Just thinking about my adoptive cat, Ernie.
Ernie throws up a lot. Not his fault, he is longhaired & is always throwing up furballs. He sheds hair ALL OVER THE PLACE....my nice couch, my nice clothes, the carpet....everywhere. Sometimes a thought passes through my head....maybe I should find a new home for him?
Then I am ashamed at my feelings of "inconvenience." This cat ADORES me. He wants to be near me, on my lap, get any attention from me.
At 10 years old (& declawed), his owners decided to give him up. Inexplicable, really, because other than the minor annoyance of the shedding, he's the GREATEST cat. VERY laidback & affectionate. But for whatever reason, they decided not to keep him....after 10 years. And they proceeded to make the dumbest decision a human being could make. They took him to the pound.
Rarely do cats or dogs over 1 year old get adopted from the pound. Hundreds of THOUSANDS of cats & dogs are put to sleep in Los Angeles County alone in one year. It's disgusting....and it's mainly due to irresponsible pet ownership....not spaying & neutering. You're a fool if you don't (unless you are breeding).
Ernie was THISCLOSE to being put to sleep. In fact, we are pretty sure that the day I rescued him was his last day on this Earth. But I fell in love with the big guy & his gentle nature, so he came home with me. Now he is loved, has a brother (two if you count the "annoying canine creature"), a full belly, & a nice roof over his head. He couldn't be happier.
And I'm just so glad I could save a life.....a great one at that.
If you are shopping for a dog or cat....PLEASE, PLEASE don't go to a pet store. PLEASE go to the pound & save a life. THEY KNOW. They know they are near death. The love you get in return from a rescued pet (no matter the age, Ernie---who's 10, maybe 11---, & Toby, who's 9, have IMMENSE energy...and didn't have to be housetrained) will be a reward beyond your imagination.