile. I came to Safe Place two years ago and have been the unofficial mascot of the Manitou Springs Welcome Center for a good long time. But now it’s time to say goodbye. I have a new forever home, and things are going swimmingly – just like the fish in our “aquarium,” as Dad puts it. But I’ll tell you more about that in a bit.

I’ve known Dad for a while now. He and his friend Patti are longtime friends of the couple who own the building that the Welcome Center is in, so he used to come in and see me once in a while. He felt bad that I kept being passed over for other cats, and he even considered adopting me himself then. But at the time he had another cat, Kitty Wampus, and he wasn’t sure how well we would get along. And when she got sick with kidney disease there was no question of bringing another cat into the house. She had to come first! Unfortunately, (although not for me) she died not long ago, and Dad gradually started to realize that he needed another cat. That cat of course was me! I moved in just a week ago, but settled in at once. To give you an idea, the picture of me next to Dad on his bed was taken that very same day!

We actually live right across the street from the Welcome Center, so we are just a stone’s throw away from Fountain Creek, which brings me to the “aquarium” that I mentioned earlier. The creek forms a kind of pool just in back of the cottages where we live, and Dad says that there are about 10 trout that live there. He and Patti like to sit at the table and chairs on the bank of the creek and throw bits of cheese to the fish. The water is so clear that you can watch them come up to grab the cheese. So that is our aquarium. I haven’t been all the way out there yet, but I will soon. You see, in my prior life I was an indoor/outdoor cat, so I kind of like having the chance to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Dad and Patti bought me a harness and have been “teaching” me to walk on a leash. Teaching would be the human term, because they don’t walk me; I walk them. We cats don’t follow anything or anyone unless we want to. We do the leading. Anyway…. One of the things that Dad has done for me is to set up a kind of run on the clothesline next to the cottage. He attaches my lead to the clothesline and I can wander back and forth as I please. He keeps an eye on me of course. Mostly what I enjoy is just to sniff a bit, then take a dirt bath and sit on the step in the sun. I love that! One of these days when he is sure that I know where home is, he’ll let me off the leash, but once again, only when he can be with me. Safety comes first!

I really love Dad; he’s my best buddy. I love lying on the bed with him or sitting on his lap or chest. I pretty much follow him around wherever he goes. Other than when I’m with Dad, my favorite place to be in the house is on top of the quilts covering the old organ. It’s a great place to stretch out and survey my domain. By the way, although I am 13, which some people would call old, I still have a good time playing. I have a couple of toy mice that Patti knitted for Kitty Wampus, and I love to chase their tails. Dad and Patti say that it is amazing how fast I can move my front paws. Pretty good for an “old man,” don’t you think? Just like they say about people, you’re only as old as you feel.

Can you tell that I’m happy? I sure hope you can! I spent a long time at the Safe Place Welcome Center, and everyone loved me there. Dad has said that anyone from Safe Place who wants to can come visit me. As one of the volunteers said, that could be a dangerous invitation because I have lots of fans! But as much as I was loved there, it’s just not the same as having someone who really loves just me and can give me all his attention. It’s wonderful.

I do want to thank Safe Place and all the Safe Place volunteers who have cared for me for the past two years. I wouldn’t be in my new forever home without them. I also want to thank Dublin Animal Hospital and Cook Veterinary Hospital, both Safe Place partner vets, for taking such good care of me and making sure that I stayed healthy. And finally, thank you to the Safe Place volunteers who made my neat new snuggly. Safe Place for Pets was my temporary family for a long time, but now I have a forever dad!

Adoption Bio – 12/17/2016

Hi there! Remember me? I’m Eric, and I’m baaaaack! I thought that I’d found my forever home, but even though my new mom and I loved each other dearly, we just couldn’t make it work. We gave it the best we had for several months but eventually had to call it quits. You see, there were dogs involved. And as much as I tried, I just couldn’t adjust. And since Safe Place for Pets will always take back an adopted pet if things don’t work out, here I am again.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a twelve-year-old, mostly gray, male neutered domestic shorthair with claws. Is that a mouthful or what? I am a handsome fellow, so much that the Safe Place volunteers have always called me the Tom Selleck of Safe Place. But someone mentioned the other day that Sam Elliott might be appropriate as well. 😉

As far as personality is concerned, I am a great guy. My prior mom called me the most affectionate cat that she has ever known. I’m not a huge lap cat, but I like to be close and keep you company, especially if you are trying to work! I like to sit at your feet or on the couch with you if you’re watching television or reading, and I would be happy to sleep with you. I used to follow Mom around from room to room, telling her exactly what she should be doing and letting her know if she was doing it wrong. I pay particularly close attention at dinner time. That’s an important time of the day! I have to say at I am not always sociable. Like most cats, I’m somewhat independent and like my alone time. But that doesn’t mean that I’m less of a pal!

Even though this try didn’t work, I’d still like to find a forever home of my own. The Safe Place volunteers are happy to see me again, but it’s kind of bittersweet because everyone loves me and was really happy that I’d found a home. I think I’d better steer away from dogs from here on out, but I’ve occasionally taken a young male cat under my wing (so to speak) and become good friends with him. So that may be a possibility. I’d really like it if you would come by the Welcome Center in Manitou Springs and meet me. You can make an appointment either by emailing them at or calling (79) 359-0201. I’ll be waiting!


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