One hundred and thirty cats at work, eight more and a dog at her Bowmanville home. “When you adopt everything else,” Abby Smith says in the tiny office of her Edgewater cat shelter, “kids are next on the list.” So when she and her partner Dahlia decided to have a child together, they first went to an adoption agency. One, she explains, “we weren’t very happy with.” So they found a different solution.
Now, I need to explain that conducting an interview with 130 cats outside one’s door is no easy feat—in fact, it’s easy to imagine that getting anything done with 130 cats outside one’s door is next to impossible. In the clip below, in fact, our conversation is interrupted by a particularly rambunctious grey long-haired named Vinnie.
We’re go-getters. We don’t like to sit and wait, so we decided to put an ad on Craigslist online or the Reader online. It was a picture of us with Tigger and it said, Next time we go to Disney we’d love to take our baby with us. Ten days later a birth mom called us and six months later she gave us her baby. It was crazy.