WGN's Dan Ponce - Poem & Promise for a Cat and Bark B Que

Original post: August 16th

Additions added (in bold): August 21st

This morning, my colleague, Mary, and I went on WGN's Midday News for the Adopt-a-Pet segment and to promote Bark B Que, a great event happening this Sunday.

Click the link above or here to watch the segment.

I was holding Oli, a sweet 2-year-old cat who is mostly white with a few adorable black spots and patches and a sweet personality. It was really important to highlight Oli, because next month he will have been living at The Anti-Cruelty Society for an entire year. While I'm very proud to work at a shelter that does not place any time limits on animals in our care - Oli should have a loving forever home by now! He has spent nearly half of his entire life living in a shelter.

What happened on set was fabulous - News Anchor, Dan Ponce, became a little smitten with Oli. During a commercial break, he told me that Oli reminded him of his childhood cat and even recited an endearing poem (which could have just as easily been for Oli).

Macy is a marshmallow kitty,

She is real fat, and is real pretty

Half her fur is white and half her fur is black

Her favorite thing to do is have a little snack.

It is so endearing to think of a young boy writing a poem for his cat. And it says something special about the place that our pets fill in our hearts that he would remember the words so many years later. I think the poem, Oli's plight, and the remembrance of Dan's cat stirred up some inspiration because at the end of the segment, Dan Ponce offered to come in to The Anti-Cruelty Society to meet Oli's lucky adopter! It was such a sweet moment and now I'm sending this link out so more people have a chance to see Oli.

Our other furry guest was Freida, an adorable 7-month-old terrier mix (to me, she looks like a Boston and fox terrier mix). Being a small-mid-sized puppy with a sweet and endearing personality, Freida will undoubtedly be adopted quickly.

We were also on WGN to promote The Anti-Cruelty Society's Bark B Que. The event is happening this Sunday from 4-7pm at Red Door (2118 N Damen). Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include two drink tickets and heavy appetizers. This is a dog friendly event and proceeds go to the life-saving efforts of The Anti-Cruelty Society. Click here for more information and to register.

Please share this post. Let's help Oli and Freida find loving forever homes.

UPDATE: Oli was adopted on Friday evening, just a few hours after this post! Congratulations to Oli on finding a loving forever home! I met his new mom, Jessica. She was so happy to bring Oli home and the fact that Oli loves other cats is purrfect because Jessica has a kitty at home who was quite lonely after losing his buddy to lymphoma.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is located at 510 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654.

Adoption Hours: Mon.-Fri. 12pm - 7pm & Sat.-Sun. 12pm - 5pm

Visit www.anticruelty.org/adoptioninfo/ for adoption information.

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