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question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but
rather, "Can they suffer? "
As many as 25% of dogs entering shelters each year are purebreds. Approximately 61% of all dogs entering shelters are killed.
ABOUT CALLIOPE, THE CAT THAT STARTED IT ALL...
we had volunteered at the Ellen Gifford Shelter (www.giffordcatshelter.org)
first she settled in as most cats do, trying to adjust from life on the
streets to life in a shelter but it wasn't long before we noticed marked
changes in her behavior/demeanor.
We spent countless hours sitting with her, gently talking, and hand-feeding her. Adopters would come and adopt someone else while she laid in her chair, motionless. Then a miracle happened.
A potential adopter came to visit the cats and was immediately drawn to Calliope. It was as if they had a secret conversation - one of mutual trust and caring. Calliope was adopted by this wonderful woman and blossomed under the loving care of her new mom.
story is a testament to the power of love, trust and persaverlence. Calliope
is our muse, our inspiration which drives us to help cats desperately
in need - either physically or psychologically.
first went to the Gifford Shelter on Nov 1, 2005 (my b-day is Halloween,
and getting a cat was a present to myself, my kitty, Penelope, had passed
away a few weeks earlier, and I really missed having a kitty friend to
come home to).
took a few weeks to adjust - hiding behind my couch and my bed, but purring
when I could reach her to pet her. Eventually she came out of her shell
and became the loving kitty I longed for. Calliope loves being picked
up, snuggling in my lap and bed. She is the most affectionate loving friend
I could ask for.