This post is going to be a little different today. I was at PetSmart recently and passed the cats that are there for adoption. They have, I believe, eight small cages and one larger one. The small cages have a small door that connects to the cage next to it and it is up to the animal shelter that happens to have their cats at PetSmart weather or not to open or close the connecting doors. I hate seeing the cats in those small cages and I always look to see if the doors are open. If they are, at least the cats can socialize with their neighbor and I feel a little better about it.
I mention this because it was at a Petsmart in Myrtle Beach that I first met Chris. I was volunteering at a cat rescue organization called Sav-R-Cats at the time. My main job was to photograph the cats and put them on Petfinder.com. I also created their website and designed one of their brochures.
They rotated at Petsmart with two other organizations and were there for two weeks and then off for four, if memory serves me right. They had volunteers that would take care of cleaning and feeding the cats every morning and afternoon. I was not one of them but I did fill in as needed.
Our shelter did leave the small doors open and let the cats mingle, except for certain cases when they could not do that. That made it easier because when I cleaned the cages I would let the entire row out at once to play while I cleaned. One day I had a cat jump on my shoulders while I was cleaning the cages. That cat was, of course, Chris, and my world has never been the same.
When I saw those cats in their cages recently, I thought of Chris and tried to imagine him today in a small cage all day, every day. It seems like that kind of confinement would be devastating to a cat like Chris who loves the freedom to explore and even wants more freedom to explore outdoors. I then thought there must be many, many cats with similar personalities that are, right now, stuck in an eight cubic foot box.
I would like to ask everyone reading this to just consider adopting a homeless pet. It doesn’t matter if it a cat or a dog. They all deserve a good home and whether they are bad like Chris or well-behaved, chances are they will reward you in ways you can’t imagine.
If you can’t adopt a pet, another rewarding thing you can do is volunteer. There are so many pets in shelters and while they are there, most just don’t get the attention they deserve because of limited resources. By that I mean people.
Thanks for reading and I welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.