This day is set aside to educate the public about caring for disabled pets, to feature disabled animals looking for a home and encourage animal lovers to consider a disabled pet when they are looking to adopt a new family member.
You've seen it countless times, those cats in a shelter who are overlooked for various reasons.
Tripod cats, one-eyed cats, deaf cats, cats with special medical conditions.
I think Julie of Sometimes Cats Herd You said it best in our video, For the Animals, when she stated "they're not damaged goods at all!"
|Does this handsome blue boy look like damaged goods to you? We didn't think so!|
Which is why I love the term Specially-abled (or Differently-abled) and not Disabled.
Because, although they may be different, they're not 'less than'. A cat missing an eye is not less lovable than one with both eyes. A cat who cannot hear can still feel your affection.
|Sweet Marty was a Wayside kitty who found a loving home last year. His new family didn't care that he was FIV+. |
They saw past that to the love he has to give.
You wouldn't consider me to be a less-worthy human being just because I now have an autoimmune disease. (or at least I certainly hope you wouldn't! ;-)
So why so we do that with cats? Or dogs? Or ferrets, or any other companion animal?
As you know, Maxwell came to us as a cat with no eardrum, who was profoundly deaf. He's truly the sweetest cat I've ever been privileged to have in my life. And when the day comes that we're ready to adopt another animal - I'll look first at those who have lived the longest in a shelter.
|Would you walk past this adorable girl just because she only has three legs? |
Or perhaps it's because of the color of her fur. She's no less loving for that!
The ones that, day in and day out, are walked past. Overlooked. But still capable or great love, affection and companionship.
Won't you consider the same?
For more information: www.disabledpetday.com.