When I close my eyes and think of the most perfect place in the world, I am surrounded by purring, happy cats. They are all healthy, they are all well-fed, and they all have homes and families to love and spoil them.
None of them are out on the street, fending for morsels or scraps, and none of them are in cages, waiting as the days pass for the lucky day when someone doesn't pass them by and they get a forever home.
This is almost like heaven to me... They just all need homes! (Picture of me passing out treats at Animal Aid in Boca Raton, FL by Sonju Photography.)
In my heaven, cats like Knight, my absolute favorite cat at Cats Exclusive, don't have to stay in a cage by themselves just because they have urine crystals and it's the only way to be sure he only eats his special food to make sure he stays healthy. No, if I had my dream, Knight would have an entire home to lounge around and play in, a whole family to show off his loving, incredibly cuddly personality -- and it wouldn't matter that he's black and "boring" or that he's special needs. He'd be perfect in their eyes.
In my heaven, best friends like Lenox and Diamond wouldn't have to hop from foster home to foster home, never settling and always readjusting. Lenox is completely blind and Diamond, who only has one eye himself, is his seeing-eye friend. They are very, very special and obviously need a special home. These two are currently living with a friend of a friend, but she can't keep them forever, and they deserve a permanent place to get to know and get the love from.
In my heaven, all pets would be spayed and neutered, so there wouldn't be such a huge number of dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. There wouldn't be any homes or apartments that don't allow pets (No pets, no deal, if you ask me!). Every cat would have their own personal catnip garden and every dog would have a backyard full of hidden bones.
In my heaven, everyone loves animals and treats them with respect. There are no horror stories of animal abuse or neglect.
In my heaven, everyone knows just how much better pets can make our lives, and they tell all their friends, who tell their friends, who tell their friends... and before we know it, everyone has a fluffy kitty or a playful doggie waiting for them at home everyday.
Let's make today one day closer to my heaven. Today is Petfinder.com's 15th birthday, and to celebrate, they're making today Adopt the Internet Day. The goal is to spread the word about adoption and hopefully inspire some people to give homes to the thousands of pets waiting patiently for someone to love them.
Won't you help me spread the word? Let's make our world a little slice of heaven today!
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