Hello I am The Don and I am a rather handsome, portly ex-RSPCA cat now living in Switzerland. My mother is a big fan of Hope for Strays and asked if I could do a guest blog post to share my story with you. She says adopted me was the best thing she ever did – and I have to agree with her!
I was a “well built” (some would say podgy but I say I am a growing lad) 8 year old chap who had been with the RSPCA sometime and had been in foster care for at least 6 months before my mum came along. She says she has no idea why I was homeless for so long as I am an adorable, cuddly and highly loving cat and she fell in love with me the day I was brought to my new forever home with her on New Year’s Eve 2010.
I settled in well and mum and I were soon bestest of friends and I made sure to keep an eye on her and give her plenty of cuddles. It turned out that my mum had some health issues and had some very tough times coming but I stuck with her through it all, snuggling with her, chasing my toys to make her laugh and giving her plenty of love. There were days when she could not get out of bed she was so ill but I made sure she was warm and snug by curling up next to her and giving her plenty of purring snuggles. She has lots of friends and loving family but sometimes it can be hard to share things and she did not want to worry them too much. I on the other hand was always there to listen to her and provide my furry comfort and support.
My mum says she would never have made it through those times without me. She says people do not always realise the power of an animal’s love and the strength that a pet companion can bring. I think I was lucky to find such a great mum but she says she is the lucky one – I helped her through her tough times and helped her to pull through an carry on.
Hope for Strays has so many loving and caring animals that are looking for a forever home and looking to bring the unconditional love that only a pet can bring into someone’s life. My mum and I are so happy together – I hope that there are other people out there who will look at the pictures of the Hope for Strays cats and dogs and see a companion there for them. Adopting an animal is a two way blessing – the animal gets a nice warm loving home and in turn the new parent(s) get unquestioning love and comfort no matter what. Money cannot buy the sort of love I give my mum and I know that the Hope for Strays animals want to give their new mums and dads the same love.
So my final message to you is open your heart and home to a rescue animal – I promise it will be one of the best things you ever do and the happiness you and your pet will find will be priceless.
Headbonks to you all,
P.S. If for whatever reason you cannot give a home to a rescue then at least help sponsor one of the Hope for Strays dogs or cats to help them while they wait to find their forever home – and keep sharing their stories and photos!