Meet Smokey:

Adoption Date: 4/6/2019

Intake Date: 11/9/2018

Adoption Announcement – 4/6/2019

Hi everyone, it’s Smokey, and you haven’t heard from me for quite a while, so I’ll start by reintroducing myself. I came to Safe Place for Pets with my sister Cherry last November after our prior mom passed away. We were both traumatized at losing everything we had known, so we spent a lot of time huddled together for comfort. But life goes on, and I’m happy to say that Cherry found her fur-ever home and was adopted in January. It took longer for me, but I finally managed 😻.

I live in a nice big apartment with my new mom and my feline sister Feeny. I have to tell you real quick about the story behind her name. She’s Feeny now, but when Mom first adopted her she named her Phoenix because she was the only survivor of a fire. So she was Phoenix who rose from the ashes. Is that cool or what?! But back to my story… I came to live with Mom and Feeny January 31, but wasn’t formally adopted until April 6. You see, Feeny had had Mom all to herself for a long time and she wasn’t at all keen on having another cat in the house. I have my own room where I can go and feel safe with my own litter box and food. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not locked up; it’s just my own sanctuary. I love Mom and I’m happy, but it’s been tough on her because she desperately wants Feeny and I to be friends. She has been so incredibly patient and has done everything possible to help us, but it takes time. Mom’s vet told her that it can sometimes take up to a year! That made her feel more relaxed. And things are getting better! I’m going downstairs more often, and the other night I surprised and thrilled Mom when I came into her room and crawled under the covers even though Feeny was asleep in the chair next to her!

Mom and I are both really grateful for the Safe Place for Pets pre-adopt process that was flexible enough to let us keep trying even when things seemed hopeless. Mom and I loved each other from the start, and she would have been heartbroken (as would I!) If she had had to give me up. But she loves Feeny too, and if she had been forced to make a quick decision I would still be at the Welcome Center. But I’m not! I’m in my forever home with a mom that I love and a sister who I hope will eventually accept me as her brother. We are a work in progress, but that’s ok. I’m home. ❤️

As is the case with all Safe Place alumni, I have some thank-you’s to give. First, I’d like to thank my prior mom’s daughter and granddaughter for loving Cherry and me enough to make sure that we would both find wonderful new homes. Thank you as well to Cook Veterinary Hospital (a Safe Place for Pets partner vet) for ensuring that I was healthy and ready to go to my fur-ever home. I’d also like to thank the Safe Place volunteers who made the cozy snuggly that Mom can put on my pillow for me to enjoy. It has the added benefit of keeping my gray fur off the pillow 😹! But most of all thank you Mom for being so wonderful and working so hard to make this blended family of ours work. 😻

Adoption Bio – 11/9/2018

Hi there! My name is Smokey, and I came to Safe Place for Pets a short time ago with my housemate Cherry. We lost our mom a few weeks ago, and although her wonderful daughter and her family love us, they raise dogs and are afraid that the dogs wouldn’t like us quite as much as the human family does 😿.

As I said, my name is Smokey, and if you take a look at my portfolio, you’ll see why. I am a 10-pound, 5-year-old neutered male with claws. I am officially a domestic shorthair, but with my green eyes, plush coat, and coloring, the folks here at Safe Place for Pets are thinking that I may have more than a touch of Russian Blue in my background. One really cute thing about me is that I am missing one of my front teeth, so I have a adorable snaggle-tooth expression. I think it makes me look like a rake! 😺

That’s what I am. As to who I am, I’ll have to go back a bit. Mom took me in when I was quite young. The man who had me before that had to make me into an outdoor-only cat because it turned out that he was allergic to cats. He asked Mom if she wanted me, and of course she said yes!  So I went to live with her and Cherry. Instead of being outdoor-only cats, we were allowed to be either indoors or out. Having already lived as an outdoor cat, I figured that that was the best of both worlds! I really like being outside and I absolutely love hunting mice. I don’t like being confined, so I’m not sure whether I could ever adapt to being inside all the time. But maybe, who knows? As far as my personality is concerned, I’m not really a lap cat, but I do love being close, and I’m more than happy to be petted! And when the Safe Place volunteers came to get Cherry and me, I took a real liking to one of them. I jumped up onto her lap and settled right in. I’m a cat after all, and we do and act however we want whenever we want.

What I do want is a new forever home! As you can tell, I’m a super nice guy and would be a wonderful addition to any family. I am good with older children, although dogs may be a different story. I’m not crazy about the other male cats here at the Safe Place Welcome Center, but I got along great with Cherry (who already found her new home). Now I’m waiting for my turn.

Do you think you might like to come down to the Safe Place Welcome Center and meet me? If so, all you have to do is call 719-359-0201 or send an email to and they’ll be more than happy to set an appointment up!  See you soon!

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