This month, our featured pet is “Oreo,” a handsome “tuxedo” cat that was adopted by Marsha Keily, a researcher in our Curating Department. You may remember that we featured Marsha and her
dachshund “Max,” some time ago. Both Oreo and Max are rescue animals. The story of Oreo’s rescue is quite interesting. He was born in a local animal shelter. A family adopted the lovable kitten but returned him to the shelter after one year. One day while Marsha and Max were riding around town, they decided to visit the shelter. Marsha has always had a soft spot in her heart for abandoned animals and animals in need, often times sacrificing her own resources to ensure the health and happiness of her pets.
Marsha spoke with the attendant at the shelter and requested to see a female cat. The attendant told Marsha that she might be interested in an adult male cat named “Bandit.” Despite her apprehension, Marsha decided to visit with Bandit. When Marsha saw the adorable cat, he reminded her of a feline family member named “Meow,” who had passed away a year earlier. When the attendant opened the cage, Bandit walked right out and put his paw around Max’s neck. The two played with each other for several minutes and at one point, Bandit pounced on Max and kissed him.
Marsha brought Bandit home with her and renamed him Oreo. Oreo and Max have become very accustomed to each other. Although Oreo does not make it to Replacements, Ltd. every day, he will occasionally make an appearance at work. Usually, he is home waiting for Marsha and Max to return from Replacements, Ltd. He loves sitting in the window watching for the two to arrive. When Marsha and Max walk through the door, Oreo is ready to play with Max.
When asked what she liked most about Replacements pet-friendly policy, Marsha had this to say, “My home would not be complete without Max and Oreo. Having the opportunity to bring them to work with me is like bringing a little piece of home into the office. I love our pet-friendly policy and it is one of my favorite benefits here!”