(Two former stray cats, Ginger & Kiki.)
I finally filled out the application to become a volunteer at the SPCA back in July. The mandatory orientation session in August was full, so I attended the September session last night. There are lots of volunteers and we can go in at any time the shelter is open to the public to walk and socialize with any one of the 35 or so dogs or pet and socialize with the approximately 350 cats. The trick for me is to not come home with any of them! Seriously, my plate is full with two cats and a dog that needs an allergy shot once per week, is highly neurotic, and hates any competiton.
The plight of homeless animals breaks my heart — but at least there are organizations out there to assist with finding loving permanent homes. If I can be part of easing the transition, showing the kindess of strangers and letting these guys know they aren't forgotten but so loved I will have done my job. Please, please, please spay/neuter your pets to help eliminate the pet overpopulation problem and prevent another homeless pet from being euthanized. There are low-cost spay/neuter clinics in every city in America. And if you're considering adding a four-legged friend to your family, please visit your local animal shelter, SPCA, Humane Society, or breed rescue group and save a life. Thank you.
Perhaps parenting in a traditional sense isn't in the cards for me — but one thing I know for sure — I was destined to be a pet parent.