Sunday, January 29, 2006

Sadie meets the cat

Our latest-acquired barn cat, although only half grown, has real guts.  Even Cliff, who is not an admirer of cats in general, likes this one (at a distance, of course).  It was fun to see Sadie getting acquainted with him.

I'd like to feature the place from which we adopted Sadie, Wayside Waifs

I was so impressed with the genuine love shown by the staff to their charges.

The lady who took Sadie out of her cage and then watched us petting her, and how she responded to our attention, actually got teary-eyed.  It was very touching.

The lady who interviewed us was the same sort:  she almost got emotional talking about the animals that pass through their doors.  She said she has twelve cats at home, and told us how hard it is to see the reality at Wayside Waifs:  some 7,000 cats pass through each year, and only a small percentage of them get adopted.  Cats, she told us, don't do as well in confinement there, while waiting for someone to adopt them.

She said they don't have a "kill date" like some shelters and pounds; if the animal seems to be adoptable at all, they give it as long as it takes. 

"Of course," she said, "we don't have many people who come in asking for a fourteen-year-old dog with liver cancer; in cases like that, the kindest thing to do is euthanize the animal."

Anyway, I'm giving them a plug:  if some of my readers love animals and want to donate to a good cause, I couldn't possibly recommend a better one.  Again, here's their website:  WAYSIDE WAIFS.

16 comments:

robinngabster said...

I would love to work in a place like that...but then I would want to bring them all home too.

robinngabster said...

p.s. The pictures are great! Gotta love the little sniffer!!  :)

madcobug said...

Cute pictures. Guess that shows she's not a cat chaser. Bet she enjoyed the freedom of that walk with you and Cliff. Helen

am4039 said...

love the pictures and it looks like Sadie is quite the character. She'll fit right in.

lanurseprn said...

Your pictures are adorable. I love the captions!!  Sadie is a dolly...and so is kitty.
Looking forward to more Sadie news.
Pamela

chat2missie said...

I'm glad to see Sadie is settling in her new envirnment.  Even though I'm in PA, I still checked out the website.  It seems like a wonderful place.  
Missie

sugarsweet056 said...

Love the pics!!!! So cute! :0)
Yes, I donate to the HSUS on a reg basis, I'm a member with them!
My granddaughter volunteers at the shelter here on a monthly basis. And I buy cheap dog food & kitty food & litter & take to them every chance I get!
Everyone needs to donate...money, time, food, etc. SOMETHING
And please all remember when you go to buy a pet, please check with a shelter first!!!!!!!! There's sooo many great animals there.
And all please remember to spay & neuter. So we can help to stop all the unwanted animals in the world.
Blesings,
SUGAR

bnanajm said...

Mosie, she's adorable.  She looks like she has one sock rolled up and one rolled down.  She doesn't look so scared today.

Bnana

ksquester said...

Bless you Mo for mentioning Wayside Waifs. It's such a wonderful place, as is Animal Haven.  It looks like Sadie is getting to know you and your area. Now how could you not love a dog like that?   Anne

ora4uk said...

Sadie is a great looking dog.....will she get bigger.....???  looks like she is settling in quite well.....glad you found a new friend....Mandy was our friend..gave us many good days of fun and laughter....you don't forget pets like that....you just move on and make another pet happy....seems you both hit the jackpot....even Cliff....

plieck30 said...

When we lived on the ranch I wanted some barn cats. My neice's husband gave me a cat and guaranted she would have kittens right on time. She never had a one. My daughter and brother always adopt from places like you mentioned but a cat always seems to find me if I need one or not. Paula

lacaza3 said...

heck I should mailed you my sheltie hollie...she so needs a big place to run and roam and she loves to herd things ....I sometimes feel sorry for her because our yards are so little...sometimes she runs out the front door and plays this catch me game...the little turd lol
Donn aIn TEXAS

msecz said...

I think if I lived near you I would go and get that sweet little cat I saw... Part siamese I think she was... I had a cat that looked like her and she was the sweetest cat but she didn't live nearly long enough.... someone abused her when she was young so I was lucky to have her for the 8 years I did.... We have a nice place here in town too. Sandra

naturegirlfromny said...

Must of been her first encounter with a cat.  She checked him out from head to butt!  LOL!  Looks like Wayside Waifs is a great organization.  Linda

siennastarr said...

Looks like Mandy is fitting right in, isn't she??  :)   She seems to be loving farm life, and finding everything interesting.... up to and including the cat's behind! lol

Too cute!
Love the pics!

jackie

deslily said...

it's so funny... that a dog doesn't know what to do when a cat doesn't run away from them lol...