Prudence asked me if I was willing to write a guest post about my story for Adopt the Internet Day. You see, unlike Prudence, I came from an animal shelter known as the Humane Society of Knox County. I know I’ve talked a bit about it before, but it is a story that stands to be repeated because it is a classic example of what pets in a no-kill shelter are going to face while waiting for their forever home.
I was brought to the HSKC as a kitten. My history before the shelter is foggy at best and all I really remember is being stuck in a cage, unable to socialize with other cats other than my litter mates due to an upper respiratory infection. It wasn’t fun, and the shelter staff did the best they could to keep me happy and comfortable, but with over a hundred cats (both in the shelter and being fostered) as well as the countless dogs under their care, their time and attention was spread thin. There were some catnip toys and a few balls to keep us occupied, but what I really wanted was to be held, to be cuddled. Not to mention the shelter can be a very busy and therefore stressful place. Luckily at that time, I was new to the world, so things didn’t stress me out too much. But some animals do become stressed and incredibly unhappy.
I was so very happy the day that my human walked into the shelter looking for a cat to share her life with. I knew this was my chance, and I would not let it slip out of my paws (I can be a bit conniving like that). So, when she knelt down to check out my litter mates and I, I reached out my paws and grabbed her hand to tell her that it was me she wanted. Thankfully she fell for it and that is how I find myself here, in her home, living the high life and no longer in want of anything (except maybe peace from Prudence).
Not all cats and dogs that find themselves in a shelter are as lucky as me. Some wind up in kill shelters where they are given a week, sometimes just days, to find a home or they will be euthanized. Sometimes, even those animals that are in shelters like the HSKC that are no-kill, will face months or even years of waiting for that one human to come in and give them what we all want, a place to call home. While it is true that my human did not go on adopt Prudence from a shelter or a rescue, she now understands the importance of adopting over buying and what that means for that one lucky pet who will finally get to go home.
So, if you are ever considering adding a four-legged (or even bird-legged or finned as birds and fish can also be found in shelters and rescues) member to your family, please choose adoption.
Happy Adopt the Internet Day!