Wow, great news! How did the pairings go when you adopted out the other siblings? I know there was an issue about an odd number of kittens versus the one(s) you might keep. How did you find the homes for the others?
I actually put an ad out on craigslist. I was very unsure of how it would go, and it took about a month before I found the adopters but my patience paid off!
In my craigslist ad, I asked for people who are interested to reply and tell me a little bit about themselves and why they want to adopt a kitten. Right away that filters out about half of the responses because they dont tell me why they want them or they say its a gift for someone, or they want them because they have a mouse problem, etc.
If they give me a good respose, then I tell them to call me and i do a little interview of sorts. I ask them about inside vs. outside, declawing, past and current pets, etc. I turned 2 potential adopters away that got to this point. One said she was going to declaw and another said she got rid of her previous cat because he was a male and he sprayed(even though he wasnt fixed) and so she wanted a female (grrrr)
The adopters I found are a woman and her son. They were both ready to adopt at the same time and thought it would be neat to have cats from the same litter. Her last cat lived to be 23 years old and recently passed. She took one kitten (cosmo) and has a dog that loves cats. Cosmo is very outgoing and she liked him right away, so I think that he will be just fine with a doggy pal. Her son is 30 years old and has his own home. He wanted a pair from the beginning (which I was very happy about). He fell in love with olive(who is the one I was planning on keeping) and Alice, who are both just very sweet and loving.
I decided I was being a little selfish wanting to keep olive. Honey is just so shy and I knew that the adopters wanted an affectionate kitten, so I let them have the pick of all 4. Honey is also mommas girl, she just adores minnie so I dont mind keeping her so she can be with her for now. I still do want to find a forever home for her but i will be just as selective finding her a home.
Both the adopters were very excited and had all kinds of questions when they came over. They even sat at the shelter ALL DAY yesterday finalizing the adoption, since the shelter I am fostering for is doing "adoption olympics" this month and are completely swamped right now. When I met them there last night they still were happy as can be and were sooo patient even though it took all day to complete the adoption. She promised me they would send pics and updates, and even though it was sad to see them go I know they are in good hands and now I have room to help other kitties