Not sure if you are a long time reader of my blog but we had a short bout of ownership of a male cat called Walter Henry, which you can read about here. Unbeknownst to us dh is really allergic to cats, and over the years I am getting to be the same. So poor Walter Henry only lasted a couple of days in our old house, before we had to take him back to the shelter.
As I mentioned before my friend is part of the cat team at our local shelter. It's called Alliston and District Humane Society they do such good work. I have learned a lot about what they actually do and without all the volunteers there would be a lot of animals without homes. My friend puts in long hours at the shelter doing various projects. One of the things she's helped implement is the kitten adoption programme where for a fixed rate, you get to adopt a kitten and get follow up medical care, which includes a spay or neuter in the cost. They are also active in trying to get local feral cat populations down, by capturing cats and spay or neutering them and releasing them. Feral cats tend to be hard to domesticate, if they are friendly though they will re-home but more often than not they are released back into the feral colony.
My heart though is with dogs first. We would love another dog, but we don't live in a dog friendly neighbourhood. However there are lots of dogs where we live, but lots of whining going on about them. We actually live in the little white yapping dog capital of the world, and 90% of those dogs just want to nip and bite your ankles. Give me a large dog any day. I had a Bernese Mountain dog come up to me the other day, plop itself down in front of me, right on my feet and sat there so I could rub her chin. Funniest girl ever, thought she was a lap dog!!
Are you a pet owner? Did you buy from a breeder or adopt from a Humane Society or Animal Shelter?
As Bob Barker from the Price is Right Show always said at the end of every show:
"Help control the pet population: have your pets spayed or neutered."