Lynx was one of five kittens brought to us by a feral mom in 2019. We had Momkitty spayed and we keep her fed now, but she keeps her distance and I don’t think she’ll ever be socialized to humans. This guy looked much more like a lynx when he was younger. He’s an absolute sweetie of a floofer!
We meant to foster the kittens and find them homes but we foster-failed big-time and kept all five. We just couldn’t part with Boss, Spooky, Stripey, Moonpie, and Lynx. It’s fascinating to watch the ways they interact, stepping around each other and trilling. When I watch them sleep, I feel peaceful. (Most of my photos are marooned in another computer, but the “Kittens” are all pictured throughout this site.)
There are now many animals in shelters needing homes, especially in our part of the southeastern US region. The buzz I see on social media is that shelters are very full this year, the rescue groups are also full and cannot take more, and they need funds. So anyone who is considering adding a pet to your home, please remember shelter pets and visit your local shelter!
For five decades my husband and I have adopted, reunited, and sometimes rehomed, animals who were wandering outdoor spaces. We always checked to be sure no owner was looking for them. We were fortunate to have a great local vet who often helped with rehoming. The sad part is that we never went to a shelter to adopt because we always had plenty of “street and woods cats” in the house. But when at catpacity we also never took newly found strays to shelters, we found them good homes instead. When we first had cats there were no rescue groups and there was no one doing Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) of ferals. We and our parents took in cats right off the street, as did many other individuals who adopted off the street in those same time periods. When the marvelous rescue groups and feral caretakers who TNRed came along, they helped enormously. Even so there is still a large population of cats in town. So continued spaying and neutering is vitally important to give the ferals a healthy life and to keep them from producing more kittens.
Humans are healthier in every way when they live with pets. I feel pet companionship is a basic human need and should be recognized as such. That’s one thing to advocate for. To open up more homes for pets, it would help if we could persuade landlords to accept pets in rental housing. I also think people going into assisted living care should be able to keep their pets, pet care should be part of the assistance. These are just a few ways to increase the homes available for pets. There are now many great advocates working to raise public awareness in so many ways and that’s got to help.
So please remember those animals who never got homes.
The kitties and I are joining the #RememberMeThursday Blog Hop at Lola The Rescued Cat. We send thanks to them, and also to the Helen Woodward Animal Center.