WHY ADOPT A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT?
A special needs cat is one with a disability or disease that requires extra attention and care. This can be anything from a cat with diabetes to a cat with cancer or other life-threatening diseases. Regardless of the setbacks that these cats may face as a result of their disability or disease, these animals are just as capable of love and loving as any other cat.
Shown above is a cat who is blind in one eye.
CATS WITH DISABILITIES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS LIKELY TO BE ADOPTED THAN THOSE WITHOUT
As upsetting as it is, younger, healthier cats are more likely to be adopted from a shelter than elderly cats or cats with disabilities or diseases. The idea of more doctor visits or the extra attention needed in order to care for these cats is what scares people away from the possibility of an incredible pet. Moreover, the possible “inconvenience” that may arise as a result of owning these pets is a turn off to potential adopters. Unfortunately, this leaves these cats who are in need of a loving home, stuck in a shelter. These cats make wonderful pets, and act as a loving pet for anyone- from a young family to an older couple.
Shown above is a cat with three legs.
THESE CATS CAN BE SPONSORED
If for any reason, the idea of adopting a cat is not a feasible option, there are other alternatives in order to help these loving pets. Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary that branches from New Jersey, aims to gain sponsors for their cats with disabilities. Of their $250,000 goal, they have currently raised $230,500. Benefits of becoming a sponsor include receiving monthly updates and photos of your sponsored pet, receiving a tax deduction, and possibly the most rewarding benefit of all- knowing that you were able to help a feline without even taking it into your home.
THEY ARE JUST AS BEAUTIFUL AND LOVING AS ANY OTHER PET
Aiming to capture the true beauty of cats with disabilities, San Francisco-based “furrtographer” Josh Dorem did a photo shoot with these newly adopted felines. In reference to this shoot, Norem states, “I am just trying to capture their beauty and their essence… I hope when someone looks at a photo I’ve taken they see a beautiful animal instead of just focusing on a particular injury or disability.” Below are some of the photos Dorem captured.
Shown above is a kitten born with deformities in her legs.
After an accident with a car’s fan belt, she lost one of her ears, her tail, her vision and hearing.
An infection resulted in the loss of this feline’s eyes.
This project showcased the importance of cats with disabilities beautifully, and an increase of adoptions for disabled cats in San Francisco came as a result. The motive behind such a photo shoot was to show the public that cats with disabilities can be just as aesthetically attractive as well as loving and caring as any other pet.
So… what are you waiting for? These loving pets are in need of a caring home. If you have room in your home and your heart, a feline in need of love and care might be just what you need. Be sure to check out your local animal shelter for these precious felines.
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