Molly Scade, 80, lost her eight-year-old cat to cancer three months ago. Then she saw Sasha, the green-eyed cat with elegant black fur and a name she’d always liked. Meeting Sasha was destiny, she said.
The fateful meeting happened Saturday at the Leaside PetSmart location during National Adoption Weekend.
National Adoption Weekend was held at every PetSmart location in the US and Canada from Feb. 16 to 18. PetSmart Charities teams up with animal welfare organizations nationwide to host the adoption event four times a year. According to their website, more than 15,000 pets find homes during this event.
“Over 100 people dropped by today to check out the pets,” said Cathy Jordan, a PetSmart Charities employee, “Before we even got here this morning, there was already a line of people waiting.”
With about 15 cats and dogs were up for adoption at the Leaside location on Saturday. Almost all of them were adopted.
A white and orange kitten named Cream Soda captured the hearts of the Raposo family. They said there was something about his shy and quiet demeanor that made them gravitate towards him.
“Cream Soda will be our first cat,” Bob Raposo said, “But we’ve got two other pets: an African dwarf frog and a gecko.”
The Raposos were thrilled to take their new kitten home. They happily rolled out the store with a cart full of kitty necessities for the newest addition to their family.
Scade, an East York resident, also left the store with a new family member and a huge smile on her face.
“It’s funny because [Molly Scade] was thinking she loved the name Sasha before we even saw this cat,” Scade’s daughter Catherine Bertolo said. “So adopting her was meant to be.”
The next Adoption Weekend event will be held from May 18 to 20.