Guest Post: Adopt-a-Pet.com

(Looking for a home.)

As you all know, we’ve been trying to find a home/rescue for Barney, the stray cat who showed up during a snow storm in January.  I may have a good outcome to report soon.  I’m sorry I can’t post more than that right now.  I want to make sure all is well before reporting all is well.

One of the results of my postings about Barney was an email from Jeff, the author of a blog at Adopt-a-Pet.com, who asked if I would link to Adopt-a-Pet.com and/or host a guest post from them.  I am more than happy to do both and so, without further ado, here is the guest post from Adopt-a-Pet.com.  Please visit their website, especially if you’re looking to adopt a pet.

What is Adopt-a-Pet.com

Adopt-a-Pet.com is the world’s largest non-profit pet adoption website. We are like an ad agency for shelters and shelter pets. Sadly there are 4 million healthy adoptable companion animals killed in shelters each year due to overcrowding. We do our best to relieve that problem and put pets from shelters in the homes of pet seekers all over the country.

Our website makes it easy for anyone with an internet connection to find profiles and pictures of adoptable animals by location, breed, gender, age, size, and color. Over 8,000 shelters posts pets on our website displaying over 125,000 pets available for adoption at any given time. We also help volunteers connect with shelters, and currently host over thousands of people listed in our volunteer database for shelters.

What Makes Adopt-a-Pet.com Unique:

– On our website, people can use something we call “Search Saver.” This feature will notify users by e-mail when a particular pet of their specifications in available for adoption. For example, I can tell “Search Saver” where I live, and what type of breed I am looking for. When that animal is available, I am notified the next time a pet matching my search is added on Adopt-a-Pet.com.

– As of this summer we have now made it easy for our visitors to find pets and then recommend them to friends and family via Facebook, Twitter and other social applications. We are calling the idea “Social Petworking.” Here is how it works; once you have searched and found a pet in need, on the pet details page simply hover over the button labeled “SHARE,” there you can send the pet details page to any of your friends. For more information visit this page http://www.adoptapet.com/socialpetworking/signup.

– In addition to dogs and cats, we now feature all kinds of pets for adoption, including rabbits, farm animals, ferrets, hamsters and other small animals, horses, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and even fish. This was a major initiative that took many months to research and program into the site, and it is being well-received within the shelter community.

– By teaming up with the renowned street-artist Shepard Fairey, who designed the iconic Obama “Hope” image, we have available a number of stylish ways to promote pet adoption. Shepard was able to translate his work with Obama to an image that can be used to represent pet adoption support. Merchandise can be found at www.muttslikeme.com.

– We have begun blogging and created a Twitter Page along with a Facebook Page. Our blog is located at http://blog.adoptapet.com/, there you can join our Facebook Group, or follow us on Twitter.

Blog Highlights:

Adopt-a-Pet.com has recently begun blogging, and every week we publish posts from two separate columns. On Tuesday we blog about pet care tips, and on Fridays we do our best to find heartwarming stories about adopted pets all over the country.

Here are a few highlights from our blog:

10 Ways To Help Homeless Pet, Even If You Can’t Adopt
What To Ask Your Veterinarian
Good News In Pet Adoption – A Weekly Post
10 Things To Consider Before Adopting


The Barney Dilemma

Thank you to everyone who made suggestions regarding Barney.  I wish I could say we’ve come to some sort of decision or resolution, but we’re still pondering all of the options.

We have contacted the animal rescue groups/people in our area.  None are taking cats at this time.  That leaves the local dog pound, if all else fails, where Barney will likely be euthanized.  The thought of that saddens me.  It’s a last-resort option and I hope we don’t have to go down that road.

I posted on craigslist.com.  We have also checked with our nearby neighbors and none have claimed the cat so far.  At this point I’m fairly certain Barney was dumped/abandoned.

We have not been able to get any closer to Barney.  She is just as skittish as the day she showed up.  I had hoped that feeding and talking to her would settle her down a little but she still trembles when there is a person around.  I had also hoped that Barney would start doing better outdoors with regular feeding.  That doesn’t seem to be the case which rules out the possibility of leaving her outside as a barn cat.  It seems inhumane to me to leave the poor thing out where she will continue to be attacked by the other animals (included with the usual wildlife are a couple of feral cats that have been here for years).  I’m surprised a hawk hasn’t taken her yet, given how small she is and how we lost one cat to a hawk a few years ago.

It’s also possible that Barney’s hair loss is attributable to some type of mange.  Since she doesn’t appear to be very healthy and we’ve been finding large clumps of fur on the porch where she sunbathes in the afternoons.  She scratches a great deal and what we thought might be injuries could be a result of the scratching.

At any rate, we cannot bring her indoors.  I don’t want to expose our other cats to Barney and whatever Barney may be carrying.  I also don’t want another indoor cat at this time.  I don’t believe Izzy and Bella would be very accepting of her (judging by the way they hiss and claw at the window when Barney comes up to visit with them).  I know that eventually they might grudgingly come to accept her, but I suspect there would be more than a few cat fights before that happened.

Up until we adopted Izzy and Bella, all of our cats were strays that adopted us.  This is the first time we’ve had to deal with a stray that is afraid of people and neither of us know how to handle it.  We’ve both done some reading about how to tame a wild cat.  That involves capturing and caging the cat, then isolating it indoors.  To do that, we’d have to take Barney to a vet, something we will have to do if we should decide to try to keep her as a barn cat because she needs to be spayed (or neutered, if she turns out to be a he) and given the appropriate vaccinations as well as be treated for whatever ails her.

I have a few more possibilities, a few more phone calls to make, and then I guess we’ll have to come to some conclusion about what to do.  If you live in northeast Ohio and are interested in capturing, taming, and adopting Barney, please contact me here at the blog.

This is also a good time to let you all know about a new link on my blog.  You may have noticed it over there to the right.  Check out Adopt-a-Pet.com, a non-profit pet adoption charity.  If you have a pet that is not spayed or neutered, check out their article Why Spay or Neuter Your Dog/Cat.  It’s a good way to cut down on the homeless pet population and avoid situations such as the one Barney is currently in.