"I could seriously talk about Bishop for DAYS so I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible… sorry in advance!
I’ve been involved with Animal Protectors for about 6 years now, between volunteering and being a staff member, and have adopted three cats and one dog from the organization. I would like to eventually give updates on all of them but for now I will tell you a little bit about Bishop.
Bishop and another cat (Ferguson) were left in a crate outside of the shelter on January 1st, 2017 (anyone who has watched ‘New Girl’ will understand where we got the names from!). There was no note or explanation why someone abandoned them but they were admitted into the shelter. Since I was working at AP I saw Bishop a lot and became really attached to him (just ask anyone who worked with me at the time!).
I ended up taking him home as a foster, with the help and coaxing of my coworkers (thanks Jody!), and I think you can figure out how that story ended. I was definitely a “foster failure” when it came to Bishop.
Bishop “Butterball” Caruthers has now been a part of my family for over 3 years and I honestly don’t know how there was ever a time when he wasn’t. He is a purring machine, loves belly rubs, and doesn’t hate me for dressing him up from time to time, haha!
I wouldn’t say that I was ever truly a “dog person” or “cat person” but I’ve always worked more with the dogs at AP so I always leaned more that way. Now whenever anyone asks me which one I am I just say, “I’m a Bishop person”. It’s true… I actually say that.
I still wonder all the time about where he came from and what his name was before he found himself at Animal Protectors… but I’m just so happy that I was able to meet him and make him part of my family. He is so loved. <3"
*Bishop also has his own Instagram account @thebishmanc
Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley