Wednesday Words – Little Helpers.

Tessa says: Last evening, Mom and the Dad sat down with me and my sisters to tell us a story about a lot of other kitties who live in a place called the shelter. They said the shelter is like a little house just for grown up kitties who all live together every day and night. Mom hugged me a lot and there were kisses and then the Dad said these were kitties no one wanted. He made it sound like the place was the Shelter of Unwanted Misfit Cats! He was sad and Mom said it was true.

How could no one want a kitty? I’m not sure I understand this. But Mom said I was lucky.

Bobbi Up for Adoption at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Bobbi – Up for Adoption at
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Arpeggio Up for Adoption at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Arpeggio – Up for Adoption at
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Four times since late October, Mom and the Dad said they went to the shelter and stayed for hours sitting with the unwanted kitties. They explained what the place is like. There are lots of windows and good light. Most of the kitties are allowed to roam free throughout the two big, main rooms and sleep wherever they want. There are quiet rooms and spaces for kitties who need some alone time. There are lots of scratchy posts and toys and beds and a high, wide shelf that runs the length of the place.

Some of the kitties are very social and and a few followed Mom and the Dad around while the others slept and wait for someone to come visit them.

And to take them home? I asked.

“Sometimes,” the Dad said. “But that doesn’t happen often enough. Some poor kitties have been waiting for four long years.”

Waiting for four years? For a real home? Waiting every single, individual day for someone to come for them? Unfathomable. How could they not lose hope? I wondered.

Mom took some pictures but she doesn’t think they are good enough to make anyone fall in love. the Dad told her to keep trying and she said she will.

Dazy Up for Adoption at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Dazy – Up for Adoption at
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Confetti Up for Adoption at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Confetti – Up for Adoption
at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

A couple of weeks ago, Mom and the Dad said they went to another place filled with good people who love dogs and kitties and who want to learn how to help at the shelter. Mom and the Dad came away thinking the unwanted kitties, in particular, need an army of champions.

Priscilla Up for Adoption at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Priscilla – Up for Adoption at
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Mahogany Up for Adoption at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Mahogany – Up for Adoption at
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Gypsy Up for Adoption at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Gypsy – Up for Adoption at
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

So that made my Mom and the Dad more determined to find a way to help. They signed up to become shelter volunteers. They’re not sure just yet how they’ll be able to help but they have some ideas and are happy about being able to send the shelter place fifty green papers earned from the sales of my brother Quint’s paintings!

Dear readers and shoppers, thank you for helping my Mom and the Dad help the unwanted misfit kitties!

If you or know anyone living in Southwest Washington State or in the Portland, Oregon area who is looking for a loving, life-long companion, please contact West Columbia Gorge Humane Society’s No Kill cat shelter at (360) 835-3464. No cat should have to wait four years for a forever home. Your act of kindness will restore hope and happiness to a cat who may have lost theirs.

32 responses to “Wednesday Words – Little Helpers.

  1. Those are beautiful kitties, I hope with all my heart they find a good home.

  2. Hope they all find homes soon xxx

  3. What handsome Cats! We is pourraying they finds their forever homes soon!
    Kisses
    Nellie

  4. We want to share this but we don’t see a facebook or Twitter share here 🙁

  5. Those are very fine photographs! I hope those kitties find good homes very soon.

  6. We hope they will find forever homes soon. Our paws are crossed. We are sure any help your peeps give will be gladly recieved. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. These are very nice photographs! How can anyone NOT want to share their lives with these kitties???

  8. Tessa they are such beautiful shelter Kitties. Mom says she will never in a 1,000 years understand why folks don’t spay and neuter their adult cats so that so many kitties don’t end up in shelters.

    Hugs madi your BFFF

  9. I so agree, how could someone not want them. Thanks to Mom and Dad for being there.

  10. They are beautiful cats. I wish all animals could have a happy home.

  11. Awwwww, they are all so adorable, Paw’s crossed that they find forever loving homes. Those photo’s are beautiful 🙂 xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  12. da tabbies o trout towne

    mahogany N gypsy; priscilla N confetti; dazy N arpeggio N bobbi….we trooly hope ewe N everee one at de shelter getz a forever home..may St Francis guide each of ewe two yur mew home az soon az quik lee possibull ; we noe what itz like…..

