Dear Heartland Shelter,
Last winter we adopted Tazz, now named Milo. He had
been found as a stray, and at the time of adoption he was
approximately one year old. We already had one cat, an
orange lovebug named Thomas, who we had rescued two
years previously. We found Thomas at a different
Northbrook shelter in terrible condition (very underweight,
broken/rotten teeth, ringworm, ear infection, chronic upper
respiratory infection, chronic diarrhea, the list goes on) and
the amount of time, money, and heartache that went into
healing him was a bit traumatizing. Thomas was worth
every bit of the effort and more, but we were a bit afraid to
adopt again. Nevertheless we wanted to share our hearts
and homes with another cat, and just as importantly, we
wanted a friend for Thomas!
We had never been to Heartland and from step one we were
thoroughly impressed with the cleanliness of the facilities,
the impeccable care the animals received, and the friendly and warm staff. The volunteer we
worked with, Samantha, was amazing, and she helped us tremendously. Adopting an animal
is one of the most exciting and heartwarming experiences you can have. At the same time,
even without difficult past experiences, it can be stressful and overwhelming--it is a major
decision, there are so many wonderful pets to choose from, and it is heartbreaking that you
can't take them all home. Samantha was there every step of the way.
We were looking for an affectionate, playful cat, and also knew that the cat we adopted had to
be great with other cats. Milo is everything we wanted and more. He is such a sweet boy and
he and Thomas have made fast friends. It is a joy to see them cuddle and clean each other.
All of our many cat toys have just about fallen by the wayside because they entertain
themselves--our home has turned into nonstop wrestlemania. If we ever have to be away from
the house for a long day, or even overnight, I feel so much less guilty and worried than I used to
because I know that each cat has companionship and entertainment in each other.
Milo is a true joy and we am so grateful to have gotten this happy, healthy, wonderful addition
from Heartland. It also brings great happiness to know that since we adopted Milo, another
lucky kitty was able to take his space at Heartland, enjoying the wonderful care at the shelter
and, ultimately, the excellent home that their careful screening ensures.
Thank you Heartland!
-Erika and Jack