Since you may not know me, let me get this out of the way. Please don’t feel sorry for me – I’m fine – I promise. If that changes, I will let you know😉 I really appreciate your concern, but it makes me sad and angry when I feel pity from humans.
Yes, I was born with no feet. I have nubs aka partially developed legs to the ankle. I can stand, walk and run, but I usually army-crawl, pulling myself by my front elbows (wings).
Otherwise, I am 100% healthy. I do get scared sometimes and have to pull my hair out to let Mom know something is wrong. She then takes care of me to make it better.
Like most indoor cats, I sleep a lot and need to get more exercise. We live in the mountains in Colorado, so it snows a lot – what can I say?
My favorite thing to do is play outside when it is warm – with supervision. I am not going to run off like Oz and Mitt, so I don’t even have to stay in the catio when Mom’s with me!
But that’s enough about me...let’s talk about something important: saving animals to prevent suffering.
I think most animal lovers are genuine, caring people who want to make the world a better place for us. Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats…all of us.
Bless you – thank you – we love and appreciate you. I think I can speak for the whole animal kingdom on this matter.
Saving us also saves you in some ways. Most of us reciprocate your love and care in our own ways. Maybe not all the time or exactly when you want it, but we do what we can. It also makes you feel good about yourself.
My mom says humans are to take care of us, not the other way around. She says there are a few that even know how to help with your health and safety. Pretty cool, huh?
But we can’t feed you and clean your litter boxes, take you to the vet or buy your food. We don’t have thumbs, which limits our abilities in a lot of ways. No money, either.
In reality, we are a liability in some ways – an asset in others.
I am sure you know that some of us need more care than others. We are usually called ‘special needs’ which is pretty accurate.
It means something is different about us. We may be really cute – or really needy-looking – which turns some people on. But, we will rely on you a lot – more than the ‘normies’.
You have to think about that before you ‘save’ us. We love it that people want to keep us from dying, but mostly if you can offer a better alternative.
Staying in a cage for years on end is not really living. Never having other animals or nice, safe people to hang out with is not cool for most of us.
Being in a crowded, gross place without enough food or care – a place where we feel afraid, sad and alone – is not living. Especially if the humans are mean, scary and/or unpredictable.
This is true for all animals – even those who are not special. Some like to live outside but they also need food and some vet care – at least to stop making babies and getting/spreading diseases.
Whether you are saved or ‘humanely euthanized’ – it is supposed to be about not suffering.
The lucky ones that are really saved get care to manage or prevent suffering and pain – and avoid a poor existence while waiting for a natural death. We have what Mom calls a good quality of life.
I learned recently that some people have mental health problems that result in collecting lots of animals to make themselves feel better. From what I heard, in a lot of those cases, the animals suffer.
If you need professional help for depression, anxiety and stuff like that, we really can’t take that on. It isn’t fair to us and you won’t get the kind of help you need.
Some people can’t safely have pets without getting too many to care for. It causes harm. Cyndi Lauper came from a hoarding home and she is REALLY screwed up!
Mom says when there is not enough for everyone - love, food, comfort, general maintenance, medical care - everyone suffers. The deprivation causes damage that lasts a lifetime. This is true for humans and animals.
In fact, the reason a lot of people hoard animals is due to deprivation or abuse in their early life. Ironic that they are creating the same damage to us in an effort to make themselves feel better.
Even if your intentions are good, saving us is more than just bringing us to your shelter, house, garage or yard.
Sometimes, you have to say ‘no’ to some kitties so that all of us have a chance to live - or at least not suffer.
Hoarding exists on a continuum, Mom says. Some people have a mild problem, others moderate or severe. Your house doesn’t have to look like an episode of Hoarders to qualify. It is also not about the number of pets you have, per se, but quality of life for each of them.
People with this disorder don’t think clearly, so they usually don’t know or won’t admit they have a problem. If you know someone who is warehousing but not providing the right care for animals, tell someone or get them help.
It is complicated - but you can start by talking to them about how to let go of some of the animals and get care for all of them. And, insist that they get professional help. If they refuse, you may have to call animal control.
Usually the only way to deal with this hoarding problem is to avoid having any animals, as the cycle repeats itself over and over.
If you want to know more, here is a short, helpful article about animal hoarding written by a professional therapist. It explains things better than I can.😉
Maybe you want to help special needs animals but can’t give the time and care they need. That’s okay – you can still make a difference!
I found out about this animal hoarding because of a situation in New York. You can help the animals in that home by reading and signing this petition - they need your help! https://bit.ly/2F60kbb
Here are some other ways to support animals:
Just DO something to help - and remember #donoharm
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