It wasn’t an easy decision. There’s always the risk of clashing feline personalities. (I worked in Human Resources. I know all about clashing personalities. Felines are much nicer than human ones.)
Even though it was considered a “special needs” cat there wasn’t anything “special” she needed (except a home). It was all cosmetic.
When I adopted my first one-eyed cat I vividly remember a friend freezing and shriveling when she looked at her. Morgan (one-eye number one) is a beautiful cat except an eye is missing. It was sewed shut so there was no gaping hole (that would freak me out).
In that nanosecond I understood what people with visible handicaps go through. It only made me want to be sure that Morgan would never feel revulsion or rejection.
There are a lot of people who only want baby pets or beautiful pets. For me beautiful is giving a home to an animal that may not get one.
There is no judgement here. If you have a “special needs” pet, whether you adopted it prior to the “need” or decided to keep it after it got special, you are awesome.
If you adopted an older pet, you are awesome.
If you adopt from a high kill shelter, you are awesome.
If you adopted any pet and gave it a safe home and lots of love and attention, you are awesome.
If you can’t adopt but instead volunteer, you are awesome.
I you can’t do any of that but donate, you are still awesome.
(If you supported a crazy wife who adopted four cats, two of which are one-eyed, you are awesome.)
Each of us awesome people do things in our own style. We do it in a way that fits our lifestyle and our conscious.
Debra not only helps run a Trap, Neuter and Return service for feral cats but adopted a blind dog (and takes fabulous pictures of all). She also has many lovely cats.
Someone adopted a dog found at a rest stop. No tags or collar and no one reporting her missing. (For heaven’s sakes people! If you have a pet, get it microchipped. If you travel, get a gps system for dogs so you can track them. Perhaps even if you don’t travel. Too many “lost dog” signs around.)
Several bloggers adopted animals that showed up in the back yard. Awesome.
I worked with a woman who went home at lunch each day to medicate her pet. Every. Single. Day. (That made my two shots a day for a diabetic cat look pretty easy peasy.)
Someone else I know adopted an orphaned child, not because it was in the plan but because the need was there and so was the love. (Love is not rationed. You can love more than one.)
Some people volunteer at hospitals or food banks or other places. There are so many wonderful stories.
People all over do wonderful things in their own way. Let’s celebrate them all.