Hey cats, Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. We should plan a fun activity to promote how lovable and adoptable you all are, how about a kissing booth? Look I found this cute picture online, doesn’t that look great?
Judging by the the look on Abigail’s face the cats weren’t quite convinced that my kissing booth was such a great idea. “Why don’t you let us do our own research and we’ll get back to you on that one” she said. So I gave them some time to think it over and returned to the cat room in a bit.
Upon entering I could tell something was up. The cats looked even more pleased with themselves than normal, which as anyone who knows cats knows, is quite a bit.
This time Tiger was voted spokescat. She addressed me from her throne – also known as the lap of a volunteer. “We’ve thought it over” Tiger proclaimed “and decided that a kissing booth is really something a *sniff* dog would do. So we did some research of our own and figured out how to re-brand this to be more, well, feline.” Tiger nudged her volunteer servant who dutifully showed me the picture the cats had deemed appropriate for a Valentine’s Day event.
Sigh. The cats want a hissing booth? Well, I thought to myself, at least they only want to charge 5 cents per hiss. I tried to explain to Tiger that maybe promoting hissing wasn’t the best way to get people to adopt them, but she was having none of it. “Nonsense” she told me. “Anyone who wants to adopt a cat knows that sometimes cats hiss, especially when they have to live in a place with so many cats and so few servants.” Here she paused and glanced around the room to make sure we all understood that a double-digit number of cats to a single-digit number of servants is a COMPLETELY unacceptable situation.
I could see that the cats were not going to let go of the hissing booth. So I did what any good cat lover does when faced with feline logic. I bribed them. “Great” I told the cats, “no kissing booth for you guys, we’ll leave that to the dogs.” Pulling out a crinkly bag full of cat treats, I instantly got their attention. As I started doling out the treats I asked “How about we tell everyone how loving and affectionate you can be and lower your adoption donations to just $14 for the week of February 14th?”
I decided to take the contented sound of munching as agreement and bolted out of the room before the cats did any more research on their own.
And now I am very happy to tell you that the wonderful cats at the Bucks County SPCA are full of love will show this through their tail shimmies, slow eye blinks, head bumps and buzz-y purrs (though they may also display their hissing skills on occasion). Cats over one year old can also be adopted for only $14 February 8th through 15th!