When working in rescue and adoption, sometimes it is easy to get overwhelmed by the numbers. So many homeless animals, all caused by human owner's irresponsibility and neglect of spay/neuter practices. One pair of breeding cats can produce a wopping family of 5000 in just 5 years. Around the country, roughly 70% of cats who enter shelters are euthanized. However, that doesn't make us want to stop trying. What makes us keep it up? The playful kittens and loving mamas, the sweet cuddly cats we rescue who never stop trying to find a loving person and a comfortable home, despite the hardships they have faced. At San Diego Cat Adoption Service we never euthanize adoptable cats, which means sometimes a cat could spend months or even years in our foster homes. This is wonderful for our volunteers because we get to know certain cats well, however it is costly, and our goal is to place cats in permanent homes as fast as possible so that we have room to help the next cat in need.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to share one of the stories that keeps us going. This is a letter our follow-up person recieved from a couple who adopted Cassiopea (real names excluded). She was an adult cat who we took from the Cat House on the Kings Sanctuary, along with 15 others in exchange for them taking 3 unadoptable cats to live permanently in their beautiful sanctuary.
We spent the evening with Cassy watching TV. She has already stolen our hearts. As we sat on the couch, she kept going between me and my hubby Dan. She was petted and scratched the whole time and she never stopped purring! She investigated the room a little, but she couldn't seem to go without human contact for more than 2 minutes. And when she relaxes, she talks to us. It is the sweetest sound!! In 37 years and 10 cats, I have never seen Dan take to a kitty this fast. My hubby is smitten with her :)
Marie, it is obvious that you love cats because you give so much of your time and love rescuing them. You must hope that each wonderful cat is adopted into a loving home. It must be hard to let them go not knowing what their future holds. I want to assure you that by adopting Cassie we have promised to care for, protect and love her all the days of her life. Beside loving her, we promise we will keep her safe. We will address and fix any and all medical condition, no matter the financial impact, as long as we can preserve her quality of life. We have kept this promise to our pets for 37 years and Cassie will be no exception!
It is my hope that Cassie will grow to love us as much as we already love her. And that Dan, Cassie and I will all grow old together :) Marie, thank you so much for your cat rescue efforts. With out you and people like you, we wouldn't have Cassie.
So to all you cat lovers out there who help us fight this fight by providing a warm, loving, happy home at the end of our cats' long journeys, thank you! To everyone who supports our work through donation, adoption, volunteering, and spreading the word about rescue and spay/neuter practices, thank you! We are all in this together and that makes a real difference out there in the world for cats and for all beings. We appreciate you all so much.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at San Diego Cat AdopTion Service!
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