Every Friday, The Citizen features a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York.
This week, we spotlight Santana.
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: You know, unfortunately I don't have a name to give you, but my BFF is the kindest person ever who found me and brought me here. I had a really big and bad wound on my face, and I was very sick from that. My shelter people and my wonderful veterinarians helped me recover, but I will always be thankful to my unnamed BFF. I will always love him for helping me be my beautiful self.
Q: Do you have a job at the shelter?
A: I do! Right now I am the official "meeter and greeter." I am the very first kitten you will see when you walk in the front door, and the last one you see when you leave. I will usually be lounging, napping or trying to get your attention. I am not difficult to notice, since I am the most beautiful kitten in here. I do have some close competition, though.
Q: If you could meet someone famous, who would that be?
A: I understand that I am named after Carlos Santana, and I would love to meet him. Don't know who Mr. Santana is? He is a Mexican-American guitarist who formed a Latin music and rock band, Santana, in San Francisco in 1966. Santana became famous with its performance of "Soul Sacrifice" at Woodstock in 1969. I understand Santana is still performing. Perhaps I could get a job as a "roadie" with them. That would be way cool!
Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would that be?
A: I definitely want to visit Las Vegas, Nevada! Why? Mr. Santana and his group is performing there in November! Maybe my new family and I could get tickets!
Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?
A: Well, I do. Actually, I would like to make a clarification. Many of our awesome visitors have called me an "albino" cat. I actually am not albino — just a simple ordinary white cat. Well, I'm not ordinary. Anyway, albino cats have absolutely no pigmentation and usually have blue or pink-blue eyes. Also, many people think that white cats are always deaf. This is not the case. I could give you all of the genetic information, but that would be very boring.
Q: Do you have any advice for our good Citizen readers?
A: Of course I do! On behalf of all of my feline and canine friends and my shelter people, I would like to invite everyone to the Blessing of the Animals, which will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Hoopes Park. We are hoping for really nice weather, but the event will be held rain or shine. All creatures and their people are invited to attend. Dogs must be leashed/harnessed and able to be around other animals. Cats and other small pets must be safe in their carriers. I'm not sure if I'll be there, but I will be thinking about you. We hope you all can join us. Thank you and love, Santana and friends.