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Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

November 2nd, 2008 (09:44 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: House score music

I've written about saving stray and sheltered animals before, and I'm very passionate about critters and their rights. I've been the proud human mom to three very beautiful cats, one of which was an abandoned and abused when she was just a kitten. We named her Spooky, for though she came to love and trust our family, she was scared to pieces by anyone else. Whenever it rains, I miss her; she was spooked by the sound of falling rain, too.

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, and November 2nd - 8th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. I discovered this online while I was reading Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White, this month's readergirlz book pick. The very next page I turned in the book mentioned this. What are the odds?

(The odds are high if you're me, actually. This sort of thing happens to be on a regular basis. Some of you reading this have witnessed my somewhat surprising encounters with coincidence and serendipity.)

If you'd like to have a pet (or two, or three), please consider adopting animals from shelters. They didn't ask to be there, and unless they are fortunate enough to end up in a no-kill shelter, well . . . The thought of it makes me cry. I wish I could save them all.

Give special consideration to senior pets. Their stories may be even sadder - they DID have a home and a family, and now they don't. Can you imagine being uprooted from your home and not knowing why? Not knowing where your owners went or why they gave you up? Oh, I can't even type this.

Here's more about the Humane Society's annual week-long event:

In 1996, The HSUS launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (based on an idea from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska). This campaign wasdesigned to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters play in theircommunities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues andshelter services. During National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, the first full week of every November, The HSUS promotes and celebrates animal shelters across the country through media and public outreach.You can find materials here to help you celebrate National Animal ShelterAppreciation Week in your community. The materials also can be customized topromote the important role of shelters any time of the year.

- from AnimalSheltering.org
Check out my post at the readergirlz blog for more information about National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week as well as Shelters Rock, a gathering of popular recording artists with a rockin' logo by MUTTS illustrator and animal rights supporter Patrick McDonnell.


Posted by: R.J. Anderson (rj_anderson)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Hear, hear. We adopted our cat from a shelter just a couple of months ago -- it was my first experience with adoption as opposed to going through the classifieds -- and we could not be happier or more charmed by her. She was part of an unwanted litter, so still young; she's clean and beautiful and purrs if you so much as look at her, and going through the shelter saved us a packet of money on things like spaying and deworming (and microchipping and getting a license). I've heard it said that a "free" kitten will cost you up to $300 by the time you're all done, whereas a shelter kitten or cat is much less, and I can believe it. I hope we'll have Snickers with us for many years, but if we need to get another cat, I will definitely go to the shelter first.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)

Hurrah! Thank you and your family for giving Snickers a home and plenty of reasons to purr.

Posted by: jessicaburkhart (jessicaburkhart)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)

This is my favorite post of yours. EVER. Years ago, I adopted a nine year old cat from a Humane Society and she inspired to me write my first article. I'm also incredibly passionate about senior pets and am so grateful you brought this up!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)

Oh, thank you! Please hug your pets for me. :)

Posted by: Nancy (njnelson)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)

Great post! And I couldn't agree with you more. Three summers ago, I adopted my dog Kalli. She was three years old, it apparently wasn't working out with her family anymore, and this was the second time she was at the Humane Society. She's the sweetest soul, and definitely the best decision I've ever made :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)

Thanks! HI to Kalli. :)

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