Zucchini

(C.A.R.E. Name: Curtis)

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Hello C.A.R.E.,

I have thought about you so many times in the last several years. I'm very happy that I finally tracked you down on the Internet so that I can share a story about one of your former guests.

Back in early 1992, you had a young red tabby visitor who went by the name of Curtis. He came to you once, was adopted by a family, and then was brought back to C.A.R.E. in March. At that time, I was a graduate student and missed feline companionship, so I headed out to you in April and fell in love with this orange boy the minute I saw that his cage had been marked with a Post-It that read, "Super Nice!"

It is about the truest thing anyone has ever said about a cat. I took him home, renamed him Zucchini, and gave him space to jump, run, and watch the birds in my Chicago courtyard. Within a few days, Zucchini had settled in and became the social center of attention of every gathering. Zucchini adores people, loves rubbing up against them, watching them, playing with them, and most of all, washing their hair.

Today, nearly 19 years later, he has slowed down just a bit--only just. He still loves to play with his catnip toys and to walk out on the deck of the house where we now live in New York. He also still loves to bathe visitors, especially ones with short hair.

Thank you, C.A.R.E. for taking a chance on Zucchini/Curtis (twice) and for keeping my super nice companion healthy for me until I arrived.

All my best,
Andrew