This is a post that I’ve had in mind for a while, but never started writing because something else has come up. With Freya being featured in the Blue Cross’ Lazy Cat/Crazy Cat campaign, which launched last week, I thought this would be the perfect time for me to share with you 10 reasons to rescue a pet.
Please note: I don’t condone the use of the term ‘crazy’ in this campaign, as it’s ableist.
TW: One mention of animal cruelty two paragraphs down.
We rescued Mylo and Freya just over 4 years ago now. When they came to live with us, Freya was a real scaredy cat. She didn’t want to be in the same room as us. She wouldn’t be picked up and didn’t like us stroking her. For the first year she was with us, Freya didn’t purr. Slowly but surely, she let one of us stroke her at a time. Initially, it was only when no one else was in the room. If Mylo or Dan/I came in, she’d be off. Then eventually she let us stroke her when we weren’t the only ones in the room. Now, she comes to us for attention and will even tolerate being picked up. She’ll even occasionally purr when she’s being held!
We don’t know much of what they’ve been through, but we’ve seen a photo of Mylo as a kitten being held under an iron by a very drunk man. While the iron wasn’t on, this must still have been a terrifying experience for him. We can’t imaging what else they’ve both been through in the first 3 years of their lives.
The change we’ve seen in Freya over the four years we’ve had her has really touched Dan and I. So much so that we wouldn’t consider a non-rescue animal as a pet in the future. There are so many reasons to rescue a pet, but here are my top 10.
1. You’re giving a better life to a pet that’s had a hard life
2. The change in some rescue pets as they learn to feel safe again is amazing to watch
3. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you’ve made a difference to a previously unwanted pet’s life
4. You’ll have a new pal for life who’ll really appreciate your love and care
5. You won’t have the potential to feel guilty for having them spayed/neutered (I know it’s the right thing to do, but I can see myself feeling guilty if I were to take away an animal’s chance to have babies)
6. The cost of rescuing a pet is significantly less than buying
7. In some places, healthy animals are put down if they aren’t adopted within a certain time frame Thankfully this is becoming less common.
8. Rescues may already be used to other pets, children and your shelter should be able to give you an insight into their personality
9. Rescue pets are often cross breads. This means that they’re less prone to genetic conditions than some pure bred animals
10. You have the chance to rescue an adult, which will already be toilet trained
Unfortunately, many people who want to rescue a pet come up against barriers. When Dan and I were looking to rescue a pair of cats, I contacted a number of local shelters. This was just after Christmas and all of the shelter websites said that they were full and unable to take more animals in. Despite me contacting several different shelters, only one got back to me. Unfortunately, they said that we weren’t in their catchment area and suggested contacting a different branch. Frustratingly, the branch they told me to contact was one of the ones who had ignored my inquiry. This needs to change.
We ended up hearing about Mylo and Freya needing a new home through a friend. She’d known them since they were kittens and actually advised us not to adopt them. Mylo and Freya first lived with some of her friends, who were all going their separate ways after uni and no one wanted to take responsibility for them. My friend had called the RSPCA several times because she was concerned about the treatment of Mylo and Freya. She also said that they were very badly behaved – always on the kitchen counters, clawing at things, etc.
Despite the warnings, we took Mylo and Freya on. When my friend came to visit a year later, she was shocked at the transformation in them both. Their coats were soft and shiny and they were calm and friendly. She exclaimed “It’s amazing, they’re completely different cats!” We’re so glad we adopted them.
I’ve shared more cat related stories for National Pet Month on The Olive Fox website, so if you want to hear more about my cute little moggies, then please head over to theolivefox.co.uk.
Would you rescue a pet?
Do you have any pets? Who are they and what do you love most about them?
Did you spot Freya? If not, she’s on from 0:26.
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