Here’s another wonderful adoption story… two actually! Both these cats were given a chance at a new happy beginning to the rest of their lives thanks to the combined efforts of an animal shelter who took them in, a rescue group who rescued them, and then two amazing compassionate families that adopted them. We heard about these doubly happy adoption stories thank to the Happy Beginnings Fund grant program for shelters and rescues. The grants provide funding to shelters and rescues for their adoption programs, to make more Happy Beginnings like these two possible. If helped you find a pet to adopt, and you have a happy adoption story and photo that you’d like to share to help inspire others to adopt a pet, we’d love to hear from you! Please send an email with a photo or two of you and your adopted pet (or just your pet, but we love seeing your smiling faces too) attached to us here at, and let us know how helped you find your pet! Now on to the wonderful story of Sushi & Rita…

Their rescue Mutts N Stuff Small Dog Rescue – Cats In Tow Program writes, “We took in two 12-year old cats from East Valley Shelter, one named Rita, a lynx point Siamese and one named Sushi, a long-haired Siamese/Persian mix. Because of their age the condition they arrived in, they were overlooked by the public and finally scheduled for euthanasia. 

We took them into our PetSmart Brea Cat Adoption Center because they had done well in a cage and were volunteer favorites. Rita seemed pretty calm but Sushi was overly thin and bony. Both quickly ate a can of wet food each!

We took Sushi to the vet and ran a blood panel and had her teeth checked. She suffered from the affects of starvation but good food and care could counteract it. By her teeth she was actually 6 years old–that’s a 6 year difference!

We were very upfront with potential adopters; had their vet records available; and our own recommendations of what would help make them healthier.  Within a week, both cats found loving, caring homes. Rita went to a couple where she would be a buddy to a 9-year old who lost his lifetime friend. Their vet confirmed she was really 12 and they had blood work and her teeth cleaned and she was healthy. Sushi went to a caring woman who was going to nurse her back to health and a good weight. Just what she needed to survive her ordeal successfully! Both overlooked in the shelter, these cats found homes not heaven in our rescue!

See Sushi & Rita’s “before” photos at the shelter directly above, and at their happily ever after adopted photos at the top and bottom of this page!