Time, Patience and Love Help Things Change
Athena stopped growling and started loving—and so did her mom, Rose.
Rose + Athena
With time and tender loving care, Athena got a second chance at a happy life—and so did her mom, Rose.
"It's been such a joy to see her blossom late in life into a friendly, loving creature who could trust again."
I tweaked the filters to see only senior cats, ones with special needs. Then her picture stopped my scroll. She was beautiful, with expressive eyes and striking tabby marks, but she had a grim, determined look. Almost mean. Like she’d been hurt, she expected to be hurt again, and she was through with being sad about it and had switched over to being angry.
I changed, too. Left the warehouse, and started a business. Reunited with the kindly man who’d been patiently waiting for me to quit it with my own version of growling. These days, Athena sleeps with us. She demands to be petted the second we come home. As you can see from the photo, she still won’t really let us pick her up… but she purrs non-stop when we brush her soft fur.
Athena is seventeen now, and I know she won’t last forever. But the things she taught me will. Keep your heart open, and good will come to you. It might not come immediately, but it’ll come: with time, patience, and love.
Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Rose Womelsdorf won Tabby’s Place in New Jersey a 2018 Holiday Wishes award.