The shelter was heartbreaking

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
The shelter was heartbreaking
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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 9:59am

I went to the shelter on Saturday to look for a cat and the whole experience was heartbreaking. They took me into the cat room and there were cages lining the walls and every one of them were full. I could not believe all the beautiful cats and had so much trouble choosing because it suddenly occured to me that just one of those beautiful creatures were going to get  a chance at a new life. Ultimately, my new cat picked me.

The minute I walked in I felt like they were all looking at me saying "pick me". One of the cats (she was actually about  a 6 month old not so cute greyish kitten) reached out and touched my sleeve as I got near her cage. The woman in charge told me she would get out any I was interested in so I picked a few beautiful ones and she got them out one by one. As I sat and tried to play with most, they hid or hissed at me. All the while anytime I got near the cage with the grey kitten, she would reach out to me. I asked the woman to take her out and she climbed right in my lap and curled up as soon as she got near enough. I knew then she was "the" one. I have named her Sylvia.

 

 

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 3:26pm

Bless you for rescuing Sylvia!  Yes, cats often pick their humans instead of the other way around.  It was just meant to be....

I am a municipal shelter volunteer and the live release rate for cats is terrible.  It is about to become kitten season any day now. 

Please tell everyone your kitty's rescue story and encourage them to adopt a shelter pet!

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 3:32pm

I know it's just heartbreaking to go ot the shelter when so many kitties need homes.  It just takes one person at a time to adopt one.  You did your part which is wonderful.

Contratulations to you and Sylvia.  She sounds like she had you wrapped around her little paw right away.  Grey kitties are usually very sweet, at least the ones I have had and are usually healthy.

You will have to get a picture up of Sylvia so we can see her.

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 1:42pm

Congrats to you and Sylvia. I have heard people say over and over how hard it is to walk into a shelter. But, depending on your local shelter, remember you have saved two lives - Sylvia and the cat that can take her place.

Our local shelter has most cats in cages, but they get time out with volunteers and a chance to run and stretch their legs if they choose to.

If more people would choose to adopt like you, more lives would be saved. THANKS for choosing to adopt.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 9:47am

I too was stunned when I visited a shelter for the first time to select a pet. I had no idea how many beautiful creatures would be in there. Have you considered getting a companion for Sylvia from the shelter? I got my first then a few weeks later went back and rescued another. Both seemed to have picked me and I will always have a special bond with them for that reason.

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-02-1999
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 10:51am

Thanks for letting us know you adopted from a shelter. Please come back and tell us more about your cats!

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Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 3:07pm

That is just awesome that you adopted 2 kitties from the shelter.  Yes our furkids have a way of picking us and wrapping us around their little paws really fast.

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