Shelter adopts out 1,000th bet, Mimzy the kitten

The ASPCI reached its goal of adopting out 1,000 animals Tuesday. Mimzy went to her new home Thursday, just in time for Christmas.
PELL CITY — The Animal Shelter of Pell City Inc. reached its goal of adopting out 1,000 animals this year, but more importantly, Mimzy the kitten went to her new home just in time for Christmas.

“We promised Emily a kitten when we moved to Alabama so she wouldn’t be too homesick,” said Celeste and David DeSando, who recently moved to Moody with their son, Mack Cook, and his wife, Emily.

The family visited the ASPCI Tuesday to pick out a kitten.

“We were looking and there was a kitten reaching out of the cage at us,” Emily Cook said. “Mimzy was in the back of the cage looking at us like ‘if you want me you have to come in and get me.’”

Emily Cook said Mimzy, who was known as Smoke at the shelter, was just the kitten for her.

“When we were in here, we asked how close they were to their goal of adopting 1,000 animals, but they weren’t sure,” Celeste DeSando said. “Then we got a call saying we were the 1,000th adoption.”

David DeSando said he was amazed to find out they had picked out the lucky 1,000th animal.

“It kind of sealed the deal,” he said.

Emily Cook said things are set up at home for their new kitten. The couple live in Moody next door to the DeSandos.

“We will need to stop at the store and get a collar and some toys,” David DeSando said.

Celeste DeSando said the family has many pets — dogs, cats and birds — they rescued while living in Nevada.

“We also have a rabbit we bought two years ago,” Mark Cook said. “And we rescued three more on the way here from Nevada.”

ASPCI shelter manager Melissa Hull said as of Friday morning, the shelter had adopted out 1,008 animals.

“Even though we reached our goal, we still want to adopt out as many animals as we can,” she said. “We should finish this year with more than a 25 percent increase in adoptions compared to last year’s adoptions.”

Hull said next year the ASPCI hopes to at least meet or exceed this year’s adoption numbers.

“We have also had a great response from the community to our wish list items,” she said.

The ASPCI Holiday Wish List includes: bleach, Dawn dish detergent, laundry detergent (HE please), hand sanitizer and soap, paper towels, toilet paper, copy paper, postage stamps, cat litter (any kind), Purina Puppy and Kitten Chow, Purina or Pedigree dog food, pet bedding and monetary donations are always appreciated.

The ASPCI is open Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and is closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The shelter will reopen Dec. 26 at 10 a.m.

For more information call the ASPCI at 205-814-1567.

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