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.
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.
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.
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.