HOW DO YOU PICK A PET
By Ron Catman Danielson
Working full time with Cats for a dozen years now, has been an adventure that very few people will ever experience in their lifetime. One of the most satisfying elements is finding a home for these delightful denizens of the Kitty Korner, and yet, it can sadly be one of the most disheartening as well. I meet and greet each kitty daily in my three adoption rooms, while I also talk to them as I do my chores and….well, this article isn’t about how crazy is the Catman, but rather, how unfair it is to watch some of these pawsibilities go unnoticed time after time, when I know each of them has something very special to offer. So why are some kitties’s so thoroughly ignored that they are destined to spend a year or more waiting for some kind soul to adopt them? Not too surprisingly, because they are not movie star pretty. And I don’t mean because they are ugly; statistically, really ugly critters get adopted much faster than these others….these are the mundane cats, the plain janes and common joes, that have no fanciful colors or special breed status. Also, to be fair, they rarely display themselves to potential adopters as they have become somewhat fatalistic about their chances. Trust me, cats are far more intelligent than most people realize and they do know the score. Were you to ask these cats about their plight, they would of course just yawn and feign non-interest, and that would be crazy if you actually expected a response; but I already know the answer, because I watch and pay attention….oh look….a flutterby….In truth these kitties did try for awhile, putting themselves out there, hoping to be included, only to be ignored or shoved aside for the prettier ones. Eventually they quit trying…as would we all. However you decide to choose your pet, we are sincerely grateful that you chose The Humane Society of Cowlitz County to find your fur-friend, but please, give them all an equal chance to impress you.
Remember, pretty can often be deceiving, but quality and high-performance, will always leave you satisfied. fin