My goodness, I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write this. In 2008, I had just moved out of the house I was living in, and I had a 5 month old kitten who was used to having other cats to play with. Sadly, those other cats stayed with my former roommates, and she was terribly lonely. So, I went to QAS in search of a companion for her. And that was when I first saw this adorable gray tabby, just chilling with about 4 other cats, totally unphased by anything around her. The shelter had dubbed her “Marina,” since she was found wandering around Marina Bay right after a December blizzard in 2007. I fell in love with her right on the spot. I adopted her, and named her Athena.

When I got her home, she wanted nothing to do with people, but she ADORED my kitten, Izzy. Izzy gave her the grand tour of the apartment, showing her where the food and litter box were, and the two were inseparable. It took two full years for Athena to be ok with people, but I never gave up on her, and Izzy just loved her so much. But that’s all ancient history now. At the ripe old age of 12 (Izzy is now 10), the two are just as inseparable as they were back then… only now, I’m part of the trio. Athena has turned into a regular little cuddle-bug, and you’d find all three of us parked on the couch on any given night. She’s an old girl now, with a touch of arthritis in her hips, and she insists on being carried to meals, but she’s loved, and has been since the day her adoption was finalized. She’s had a good, long life, full of love, snuggles, and treats. I’m so grateful to QAS for bringing her into my little family; I can’t imagine life without her.

Susan Kemen