Saturday, September 25, 2010

Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week





See this happy cat with his paw on a toy mouse?  About 15 months ago, Herman was brought into my local animal shelter and was diagnosed with both FIV and FeLV.  He was deemed unadoptable and recommended for euthanasia.  Luckily the Friends of the Shelter took him into foster care.  Otherwise he would never have lived to his second birthday.  I found him six months later and now he is three years old and happily living the life of the pampered King of the House.  Not all cats are as lucky as Herman.  Many cats stay in shelters for months and even years because they are older, have black fur or are special needs.  If you are planning on adopting a cat or dog, please consider adopting one of these special ones.  I am very glad that I did.

18 comments:

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Herman has not only enhanced your life, but the lives of everyone who has visited your blog! That is just one thing that proves why supposedly less adoptable pets are so great!

West 40 Cats said...

We cant agree more! All of us critters here were either adopted or left abandond. We think house panthers (or yard panthers) are such great kittys too. We will haf to do a post about tom, he came to da shelter where da crazy lady werked and right away he was going to be put down cause he was older and a tom cat! He was da best tho fur sure!

Simba said...

Karen Jo, I am so happy that you and Herman "found" each other because your heart was in the right place to help out a less adoptable kitty.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are glad you took Herman home and gave him lots of love and care.
We came from a house with over 100 cats and were rescued by the local RSPCA and given shots and health care and hooharectomies or snips.
Our mum came in and adopted us both - we know we have been lucky.

AFSS said...

Herman you are a gorgeous mancat and we are glad you found such a wonderful home where you are treated like the special kitty you are. We are purring that all the homeless cats and dogs find wonderful homes like you did.

Brian said...

That is a great picture and a great post!!! Herman, you always make me smile buddy!

If you haven't already, post a link to this great post at:

Adopt a Less
Adoptable Pet Challenge


It is worth at least $15 in donations to help 2 wonderful organizations!

Angel and Kirby said...

Herman was a very lucky kitty to come home with you!

Cory said...

Herman, you make us purr, because you prove to the world that kitties considered "less adoptable" are just amazing and wonderful family members. Our FIV+ mancat Jonathan was just about the best cat EVER...and he had long black fur and a heart of gold.

Big purrs to you and your mom.

Katnip Lounge said...

Herman, We couldn't be happier that your Mom adopted you. We lubs you and we think reading about you is funny and heartwarming.
Alla us kitty at the Lounge were throwaway kitties so we are ALL FOR adopting a kitty, no matter what color, age, or disability.

wildcatwoodscats said...

we think you are the lucky one to get Herman! He is looking great.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

YEAH Herman! It is good to know that so many less adoptable pets get good homes!

pansylovr said...

Taz is one of the cats we are talking about. His previous mistress had died and the daughter could not or would not take Miss Taz home with her, so she sat at the shelter for a long time. Problem with Taz is that she had been an only and to suddenly find herself in a cage, surrounded by other cats, scared her. When mommy went to see about getting a new kitty from the shelter(one of her's had died) she had her eye on a little young boy kitty but after talking to one of the staff and sleeping on it, she went and got him on Christmas Eve. They had to put on leather gloves to get her in the carrier, she was so upset and scared.
Taz lived in the spare room for a long time and learned to trust mommy. Still, sometimes, she'll hiss and slap out with her claws but most the time, she's mommy's princess and she gets along fine with the boys.
We are all happy that Herman found a good home and that he had good people looking out for him.
Taz, Runt, Charles and mommy, Anna, in Illinois

Max said...

Truly, Herman's magnificence had to be preserved. There are some smart people in the world, and they saw that...!

Whskr & Dash Kitten said...

Thank you for the story. I treasure Hermans blog. It survives every cull I inflict on my RSS feed when I feel overwhelmed. I love hearing how this wonderful boy is doing, and what a wonderful life he has.

Thanks to everyone for the other stories shared here too and the comments, I have been reading them and appreciate them very much.

The Island Cats said...

We are so happy you gave Herman a wonderful home!!

Mr. Hendrix said...

((hugs)) Herman, you are another wonderful example of a "less adoptable" cat being the perfect cat. We are so glad you and your mommy found each other!

PS you get steak! you get steak! Jeez, I have to have a chat with my mom about this

Everycat said...

Herman, we wish every cat was as lucky as you being adopted by a wonderful loving human. We think all the so called less adoptable cats are actually the most adoptable to us.

You are a wonderful and handsome advocate for adoption!

Whicky

OKcats said...

Herman, we think you should be the poster child for this cause. Although we didn't have a blog back then, we followed your story from the day Karen Jo first saw your flier. We admired her for thinking about taking on such a large and scary responsibility after the time she had just been through, and we were so worried about you when you were not doing well. It just makes us purr and purr to know how well you are doing now.

Fuzzy and Zoe (and mom Jana)