Like everyone else, I get a lot of garbage in my email. Sadly, in some instances the authors have clearly spent no small amount of time and energy to craft their rebuttals to my blog. I read the polite ones, but this schoolmarm's daughter quickly hits the delete button for bad spelling / grammar and/ or rudeness.
But this email from PET Projects really takes the cake! I try not to play favourites, but its hard not to have a soft spot for such a well respected group that is always thinking outside of the box for the animals.
They don't just talk the talk. From off site adoptions ... to providing emergency assistance to help people keep their own pets ... right through to providing proactive help to kind hearts trying to help cats ... and everything in between ... they are as close to "full service" as it gets in this province.
How do they do it? By engaging the community is how! They know that a shelter cannot survive as a separate entity. That success is only partly measured by statistics. Like the proverbial village .... they understand that it takes a community to create better outcomes for both owned and homeless pets.
How do they do that? By engaging the politicians who represent them at all levels. By working with the business community. By involving the community college.
In other words ... by reaching out to all facets of the community!
So it should really have been no surprise to find the following email from Shelly Hipson ( the subject of how Shelly is such a one woman dynamo she would never have time to sit still for a hero cookie is a really neat one that would make a great book someday, eh? )
How cool is this ? I don't know if this is a new feature that Petfinder is offering for its members, or if this is just something very cool that Shelly figured out on her own ... but scroll down and have a look.
Even cooler ... although it didn't come through when I forwarded to this blog post, the original email had two buttons beside every listing ... one to 'print this pet' and one 'back to list'
Best of all, this email didn't just come to me. No sir! It was sent out to the very large list of animal lovers associated with PET Projects.
What time is it? In this convenience based world, where everyone is always looking to take the easy road, it is Always a great idea to find ways to make access to pet adoption easier for kind hearts.
No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew. Albert Einstein
Cats Looking for Love and a Family!
(scroll down to see our cats needing a soft place to call home)
You've finally made the decision to adopt a cat, you've dreamt about it for quite some time. Visualising your cute new little kitten playing around the floor and looking up at you with those big baby blues. What could possibly go wrong, after all it's only a tiny kitten. But have your really thought about how much time, effort and trouble a kitten really is. A kitten is packed full of energy and curiosity and will cry for attention, scratch the furniture, bite and urinate everywhere until it is litter box trained, and will run around the house getting into all sorts of scrapes and trouble. And it's up to you to look after them 24/7. If you've got the time and dedication to look after a kitten, great, but if not, why not think about adopting an adult cat?
Most adult cats have found themselves in animal shelters from no fault of their own. They may have out lived their owner, their owners may have moved and left them behind, become lost or someone in the family may have become allergic to them. The reasons are far to numerous to list them all. The cats themselves are perfectly healthy animals, bristling with fun and energy and simply looking for a caring loving home.
Older cat has already developed its personality so you will know what kind of pet they will be and whether or not they will suit your family. Adult cats are much calmer and more likely to want to spend some quiet time sitting on your lap for strokes and purring. Studies have shown that cats can have a real health benefit for humans in reducing their stress levels and blood pressure.
It can be a very rewarding experience to adopt an older cat, not only because of the pleasure they will give you over the years but also in the knowledge that you have provided a loving home for what was probably a very frightened and confused cat, who had no idea why he had lost his family.