Dear Pet Column,
I recently met Kandy Korn at the Second Chance Shelter and really took to her. She was loving,enjoyed affection and is such a beautiful girl. She really opened my heart yet I am concerned about her being 14 years old and think it would be better for me to get a younger cat...
Sincerely, Krazy for Kandy Korn
Dear Krazy, thank you so much for your lovely compliments. My staff thought it best if I, Kandy Korn, wrote back to you directly. Your email comes at an interesting time as my staff here at Second Chance have taken up a particular crusade to find me a home, which is what happens once an animal has spent too much time here being overlooked for the younger cuter pets. Although Second Chance staff and volunteers treat me like family it can never compare to a true home and family of my own.
But don’t worry, I am not here to write a “poor-me” sob story, it is not my style, I am a cat after all. And yes I am fourteen years of age, no biggie, it certainly doesn’t mean I don’t have anything left to give. To the contrary, it means I have more…
Adopting a pet is certainly a lifetime commitment and the age of a pet you adopt should be reflective of your lifestyle. From this point of reference, there are advantages to adopting a pet of more mature years, for example, we are so less needy than our younger counterparts. We have learned to let go of many of our bad habits and demands. We teach others an acceptance of life that is comparable to the Zen Masters teachings – BE.
Adopters that I have briefly met at the shelter and who have had their hearts opened by my unabashed willingness to extend myself to them have all ended up leaving with one of the younger cats here at the shelter. I do fully comprehend their fear of the potentially shorter lifetime we would have together. People would rather avoid or prolong the grief of saying goodbye that is a natural part of life, I understand this (remember I am a Zen Master…).
I also know that we make the most of what we have – and cat life longevity varies from up to 20+ years. So yes, adopting an older pet has certain risks to it, but there are no guarantees of longevity for any pet you adopt. The important thing is that the time we have together will be richly rewarded by love, connection, and companionship.
I am not attempting to persuade anyone who is not the right person or family to bring me home, but I am asking you to consider that you might be the right person after all. If you have a warm and comfortable home where I can stay inside and greet you and the rest of the family with willingly received rubs and purrs, you might want to consider coming to see me at the shelter.
In closing, and at the risk of sounding melodramatic, I will leave you with this thought: every day more spent at the shelter is one day less I can spend with you…
Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.