Less Adoptable Pets Week, We’ve Got A Few Things to Say About That

Oh no, we're not too hungry...
Oh no, we’re not too hungry…

You mean everyone doesn’t want a house full of five fine black kitties? We certainly think we are the envy of all other households! What would our human Bernadette do without us? We don’t understand why every home doesn’t have a black cat, or two, or more! It’s “Less Adoptable Pets Week”, and we’ve got a few things to tell you about that.

We also found out that kitties like our beloved little big sister Peaches, who we miss very much, would not have found a home because she was a senior kitty at age 15 if Bernadette hadn’t taken her in. We grew up with Peaches and we can’t begin to tell you what we learned from Peaches. Giuseppe loved her very much and took good care of her.

The Big Four With Peaches
The Big Four With Peaches

And Giuseppe will remind you that his lovely Canadian girlfriend, Mlle Daisy Marguerite, is diabetic as well as being black, but that doesn’t stop Giuseppe from mooning all over the house about her—or her mom from loving her and learning to give Mlle her injections twice daily.

black cat on windowsill
One of Mimi’s inscrutable expressions.

Mimi here! It’s “Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week” September 18 to 24 sponsored by PetFinder.com, encouraging you to consider a pet who may have special needs or characteristics that usually makes them left behind in shelters and animal adoption agencies.

I, too, remember Peaches fondly and was grateful for her tutelage as my children grew, and for the adult instruction from Cookie, Kelly and Namir as well. This house was all senior kitties when I arrived as a young single mom, and I was glad for the adult company as well as the lessons my senior siblings had to share with my children—and me.

Cookie shows the boys, and Mewsette behind her, how to properly play with a mousie.
Cookie shows the boys, and Mewsette behind her, how to properly play with a mousie.

While I admit my children are the most beautiful and wonderful foursome of black kitties who ever walked the earth, I also know there are plenty of other black kitties out there—I have no idea what happened to most of my 24 kittens, for instance, and if adoption statistics for black animals bear out, I don’t really want to know.

black cat and calico cat
Share the Love.

But hearing about deaf cats, blind cats and cats missing limbs, what’s a little black fur?! I feel lucky in the face of some of the stories Bernadette tells me.

Just to prove that kitties who may not seem adoptable on the surface are all the same underneath, and there is nothing to be frightened about in a kitty who is:

  • older
  • blind
  • deaf
  • black
  • FIV+
  • diabetic
  • is missing an eye
  • is missing a limb
  • is in any way different but still loves you and has a great quality of life

Bernadette shares stories of “less adoptable kitties” all the time who lived with her or who were adopted by friends—and they lived happily ever after, as I am and my children are doing right now.

If you don’t believe us, go out and meet some kitties who are very adoptable even though they’re different, even if you’re not interested in adopting. Pet them and play with them and pretty soon you’ll be telling others about the amazing cats you’ve met who had a rough beginning but that didn’t change how they feel about life or about wanting to go home with a human and live a great life.

If you are looking to adopt, make a point of it!

Remember—we’re all the same beneath our fur, all capable of love and devotion.


Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.

There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.

  • Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
  • Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
  • Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
  • Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
  • Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.

If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.

Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives



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2 thoughts on “Less Adoptable Pets Week, We’ve Got A Few Things to Say About That

  • September 19, 2016 at 8:29 pm
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    This is a wonderful story kitties…Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience with everyone..I got 3 little kittens by taking their pregnant mama in just like Mama Bernadette did with you Mimi…both Mama Pudgy and kittens made this their forever home..I will be forever grateful that she came to me when she needed help…Like Mama Bernadette and Mimi..we have a special bond between us that will always be in our hearts…Hugs

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