You know that saying that it’s raining cats and dogs? Well, it’s nearly becoming a literal phrase around our home. We started September as a family of four with two cats, and now we’ve become a family of four with FIVE pets (plus our fish).
I want to take time to reiterate how IMPORTANT it is to spay and neuter your animals. If you have a feral cat or stray dog living in your neighborhood, consider looking into local Trap Neuter Spay, such as Project NALA or Alley Cat Allies programs. There is not such a project in my area, but two semi-local shelters offer low-cost spay/neuter program. One offers spay/neuter services for as low as $25.
All 3 of our new pets (2 kittens from 2 different litters) and a puppy were UNWANTED animals. In fact, all 4 of our cats are rescued. No, wait – ALL of our pets are rescued. I don’t say this to make myself look better – I say this because I want you to consider ADOPTING a pet in need of a family instead of purchasing a pet “made” for a profit at a kennel.
Above is our kitten Rhiannon. She was rescued from an accidental litter born before the mom got spayed. The mama cat was spayed at the time the kittens were weaned, and I am happy to add her to our family. She’s a friendly little black cat that loves to play and watch out the window.
Juliette is a feral kitten that was apparently born in our garage (or moved into the garage after her birth). I have not even seen the mother cat. She abandoned her litter after they were old enough to survive. Juliette was terrified of people, but Nate slowly coaxed her to approach him with food. He brought her into our house to get her adjusted to people, and we decided to foster her until she was ready for a permanent home. But it went much better than I thought it would and I’m pretty sure she’s earned a permanent place in our house! She’s the sweetest kitten I’ve ever had! She loves to sleep perched on my shoulder while I work at the table or type at the computer. I am so happy to have her in the family, too!
Butch Cassidy is the name of our new puppy, who is a boxer/mastiff mix. He came from a young adult neighbor that acquired him after a breakup with her boyfriend but didn’t have time to care for him properly and was going to take him to a shelter. While Butch loves his new home, he was a very heartbroken little pup when all of the changes of moving and changing owners took place.
Guys, the point of my post here is that pets are a lifelong commitment. Please don’t break their hearts by getting rid of them. Please be thoughtful and don’t get them if you can’t give them proper care. Please spay and neuter all of your pets.
Consider volunteering at your local animal shelter. My 7 year old daughter and I love to have mother-daughter dates where we go walk dogs at our local no-kill shelter. The dogs appreciate the exercise, and my daughter learns that pets should be considered a lifetime commitment because life in an animal shelter is no fun.