I have always been a meow lover. My family moved into a new home in Anacortes when I was five years old. Soon after, Mom adopted a black cat. I remember being envious of her because the cat preferred her lap to mine. I made it my mission in life to learn everything I could about cats so they would make a beeline for my lap instead of hers! I have learned over the years that cats pick and choose the humans they trust and love. I have also learned that if cats are exposed to love, kindness and consistent gentle adoration they have a better chance to find their people and forever home. When I’m petting or playing with a kitty at the shelter, I often think of that five-year-old girl lying down next to the kitty she adores and getting head butts and purrs and if she’s lucky, a kitty kiss or two.