    XOXOXOXO

  13. Oh, BLESS your mommy and daddy for signing up to volunteer to help these babies find forever homes. We volunteer at our shelter, and we know that it does make a difference to every kitty — and to us.

  14. Such beautiful cats! We hope they all find forever homes really soon. All cats deserve it!

  15. That is such a wonderful post and the pictures are just terrific. The pictures are a huge help for finding homes for the kitties. I think a good picture is such a help in helping people to see the cats. Those are just terrific. I applaud you for volunteering to help in the shelter and like I said, pictures of the kitties doing different things. Well done.

  16. Ohh…. your mom and dad are such good and kind peeps to go to the shelter to help the kitties. I don’t understand how they could be unwanted, either. It’s shameful, really. But thank goodness there is a shelter – a real shelter that is a real haven for these precious babies – where these kitties can live until eventually, someone comes to adopt them. And you know what they say… a house is not a home without a cat. purrs

  17. How very nice of your mom and dad. All these kids are beautiful and I hope they find homes like we have.

  18. Tessa, your mom took lovely pictures! we sure hope it will help those sweethearts get their furrever homes. It’s hard to believe folks don’t want kitties, huh? Purrs,

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  19. Tessa, this story made us a little sad. We wish there were no places called shelters and all kitties had wonderful furever homes. But alas, we know that is wishful thinking. We’re happy that there are humans like yours who want to help the kitties in the shelter. The mom would like to be a shelter volunteer too, but right now she doesn’t have the time. But she promises, when she stops working (which she hopes is soon), she will help the kitties in the shelter too.

  20. Aw, They dont look mis-fit to me! Poor sweeties, I hope they get homes soon!

  21. We is send our very best purrs and purrayers to these kitties. And we think your Mom and Dad are PAWSOME for what they are doing! Tell Quint we loves our painting, too.

  22. This is not far from where we are, but of course mom says there is currently no room at the inn! We purr for all kitties that have not yet found their forever home. All of us here are grateful for our home since all 10 of us are rescues, including our woofie Grete. We think it’s pawsome that your humans can volunteer to help the kitties.

  23. What beautiful kitties! We wish them the best in finding homes. How sad they have to wait so long, we are sure they are fun and loving animals. Our mom would love to take in another kitty, but we are allowed only 2, and we have 4. And then there’s Julie . . .

  24. What a wonderful post. It is our Christmouse wish that all kittehz will have wonderful furever homes. It’s what we purray for. Have a great Thursday. XOXO

  25. Our mom also does volunteer work for a local no-kill shelter on weekends.

    I (Charlotte) have set up tent for a kitty high tea if you would like to join me in my lilac garden.

  26. Nice post and great pics! Happy holidays!

  27. Oh Tessa, we are so glad that you are all working to help the kitties, your mom’s pictures are so beautiful, we would love to adopt a sister, but the sanctuary Tipp came from and the group I came from have so many kitties here…
    The kitties will love having your mom and dad to visit them and help out. our Momma does that too and sometimes it makes her sad, but she knows that at least the kitties know someone loves them.
    We will purr special Christmas purrs that ALL the kitties out there. Hang in there… someone is out there for you.
    Dexter

  28. Yeah, the shelter is something like kitty jail only the kitties haven’t done anything wrong. Your peeps are wonderful to help out! I hope all the cats get homes for Christmas.

  29. What a sweet post!…We will purr and pray that adorable animals like these are adopted by loving families everywhere for Christmas!…Wishing you guys a wonderful holiday weekend=Merry Christmas, precious friends…xoxo…J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  30. Those are lovely photographs.
    Spending time and loving the cats at a shelter keeps them remembering that most humans are good. Brushing them and petting them makes them look forward to seeing people- and that’s when the magic will happen… adoption into a forever home.
    Maggie

  31. A lovely post and we will purr extra hard for some lovely humans to adopt these beautiful cats and give them loving furever homes.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx