As many of my readers are already aware of I am a HUGE pet lover. If we had the money I would want to have a farm just so I could have all sorts of animals like horses, cows, ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I wouldn’t eat any of them. I just enjoy being around animals.
I am the “Mom” to four cats and a crazy dog. I have never not had a pet in my life. At one point when I was younger we had a horse, three dogs, two cats, a tank full of fish, two birds and 7 hamsters.
When my husband and I got married and moved into our condo I only had two pets still alive, my two cats Kitty & Bear. Kitty was Diabetic and had to have insulin shots twice a day. Bear loved being outdoors and roaming the woods. My parents told me to let the cats stay with them.
After a couple of years of being married I REALLY missed having a pet. My husband and I would visit the animals shelter often looking for the right pet.
One day I visited the shelter on my own. I was back in the cat section of the shelter and saw this big old cat. He was 7 years old. Surrounding him was cats of varying ages including some super adorable kittens. For some reason I felt drawn to this big old cat.
I asked the staff member if I could see him and as soon as I opened the cage the cat jumped on me and snuggled up against my face on my shoulder.
I was in love! Without hesitation I adopted him.
The shelter names this big old MALE cat “Pixie”. We decided to keep that HIS name. LOL!
Pixie had a good life with us for a few years. He eventually became very ill and passed away one night.
Since then we have adopted three cats (we have a 4th cat is a wild cat that we welcomed into our home when he was a kitten) and our dog.
We also adopted a hamster that I named Lucy. Unbeknown to us Lucy was sick. I blame the former owner. Her cage was filthy and the food they dropped off with her was filled with bugs. Shortly after we brought Lucy home to live with us we realized she was very ill. I suspect Diabetes because she would drink like crazy and was very lethargic for a hamster.
Lucy passed away after a few months. At least I know her last few months were good ones. We gave her a new cage, a fluffy home, good food, vitamins and lots of love.
My family and I frequent the animal shelter often. We like to socialize with the animals and let them know that someone DOES love and care about them.
It breaks my heart when I see an older pet or a special needs pet in the shelter. Sadly these beautiful creatures are often passed over because people want the cute little puppies and kittens. They don’t want an older pet.
Sometimes shelter animals require special diets or have special needs. Or maybe these poor animals have a disability. It is very hard for animals like this to find “forever homes”.
I can understand how a special diet or a animal with frequent vet expenses might be a hardship for some people, but certainly not everyone. If you gave up your gourmet coffee in the morning it would probably cost the same as a special needs pet vet bill.
Older animals are just as loving, if not more so, then puppies. Yeah, puppies are cute but all puppies grow up to be dogs too.
With an older dog you don’t have to house break them or train them because chances are they already know what to do.
This coming week, September 19-25, 2010 is Petfinder’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. They can really use your help to help raise awareness about these wonderful pets.
You can help and it won’t cost you a dime (unless of course you want to donate to your local animal shelter. Here is what you can do.
Find out which pets are the hardest for shelters to find homes for and then find a shelter-nominated ‘less adoptable’ pet in YOUR area to champion.
– Write a blog post, Facebook post, or Tweet (#BetheChange, #ALAPW) for Petfinder’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week and highlight the less adoptable pet you think deserves a second glance and a second chance.
– Writer’s block? Use this super-easy template blog post and change it however you would like.
– Add your blog post, Facebook post, Tweet (#BetheChange, #ALAPW), newspaper article or other link to our Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Challenge post so we can see our collective effort.
All the pets pictured in this post are considered “Less Adoptable Pets”. Click on the photo to learn more about each pet.
Please consider opening up your heart and home to pet in need.
*I was not compensated in any way for this post. I posted this information for the benefit of my readers as well as my love of all creatures great and small.