June 9th 2012 5:19 am
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Did you know that I cam from outside? Did you know that there are still plenty of us outside?
Did you know that every day thousands of animals die in shelters?
Did you know you could stop it?
Adopt instead of by a Cat (or dog, if you like dogs!)
There are so many of us out there. Below are some of the misconceptions I hear all the time from folks:
1) But aren't cats in shelters or on the street because they have a 'problem'?
Nope. Sometimes people pass away and when their home is cleared a cat is put out to fend for itself (my cousin Blackie's situation). Sometimes a cat is bought as a kitten but grows into a cat and isnt' wanted because responsiblity is too much for some people. (my brother Smokieboo) Sometimes people just don't understand cats, or that we need health care like they do, and unlike them we need to be neutered to prevent the behavior they don't like (Spaying and neutering nips many 'bad' behaviors related to territorality in the bud!) Some of us are let out to roam and become lost, or are stolen and then dumped (we think this is Princess) some of us lose our home through eviction, ignorance, or other circumstances for which we have no control).
'Problems' are not confined to cats that come in from the cold. Problems can live with those who come from breeders, too-sometimes more so because many of us have 'hybrid vigor' which makes us stronger by many different ancestors!
2) But if I go to a shelter or rescue, I have to pay to adopt, and they told me that they have to come to my house and check us out!
Yep! The adoption fee covers whats been done for the cat, usually testing for FIV+/FELV, shots, vet exams. Most rescues will back up their adoptions with support from the shelter or rescue and will even accept the animal back if there is ever a problem that can't be handled. The reason they do home visits is the same reason people adoption agencies do them-they want to make sure you can offer a healthy, loving and supportive home! Thats a good thing! We're talking about a life here!
3) But I want a Purebred cat!
They are, sadly, very available in shelters, and rescues too. Do a petfinder search and see what we mean. They are available! Very much so. Siamese, Persian, American Curl, Birman, Ragdoll, Exotics, Burmese, and eveyrthing in between is out there. Why are they in shelters, or living as strays? For the same reason that many of us who aren't purebred are....being purebred does not assure you of a loving responsible home for life. So before you buy, do a search out those might otherwise be killed. (there were 2 Persians, one Snowshoe, an Abby, and what looked light might have been an exotic at the local city shelter this week)
And....please ask yourself why you want a particular breed, and what the pros and cons of that breed are! When Mommy worked at the shelter, she saw many Siamese cats dumped becuase they were 'too loud'. Well, hello, Siamese are talkers! She also saw people want to give up persians and long hairs because they 'took to much work to groom!' Some cats are very very active, and intelligent and interactive, and need more one on one time. So do your homework...and ask yourself-is this a breed I will be able to appreciate and provide for?
You might, folks, do just as well with someone like CK, or Novi, or any of the lovely adult cats out there..
which brings me to:
consider an adult cat. Why? Adult cats, and especially 'seniors' are those most often killed, along with kittens under 6 weeks. In many city shelters, the oldest and youngest are the most vulnurable....
Adult cats are wonderful-we are grateful to be given a second chance and come in from the cold. We need you! Desperately!
And the elders....well, look at Natalie, and those of us adopted when 'Elderwise' and tell me.
So, please folks...and furrs...talk with the folks..and let them know.....
TILL THERE ARE NONE, ADOPT ONE! (or two or more!:)
love and light,
1) how many of you have an adoption story about yourself you'd like to share to inspire us all?
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I was a shelter cat. Mom's first cat, Cal, went to the Rainbow Bridge and Mom so missed having a cat that withing a week she went to the shelter to look. Our shelter has a pretty nice cat room with scratching posts and perches and climbing spots and toys. Mom came in the cat room and was crouched down and some of the more curious kitties were going up to her and giving her headbonks. I was hanging back and watching. I was only about 6 months old and kinda shy and laid back. She saw me watching, but I wouldn't come over to her. I just kept looking at her. Finally she came over to me and scratched my head, then I began to weave around her legs and rub my head on her. She knew I was the one. She filled out the papers and was able to bring me home two days later and, as they say, the rest is history.
I was adopted from a shelter too as a kitten.
My mom and dad adopted me 5/28/12 through our local rescue organization. I had been living kind of indoor/outdoor, but mostly outdoor this time of year, with my mom and sibs and lots of other rescues. One of the kitties had already been hit and killed on this busy street. They came and I was scared and ran. I hid in the drain and they waited until I came out. They put me in a carrier and took me home. I stayed in the basement, where my food, water and litter were for about a day and a half. Then I came out to check things out and WOW. What a life I have here. I am INDOORS. We have two screened in porches that I can sit and watch nature. A big brother, Phantom, who I am working to get to know.
Note from mom....Spice was obviously quite scared when we got her. She is very quickly becoming a very loving sweet cat and has easily made her way into our heart. She was a little over a year when we got her and we agree...a rescue organization or shelter is the way to go. Home visits are fine....make sure animals end up in a good environmnet. We wouldn't trade our little, sweet, beautiful, loving Spice for anything in this world!