Helping St. Louis

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Innocent Bystanders

Posted by Schevus on December 8, 2008

The harsh economic times affect everyone, even those who have no concept of money. I am talking about our furry and feathered friends. Pets are suffering as a result of the economic downturn, and especially because of the housing crisis. As people lose their homes to foreclosure, there is often no place left for pets. As a result, animal shelters are bursting at maximum capacity across the country.

My wife and I have adopted all three of our cats from the Belleville Area Humane Society. In order to exploit everyone’s inescapable love of cute pet pictures, here are our rascals:


Merle – We think he is a little “special”


Nick – Always a ham for the camera


Christy – Famous for her crabby look

Best Buddies

Best buddies

Shelter pets make wonderful companions. They are incredibly loving and happy to have a good home. I suspect that Nick spent a fair bit of time on the street because he was extremely skittish at first. Over time (a year plus), he is becoming more and more lovable and wants more and more attention.

In addition to adopting, we also donate toys and such to the shelter occasionally, as well as a recurring monetary donation. Most shelters have wish lists, and most things on them are very inexpensive, but immensely appreciated.

If you have room for an addition to your household, I encourage you to consider adopting a pet. With the shelters taxed, many animals are being put down that could otherwise lead long happy lives in a good home. With Christmas around the corner, a pet would also make an excellent gift. Please think seriously about adopting first though, because shelters see an influx of drop offs after the holidays. By adopting you will gain a friend for life!


4 Responses to “Innocent Bystanders”

  1. I agree 100% with you that shelter pets make wonderful companions. I adopted my youngest dog from a local animal shelter. My oldest dog was a stray that a friend of mine found on his delivery route. No one claimed her, so I did. These two are the best pets I’ve ever had!

  2. Schevus said

    I’m glad to hear that you have also had a positive experience with your adopted pets. You really can tell they enjoy a good home when they’ve had a rough life. I also generally avoid really young pets from shelters because I know they are more likely to be adopted, and the older ones make just as good pets. Thanks for visiting!

    – Schev

  3. I firmly believe that Merl is a handicapped cat. Any other cat can drink without getting the back of his head wet..

  4. Schevus said

    I just found this post, which links to this site. On the site you click a button which takes you to a page with advertising. This process results in food and care being donated to needy animals. After doing this I was presented with this message:

    “You’ve given the value of .6 bowls of food to rescued animals”

    Pretty good for one click! Give it a try. You can also sign up for a daily reminder email.

    – Schev

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