Inaccurate perceptions of their value as a potential pet, stiff competition from so many other homeless animals, and misinformed opinions about shelters and rescues (and the false advertising promoting preference for pets sold in pet stores and online) - all make the odds for a particular pet to be adopted stacked against them. Add in an additional factor, and the prospects dim even further. Our society can be a cruel and discriminating place for homeless pets.
Sweet is one such pet. She's a beautiful Seal Point Siamese cat in need of someone with a big heart. She was rescued from the street, where life must have been terrifyingly challenging for her. Sweet is blind. She is also ten years old. Despite her advantage of being a coveted breed of cat, she faces great odds in finding a home of her own. Physical handicaps and age are two of the top inhibitors to a potential adoption, and she has both working against her.
Yet, if this girl could manage life out on the street, without either protection from dangers or provisions for shelter and food, she can most definitely maneuver daily life within the safe confines of a loving home. To have endured what we can only imagine she must have faced, and not only still be here but be healthy as well, is testament to her strength and will to live.
Too often, our biased views prevent us from some of the greatest life has to offer. Opening our hearts and minds to those that are just as deserving of our consideration can only pave the way for some of the most gracious and amazing gifts we could receive. The precious love and gratitude of a rescued pet with "less-adoptable" qualities can unlock this secret of happiness.
This Valentine's Day, consider giving yourself a gift. Roses wilt, chocolate lands on the hips, and wine leads to a hangover; the love of an adopted pet stays with you forever!
Sweet is healthy, fully vaccinated, spayed and microchipped - ready and waiting for her forever home in the Chicagoland area. She is available though Almost Home Foundation.
Others worthy of consideration: