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We've got two cats, one quite aged and not long for this world, and another younger and lacking a playmate. So we thought, maybe, just maybe, we'd adopt a cat for her to play with. Probably not, but we'll bring a cat carrier with us in the car, just in case. But it'll probably go home empty, since we can't really afford to adopt another cat.
We looked around, saw lots of cats, lots of dogs, and the biggest rabbit I have ever laid eyes on. (I don't keep rabits anymore, but I did as a kid. (And came within a couple mm of losing an eye to one.)) There were a lot of cats there, but one particularly sweet and distinctly large male tiger cat up front called to both of us.
Then one of she shelter volonteers told us that there were a bunch more cats out back beyond the dogs that we should look at, too. So we looked. And found another cat, normal-sized this time, who also called to both of us. We couldn't decide. So, like the suckers we are, we applied to adopt both of them.
As mentioned above, we live in an appartment, so the shelter people wanted assurances that we were allowed to add to our menagerie. You might think that a quick call to our landlady would have skuttled our plans to double the feline population of our three-bedroom appartment. Nope. We just got encouragement and an unsolicited reccomendation that we would provide the cats with a wonderful home. So we now have two new cats being acclimated to the house.
Is anyone else here such a sucker for animals? If so, how do you deal with it?
I live at a Buddhist Center and there are always animals coming and going. We recently adopted a stray cat who was sick and had to fork over $400 to get him healthy again. We also have a huge huge pitbull and 3 other cats. And that's without mentioning all the other animals that we have found homes for.
So I definitely empathize. They can be expensive but so nice to have around.
Once a stray cat is friendly enough to pick up, she takes it down to the pet place to get it fixed.
There are also 3 or 4 other stray cats that wander by the house just to eat some food, but are still too feral to be petted.
And there is a cross-eyed 5 toed cat we named tinkerbell who thinks my moms roof IS his home.
I don't think I've ever bought a pet... they've all been strays, or shelter adoptions.
I also went out taking photos at the park several years later and found a kitten up a tree. The folks who helped me get her down said they saw other kittens following a couple of ladies further up the path. I took the kitten to the women, who immediately assmed all the kittens (4 of 'em) were mine and asked me to take them away so they'd stop trying to crawl up the old ladies' stockings!
I found homes for two, and kept the other 2 until an old beau decided he "needed" 'em more than I did.
Currently, we've got 2. One is a shelter adoptee. The other is a beautiful Himalayan we rescued from "white trash" who let the poor cat get so flea-covered and matted it took 2 months to get him all straightened out. He's the best cat we've ever had - despite his high-and-mighty attitude problem. ;)
joined:June 27, 2000
We started with three. (One his, two hers).
Then, I was at the grocery store and there was a box of kittens. I looked at the box, not meaning to take one home until one lady said "That little male is so ugly..nobody will ever give him a home."
Well, my little heart broke when I heard that, so I took the little male kitten home. That was 5 years ago.
Just last month, our neighbor left and couldn't take her kitten with her, so we adopted him too.
Score now: 1 his, 2 hers, 2 ours.
[edited by: grnidone at 8:26 pm (utc) on Jan. 27, 2003]
2 cats - brother and sister. Their mom was a stray, living in the roof of my old house. She got hit by a car, and I took in her kittens.
3 fish - Friend moved out of state, so I took then in.
1 rabbitt - My latest addition. Mail man found him hopping around the neighborhood, knows I'm animal lover and dropped him off for me.
I really don't really feel like a sucker, though. The joy these animals bring me far outweighs their cost and sometimes inconvevience.
doubled your DMOZ workload
I suppose I might create a DMOZ workload for myself at some point. I have toyed with the idea. But right now doubling it would still leave me with nothing to do ;)
The cats, on the other hand, do not. I've spent most of the day trying to get them to and from the vet and convincing them all to try to get along. Unfortunately, the twelve-pound male is perfectly happy to cuddle up to any reasuringly feline critter he can find, but they aren't so keen on him. Just as well in the case of the one who still needs to be spayed, but the hope is that they'll all get along some day... Every one of them is a sweethart where the humans are concerned, they ought to be nice to eachother, too!
We started with three. (One his, two hers).
Three years ago we only had one dog, a German Shepherd. Then we just had to go to the shelter. We saw the most digusting, mangiest, smelliest little dog...but she wagged her tail in a circle, so we had to adopt her. We didn't plan on keeping her, but she only had 30 minutes before the big shot. Yikes. We ended up keeping her. She has horrible $kin and food allergie$, but she's really cute now.
Then a little over two years ago, my partner saw an Anatolian Shepherd at a pet store (they're pretty rare and they shouldn't be at pet stores) and had to have him. When we went back to pick him up, there was a tiny sick black mutt near him. The pet store that was supposed to take her didn't want her because she was a mutt, so this store took her. Arrrrgh. They gave her to us for free with the other pup. As soon as we got them in the car, the li'l mutt started coughing, so we drove straight to the vet. Of course, Kennel Cough. We really only took her to find her a good home. Uh huh. As you can see from my profile, we kept her. She's an amazing little dog. Her greatest joy is sleeping with her head on my pillow.
Don't even get me started on our bird rescues. ;)
So, officially, we should have two dogs, two birds and a cat. The best laid plans...