This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.
A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!
Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.
All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.
Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!
I love this. It is BEAUTIFUL.
I would like to second this - Please consider adopting an older cat!
I adopted a five-year-old cat from the shelter. He had been there maybe two weeks. Owner surrender, reason unknown.
He sat with his back to the window. He looked so sad. I had to check him out.
He actually nipped me in the encounter room. I adopted him anyway.
For the first month I had him, he was extremely difficult. First he hid. Then, he ventured out, but if you petted him, he bit the crap out of you. I nearly took him back to the shelter several times.
Now he is 10 years old. I love him dearly. He still bites if he gets agitated, but I deal with it. He wakes me up every morning, wants to be petted like crazy. When he thinks it’s time I went to bed, he stretches up on his back feet and taps me on the hip or shoulder when I’m at the computer. :-)
Would not trade him for anything!