Re: “Many feline friends still in need” (TNT, 7-29).
We lost “Emmabean” a few years ago (possibly to coyotes). I still went to the Tacoma shelter daily to see if she had been found. Resigned that she was gone for good, I began looking at other cats at “the pound.” One in particular caught my eye.
“Odie” was 9 years old. For whatever reason, someone had dropped her off earlier that day. She was lying down quietly, but when I approached the cage, she got up, walked over, bumped my hand and purred loudly. We took her home.
Odie limps due to arthritis and a botched declawing earlier in her life, and cannot squat low enough to eliminate inside a normal litter box. She is provided with meds to ease the arthritis, a deeper box so she can eliminate inside the box and a “shower curtain” of two plastic bags for the occasional overspray.
Her gentle, loving nature more than makes up for the little bit of expense and accommodations needed to make her healthy and happy. Someone gave up on an older, very wonderful animal.
Kittens/puppies are appealing due to their cuteness and energy. I get that. But please consider adopting the older animals. Like our Odie, they can brighten our lives as they get an extension on theirs.
Also consider making an occasional contribution to organizations such as the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society, Cascade Animal Protection Society or Rolling Dog Farm, whose focus is on animals with extreme disabilities.