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Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin
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!
Let me tell to you a thing.
This is Lenore. I first saw her in a little cage at the Petco I frequent (I used to take my parents’ dog in for puppy play time), and she looked like the grouchiest, old, crotchety cat in the world, and I fell instantly in love. She was cranky, she was anti-social, hanging out at the back of her cage. Her fur was matted because she wouldn’t let the groomers near her.
She was perfect.
But I didn’t have a place for her. I wasn’t living in my own space yet, and where I was, I wasn’t allowed cats. So I pressed my face to the bars of her cage and I promised that if no one had adopted her by the time I’d bought a house, I would come back for her.
I visited her every week for over six months while I looked for a house. At one point, they had to just shave her entire rear-end because the mats or fur were so bad. They told me she clawed the heck outta the groomer that did it, screamed the entire time, and spent the next two days growling at anyone that came near the cage.
A couple of weeks later, I closed on my house. I went back and I got an employee, and I said: “That one. I need that cat.”
They got the paperwork and the lady who ran the rescue that was bringing the cats in told me that Lenore (at the time, Lila) was 8 years old, had been owned by an elderly lady who had died, and brought in to a different rescue, who’d had her for six months on top of the time I’d been seeing her at Petco.
This kitty had been living in a 3x3’ cube for over a YEAR because she was older and “less adoptable.”
I signed the paperwork, put her in a cat carrier, and drove her to my new home. I had pretty much nothing; a bed, an old couch, a couple of bookcases, and a tank of mice I called “Cat TV”. I let her out of the carrier and onto my bed, and I told her “I told you I would come back for you when I had a place. It’s not much, but it’s yours too now.”
Lenore spent the next three days straight purring non-stop. She followed me around the house purring. Sat next to me purring. Slept next to me purring. Leaning into every touch, purring, purring, always purring. She still purrs if you so much as think about petting her. She’s amazing, and I love her.
So, you know, if you’re thinking about adopting, and you see a beast that others consider “less adoptable,” think about Lenore.
Okay, this is something I’m re-retumbling, because I didn’t put commentary on it the first time.
This is very important, and I’m very, very happy that my friends came across it and retumbld it, because my Mom and I are going to adopt a cat at some point in the near future. She’s got a good deal of things wrong with her health-wise (as do I) and it would be a therapy cat of sorts. A nice cat that we can pet and play with and feed and clean up after and let sleep on us and have fun with and listen to it purr.
It’s very important because she had been thinking of adopting an adult cat, but hadn’t considered a less adoptable cat, and now she has and I told her the story about Lenore and she just “Awww!”ed and wants that experience of a cat that purrs constantly out of love.
I have no doubt that when we find the right cat for us, it will love us a lot, and we will love it a lot as well. We’ve got a lot of love to give.
Here’s to cats!
CAP 3 STARTS SHOOTING IN APRIL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL
A Voice for Men, a men’s rights site that is most notable for being featured as a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is currently hosting a conference on men’s issues in Detroit.
The images above are direct quotes of what some of the speakers at this men’s rights conference have said.
Sit back and marvel at the newest human rights movement.
Please share this post far and wide so everyone knows exactly what men’s rights activists believe!
That’s actually one of the tamer Warren Farrell quotes. He actually said that incest victims enjoy it.
And not for nothing, but Karen Straughan was “awakened” to misandry when her son’s school put him in the remedial class when she KNEW he was a genius.
And Erin Pizzey thinks the FBI is run by feminists who also shot her dog.
Reblogging again for that last comment.
I’m going to vomit.
See here. THIS is the enemy. They look nice, and I’m sure their voices sound reasonable, but they are the vilest of enemies, and the women are the worst.
Christ, this is frightening. It’s beyond me that people like this exist. Not only that but that they truly, 100% believe what they’re saying is right.
So women MRAs are a thing that exists and now I wonder if there are POC white supremacists out there, too.
Young Avengers (2005 - 2006) #7
Luke Cage just laying it out as it is
OH MY GOD, I HAVE A CAROL KITTY HAT!
This was a custom order through Hatcore, an awesome company out of Atlanta run by two super nerdy burners. It’s super soft and warm and I can’t wait to rock it this fall/winter now that part of my hair is gone.
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