It’s Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Did you know that senior cats can actually be the PERFECT pet for busy households? Bringing a young pet into your home can be a ton of work with kids, work, and all the fun activities and running around. But having a sweet pet that is already potty trained and is the best napping buddy can be a dream come true.
Adopting an older pet also gives families the benefit of knowing your cat’s personality is already developed. Quickly, your family will know if a cat is the right fit for your home and lifestyle, if he will get along well with your kids and how much canoodling he can take. This is great news, because another benefit is that pets can really help develop your children’s sense of responsibility and self-esteem! But, just because your new pet already has a fully developed sense of self, don’t think he can’t learn new things. In fact, he might adapt his behavior with new training faster than young cats, due to his cognitive development.
So before writing off older pets, try meeting a few. You might fall in love!
Check out PetMD’s slideshow to read all the fabulous reasons you should adopt a senior cat and tell us in the comments, would you ever considering adopting a senior pet?
We thought we’d share some great photos sent by our loyal customers and friends. Many were accompanied by stories about their rescue and adoption. Scroll down and then click “Older posts” for more new postings.
Our warmest and sincerest wishes to you and your loved ones, especially the feline variety, this Holiday Season. Carolyn, MyThreeCats.com
There are good people everywhere who care about homeless cats, who devote countless hours to caring for them until they can find a permanent “forever” home.
Such good people can be found at Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome.
I discovered Torre Argentina watching a documentary on TV. When I researched them further on line, I was so impressed with their tireless efforts for the cats, I knew I had to help. I was able to adopt “long distance” a beautiful black male which I named “Caruso”. Caruso was named in honor of my father, whose love of cats in turn, inspired my love of these beautiful, intelligent creatures.
Here’s a typical work day at the sanctuary:
“We’ve organized our workdays to begin at 8 A.M. with cleaning and disinfecting cages. Due to our confined quarters and the ease with which diseases spread, this job is one of the most important for our volunteers. Next, food is distributed to the cats in the underground shelter along with those that live permanently outdoors among the ruins. While feeding the outdoor cats, the volunteers must keep a vigilant eye out for sick or newly abandoned ones who must be caught, treated, vaccinated, spayed and neutered.
The workload at the sanctuary demands our presence seven days a week, including Christmas, Easter and every other holiday. Not only do the cats need daily attention, our finances do as well. Soliciting donations from tourists in all kinds of inclement weather is necessary for the survival of the sanctuary. Bad weather means no tourists or passersby – our biggest source of income. You can imagine our dilemma with a week of rain…
The need to stay abreast of medical issues, scheduling volunteers and developing new fundraising ideas has necessitated role and responsibility definition for all of us. Lia as treasurer, raises and manages funds, purchases supplies and oversees housekeeping and food distribution. Silvia is the spokesperson for the sanctuary. In addition, her responsibilities include record keeping and handling correspondence. In the end we must all be ready to clean a cage and distribute food.
Being denied facilities is one problem. Keep in mind that we worked with no running water and electricity for a year and a half. The only solution was to carry buckets to the nearest Roman fountain and back. The lighting problem was solved with a big gas lantern on a table. The shadows of the cats on the cave walls would have been a perfect backdrop to a Halloween movie. Currently we are still not hooked up to the city’s drainage system. There are no bathrooms and there is no hot water. .
In spite of all the obstacles and disappointments, Lia, Silvia and the volunteers say they have never felt so satisfied, useful and happy. At times when it seems impossible to go on, something happens that raises hope and encouragement. Perhaps one of our most handicapped cats is adopted or a generous donation helps pay another bill. In the end, the hundreds of abandoned cats and kittens that have been placed in loving families and the 3722 we managed (just in one year ) to have sterilized make it all worthwhile.”
Please visit www.romancats.com/ for more information on this wonderful sanctuary and how you can help.
Have you ever wanted to have access to a full listing of shelters and animal welfare organizations across the U.S.? Look no further than www.MyThreeCats.com . We’re excited to announce our new shelter resource page, still under construction, but well along the way (we hope to have most states’ shelters listed by year end). Click the Project PURR’nership link at www.MyThreeCats.com and read all about this exciting project. If you happen to be a shelter or animal rescue, foster or welfare organization and want to be listed, please follow the instructions provided on the Project PURR’nership page. The Project PURR’nership resource is our way of saying thank you – to you, our good customers and visitors, and to our nation’s shelters and animal welfare organizations, for caring and making a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless cats and dogs.