by Elisa Hawkes
Coastal Journal staff
The Coastal Humane Society (CHS), located at 30 Range Rd. in Brunswick, saves many animals each year, and matches them with the perfect family. It finds them their “forever homes,” as they say at CHS.
Some pets are surrendered due to family situations or monetary concerns. Others are stray, or abandoned. Some are ill, and must be nursed back to health. And others are healthy puppies and kittens that just need a home with loving owners.
Whatever the situation, most adoptions result in stories with happy endings. One such story is that of Milo the blue point Siamese kitten. The body of a bluepoint Siamese should be platinum gray with a slight bluish tint, exhibiting a lighter color on the belly and chest. The points, or ears, nose area, tail end, and paws, should be a deep grayish-blue. Siamese cats also have blue eyes, extremely rare in other cats.
Milo was brought in to CHS a short while ago in a cardboard box and “dropped on the front counter.” The staff said they heard tiny mews coming from within the box.
According to the desk staff, the man who brought Milo to the center said in a gruff manner, “It’s a stray,” and turned to leave. The staff asked him to complete a formal surrender form, or at least give contact information and explain where the tiny kitten came from, but he refused and left.
One of the CHS staff members, Darlene, remembers peering into the box and spying a beautiful little blue point Siamese kitten, whom they quickly named “Milo.”
It is standard procedure at the humane society to place incoming animals in an isolation unit for a few days before including them in the general population, and Milo waited patiently.
Isolation technician Jane Johnson described Milo as, “a little mouthy and very sweet.” The tiny silver kitten soon won the hearts of staff members with its winning manner and beautiful blue eyes.
Melinda and Stewart Goldberg came to CHS soon after Milo arrived. They had lost a beloved cat a few years ago, and were asking themselves a question many potential pet owners do, “Are we ready for our next pet?”
An item mentioning the Coastal Humane Society in the paper helped the Goldbergs to decide to go in for a look. An Adoption Technician thought of Milo after hearing the Goldberg’s story, and knew they would be the perfect match. Melinda and Stewart hesitated, still unsure if they were ready to become pet owners again.
The Adoption Technician took the couple into the Executive Director’s office, where the kitten was curled up on the Director’s lap. It was love at first sight, as the Goldbergs melted upon seeing little Milo sleeping on Director Karen Simpson’s lap, distinctly smiling.
The Goldbergs are convinced it was fate that brought Milo to them, and the CHS staff is sure Milo would say the same if he could.
“We have so many wonderful animals looking for homes and loving families like the Goldbergs,” said Karen Stimpson, Executive Director. “We promise we’ll have the perfect pet for you – come in and meet them!”