My friends, it is with great relief and pride that I announce: baby Gomez has arrived! After dealing with the Cleveland APL yesterday, I starting googling and calling around to local shelters. I was done with waiting. I wanted a kitten NOW.
My mom had recommended Love-a-Stray and Purrfect Endings that are in Avon Lake and Avon, and had many kittens up for adoption. We were already planning on going to my parents' house for dinner last night, so we pretty much ate and ran to the shelter to pick out a kitten. We'll have to get back out to their house soon to actually spend time with them, instead of using them for food and dog-sitting! (Sorry, Mom and Dad.)
Gomez II is now happily ensconced in the downstairs bathroom. And we're so excited to have her! The people at Purrfect Endings and Love-a-Stray were wonderful to us in our time of need. They were extremely helpful, sending us home with—most importantly—a kitten!, but also plenty of advice, kitten food, litter, toys, and whatever else they thought we might need to get us through the first night. If anyone else in the Cleveland-area is looking to adopt a pet, I would highly recommend them. We've already heard from Mary Lou this morning, checking to see that Gomez got home alright, and reassuring us that she would be available if we had any questions or concerns.
This is exactly the kind of treatment we did not get at the Cleveland APL. They made it seem like they were doing us a favor and we should be grateful, instead of treating us like caring adopters. We're very happy we found Love-a-Stray and Purrfect Endings, and are excited to have Gomez (II) home at last!