From the August 2012 magazine.

August 2012: Alley Cat

He and his furry buddy went through early sobriety together

I was one year sober when an AA friend suggested that I get a pet—preferably a kitten. I thought her suggestion was very strange, since she knew that all the plants I had tried to keep died from over-feeding and over-watering. But I trusted this person, so off I went to the local animal shelter.

At the shelter desk I was told that there were no kittens for adoption, but they had a cat that was approximately four months old. Then I was directed to the area of the building were the cats were kept in cages. All the cats were napping serenely, either curled or stretched out in various...

-- R.H.

Nashville, Tennessee

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