This is a big day for my little guy. At 2pm this afternoon we will be at the SICSA pet adoption center for his first official vet check. He will be tested for leukemia and FIV and if the results of those tests are negative (which I pray they will be) he'll be given vaccinations, checked for parasites, and scheduled for neutering. He's a bit young for that surgery, but most shelters and adoption centers in this area now have a policy of spaying or neutering an animal before it's adopted. The sad fact is, even some of the most kind and well-intentioned people sometimes don't have their adopted animals spayed or neutered when they should. SICSA is attempting to eliminate future problems and/or unwanted litters. I understand their reasoning.
So, this is the beginning of the long goodbye for Tucker and me. There's no guarantee everything will go smoothly, but I have to hope he will check out well and that there is someone somewhere just waiting for a little imp of a kitten to love and care for the rest of his life. Of course he will be here with me until that person comes along, but this is the time I have to ready myself for the separation. I've done this more times than I can count and it's never been easy. This time won't be any different.