adopt dont shop

the idea of just adopting a shelter dog without thinking about breed is so harmful. Like, there are people who just walk into a shelter and say “this one is cute I’ll take it” and then pat themselves on the fucking back because “adopt don’t shop” but then be 100% unprepared for that dog’s breed specific needs. A Herding dog will be energetic. A Bull-breed will have a high chance of dog reactivity. A Sighthound will have a prey drive. A Nordic breed will be vocal. These are all things you need to think about BEFORE you look for a dog. Don’t go into an adoption blind, rescue or not you are doing yourself and that dog no favors.

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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!

Follower Count Celebration and Contest!

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Hello everyone! Thank you for helping us surpass 1,000 followers! To celebrate, Goofy Shelter Cats wants to see your goofy shelter cat AND donate to a shelter of your choice!

1. Submit a picture of a cat you or your family adopted. We will accept submissions between May 4, 2017 12:00 AM EST and May 12, 2017 11:59 PM EST.

2. We will post all the submissions at the same time on May 13, 2017 12:00 PM EST.

3. The OP of the submission with the most notes on May 19 at 11:59 PM EST will choose a shelter for the Goofy Shelter Cats blog to donate $25 to!

Guidelines:

- Submit cats adopted from a shelter and include details about your cat’s name and a few details about them.

- Submitter must be willing to share what shelter they want us to make a donation to - this could be the shelter you adopted your cat from, or any other shelter! We must be able to make the donation online, directly to the shelter. Please confirm that your are comfortable with us: 1) posting who won (just your URL), and 2) what shelter you asked us to donate to.

- Mod Kindred Spirit will send you a screenshot of the donation receipt.

- Reblog, like, reply - what counts is how many notes your submission gets! Just don’t spam your followers.

- You can reblog this post to spread the word, but it does not count for anything toward making the donation.

Thank you for all your love and support for Goofy Shelter Cats!

Sometimes I wonder why people are still breeding their fucking pets or buying from breeders or choosing not to desex them when it causes so much damage to do so

but then i remember that it’s a regular occurrence for people to actually enjoy placing their own selfish interests above the welfare of entire populations of animals

so I hope every person who supports the breeding of companion animals or supports the decision to not desex companion animals understands that they are the reason cats and dogs are trapped and shot by farmers, are submitted to veterinary clinics to be euthanized, are overflowing shelters, and are left on the streets to survive by the tens of thousand

until we can care for every domesticated animal properly, there is absolutely no justification to continue to further an already neglected and overpopulated species