By ©Shell 2001 -
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I recently tried helping two cats find a home. One was a
beautiful tabby who was down on his luck. His caretaker was having a
baby, so the cat became disposable. The other was a beautiful purebred
Siamese cat who also needed a home. This was another case of a caretaker
moving and not bothering to check if she could bring her cat with her.
I received over thirty responses from people all over
the state who were interested in the Siamese, and not one letter for the
tabby. Of course, the Siamese was placed in a good home quickly, but the
tabby was still waiting.
I thanked all of the people who offered a home to the
Siamese and I let them know that he had found a home, but there was
still a tabby who was waiting. I asked them if they would be interested
Everyone said, "No, I only want a Siamese."
"Why do you only want a Siamese?"
"They have great personalities."
"Yes, they do have wonderful personalities, but so does
this tabby. Would you at least like to meet him?"
"No, thank you."
...end of conversation.
I can't help but think of all the wonderful cats that
are passed over because they are not a certain breed. If you are looking
for a cat (or other companion animal, such as a dog, rabbit, ferret,
guinea pig, etc.) with specific personality traits, let the shelter or
rescue know exactly what you are looking for. A dog that is good with
children or a cat that gets along with other animals is not limited to a
specific breed. Different companion animals have different
personalities. There is no need to pass over a wonderful animal just
because they are not your "preferred breed."
The tabby is sitting in a cage at the shelter waiting
for a home. He fit the specifications of almost thirty people and would
make a great addition to their family, but because he's not a specific
breed, he will probably be killed in seven days.
Let's end the "preferred breed" mentality that is
literally killing companion animals on a daily basis.
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