Friday, August 02, 2013

Summer at the Shelter

My daughter and I recently made a trip to the local no-kill cat shelter to give the residents some of our time and love (and doing volunteer work together is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your kid, too.) While we were there I snapped some shots of our furry friends and made them into a slideshow to share:

LynnViehl's Summer at the Shelter album on Photobucket

If you are in search of a new furry friend, please consider visiting your local animal shelter to meet some new prospects. There are so many lonely kitties (and pups, too) in shelter care who are in need of a new family and a loving home.

12 comments:

  1. Awww, Love them :) I actually just moved and 2 little kittie have adopted me. I am going to try to find them a good, forever home because I already have 2 dogs and 2 cats but they are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time, June, not only to look after the kitties but to find them a new home. So many people would not care, and it's the few who do that make all the difference in the lives of homeless pets.

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  2. We used to volunteer at a no-kill shelter in Alaska. I loved it!

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    1. It's always an amazing experience, Dawn. Sometimes sad, too, as many of the cats brought to the shelter are in terrible condition, but the folks who run it do everything they can to bring them back to health.

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  3. We got our two Siamese from FelineFrienz of Nebraska; a cat rescue. They are sisters with different personalitiies. What one doesn't think of, the other one will and then both conspire together.

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    1. It's wonderful that you adopted both, Lisa -- keeping litter siblings together helps them, I think (I adopted a pair of brothers to get them both off death row at the Humane Society, and never regretted it once in fifteen years.)

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  4. How sweet. Shelter kitties are the way to go!

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    1. Yes, ma'am -- which is why the moment any of my friends talk about getting a cat I drag them over there immediately. :)

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  5. How do you do this without it breaking your heart? I'd want to bring each and every one of them home. We have two kitties we got through a local cat rescue group, and our dog is also a shelter reject. I'd love to live on a giant farm and have room for endless homeless pets. Don't think my husband would go for that, though!

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    1. I know what you mean, Lynn, and sometimes it is very hard for me to visit the shelter and then leave without taking home five or six of the kitties to live with me. This last trip there was a new little black and white cat they named Tony, who was just fur and bones, he was so starved. He ran up to me the minute I walked into the room and planted himself in my lap the moment I sat down. It killed me to feel how pitifully thin he was; he was full-grown but weighed maybe four pounds. He looked up at me with these sad, trusting green eyes that sucked the heart right out of my chest, too. I teared up as soon as I read the name they'd penned on his collar; Tony was my dad's name.

      I meet a cat like Tony every time I visit the shelter, and I think the only reason I'm able to leave them behind is because I know that I can't take care of all of them, but I know how much they will be loved and cared for at the shelter. In this place they will never be neglected or abused, starved or killed. As friendly and loving as Tony is, he has a very good chance of being adopted, too. And as long as I'm able, I will support the shelter so that cats like Tony have a safe environment to protect them, and the opportunity to maybe someday find a new home and family to love. It's the second-best thing to bringing them home with me.

      And thank you for adopting your rescued pets, Lynn -- it's also knowing there are people like you in the world that also helps me leave the shelter after a visit.

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  6. They are so cute! Like Lynn M, I would want to bring them all home!

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    1. They are terribly hard to resist, but the lovely thing about living so close to the shelter is that I can go and have a visit any time I want. Almost as good as bringing them home to live with me. :)

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