After the passing of her beloved Persian cat, “Beau,” Replacements, Ltd. Phone Sales Associate Carroll Love went looking for a new feline companion. Little did Carroll know when she started her search that she would wind up with three new pets!
While attending an NC Cat Adoption Team event at PetSmart, Carroll first spotted “Abby,” who would become the matriarch of her new family. “I looked over the frolicking kittens with their faces pressed eagerly to the cage doors, and saw a kitty that looked rather sad. She was in the center of her cage with her head hung low. She had slightly crossed eyes and a bobbed tail that many people would probably not find charming,” Carroll said. Still, Carroll felt that the kitty needed a loving guardian, so she scooped Abby up and took her home. “Although Abby will fall off the couch trying to get her belly rubbed, she is not a lap cat, nor does she like to be held,” Carroll said. “Abby will greet guests at the door, lead them to the den, and wait for them to sit down. Then, she will jump up beside them so that they will pet her.”
Even though Abby was a great new addition to her household, Carroll still felt something was missing. “I really wanted a lap cat, and my son was intent on giving me a homeless kitten that had taken up at his home.” Her son eventually convinced Carroll to adopt the kitten. “The kitten took an instant attachment to Abby, following her everywhere she went, and since he had grey fur I decided to call him ‘Shadow’,” Carroll said. “Shadow is very affectionate and has long hair. And whenever anyone comes to the house he runs and hides under the bed.”
Abby and Shadow were great companions, but Carroll decided she missed having a Persian cat in the house, and continued her search for a Persian that needed a good home. “I was contacted by someone with the NC Cat Adoption Team who knew of a Persian whose owners were leaving the country and could not take their kitty with them,” Carroll said. The owners wanted someone who was a "cat lover" – and Carroll certainly fit the bill! She named the new addition “Cole.” “Cole has special needs since he was once hit by a car,” Carroll said. “Abby did not at first welcome Cole with open paws, but after a few weeks of relegating him to the kitchen, she eventually let him explore other rooms of the house.” Shadow, in particular, has taken to playing with Cole. “They run and jump on each other. Cole has surprisingly become very active in his play and very loving,” Carroll said.
“I have worked at Replacements for almost seventeen years, and one of the greatest things is the people I work with. There is a real feeling of caring and community among the employees,” Carroll said. “Plus, Replacements encourages the employees to help with the charities in the community and to take part in the local events.” When asked about her feelings regarding the pet policy at Replacements, Ltd., Carroll said, “Being able to bring your pet to work gives the owners and my coworkers a lot of pleasure and enjoyment. The people that come here always want to see our pets.”