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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Cats have been kept as pets since the time of the Egyptians. Cats are very unique creatures, with different personalities. In poetry they have been compared to fog and works of art. Andrew Lloyd Weber wrote and produced a smashing Broadway musical dedicated to felines titled "Cats." There is nothing more civilized than a cup of tea, a good book, and a dozing cat on your lap. In celebration of our feline friends, and due to an over abundance of cats at many area shelters, The Humane Society of the United States has declared the entire month of June, "Adopt a Shelter Cat Month."

Kittens are great, and generally can find a home easily because they are so small, playful, and appealing. But an adult cat has much to offer, too. Anyone who has ever owned a cat can tell you that a cat enriches its owner's life. As humans we tend to select a pet that appeals to us, and does something for us. However, have you ever considered adopting a pet with special needs, one that needs you and you can do something for?

At this very moment, in any animal shelter there are many older cats looking for a loving home. Some of these cats have special needs and require a loving lifetime home. For example, at the Humane Society of Wayne County there is an adult spayed female cat, Frito. When Frito came to the shelter as a stray, she was alone and pregnant. The President of the Board of Directors, Stephanie Cooper, opened her heart and her home and took Frito into foster care, providing a safe unthreatening environment for her to deliver and care for her kittens. All of Frito's three kittens have found homes. Frito was such a loving and dedicated mother to her kittens, now she deserves a home of her own. Update: Frito has since found a home. She lived at the shelter for a year.

In 2004 Stephanie provided a foster home for two very special needs cats. Mickey and Dewey were brought the to the shelter during ice storm of April 2003. At that time Mickey and Dewey were seven years old. It was discovered that Mickey is deaf, and Dewey is very shy. Both of these cats are very attached to one another. Needless to say, the shelter was not able to provide the proper environment for Mickey and Dewey. Therefore, Stephanie opened her home to them until they were adopted. However, two weeks ago Stephanie received a tearful plea from the lady who adopted Mickey and Dewey. A terminal illness in the family has forced this lady give up Mickey and Dewey, and return them to their former foster home. Now Mickey and Dewey are homeless once more. Update: Mickey and Dewey found a permanent home after about six months in foster care.

In honor of "Adopt Shelter Cat Month," the Humane Society of Wayne County along with many other area shelters is offering two cats for the price of one adoption fee, the entire month of June.

Please consider adopting an older shelter cat. When we give to an animal we get so very much in return.