A wonderful story here about Kennedy, a kitty left at the Franklin County Animal Shelter and taken in by the Humane Society. Nine year old Natalie Lorens had the opportunity to get to know Kennedy and liked him so much that she wrote a story about him. We wanted to share that story with you. Thank you, Natalie, for being a friend to Kennedy!
Kennedy the Cat
By: Natalie Lorens
Once upon time there was a lonely girl. She dreamed of a gray and white cat.
There was a cat looking for a home. He was a gray and white cat.
One day a girl named Lilly was walking home from school. Suddenly she heard a soft meow. She looked everywhere but could not find where it came from.
When she got home she asked her mom, ”Mom can we get a cat, I would take care of him” asked Lilly. “No it would be to expensive and besides it would get hair everywhere,“ said mom.
The next day when Lilly went to school she couldn’t stop thinking about the meow she had heard. School seemed to last forever. When the bell rang I ran outside. I couldn’t wait.
When Lilly came to the spot where she had heard the meow she looked around. She saw and little gray and white cat just like she had always wanted. Lilly walked slowly towards the cat. The cat looked at her and ran away.
When Lilly got home she asked her mom if cats where always scared of people? “Not always sweetie, if it’s wild it can be scared”, said mom.
When I went bed there was a knock at the door. “Honey will you get that please?”, yelled dad. I got of bed and walked towards the door. It was Jim, a friend from school. “Hi”, Jim said. Jim had a cage in his hand. “This is my cat”, he said. I looked inside the cage. It was the gray and white cat! “This is my cat Kennedy. I am moving away and cannot take him with me. I saw you with him after school. I thought you might want him?” Jim asked. I did not know what to say.
I finally said okay my mom would be really mad but I would have a cat.
The next day it was a Sunday. When my mom saw the cage she asked “What is that?” “Oh that’s Kennedy “I said. “Who”, Dad asked. “It’s Jim’s cat he is moving away and asked me to take care of him”, I said. Mom groaned. Dad said to get in the car. “Why” I asked. “We are going to the pound” Mom said madly.
That night after we had dropped Kennedy at the pound, I felt so bad. I had told Jim I would keep Kennedy and I didn’t.
The next day when I went to school I saw Jim. I asked him why he was here “ I thought you were moving away?”, I asked.” I am moving but I’m moving on the 15 “, Jim said. “Oh”, I said. “How is Kennedy doing?” asked Jim.
“I love him and he is so cute”, I said. “Jim I have something to tell you”, I said. “What”, he asked. I paused for a second then said “My mom wants to take Kennedy to the pound”, I said. Jim frowned. “Why”, he asked. “I don’t know”, I said.
Two days later after Jim had move away. I went to visit Kennedy everyday. Lilly’s mom thought Lilly was playing with her best friend Sara.
One day after school I went to visit Kennedy, like I did everyday. When I got there, I went to Kennedy’s cage. He wasn’t there! I ran to the front desk, I said, “Where is Kennedy?” “Oh he is sick, they moved him to the sick room down the hall” the lady said. I ran down the hall. Kennedy was in a cage curled in a ball. “Hi Kennedy” I said. He looked at me.
I looked at him. He meowed and got up. I opened the cage and picked him up. He started to purr. Then one of the staff members came in and said, “I need to take his temperature” said the staff member. I gave Kennedy a final pat on the head and gave him to the staff member. The staff member walked away with him.
A week later my mom asked me why I was playing with Sara so much. I said we were making a movie. I got on my bike, and I went to the pound. When I got there I saw Kennedy at the front desk. I went over and asked “Why is Kennedy up here?” “Oh he is just going to be looked at by the vet, Dr. Bowler. I said ok. I was fine with that. Dr. Bowler looked at Kennedy and said he was homesick.
Five days later I was about to go see Kennedy when my mom said, “Honey stay inside, it’s too cold out there.” I groaned. Mom I really want to go outside. I’ll wear a big coat, please! “No” mom says sternly. I slowly walked to my room and opened the window and jumped out, and ran to the pound.
When I got to the pound, I ran to the sick room. Kennedy wasn’t there! I ran to his other cage and he was there playing with a toy mouse. I opened the cage and I picked up the mouse and dangled it in front of his face. He flashed out his paw and knocked the mouse out of my hand.
When Lilly got home, the window was closed, and she tried to slide it open but it wouldn’t budge. She ran to the front door but it was locked! Lilly knocked on the door; no answer. I ran and got the spare key. I unlocked the door and ran inside. Nobody was home. I was scared.
Two hours later mom and dad came home with a cage in their hand! It was Kennedy! Lilly’s mom and dad had been worrying about her and had stopped by the shelter. The staff told them how much Lilly had been visiting and how much Lilly loved Kennedy. Kennedy purred the whole way home.