When I first laid eyes on the photo of Filipos, the little Greek kitten that had captured my heart, I had no idea how getting him to England would be possible. I had chosen him from Syros, but the vet informed me that he needed to stay with a foster mother to learn how to be socialized with people. That’s when I found Sofia, Filipos’ foster mother, through Facebook.
At first, I was hesitant to reach out to a stranger who lived in another country with a language barrier between us. But Sofia turned out to be warm, friendly, and eager to help. She sent me photos of Filipos several times a week, reassuring me that he was happy, healthy and loved cuddles. The photos were a balm to my heart and I couldn’t wait to bring him home.
Though some of my friends were concerned about adopting a cat from a different country, I knew deep down that Filipos was meant to join my family. I decided to name him Filipos Apollo, with the latter name given by a dear friend who suggested it when he heard I was adopting a Greek cat.
As Filipos became more and more a part of my life, I worried that he might not adapt well to the long journey to England. I asked the vet to carry out some blood tests to make sure he was healthy, and I waited anxiously for the results. Thankfully, the tests came back clear and Filipos was soon on his way to join me.
The timing and logistics of Filipos’ journey were not straightforward. Originally set for November 5th, the travel date was changed to the 19th, and the courier only delivered pets to Kent or Sussex, far from where I lived in the North. I was left wondering how I would get my little cat home.
Thankfully, Joan from God’s Little People Cat Rescue offered to put out a request on her Facebook page for a volunteer to bring Filipos to me. I was skeptical that anyone would be willing to make a long journey on behalf of a total stranger but, in the end, a kind-hearted volunteer agreed to help. I couldn’t have been more grateful.
Finally, the day arrived when Filipos stepped out of his carrier and into my arms. I was overwhelmed with emotion and love for this little cat that had traveled so far to be with me. Despite living in different countries for the first few months of his life, he adapted quickly to his new surroundings and bonded with my other cats: Harry, Reuben, and Thomas Leo.
Looking back on Filipos’ journey, I’ve realized that adopting a cat from another country isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. In many ways, it’s an act of love that transcends borders and cultural differences. It’s also a reminder of how small the world can be when people reach out to each other with compassion and kindness.
Adopting Filipos has changed my life for the better. He’s brought me joy, companionship, and a deeper understanding of the power of unconditional love. For anyone considering adopting a cat from another country, my advice is to be patient, flexible, and open-hearted. The end result might just be a furry friend who fills your life with endless love and affection.