Yesterday, I took the next step towards becoming a crazy cat person (which if you have seen my facebook page is not a long journey..) and adopted a brother for my beloved kitten Penny. Penny needs somebody to be around for those times when I am not home. Of course, right now she hates everything about Clyde (he just looked like a Clyde to me.. Baxter was the runner up..) He has his own room separated from her, but that doesn't stop her from giving me a glare everytime I come back out of the office. "You've been spending time with HIM, haven't you?" (should I be worried that I am now voicing my cats?)
Really, what I wanted to talk about was the the shelter experience. That is a job I could not do. I would break down in tears on a daily basis (and adopt 14 cats..) We went to a couple of shelters before ending at the Oakland Police Department's shelter. Curiously, they had a sale going on. I had no idea shelter's offered deals, but any cat that had any orange in them was a third the normal price. Not a bad deal for a cat with all it's shots, fixed and micro-chipped.
The shelter itself was nice enough, and all the cats got super cool hammocks that I totally want to get for my cats. But, it was definitely a depressing place. No veneer of bright cheer or slightly over eager volunteers could fix that. At least they had a little patio that cats could go outside & get some fresh air in. Too often only dogs get to stretch their legs.
I'm a firm believer in rescue animals, but adopting from shelters is just as nice, and often easier. If you are considering getting a pet, think about visiting your local shelters, especially the animal control ones, because those are often the animals that need loving homes the most. I defy you to see a picture of a little kitten in leg casts and not tear up a little. If you are a softy like me, make sure you bring someone to remind you of your limitations, and what you are looking for. It's important, otherwise you try to save them all.
So, get ready for another flood of cat pictures once Clyde and Penny are actually seeing eye to eye. Maybe we can change the blog to Popecat? I could get us an adorable mascot!
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