An entry in the “Why I’m Lawful Good” list.
AKA: Another Thai commercial about how it’s cool to be a good person.
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!
Both of my cats were adopted as adults - Alfrado and Penny were adopted both when they were about 4-5 (respectively; Alfrado is about 9 now, and Penny just turned 5). Just because it’s an adult doesn’t mean it’s any less “valuable”!
And if your excuse is “well then I don’t get as much time with a pet” then…don’t get a pet.
Something else to keep in mind is that certain “special needs” cats might need constant attention, a different house layout, etc. My Dad and Stepmom adopted a really sweet cat, but she’s about 80% blind and ‘not quite there.’ She’s so sweet and lovable, but they can’t really move furniture around and stuff like that (she’ll bonk into chairs and stuff…).
Go out and enjoy your new family member! ♥
by Matías Bergara