I hope that all of you are having a good day so far. This month is adopt a shelter cat month and this is something that is very near to this diabetic cat’s heart. I was adopted from a rescue group, and all of the cats that my human has lived with were rescued cats.
Yesterday I told you about Diabetic Cats in Need, and the wonderful work that they do. They are just one of the organizations with many cats they hope to adopt out. In their case, of course, they take care of diabetic cats like me.
But there are many cats who are in shelters through no fault of their own. Most trap, neuter, and return organizations can tell you stories of the many human friendly strays that they run into. This isn’t because of the cats. It’s because of irresponsible humans who leave their cats on the street to fend for themselves. Even expensive purebred bengal cats are not immune to this, as the story of Duke shows.
The cats who fend for themselves on the street in some ways have it better than many cats. Cats who end up in shelters pretty much have a death sentence attached to them. Seven out of ten cats who go to shelters end up euthanized. Kittens have a good chance of getting adopted, but adult cats, especially those with special needs like diabetic cats, are pretty much doomed. A black diabetic cat may as well have a needle stuck in him when he gets put in the cage initially. He’s not getting adopted.
That is why the ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States, and American Humane Association all back June as Adopt a Shelter Cat month. Because this is kitten season, shelters which are normally crowded are now overflowing with cats needing a furever home.
There are so many things that you can do. You can adopt a cat, but if that’s not feasible, you can volunteer, donate money or goods, or just spread the word. If you’re going to adopt, please consider adopting a diabetic cat like me or other special needs cat.
Help a deserving cat get a second chance at life. Even just sharing this story helps.