Our group home began with Leonardo, Spencer and their 20 friends from the same household, who were all in urgent need of a place to go. A friend had just moved to a huge house in the country, and she invited the cats to stay in her basement until they got adopted, making it possible for us to save them from Baltimore County Animal Control. We quickly mobilized a team of volunteers to care for our new family of "basement cats." I loved just sitting on the floor in the basement watching the cats swatting around toys and climbing on the ladders and platforms we'd set up for them. It took almost two years, but they all got adopted in groups of two or more. I loved them all, but Leonardo and Spencer, were my favorites. They were brothers and were the oldest and wisest of the cats and my good friends.
Missy Zane is president of the Howard County Cat Club and has lived with cats and loved them for as long as she can remember.