I'd apologize for the soapbox I'm inevitably going to be on for a while now except that I don't think I need to. Those of you who are offended by it should take a good hard look at why you are offended. Feel free to accuse me of sounding like Bob Barker.
Here's the soapbox:
Spay and neuter your pets. No excuses. Do it. Now. If you live in the City of Pittsburgh, you can apply for a free spay/neuter for your pet, so cost is a lousy excuse.
Also. . . adopt, don't breed or buy. Unless you have a need for a specifically bred working dog, why aren't you at the shelter? And as there is no such thing as a working cat. . . well. . . just get a shelter kitty.
This sweet boy, Coca Cola, and his brother, Dr. Pepper (may he rest in peace). . .
This silly dog. . .
This poor guy. . .
And then the new baby. . .
This is the motley crew that makes up my house full of wonderful, loving pets. All abandoned. All unwanted. There are hundreds of great animals in shelters around the city just waiting for a good home. If you're looking for a pet, please check the shelters and breed rescues. Please get your pets "fixed." Keep your cats indoors and your dogs on leashes and in yards. They are domestic animals. They were bred specifically to live with humans, not in the woods or on the streets. That litter of kittens is not better off on their own in the country. They are better off in a house being taken care of. The "purebred" puppies from a breeder are no better than the loving mutts at the shelter waiting for a home.
This PSA brought to you today by someone who has spent the past few days tending a wounded kitten nobody wanted.
PS: Moses is healing well and is starting to play and pounce when I'm in the room. He's still a little skittish when big animals (AKA humans) make fast movements, but he's making social progress really quickly considering his recent trauma. We still haven't decided for certain if we're a foster home or a forever home for him, but he's sure easy to fall in love with. . .