Lovelies! I hope you’re well.
On the blog today: the story of how I came to create my family of furry friends!
I adopted my first kitty the year I bought my main apartment in Harlem. Sylvie came to me from a shelter in the Bronx, who had advertised at one rug merchant I frequently visited at the time, and still love today. As soon as I saw her on their poster, I knew it was meant to be.
She’s since passed away, much to my sadness, but the flock has grown over the years, with its current roster of 3 darling little ones, Rupert, Twilla, and Edgar.
Edgar and Twilla were my first adoptees after Sylvie, and the three of them lived together for several years before Sylvie finally became a bit too rickety to be comfortable. These two are twins, and they’re just absolutely hilarious to watch running around causing mischief. I found them in Harlem, at a shelter I’ve since discovered through the adoption mailings I receive.
I have all I can do to not adopt dozens of the adorable little creatures in there, but the pesky little twins won be over from the first glimpse. Rupert was my way of introducing a bit more mellow energy to the household. He’s a total lazybones, which tends to happen with neutered male cats. He’s my reading buddy and an excellent companion for quiet nights in when I need to unwind from whatever project is currently in my head.
In the years since I’ve started the herd, I’ve come to believe quite passionately in adoption. I have never been a card-carrying member of PETA or any such organization, but I’ve always believed in helping out however you can. It’s why I use recycled and repurposed materials instead of buying lots of new pieces for every project. Adopting pets only seems like the right thing to do.
Here’s why I have fallen in love with adoption, and why I encourage all of you to consider doing the same next time you’re thinking about welcoming a pet into your home.
When you adopt, as any shelter will tell you, you’re choosing to avoid the cycle of breeding and selling that leads to so many animal abuses and abandoned creatures in the world. You save someone who needs rescuing, which is much less selfish than deciding you need a completely new creature in the world. It’s plainly and simply the right thing to do.
The absolute best part of adoption isn’t the charitable aspect, though. It’s the fact that you’re not starting with a blank slate, or a guaranteed lovey. It’s all a matter of meeting someone you fall in love with, and you get to know them just like a person. A rescue animal already has a personality, and mannerisms. Adoption is a process of getting familiar with a fully-fledged person in animal form, with their own memories, experiences, and thoughts. It’s so much more fun, honestly.
If you don’t already have pets, and are hesitant to have any because of your nice interior furnishings, never fear! Read more about dealing with a cat as a fine decorator, and how you can have the best of both worlds by relying on a good pet hair vacuum and being smart about your delicate furnishings.
So, wherever you live, consider visiting and supporting your local shelter!