By: Rob Scarduzio and Tommy Rossman
Last year, we adopted an awesome little guy from Washington Humane Society. It’s been a little over a year, so we thought we’d give you an update on our little Facebook star known as #Pete.
We first met on opposing teams during the Summer 2013 season of Stonewall Darts, of which we are both now members of its leadership board. The following season we formed a team of our own and, since each team in our league plays for a charity of its choice, decided to choose WHS. We’ve owned rescue animals in the past, and since WHS strives to help all animals – from dogs and cats, to rodents and reptiles – we could think of no better organization to support. The following summer, we moved in together and started thinking about adding a little heartbeat to our new home. On a whim, we decided to visit WHS during 2014's "Catnado" event to see if we bonded with any of them. While there were many cats deserving of a forever home, the NY Ave. location was extremely busy and we couldn't get a "feel" as to whether any of them would bond to us.
Although it was getting late in the day, we decided to stop by the Georgia Avenue location on our way home, but didn't have our hopes up at the smaller location. But there, in the very last cage in the back, was this very chill orange tabby named "Petero", lying upside down with his paws crossed. The moment we opened his cage door, he righted himself and walked towards us with a big "meow", then curled up in our arms. We knew then that he would be our new buddy.
Apparently he was rescued with a chicken bone stuck in his jaw, which brought his weight down to 7lbs. He's now a (very) healthy 15lbs!
It didn’t take any time for him to become adjusted to us, as if he’d been waiting for us all along. He's an incredibly loving little guy and his waking hours either on our laps (often with his paws crossed)…
We are so glad that we went to WHS on a whim that day, and can’t imagine him being anywhere but with us. He’s affectionate, playful, and a constant companion. Hoping to help as many pets like Pete find forever homes, we’ve made it our mission to raise as much as we can for WHS via Stonewall Sports. Not only does our Stonewall Darts team continue to play for WHS (along with 4 other teams this season!), but our Stonewall Bocce team does now as well. Between both teams, we’ve raised more than $8,600 for WHS since the beginning of 2014 (including this recent $750 Division win, below), with as much as $2500 more up for grabs in the Darts playoff finals this week.