Happy Monday cat lovers! It’s your feline host Clyde today with a real treat, It’s my first year talking about it, but Layla has blogged about a special event, Remember Me Thursday®since its inception five years ago from Helen Woodward Animal Center and she is pleased as always to participate. We got a cool media kit with t-shirt and other goodies.
It’s held the third Thursday in September and this year it’s September 28, 2017. This unique worldwide event honors those pets who have lost their lives while waiting for their forever homes and shines a light on those still waiting. It’s a kind of a big deal for me since I’m an unusual case. I was adopted from the wonderful PAWS CT shelter as a kitten and when my elderly owner could no longer care for me, I was surrendered to the same shelter at age 16. It wasn’t so easy to get adopted this time. Try being old, black with kidney disease. Not to mention early diabetes. You’d have better odds in Las Vegas. Luckily for me, I wound up right here. You can read more about me at my first blog post
Naturally my thing is advocating for black cats.
I hit the jackpot but another black cat wasn’t as lucky and she’s haunted me since Layla featured her as an adoptable on our @BlackCatsofIG Instagram.
There were lots of comments about her and even a pledge of $ but her luck ran out. This beautiful, young black cat was killed. They call it euthanasia but I call it a life snuffed out.before its time. Look at her, frightened in her cage, so stunning, she could be a Bombay or Oriental breed. I know what it feels like to be in a shelter cage and I was in a fancy one not a tiny metal cage like my panther beauty princess. Being caged and in any shelter (even the best ones) is stressful and it’s NOT A HOME. All the waiting, not knowing, I tell you, slowly kills your soul one day at a time. And now that beautiful girl is dead with no chance in life, never mind a second chance like me.
I hate to think her life was in vain. SOMETHING GOOD must come out of her death. Even if you know black cats are half as likely to be adopted, maybe your co-worker doesn’t. You of course know spay/neuter saves lives. It makes for healthier, happier pets but maybe your neighbor doesn’t know. Maybe you know someone who still believes in old wive’s tales about cats. The only way anything is ever going to change is by talking about it. About learning, sharing knowledge, discussing and taking ACTION.
Even if you know black cats are half as likely to be adopted, maybe your co-worker doesn’t. You, of course, know spay/neuter saves lives. It makes for healthier, happier pets but maybe your neighbor doesn’t know. Maybe you know someone who still believes in old wive’s tales about cats. The only way anything is ever going to change is by talking about it. About learning, sharing knowledge, discussing and taking ACTION. I’m not saying to run to your closest shelter and adopt but you can share this post or one of out graphics. You can volunteer, donate, fund raise, do TNR, retweet death row cats. The more you learn about animal welfare, the easier it will be to educate others and be an advocate for orphan pets.
What I like doing as a black cat advocate is finding black cats online who need a home. Layla makes an adoption graphic and then shares. You just never know with the speed of the Internet where in the world it ends up. This is my good deed of the day. I really like the sounds of Walter who is a youngster compared to me, and a super friendly dude available in NYC at Animal Haven a really cool modern no-kill shelter. He is a wobbly cat also known as CH. It stands for Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cer·e·bel·lar hy·po·pla·sia) is a disorder found in cats and dogs which causes jerky movements, tremors, and generally uncoordinated motion. A cat with CH often falls down and walk like a drunken sailor but they manage just fine. CH in cats is non-progressive, meaning it does not get worse with age. SEE? I bet you just learned SOMETHING. Special needs pets are very adoptable and pretty darn special like me.
Odin beat me by sharing an early post on Instagram. This post is getting long so he’ll a share this quick rescue snapshot.
We always light a candle in memory of our Angel kitties not just for Remember Me Thursday but monthly. Our memorial garden is still green but shifting into autumn.
To learn more about how you can make a difference for orphan shelter pets, visit Remember Me Thursday. You can light a free virtual candle in their Candle Gallery in memory of your own pets or any others.
Remember to use the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #RememberTheRescue on social media. Or simply share this post or Pin the images. Have you rescued any cats? If you’ve never adopted from a shelter (that’s 70% of the U.S. population!) tell us, why not.
Love Clyde, Domino, Odin, Nou Nou, Merlin and the other Angels. And my human assistant, Layla.