As a pet owner (“parent”) and animal lover, I am happy to promote anything that helps out our furry (and not furry) friends.
Did you know, each year, it’s estimated that 3.2 million cats enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide and that 70 percent of those cats are euthanized, despite research showing that the majority are healthy and could have been adopted.
As a pet parent to adopted cats (as well as an adopted dog and hamster), those statistics are not only unacceptable, but they are also heart breaking. All animals, despite their breed, age, and/or medical condition deserve love.
The program’s goal is to help increase adoption consideration for “underdog cats” – cats who are traditionally less likely to get adopted due to age, medical challenges, appearance, or other issues.
One of our adopted cats was a former foster of ours. Her and her sister were both a day old when they were found in a dumpster. We fostered them that very same day.
Sadly, one had to be put to sleep when she was three weeks old due to a lung disease. The other one, the one we adopted, we named Bella.
Bella has SEVERE asthma, requiring her to take steroids and use inhalers (both a daily inhaler and an emergency inhaler). She also has three leaky valves in her heart and a wonky thyroid.
I think about her life all the time. If we didn’t adopt her, what would have become of her? Would the adopted family be able to afford her enourmous medical bills (between vet visits, test and medications)? Would they have returned her to the shelter, only to have her live out her life as “unadoptable?” Or would she have ended up being euthanized?
Bella is such a joy. She’s very loving, funny and bring so much happiness to our lives. I cannot imagine a day without her (or our other pets). The thought of her living out her life in a shelter, or being put to “sleep,” breaks my heart.
I truly believe that there is a reason why she came into our lives – so that we could give her the life she deserves, as do all animals in shelters and with rescue groups across the country.
This contest is open to all rescue groups and animal shelters across the United States and Canada now through November 16, 2018. Rescue organizations can enter their most overlooked but deserving cats for the chance to win a lifetime supply of Petcurean food for the winning cat and a 500-pound donation of pet food to the shelter or rescue group!
If you would like more information, visit www.UpliftTheUnderdog.com.
Please share this contest with any shelter or rescue group that you know.
*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this because I love animals and know that all animals deserve to be loved. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.