I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve had a hard time organizing my post ideas and I’ve been a little distracted. This post isn’t going to be something about Angry Birds, or Harry Potter. It’s about something I love doing and want to help spread the message about.
Recently in school we have been learning about Advocacy, which is publicly supporting a certain cause. I have a very specific cause. Animals. I am a volunteer at Camp Companion, a group of people who are trying to find homes for all the homeless pets and prevent future generations of them. Camp Companions have had over 624 adoptions and 1,524 spray/neuters. There are so many homeless cats and dogs out there because people don’t get their pets fixed. We became involved with Camp companion when an expecting stray showed up on our property. She showed up, not even a year old and a mother-to-be. We named her her Belle, but knew we couldn’t take in another cat. While my family and I were away visiting family in Oregon, she had 5 kittens in a mud hole in the rain. My grandmother, who had decided to stay, put them in a box. My mom called the Humane society and other shelters, but no one would call back or give us assistance. Someone mentioned Camp Companion to us and they responded after one call. That’s where it all started. We ended up becoming Fosters for the cats and spending Saturdays at adoption events trying to find them homes. I can’t imagine a better way to spend my Saturdays than volunteering my time for adorable animals! With so many homeless animals, many of them being cold and hungry, wouldn’t you want to help? Here in Minnesota the winters are very cold and often an animal as small as a cat, probably wouldn’t survive. My mom, sister Maria, and I spent an hour in negative degree weather trying to get a feral/stray cat into a cage (much to her disliking). Originally she would’ve been a TNR (trap-neuter-return), it was just too cold out and we ended up becoming her foster family. She was very skittish at first but she soon learned that we were nice. We’re still fostering that feisty little girl whom we’ve lovingly named Cinder (kinda like Cinderella, once alone and cold, now warm and loved) and we can’t wait for the day she gets her forever home. If there is a small, cute kitten up for adoption, odds are that they’ll get adopted fairly quickly, the adults are not so much. Deemed “Second Hand Cats” by Camp Companion, for the fact that the cat was most likely previously owned but abandoned, the adult cats (6 months and older) generally take longer to get adopted since they’re “older” and not so “cute and cuddly” and are overlooked for cute kittens, despite the cats having wonderful personalities.
Being apart of a foster family is amazing. We’ve fostered about 10 cats by now, but that is hardly a comparison to the cats that are still needing a foster home. Our job, as a foster family, is to provide warm shelter, good food, good water, and plenty of love to the pet we’re fostering. Sometimes that pet needs extra special care, like if they have separation anxiety, certain disabilities, or maybe they’re just not too certain about humans (as Cinder once was), the foster family’s job is to help the animal overcome the road block and help them go on the road of recovery to get to their forever home. Sometimes the pet’s foster family becomes so attached to the pet, they decide to adopt it themselves. Camp Companion calls this a “foster failure.”
You don’t necessarily have to be a volunteer and work with a group like Camp Companion to do your part and help. You could always just try to spread the word that, animals are living creatures too. Would you abandon your own family like you could a pet? I know I wouldn’t! One major thing that you can do is to get your pets fixed. Many kittens, cats, puppies and dogs die from diseases caused by over population. So many animals die from cold, diseases, starvation and sometimes worse. So many of these animals could be saved, and many more can be prevented. Getting your pets fixed would keep future pet generations from ending up on the street.
Please spread the word. Animals are living creatures too. They can love, care and also feel sad or rejected. They can feel what people feel.