…in Mex­i­co, but it cer­tain­ly has been 1-cat cold. So, I had to get a cat. Of course. Since meet­ing the effer­ves­cent Dulce, I had been con­sid­er­ing get­ting a cat, but I was firm on want­i­ng to res­cue one. What was sav­ing me was that I didn’t know the words in Span­ish for “ani­mal shel­ter”.  Then, a few days ago, a friend on Face­book liked some sort of ani­mal shel­ter in Mex­i­co City. So, I fol­lowed some links, found some of the right words, and dis­cov­ered my local ani­mal shel­ter online. I thought “what’s the harm in ask­ing a few ques­tions about the adop­tion process?”, and presto I had an email response back. Then, com­ing home from the office yes­ter­day, I was in-time to stop by the shel­ter and take a look at the cats. The peo­ple run­ning the “refu­gio” or shel­ter seem to know what they are doing, but the con­di­tions were not great. So, I had to res­cue one. I had to. I didn’t have the paper­work nec­es­sary yes­ter­day, and it was a lit­tle over­whelm­ing to choose one of the 6 or so avail­able cats so I asked Micha to go back with me today. We ran around all morn­ing in between help­ing at Niños y Niñas and picked up the nec­es­sary sup­plies. Then we went over the shel­ter and home I came with Car­iña. Her name in the shel­ter was Cata, but that doesn’t seem to work for her. She’s much more a Car­iña, or we can see if some oth­er name comes along that suits her even bet­ter. The first few hours at home have been going well. She was an under­stand­able amount freaked out, but not too bad. She’s very vocal, but already qui­et­ing down a bit.

The pic­tures tell the sto­ry of her first hours at home, and prob­a­bly tell the sto­ry in a more inter­est­ing way than me con­tin­u­ing to write about my cat. In my inter­view at the shel­ter yes­ter­day I had to answer a bunch of ques­tions, but most of the first ones made it very clear that I am a lady liv­ing alone, now with a cat. So yes, I’m forc­ing my new cat pic­tures on every­one I meet for the next few days. One would think that hav­ing my plat­form here would be enough, but she’s just so cute that I need to show her to every­one.

There is much more that I could write. It has been quite an excit­ing day. Stress­ful in the way that change is always stress­ful. I know it was the right deci­sion to get her, but I had and have my doubts because I do trav­el a bit and who knows what comes after Mex­i­co. She’s ster­il­ized and had all her shots, so maybe she will just move along with me…