We adopted Cariad early last year, in the early days of the pandemic. Being in Victoria, we had endured a lot through lockdowns etc, and Cariad brought some much needed joy to our home. Cariad is a Welsh word meaning sweetheart and it is a very fitting name. We had lost our previous cat at the age of 19, and Cariad helped our hearts to heal. When we adopted her, she would hide away and not interact at all. One year on, she is much more social and enjoys spending time with us. We are seeing more of her personality every day and it is heartwarming to see the difference a good home can make in the life of an abandoned animal.