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The Saddest Thing Happened at the PACA Adoption Today...

post #1 of 12
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This probably doesn't belong in this thread but since this is where I post, I am putting it here....

We have 3 kittens that will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. My daughter and I were out and about today at stopped at Petco for some food. PACA was there holding a cat/kitten adoption. Of course we went in to look at all the little guys!

Well there was an elderly lady there, who was looking at and reading all about the kittens/cats. I noticed that she had tears in her eyes as she was talking to one of the PACA people. I then overheard her telling the man that she wanted to adopt a cat but didn't want one that would live longer then her, she wanted an older cat. She said she had no family, was all akone and would worry about who whould take care of the cat after she passed...
Is that so sad or what? I felt so bad.

I know this has nothing to do with anything, just wanted to get it out of my system because I actually started to cry in the store....
post #2 of 12
Well to you and her. She is very considerate for wanting to look out for a pet if something happens to her. And you for being so concerned for her.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by mowsluver View Post
This probably doesn't belong in this thread but since this is where I post, I am putting it here....

We have 3 kittens that will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. My daughter and I were out and about today at stopped at Petco for some food. PACA was there holding a cat/kitten adoption. Of course we went in to look at all the little guys!

Well there was an elderly lady there, who was looking at and reading all about the kittens/cats. I noticed that she had tears in her eyes as she was talking to one of the PACA people. I then overheard her telling the man that she wanted to adopt a cat but didn't want one that would live longer then her, she wanted an older cat. She said she had no family, was all akone and would worry about who whould take care of the cat after she passed...
Is that so sad or what? I felt so bad.

I know this has nothing to do with anything, just wanted to get it out of my system because I actually started to cry in the store....
You know..that was very responsible of her...and honestly, so few adults get adopted during kitten season. I love people who say "I want an adult because I know the kittens will find homes".

Katie
post #4 of 12
At our shelter, a few of us have formed a volunteer think tank to try and think of what projects we can do ourselves. One of them is older cats for older people. We're going to go along to senior citizen days, and assisted living apartments that allow pets and take along photos of the older cats, and talk to them about the benefits of owning a pet, and try to place a nice older lap cat with those who are interested.

We also plan to try and get the senior centres to either bring down those who are interested, or we can go and collect them and bring them in.

Hopefully it will work
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
At our shelter, a few of us have formed a volunteer think tank to try and think of what projects we can do ourselves. One of them is older cats for older people. We're going to go along to senior citizen days, and assisted living apartments that allow pets and take along photos of the older cats, and talk to them about the benefits of owning a pet, and try to place a nice older lap cat with those who are interested.

We also plan to try and get the senior centres to either bring down those who are interested, or we can go and collect them and bring them in.

Hopefully it will work
Sterling shelter has a seniors for seniors program:

http://www.sterlingshelter.org/services/snrprogram.html

I think it is a GREAT idea since so few senior cats get out.

Katie
post #6 of 12
In the UK we have this charity
http://www.cinnamon.org.uk/home.html
When my Dad was 80 he had to have his old dog PTS and felt that he was too old to have another one, but he was really lonely without one. I found out about these people and they matched him up with an elderly dog whose person had died and they had 4 happy years together. She died a couple of months before he did. I think it is a great charity.
post #7 of 12
My rescue offers cats over 6 y/o to seniors over 60 y/o at no charge. It is a good way of finding homes for adult kitties. And we always offer to take a cat back if necessary, so if something happens to the owner, and no one can take the cat, we will take them back.

I'm sure it was sad to listen to that woman talking about it out loud. But I am impressed by the way she was looking out for the needs of her cat, even before adopting!
post #8 of 12
My rescue offers cats over 6 y/o to seniors over 60 y/o at no charge. It is a good way of finding homes for adult kitties. And we always offer to take a cat back if necessary, so if something happens to the owner, and no one can take the cat, we will take them back.

I'm sure it was sad to listen to that woman talking about it out loud. But I am impressed by the way she was looking out for the needs of her cat, even before adopting!
post #9 of 12
Oh I'd have cried too! I hope she found a wonderful companion for herself there. When we adopted Bunny she was 3 and so much easier to transition into the home. Plus she helped with Baby Pumpkin too.
post #10 of 12
I'll move this to SOS for you.
post #11 of 12
I hope and pray that the dear soul will find someone who will place a cat with her. I am glad to see that some shelters are coming up with creative solutions. My parents both know that their dogs and my dad's cats would come to me, and, God forbid, if something happens to me, then my crew goes to my sister and brother in Tennessee (along with my disabled daughter) and vice versa.
Mowsluver, I really can relate to how you felt - it reminded me of a post here earlier this year wherein an elderly couple passed in short succession, and before their daughter could arrive to take care of things, an uncle had surrendered the couple's cats for euthanasia! I was so upset, but as others here pointed out, there must have been a very happy renunion over RB; although it was so horrible to deny the daughter what was possibly one of the most sentimentally valuable parts of her inheritance - her mom and dad's cats
post #12 of 12
We also have a "seniors for seniors" program. The cats and dogs are discounted and elderly. I hope she finds a companion!
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