Notes From Our President

December 5, 2017

The Perfect Christmas Pet

Radio stations are beginning to fill the air with the old familiar holiday songs; street decorations are going up in towns large and small; and we turn our thoughts to a season of good cheer. Then an articles looms: "24 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Christmas Tree." Poof! The reverie has vanished. How can we possibly cope with the expectations that seem to pile higher each year to have the PERFECT CHRISTMAS? Is picking a tree really that hard? Do we really need 24 more things to make us feel inadequate and hassled at every turn? What about picking the "perfect" pet to sooth our stress and confirm that we have done at least one thing right? We have the prettiest, smartest, and most desirable pet in the world! 

Perfect? Just what is the perfect pet? The cat with luminous eyes, shiny coat, and the fluffiest tail imaginable? The dog who can run fastest after the ball, learn more tricks than a magician, and never make a mess? 


Or is it a cat like Jeremy, injured by a fire cracker and left with weak back legs? Or Wilder, a senior dog whose white muzzle never earns him a second look? What about Bob Cat with the large crook in his tail, and Buddy the Beagle who had every allergy known to dogdom and a penchant for chasing rabbits? Or Lilith, a small black kitty who needed Metamucil (true) every day? And Solee, a tiny blind doggie who sometimes requires another set of eyes to navigate?


Are they less desirable? Less lovable, or affectionate? Perhaps they don't fit in with our decor, or our images of ourselves. Do they look at the humans in their lives and say, "Gee, I wish I had a younger, richer, slimmer, more talented, human in my life? We all know that answer. 


Please take a moment this holiday season to think about the difference you could make in a shelter pet's life by choosing the friend who is less than perfect in the eyes of the world, but perfect in love, perfect in acceptance of the human race despite a life of neglect and trauma, perfect in the determination to overcome obstacles and simply enjoy life - a life with you. How much more blessed could you be?


And what if that Christmas tree has a few scraggly branches and a tilt? We are all a bit scraggly every now and then, and have had more than a few "tilts" in our own lives. Be secure in the knowledge that magical moments don't need "24 Tips" to make them happen. Your life can be changed by a shelter pet no matter how plain the cat, no matter how scruffy the dog, no matter how pronounced the limp, or how old the scar. The love and companionship they give is thebiggest "tip'" you will ever receive. 


PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY TO HELP US PLACE A PET IN YOUR HOME, OR PAW IT FORWARD TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE ADOPT A LIFELONG "PERFECT" PET FRIEND. 

THAT WOULD BE PERFECTION INDEED!

Susan Rupert, President