Because I can’t take them all home
Last week, Brad and I went to the animal shelter to look at kittens. We had decided to make the leap into pet ownership and get two kitties. I texted my mom that day and let her know we were going to the shelter, her response:
Have fun! But don’t take them all home!
After spending time among the cat cages, I realized how easy it would be to do just that. We focused on kittens. While holding a cute four-month-old kitten (who I did take home with me), I felt a tap on my shoulder, accompanied by a gentle poke of a claw. The lovely adult cat in the cage behind me had reached out the touch me. I had to pet her too. And I had to pet the beautiful black cat “guarding” the door. And of course the brown and tan striped guy who wanted to do our adoption papers with us deserved some love as well.
If I spent much time in an animal shelter, I truly would turn into a crazy cat lady and fill our new home with pets. It would be possible because there are so many cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals that need homes.
We adopted two of the sweetest, affectionate and playful kittens that were taken in by a passionate animal foster “mom.” We wanted to adopt from a shelter or rescue group to help alleviate the overpopulation of pets. Holmes and Watson (our kitties) were already neutered and vaccinated when we brought them home.
If you’re considering adding an animal (or two!) to your family, please consider checking with a local animal rescue group first . There are so many wonderful animals in need of good homes. Often you can find purebred animals with those groups right with the wonderful mixed breed pets (you can usually find specific breeds of rescues and other adoptable animals through petfinder.com). Even with adoption fees, chances are you’ll be spending less on your pet and helping out (plus adoption fees are typically tax-deductible if you need another reason to adopt).
We saved 4 cats when we adopted 2. We gave our 2 kitties a home and freed up room for 2 more kitties to be cared for by the animal shelter. But I can’t take them all home… My mom said so.