life, liberty, and the pursuit of loose cats
I finally talked my sweetie into going and adopting a cat from the Endicott no kill shelter. He thinks he'd prefer to go to Ithaca and maybe get one there too. Either way, it'll make more room, I hope. We have 4 cats and one dog already, all rescues. One or two more won't be a bad thing. :) The most we've shared was 6 cats and 2 dogs in a tiny apartment. We have a house now. It'll be fine. There is room to put new cat in a "safe" area while they adapt to our home. Two areas, if we need to, for two cats.
I'm a big believer in adopting as locally as possible if you can. There are quite a few shelters whose euthanasia rates are dropping due to their creative programs, but they choose not to call themselves "no kill." If a local shelters is doing proactive things...if they are adopting outside of the shelters at off-site locations, if you are seeing more publicity in the papers advertising their adoptions,if you see them busting people for animal cruelty, etc...consider adopting from them. That means they are trying, and trying hard. Their staff is probably dedicated but overworked, and seeing that pet go out the door will keep them working to save the next one! Watch out for kitty-overload when adopting. :) Once one cat decides there is "one too many" they sometimes start marking their territory. !!! I have family in Johnson City, and my dad is in Vestal. Thanks for visiting here.
That's why we do the "safe room" route when introducing someone new. The downstairs bathroom has it's own litterbox. Keep a food dish and water dish and put a towel in the sink for a comfy bed, and keep the new cat in there. Visit often, and my office desk is nearby (I work at home) so I can interfere if there is a problem. So the cat thinks this is a safe place to retreat to, and doesn't have to come out- no pressure. This has worked to introduce a cat before- he had been a hiding cat before, and now he's not shy at all. Took him about a month to fully integrate.I used to volunteer for the Herkimer shelter- we've moved since and are in Endicott. I know what kind of hard work you are doing, and I appreciate it. :)
Hello from south Jersey. Your shelters look just wonderful!
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