Hey guys. You know what this is? It’s the face of a happy rescued cat.
That’s right. I’m a former shelter cat. I know what it’s like to be stuck in a cage. Lemme tell you, it’s not fun. It’s cold, lonely…and really scary. You don’t know if you’re ever gonna get out of there. Oh sure, it’s better than being on the streets because there’s food and water available, but it’s nothing like having a forever home.
I’m one of the lucky ones…I was rescued…taken out of the shelter and into a wonderful home. But there are still SO many wonderful animals sitting in shelters waiting to find their forever homes.
The shelter the mom volunteers with has a high adoption rate. The shelter volunteers work really hard to find homes for all the animals that come through the shelter doors. But this isn’t true of all shelters. Did you know only 30% of pets in U.S. households come from shelters and rescues? That’s a surprising statistic if you ask me. And sadly, millions never even find their forever homes.
That’s why, once again, I’m pawticipating in Remember Me Thursday®…a day to shine a light on those animals in shelters and rescues waiting for their forever homes…and also to remember those that never made it out. Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Center in 2012, Remember Me Thursday® is a day to get the entire world talking about the importance of pet adoption and inspire others to “see the light” for pet adoption.
This year, I wanna share the story of one of the cats at the Wyandotte Animal Shelter, the shelter the mom volunteers with.
This is Tamara. She’s one of the senior kitties at the shelter and is estimated to be 13-14 years old. She was a stray that was found lying in someone’s yard, unable to move much. The person who found her called animal control officers who brought her to the shelter where she immediately received veterinarian’s care. Tamara was severely underweight, weighing only 3 pounds when found. It was discovered she had hyperthyroidism, an easily treatable disease. She was put on medication and now is almost back to a healthy weight for her. She is very friendly…but being a senior with a health condition…she’s been overlooked by potential adopters. Which is sad because the mom says she is very sweet and would make a great companion.
Tamara may not have a happy rescue story….YET. But I know her hero is out there…and she’ll find her forever home soon. I’ll keep you updated.
So what can you do to support Remember Me Thursday® and cats like Tamara? You can be a part of the Remember Me Thursday® Awareness Movement. You can spread the word about the importance of pet adoptions…especially for those less adoptable like Tamara.
Today, tweet, tag, post and share on social media the life-saving significance of pet adoption. Did you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue? Share their photo and adoption story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight. Your story may inspire others to SEE THE LIGHT about the importance of pet adoption.
By sharing your pet’s story, you could also win one of 3 fabulous prizes of cash, food and toys for your favorite shelter or rescue group. You can enter your pet’s photo and adoption story in the contest on the Remember Me Thursday® contest page.
Let’s get the whole world talking about pet adoption and helping others SEE THE LIGHT about how important it is for cats like Tamara who wait in shelters and rescues. With all of our collective voices, we CAN make a difference for them!
I’m pawticipating in the special Remember Me Thursday® Blog Hop hosted by my friend Lola the Rescued Cat. Visit her blog to see who else is talking about pet adoption and join in!