Black Cats Rock!
It’s been an awful summer at the shelter. We had almost 1000 cats and kittens surrendered in August alone. And, trust me, many of them are not up for adoption. With nearly 800 surrendered each month since May – well, you do the math. The really tragic part is that many of these cats are being surrendered because their owners moved to a place that doesn’t allow pets. I understand that some of these folks really do not have any other options. But I think the majority just don’t try.
Someone I know posted a link on her Facebook page to an article written by a shelter director on the Cause for Paws Utah website about what really goes on in the back of a shelter. “I think our society needs a huge Wake-Up call,” she says. Send this alarm to everyone you know – maybe it will get passed around enough so that maybe, just maybe, some of these selfish people begin to understand. Maybe. Someday.
My mission tonight is to introduce some of our cats who have made it to the adoption floor, but who have been there a long time – partly because they are black. Spread the word – please.
Harley is a loving middle-aged lady who is with us because she “accidentally” scratched her owner’s daughter. If people were sent to jail for every accident we had, we would all be in real trouble!
Viero is a beautiful exceptionally soft young cat who has been with us all summer. She was dominated by her sister, who commanded all the attention and was adopted first. Now Viero is blossoming into a real charmer herself.
Genovia was adopted as a kitten, but is back with us because the children in the family she lived with kept letting her outside. So it was felt that it was in her best interest to be returned. She’s 4 years old.
Annie was found stray and is terrified of the shelter. She spent a short spell in foster care where her foster mom found that Annie cheerfully greeted her first thing in the morning and loved to play with her young cat. She has to return to the shelter in a few days and will close the door to her true personality again until someone who understands rescues her. Annie is only 2 years old.
Oprah came to us half-starved, trying to support six babies with her depleted body. She’s playful and happy now, and just as loving with humans as she is with kittens.
Treat is just that – a real treat. Very sweet and unassuming, she loves to be petted and to play. She will live happily with a couple other cats as long as there is a reasonable amount of space and no one is a bully.
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