Okay -- rescue cat. I started 2009 with six cats -- two left behind by a former roommate. As the year draws to a close I find I lost one sweet cat to breast cancer, and two of the three dogs to age-related disease. However, I now have nine. You see, there was this proposition: "Foster these kitties for a little while -- just until they're adopted." Las Vegas runs 110 degrees plus in the summer. And I was loading these four adult cats into carriers, lugging them to the weekly adoptions and loading them back into the carriers and lugging them back into the house. There was something wrong with this picture. We were all suffering heat stroke. They hated the carriers. And kittens (baby cats, mind you) were flying off the shelves as if on sale. So, now I have quit "fostering" and adopted the four felines: Rufus Samuel (aka Roofie -- a better name) age 2, O.J. (yeah, a marmalade tabby, but I didn't name him) age 3, Precious (a gorgeous black cat that looks amazingly like my other gorgeous black cat) age 5, and Sweetie Pie (whose toothless grin reminds me why I love him so) age unknown, likely eight or nine.
That's why you rescue cats.
When I was young and lived with my grandmother, she taught me to have a soft heart for animals. As time has passed and I have gotten older, this lesson aged with me.
There is a tremendous population of abandoned animals throughout the country. Not all of them make it to shelters or rescue habitats. Sometimes the shelters in the area are over-populated and cannot take in any more. My love for the independence of the feline leads the strays and abandoned to me.
Over the years I have literally rescued dozens of starving, injured, and sick cats from the streets. Most find homes with friends, co-workers, and family. Some find homes with people who are looking for a reason to live. Some stay with me.
I live with ten cats currently. Eight belong to me and two belong to my mother. They all vary in shape, size, and color. They all have very vivid personalities. They have all been rescued from the streets and have found a home they choose to remain in.
Rescuing a cat, or any animal, requires a generosity of soul to give back and help. Despite animal funds and charities, animals are still largely overlooked; mostly because people think that someone else will help or that's what animal control is paid for. The life span at the hands of animal control can be short and too many people think that someone else will help.
Many choose not to rescue animals because they do not think they can afford the expense, especially when they are struggling. One cat saved from the streets eats very little, what a person spends on fast food during the week will often feed a single cat for several weeks. A saved cat that is sick or injured can often be treated without charge through a local veterinarian if you explain financial difficulties and that the cat is directly from the street. Most vets can offer affordable insurance for the animal to cover the major future expenses for as little as $6 a month.
Why choose to rescue a cat? Because cat's can be your friend, your love, and your salvation.
Be part of the solution, not the problem! By rescuing cats you are freeing up space so that cats in shelters have more time to be adopted before they get terminated. To be part of the solution, cut down the demand of the cat breeders, and get your'e cats "fixed" immediately! The most positive thing you can do is adopt a cat before it makes it's way to a shelter in the first place! Also, make sure your cats get all of their shots on schedule! http://Hubpages.com/hub/Let-a-cat-Adopt-you
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