|Purred: Mon Jan 31, '11 7:39am PST |
|this is Bella, Ruffy, Smokie and Natalie the Natcat's mom. I wanted to post on this and offer perhaps a little of how I see this:
I work now in Social Services. I work for an agency that works with people who have their children in foster care. Many are good people who have serious troubles. Many love their children. Sadly, many can't take care of them, and don't get them back. Some do, and work very hard to make their lives and their childrens lives better. Some have such obstacles that they have a very challening time. Some are just so young that they don't understand the responsiblity of a child, the day to day stuff that would seem one should know of.
Some 11 years ago, I worked at a no kill shelter for many years. I was eventually 'let go' because I was not 'popular'. I did not do adoptions based on making the shelter a place anyone could come, but the place people who were well screened, proved they were up to take care of a pet, and who had the common sense, dedication, stability and responsible nature to do so. I always gave preference to those who got great marks from their vets, or friends of those w ho volunteered. I knew volunteers would make sure their friends took good care of their animals.
I have mixed feelings about 'low income' people having pets. I don't they they shouldn't-I don't know, I work, and so does my husband, and there is no way we are 'high income! Not with the health issues our furkids have! I myself have been out of work at various times in my life, and for various reasons. I was lucky that I had good people to help me, a great family, and that my cats at these times were my solace. However, they always had vet care, had good food and fresh water, and plenty of attention.
that said, I am so grateful that I didn't have the medical issues with my cats that I ahve with my cats now!
There is no black and white to this. Last week we almost got another cat to foster. As it was, the man, who owrks with our rescue, found what seems a 'furever' home for the little girl. We wanted her-especially me....very much. But we knew it would be pushing it. It didn't happen because we explained to this fellow we would need 2 days to borrow a cage (we use a cage just for a little bit for a new cat to get used to the others, and they to the new cat. We did not do this with Natalie because she was so frail and tiny and we didn't want her going from a cage to another cage). But we let this fellow Tony know that if the adoption fell through, we would at any time be willing to take the little lady cat-we just needed to borrow a cage from the rescue. We did this because...well, me for selfish reasons liked the little girl alot, but we had to be practical...we live in 2 rooms right now with a big cat tree for climbiing. We have 4 cats with various medical issues. We love our cats...they are our family....they are a part of us.
I think it's not so much about income, Its how responsible you are, the kind of a person you are, and what you can provide to the animal, and where that cat (or dog, or hamster, or reptile or whatever) fits into your family.
I do think that having a pet is a privlige. It's an Honor. And it's a very big responsiblity. But to me, they come first, and they are so very worth it.
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