Pets and animals
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The other day I went to the local adoption shelter for pets at the SPCA also known as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They often have many different pets available for purchase at locations like this versus a major pet store. Many of these animals need homes too but are put here instead since many animals are often mistreated or unwanted in several places and homes and this non-profit allows the rehabilitation and placement of animals that otherwise wouldn’t have a decent place to go to be able to be adopted into a new loving home.
It was my first time visiting one of these places. Growing up I didn’t hang out with many animals or pets. Sure we had a stray goldfish or turtle wander into our yard, but our only experience was usually from the neighbor’s terriers that would wander into our yard. Our you might see some stray cats or bunnies or deer that came waltzed into our yard. Yet you could hardly make an animal like a deer a pet or a robin.
I discovered that they have cats in one part of the building and dogs in a separate part of the building on the other side. The cats seemed to be the quieter part of the building, They had a bit more room to roam around when compared to the relative size and weight versus their individual rooms.
The kitten babies were often there with their moms and had some bedding and food and shelter and water and could go through small corridors. They didn’t seem declawed yet and they were quite small and cute and less than one pound. They also were not able to be immediately adopted yet.
The bigger cats that were no longer considered kittens were in bigger cages with metal locked containers and tunnel spaces that gave them a way to go between certain containers. They also had some bedding and each cubby or cubicle space for the cats had a one page label with their name, a color picture of the animal, any bite history and genders of the cats etc.
There were some cats that had simply been abandoned or given away because most commonly the family was moving, or didn’t have money to raise them or just because there was a new child in the family and they were afraid it would bother the child.
Most of them seemed to be nice cats but maybe a bit edgy because of being in a weird unknown space or maybe not liking to be bet or scratched a certain way.
Some of the cats had stomach and digestive issues and also were a bit skittish. One of the staff members told me that one of the cats had almost tried to escape earlier that day so it was a good idea to stand in front of the cage when opening the doors when trying to pet the animals.
Many of the staff there were volunteer only and doing it mainly cause they just loved animals.
I also learned some cats had FIDS or a cat equivalent of the human version of AIDS that makes their immune system a bit weaker. Most cats can still live relatively long normal lives even with the condition.
It was nice and quiet and calming over there on the feline side actually in a sense and I’m glad I got to get a tour with a friend or so in that area to see what it was like.
Going back over to the main area near the entrance there was a cat and dog out for display and items like chew toys for purchase and leashes etc.
The dog area was a bit more surprising to me. There was instantly an odor that hit me in that area of animal. And I was surprised how these big animals were. They seemed like they were in cell blocks with only a small sewer behind them basically for sanitation issues. It reminded me of concrete prison cells on that side.
It wasn’t some place any one really would want to be. And also the dogs started barking a lot as soon as we started walking through the area and it was loud. But we had much bigger cages between us and the dogs that were at least 6 feet high. They said to not put fingers in cages on some of the signs. And some of the dogs had a small toy in their cage also that they had come into the facility with.
There was also an odd section of dogs that was really quiet and not barking and facing to the right toward the entrance where we came in. These seemed to be quiet behaved dogs.
Most of the dogs seemed to be primarily of a pit bull or larger type dogs. One dog was also a bit jumpy and tried to jump out of its cell as I would call it. We were in there maybe five minutes on the dog side but spent about 15 to 20 minutes in the cat area.
I was glad to be back in the quiet and out of the smell.
It was surprising to note the differences of animals.
I think it was $10 for cats and $20 for dogs. There was one family that had just newly adopted a dog while we were leaving. One of the young girls ran past me to her family and one of the staff members who had the dog on a leash waiting in a small area outside.
There are so many cats and dogs out there that can be adopted if that’s something you wish to do so. Animals can be very helpful to people and provide company and companionship to people. Some people have disabilities or are in single families. Some people also have PTSD such as soldiers of war. Having a loyal simple companion can become a mutually beneficial relationship.
If you’re not allergic or scared of animals, consider having an animal companion. Many people become very attached to their silent partners and also think of them as family like a brother or sister or one of their kids or side kicks.
Consider adopting a pet that needs a home. Sure you can go to a pet store and sometimes pay for several hundred, but many animals are out there simply just needing a home and someone to love and care for them as well. They may be rough around the edges at first, but with time, love and attention they can be a great asset to a new home.
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