I was never a cat lover. Ever. But when I met mine, all it took was one look and I was hooked.
After we had settled in and saved 2 kittens from going to a shelter, we felt we needed one more to complete the family. I went to a Adoption day at a local park and met the most adorable cat, I just got not let him go. Finn (aka Fattie- cause…he is, lol) has been my baby since I brought him home. He sleeps by my feet every night and lays on my lap almost every day. He purrs when he sees me and follows me when I walk away. He is by all intents and purposes, my baby.
When he first came home, he was afraid of all of us. He would jump at my touch and I soon learned why. He was set to be put to sleep at the shelter they originally had him at and he had been abused prior to that. The thought that anyone would cause any pain to any animal infuriates me and thinking about my Finn going through that makes my heart ache. That is why when I was asked to write about The Shelter Pet Project , I said YES PLEASE!
The Shelter Pet Project is a public service campaign from The Ad Council, The Humane Society and Maddie’s Fund, and is aimed at increasing the number of pets that get adopted from shelters and rescue groups versus buying them from a pet store or a breeder. It is a website that offers a variety of options for the pet seeker. It not only teaches you about different types of shelters and rescues and what they do, but it also has an option to plug in your zip code or city, and it will pull up pictures/names/bios and where pets are located. I swear if I didn’t have 3 cats already, I would scoop every single one up. I plugged my zip in and look at what popped up:
Let’s say it together… Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
Pet adoption can be confusing and you will have a lot of questions. I know I sure did. If you are unsure about Pet Adoption or the process seems confusing, the website is extremely helpful. Full of lots of information and resources about pet adoption on everything from fees to forms to just plain where to go.
Getting a shelter pet was one of the best decisions we ever made. Although, Finn was scared of all of us for a few weeks, which was to be expected with the history he had, it took some patience from all of us to ease him into a loving home. We let him get himself acclimated to us and the other 2 cats on his own, never pushed him and cuddled him if he looked frightened. Eventually he came around and now he is the most content cat ever…
Disclosure: I was selected for this campaign by Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own.