A Paws For Pets — Can you help us?

By LaMoine Roth, York Adopt A Pet

We have no voice, we have no control over our lives, we are shelter cats and kittens.

We didn’t ask to be at York Adopt a Pet. Some of us were relinquished because we became a burden to our families. Maybe they moved into a new house, maybe they had a baby, maybe they just didn’t want to put up with us because we became ill or elderly.

Some of us were abandoned, born in an alley, left in a cardboard box. We have been thrown away, we are shelter cats.

We are not complaining. For some of us, this is the first time we have not been terrified living under a bush. For some it is the first healthy food we have had. And for many of us it is the first time we have been warm, safe and have had fresh water and sanitary food to eat. We are not complaining we are the lucky ones, we have a home.

And most importantly, for the first time for many of us we have someone who actually cares about us. These are the volunteers at York Adopt A Pet. They give us medication when we are sick, they give us the gift of being spayed or neutered. They know there are so many cats and kittens who are hiding under bushes, living out of trash cans and sadly know there will be another family who will call and have their reasons to give up their beloved pet. These volunteers pet us, they hold us and they let us know we are important. They actually love us, they rejoice when we are adopted, they grieve when one of us crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

These volunteers are our voice. Without them we would still be living on the streets, we would be adding to the over-population, we would be sick, and when we die there would be no one who would even know or care.

We know that these volunteers come twice a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We know because we are waiting for them each and every day. We also know that they need more volunteers. WE NEED YOU. If you have ever had the desire to help an animal in need, please call YAAP at 362-3964. You can also stop by the shelter and fill out a volunteer application form. We know you will receive so much more than what you give. If you can spare two hours a week, you would be helping us so much. You would never have to work alone. Two or three people a shift makes things go fast and it gives you more time to cuddle and play with us. We promise to welcome you with purrs and meows.

We are at an all-time high number and our volunteers are struggling to keep up. Remember we are a no kill shelter so if you would volunteer, you will never regret it. We hear people say, “I would like to volunteer but I would want to bring them all home with me” and “I would like to but it would be too sad if one of them passed the Rainbow Bridge,” or “I would like to but I would become too attached and would hate to see them adopted.” To this we all say “hiss, hiss, hiss.” We PROMISE we will make you happy and you will wonder why you didn’t come sooner.

Give us a chance. We need your help.

Meows and purrs from Anita, Fargo and Jasper as well as all of the cats and kittens at YAAP. We wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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