Gimmie Shelter

Continuing on with the Year of the Rant, today’s topic is simple, yet all-encompassing:

What the fuck is wrong with people?

Through Facebook, I’m subscribed to updates from Animal Friends, Pittsburgh’s no-kill shelter.  I also visit their site a lot to look at the animals for adoption.  I should not do this, I know.  It’s like picking at a wound.  But I can’t help it, and my personal failings aren’t the point today.

The point is that I’ve become pretty familiar with the animals on their webpage, the relative numbers of dogs vs. cats, and I’ve learned this:  People will adopt dogs.  People don’t adopt cats.

Which leads me to today’s subject.  I repeat, what the fuck is wrong with people?

The few times a dog there has caught my eye, it is gone within a week.  But when I browse the cats, I see the same little faces, day after day, week after week.  There are several cats there who have been at the shelter for over a year, some close to two.

What the fuck is wrong with people?

In sheer numbers, there are usually about 4-5 pages of dogs at any time, but 7-8 of cats.  When I see Facebook posts from the shelter celebrating a weekend with a high number of adoptions, I go to the website and I see that the number of dogs has shrunk considerably, the number of cats has stayed the same.

What the fuck is wrong with people?

Will somebody tell me?  Because I do not and can not understand it.  Do people hate cats that much?  Are they that much the second-class citizens of the pet world?  Anybody who thinks so can please go and rot in hell now, hopefully in a tiny cage for all eternity.

I know that a lot of the dogs being adopted will end up dumped because idiots don’t realize how much work they are, but that’s part of my point.  As my buddy Janet so rightly pointed out, if you take a gamble on a shelter dog with an unknown past, that dog could potentially wreak some serious havoc.  Dogs can EAT whole items of furniture.  They can break windows, and chew through doors and rip out drywall.  A troubled shelter cat can at most, meow loudly, hide a lot, and urinate inappropriately.  Isn’t that a no-brainer?!  (I’m not saying that all shelter animals are troubled, I know they aren’t.  I’m just laying out worst-case scenarios here.)

What the fuck is wrong with people?

The catalyst for this rant was a Facebook post from Animal Friends about a little black and white cat who has been living in shelters since March 2010.  Think about that.  BW and I have been exploring and soul-searching the idea of adopting him, not because we want or think that a 3rd cat is a great idea, but because 2 years in shelters is a million shades of wrong.  He is obviously not going to find a home unless some cat-person steps up.  So the vast bulk of asshole humanity puts those few of us into a difficult position, and I do. not. appreciate. it.

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One Response to “Gimmie Shelter”

  1. Wendy Says:

    I love all animals but I will always choose a cat over a dog when adopting. Both of our cats were strays. We rescued our eldest cat after some idiot threw her out of a car near our home. Our youngest cat was part of a litter from a field cat. Cats are self sufficient, clean, loving (most of the time) and fun to watch. I will always have a cat!

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