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September 24, 2018

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Why Risk Heartache Of Adopting An Older Cat?


Dear Porky and Buddy,
I have been reading about the rescue by the Oswego county Humane Society and Friends of Homeless Animals of the 16 cats that had been trapped in a house with a collapsed roof up in the town of Boylston. I sure do appreciate their efforts and I would be very interested in adopting one of them, but I read that almost half of them are 12 or 13 years old.

Gulp.

Isn’t it risky to adopt a cat that old?

How would he or she adjust?

What if the cat became ill?

They only have a few more years to live – why would anyone take on that heartache?

I don’t mean to sound like I don’t care about them. I do, but it just seems like too much to ask of an adopter.
Fred

Dear Fred,
Where to begin?

Is it a lot to ask of an adopter?  Sure.

Only very special people seek out and adopt senior pets and in our eyes they are angels.

But look at this way. All cats die. All cats can get ill. All cats go through an adjustment process when their household is changed.

Older cats, however, don’t go wildly careening around your house or clawing your curtains to shreds or jumping up to the top of your refrigerator.

They will jump up in your lap however, once they get to know you, and purr, purr and purr.

These sweet and gorgeous cats (you can see them on the Oswego County Humane Society’s website at oswegohumane.org) have been uprooted from the only home they have ever known.

They were well cared for, even if the house where they lived was not strong enough for the snow this winter.

They are heathy.

They could live to be 20.

That is a lot of love and affection and purring.

Maybe they won’t live that long.

We all lose pets and are broken-hearted when it happens.  We all get over it and adopt another pet.

You’ll get over it.

You will still be an angel.

They just need a home!

On a lighter note, how about celebrating your love of fur balls at the Fur Ball?

On April 29 from 6 to 11 p.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego, there will be dinner and dancing, contests, a fabulous silent auction and more.

Invitations will be coming this month or go to our website to reserve a ticket online.

$60 per person or $100 per couple.

Or call our office to ask about sponsorship.

You know you’re a party animal!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: 315-207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

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