Friday, February 10, 2012

Sweet: In Search of a Big Heart

Rescued pets face many obstacles when it comes to finding their forever homes.

Sweet

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.

Sweet

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:
Max
Sebastian

11 comments:

  1. Sweet! A cat is for life and not just for Valentine's Day.

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  2. It just breaks my heart when I dwell on the homeless. I wish I could take them all home. Good Luck Sweet. we will be hoping for you.....

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  3. Our area has a senior dog rescue. i have to wonder if there are rescue groups for senior cats...

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  4. Yes, Erin - there are rescues that focus on senior cats (albeit few). We have one in our area, in fact. Not many rescues are particularly keen on taking in older cats, same as with dogs it's so much harder to find them homes!

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  5. Sweet certainly deserves the love and attention of her very own forever home. She is beautiful.

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  6. She is sooooo pretty! I would love her forever. I wish my dogs were more kitty friendly, as I would snap her up in a heart beat. We are hard at work "kitteh-training" them both, so hopefully one day soon we can offer a sweet rescue cat a home here at Casa de Kolchak.

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  7. Hi Kim! I would take her in a heart beat but I'm sooo far away. My dog is a resue puppy and frankly, I couldn't ask for a better pet. They are so wise and loving. I always said when it comes time to adopt any more pets, I will search out the ones that are older and handicapped. Happy Valentine's to you!!

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  8. She is beautiful. I really hope someone takes her home with them very, very soon.

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  9. Sweet is a very strong cat, no matter what is physically wrong with her. She is beautiful and her spirit speaks volumes about her personality. I agree. People do discriminate against animals, potential pets, with disabilities. It's tragic. I hope she finds a good home. I linked this on Facebook and tweeted this post to help spread the word. I hope others check out the other two cats you've linked to, as well. Max kinda looks like Victor, but with shorter hair. Sebastian looks like three or four other cats I've had at one time or another in the past. Good post, Kim. Now... on to your next previous posts... :)

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  10. Aww. I had three Siamese cats growing up. One made it to 19, so 10 is still young (for a cat). Someone will take her; I can feel it!

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