With the Labor Day weekend behind us, and the month of September in place, I turn my thoughts to Autumn. I happen to LOVE Summer. About the only thing I'm ever ready to leave behind are the fleas. But there has been a consistent theme over the past couple of years. My cathouse numbers swell during the Spring and Summer (and even Fall) months, and my adoptions have occurred during the Winter. I was talking to another somebody who is involved with rescue work, and we agreed that cats and kittens simply don't get adopted during the Summer. There are a couple of reasons for this. One - Kitten Season means just about anybody who wants to add a cat or kitten to their family can do so by stepping outside and opening their eyes. They're EVERYWHERE. They are in the newspapers for free. They are being turned away from the shelters which are full beyond capacity. They are even showing up as strays in YOUR neighborhoods and backyards. Two – Summer is a time of outside activities, of going on trips, of long daylight hours with less time spent indoors. It's possible a lot of people decide against bringing a warm, fuzzy cat or kitten into their homes in the Summer because the season has them thinking in other directions.
Now that September is here, I'm hope, hope, hoping that the shift to Fall will bless Winnie's Wish with ADOPTIONS. As I've mentioned, the cathouse is at maximum capacity. That's EIGHTEEN kitties. Twelve of those eighteen are ready for a home RIGHT NOW, THIS MINUTE. Some are young, and it would be SO nice if they could grow up in homes of their very own instead of in the cathouse. Some have been here for an entire year this month. Living in the cathouse isn't a bad thing, but I'm always so sad for those little souls who want way more attention than I have time to give them. And then there are the ones who need a home because they won't push in for attention. These kitties take special, patient homes where they can blossom into the wonderful family members they are meant to be.
Of course, my reasons for wanting wonderful homes for these wonderful Winnie's Wishers is always two-fold. Each of the kitties here is an individual with a unique personality. These sweethearts belong in families of their own. That's always heavy on my heart. But also – I cannot take in more homeless little souls until some of the current gang get adopted.
Friends – PLEASE help me spread the word. Wouldn't it be wonderful if September could be the month to usher in ADOPTIONS?! Here are the pictures for Facebook of the newest three adoptables.
Having EIGHTEEN Winnie's Wishers means I need adoptions for sure. But it also means I'm FEEDING eighteen cathouse kitties. Yesterday, I told you that my Winnie's Wish Wish List on Amazon worked! The first Wish fulfilled was by KR for canned food which I showed you yesterday. The next two packages I received were from my dear friend Cheryl. You remember Cheryl – she is the one who helped me get four cats out of the Florida hotel feral colony (Quinn, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and Goldie). She fulfilled a couple of Winnie's Wish Wishes on Amazon. Take a look!
It's impossible to explain just how much food it takes to feed eighteen Winnie's Wishers. Between the food going in, and the litter needed for, well, um . . . the coming out, supplies are in constant demand. Cheryl – THANK YOU.
See you tomorrow.