When most of us consider adopting a pet, the first thing that comes to mind is a kitten or a puppy. A new little “person” to bring into our homes to love, watch develop and grow. But what about older cats and dogs that have been abandoned – left behind or dumped? The ones that have known what it’s like to have a family, bad or good, and who need cherishing as much as a little guy?
The supplies needed for these pets may be different – some may have “special needs” that you have to take into consideration, most need considerable patience, some may need medication and more medical care. But the love and devotion that blooms after just a short while of stability in their lives can be even more rewarding. And don’t forget, most of these cats have already been house-trained and litter-trained!
Older pets need adopting too. They cry out for people to love them in their golden years, to have a family to belong to. Most have had a family for most of their lives before they were abandoned. Most are confused, wondering “why?” Some may be a bit tetchy – I can attest that comes with age. But as for devotion – you will never see more devotion in a pet’s eyes than that which is taken in when the love is most needed.
The Nevada SPCA has so many adoptable pets – dogs with special needs and cats that aren’t “spring chickens” anymore. Consider one of these pets, if you have room in your hearts and homes for just one more “friend.” Each one is unique, and each has their own story. Today we highlight 6 of these very special little critters.
CURLEY: (see photo) “Curley is very aptly named. His unique coat is one of the curliest we have seen of the many thousands of cats rescued by Nevada SPCA through the years.
He is a big, loving boy rescued from a desert area where he stood no chance of survival on his own.
Curley gets along well with other cats and adores receiving affection and attention from kind people.
He is neutered, about 2 years young, and available for adoption in the free-roaming Cat Condo playrooms at Nevada SPCA.
Please ask for this sweetheart by name. Curley needs regular brushing and grooming, at least twice weekly, so please plan accordingly.”
CASEY: “Our strong opposition to declawing cats is based not just on the pain and maiming, but also because of the behaviors it exacerbates, often leading to rejection and homelessness.
Deprived of an important part of their anatomy, the equivalent of the tips of human fingers, our experience is that declawed cats are more likely to begin biting and choosing to eliminate outside of their litter boxes.
Eight year-old Casey, a gorgeous, spayed Torbie girl who was previously declawed, lost her home after biting a houseguest. Our evaluation of her is that she enjoys attention and affectionate, but from those she knows and trusts. We see no viciousness in her whatsoever, but a tendency to avoid contact with strangers or people who sneak up on her. Since Casey can get spicy and sassy with those who irritate or frighten her, and because of the alleged bite, Casey requires an adult-only home.
Casey will do best with a quieter lifestyle with less commotion. Please have empathy for this calm girl who never asked to be declawed, or pawed by a stranger for that matter. She is full of love and ready to share her devotion with a gentle person or couple who respect and appreciate her limitations.”
WHIZ: “Whiz is a stunningly gorgeous, petite girl with a chatty, gentle nature. She is a Bengal and her deep golden brown spots and rich coloring demand extra looks. Whiz is loving and a tad shy with new people. A gentle home with a stable routine is ideal for her.
She is spayed, about 7 years of age, and available for adoption today at Nevada SPCA. Please ask for her by name in Nevada SPCA’s free-roaming Cat Condo playrooms and the staff will bring her out for you to meet.
Like all 200 of our adoptable cats, Whiz needs and requires a strictly indoor-only home for her safety and protection.”
AUGUSTUS: “For the vast majority of cats, there is no recovering from being hit by a car. But this playful and affectionate youngster had many heroes step up to give him hope again.
Augustus, like all cats, belongs safely indoors. Somewhere along the way though he was banished to outdoor living and, all too predictably, he was struck by a car and left to die in the street. A compassionate couple scooped him up and took him to a local veterinary hospital for care. They paid for x-rays, which revealed that his rear left leg snapped in half and shifted out of alignment.
Repairing his leg required internal and external pins, and months of cage rest for healing. We agreed to his rescue and rehabilitation, thanks to the veterinary hospital reducing their fees to support his rescue, and thanks to one of our committed volunteers and supporters who paid most of his expenses.
Augustus has recovered well enough that he debuted in Adoptions today. He has a slight limp, but he moves well on his repaired leg. He is ready for his forever home, perhaps with a quieter lifestyle, so please come meet and adopt this very good-natured youngster.”
ROLLIE: “Rollie maintains a sunny and positive outlook, perhaps aware of how incredibly fortunate he is to still be alive and healthy.
Tracing his microchip ID and past contacts, we pieced together this history: Life started for Rollie and his brother Rocky in southern Lousiana in 2005. When Hurricane Katrina stuck that year, the kittens were rescued and transferred to a shelter in Illinois. They were then adopted together to what was supposed to be a forever home. But earlier this year the boys landed in a local shelter in southern Nevada and their owner failed to reclaim them. We then rescued the pair when they ran out of time.
Rocky was adopted shortly thereafter, but Rollie still awaits adoption. He is a jazzy, fun-loving, and curious boy who will dazzle you with his personality and frolicking. He is a neutered male, four years young, and good with other cats. Please come meet him today in the free-roaming Cat Condo playrooms.”
LITTLE MAMA: “Little Mama is so petite that it is easy to mistake her for a kitten herself.
At just 18 months of age, she is just barely an adult. But unspayed, and living outdoors on the streets, she was bound to get pregnant and have kittens.
We do not know who stuffed her and her kittens in a box and threw them away to die. Her fragile babies did not survive this extreme cruelty. Little Mama was traumatized and weak at the time of rescue, but bounced back physically. Emotionally, we are still working on her recovery. Her eyes reveal the toll this took on her spirit.
You can meet Little Mama today in The Purr Palace, which is one of the free-roaming playrooms in the Cat Condos at Nevada SPCA. Please help us save and protect cats and kittens in loving memory of all who pay for the dark side of human nature with their lives.”
Any of these cats would thank you with words, if they could. In their own ways, they are a reminder of just how cruel life can be, and how little it really takes to change a life. The Nevada SPCA is a No-Kill Animal Shelter & Sanctuary, 4800 W. Dewey Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89118. 702-873-SPCA (7722). Please call today to adopt a pet or make a much-needed donation.
On a lighter note, I leave you with another Simon video – this time entitled “Fly Guy.” Ah life with cats…