Pet Adoption

So you don’t think adoption is an option? Think again!

3 Comments 02 April 2010

So you don’t think adoption is an option? Think again!

I want to tell you a little about my family of rescues and why I think adopting them was the 7 best decisions that I’ve ever made.

I have six cats and one dog.

Each has taught me so much and, I know, if you have a pet in your life you are nodding your head and know exactly what I mean. It’s not just about all the love they give you, although that would be enough.

Each pet’s soul comes with a message and a lesson

Take for instance my cat, Indy, named so because we found her on the 4th of July. Five years ago she was found as a kitten when her feral mother, we presumed, had abandoned her. Indy was so sickly that even though all my cats had their vaccinations and were all very healthy, I was really scared to bring her into our home.

I decided that until I could have her examined by a vet I would make a nice little kitty nursery in our garage. I cared for her night and day and because she was so small I even took her to work with me when she was very young (yes, people made fun of me). After a few days I was able to get her to our veterinarian and she got a clean bill of health.

After thinking it over I was really worried about bringing a new cat into the mix. You know the problems that can occur!

Normally you have to separate a new cat and it can take a couple months before you can leave them alone. I thought I’d have to find a home for Indy fast, which would have been difficult because no one was willing to take her. Into the house she came.

To my total amazement, I found that the other cats were immediately drawn to Indy in a good way. Within a day of introducing them, they began to take turns caring for her. They spent time cleaning and grooming her. They were very tolerant of her playing.

That day my kitties taught me about tolerance and kindness.

Do I think this acceptance will happen every time you introduce a new cat? Absolutely not! But this time I was very lucky.

Don’t think that just because you already have a cat in your home that they wouldn’t enjoy the company. Many people tell me “My cat’s too old to bring a kitten or new cat home”, when in fact that may be just what your cat needs, and often times families report back that “it brought the kitten out in our older cat”.

Do some research online first. One of the best places I’ve found for information is the Humane Society website
I would love to hear your adoption story! Let me know about your successes and struggles.


- who has written 7 posts on Castor & Pollux Pet Works Blog.

Debra Shelley works at Castor & Pollux Pet Works and part of her job is to work with organizations whose focus is pet adoption. Along with working with these many organizations at work, she has volunteered with the Feral Cat Coalition and sat on the Board for Dogpaw, an off-leash park group in Washington State.

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  1. Kristy says:

    I rescue cats as a volunteer in GA and find it very rewarding even though sad sometimes. Especially, with the way our economy is today – PLEASE adopt! I can not imagine coming home to an empty home without my cats. They give me great JOY ^..^

  2. Annette says:

    Almost all my cats were strays except for one. Three years ago, I saw a kitten trapped on the roof of our apartment complex. I called everyday for a month, and finally, someone got the kitten down after I threaten to call the police for animal cruelty. The kitten walked into my apartment one day when I was not looking and adopted me! Six months later, he goes and adopts a kitten that was abandoned by his feral mother by bringing this starving kitten into the apartment. Now, I have two cats that love to play with each other. I will always adopt or rescue rather than buying an animal. I will always let my animal choose to adopt another animal. :-)

  3. Danny says:

    You can adopt everything from a mature mutt to a fully pedigreed purebred pup – or kitten. Many people don’t realize that breeders occasionally end up with babies they can’t sell due to minor problems like small size, unacceptable color or markings, minor health problems that they will likely grow out of – and many times these are available cheap or free. Some unscrupulous breeders even turn their “rejects” loose to die ! If you’re interested in a particular breed, start contacting breeders. Don’t wait for these young helpless animals to become a burden for already overloaded rescue organizations.

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