Saturday, July 23, 2016

Clear the Shelter Art

Whoa! Maybe you can ax for a repeat of this for your birthday.

I'm not in the art gallery today cos today is Clear the Shelters Day in which anyone can adopt a shelter animal for free. I'm hoping instead of spending time at the gallery, you'll be off adopting cats. My old jail alma mater Liberty Humane Society is participating. I dunno if free pets is a good idea. It's good for the shelters because they clear space but is it really good for the animals? I mean no one can deny that getting 20,000 pets adopted is a good thing but I'm thinking outside the box.

While it's true that people who always wanted a pet but can't afford large adoption fees will be lining up to adopt, my question is this: if you can't afford the adoption fee, can you afford the cost of owning a pet? Can you afford to take your new pet for yearly checkups or buy them food to keep them healthy rather than the cheapest store brand kibble? The $200 worth of free veterinary preventative services won't last forever. Will you be relying on others to pay for your pet? Will you be a responsible pet owner? If your new pet comes down with something like my asthma, are you going to dump the pet because you can't afford the medical bills? Surely something to think about before jumping into pet ownership.

This has been a Public Service Announcement from Stunning Keisha. Now let's get on to some art.

I've done some sketches of adoptable cats that may be available for free today.

Whoa! Maybe you can ax for a repeat of this for your birthday.

Whoa! Maybe you can ax for a repeat of this for your birthday.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and get lots of treats. If not, you have my permission to bite your humans.

Thanks to Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty for hosting the Caturday Art Blog Hop so I can mess around with Photoshop and all the cool online apps that are so easy a cat can do them.

24 comments:

  1. You are right, CK - often humans don't realize that having a pet requires quite a financial commitment, along with an emotional one.

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  2. Thanks for giving me purrmission, but I already did it for today. I know what you mean about the free adoptions, but at least it's a chance for a good life instead of, well, the alternative. Love you my darling!

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  3. Indeed C.K i have a mixed view on this..i did a blog once in free pets and the actual costs we had spent in 10 years on our fur kids...vets..food..shelter.toys..meds..bedding..fencing..catios..boarding when going away..doggie school..leads..collars..registration..it's a big list..since Jan this year vet bills alone here are up to 6000 dollars..so i am happy pets get adopted..but...it's a life long hand in pocket deal! Loves Fozziemum (who needs to get a paper round now ;) ) xxx

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  4. I definitely see your point, CK. Pets can be quite costly. We've spent more than I want to admit on our dog -- 3 back surgeries later. Once a pet is in the home, we do everything we can for them. Even with just the basic cost of litter and food each month, things do add up quickly. Prospective pet parents need to consider this. And might I say you look quite stunning in your photo. But I'm sure you know that.

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  5. Great art CK and we love adoptions! We HATE to see free adoptions down here cause the evils ones go get cats and use them for bait for dog fighting. The ones that do "free" don't do any qualification check.

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  6. Great art! We agree that the free adoptions might not be a good idea. Let's hope the potential owners get checked out first.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  7. Yes, I worry about that too. At most of the shelters around us you still havrfgdsxs (that's Rufus typing), as I was saying... you still have to go through a pretty thorough interview and have good references. I'm hoping that will weed out the people who don't have good intentions.
    Looking gorgeous and I hope feeling all better, CK!
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

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  8. Thank you for having the courage to make this point. And making it cheaper to adopt pets also bring in people who are on the fence and might not think the full cost is worth getting a cat. The people who can take or leave cats are the ones who usually do when it's no longer convenient for them to keep it (financially, behaviorally, etc).

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  9. We purray that the kitties will get a good loving home anyway, CK. Let us hope the intentions of the new parents are from an act of love for the best of the animals. Thanks for the permission to bite, I will do it rite now, cause treats go first :D Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday :) <3

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  10. You have a good point, CK. While I hope free adoption fee helps boost more adoption, I hope people are really committed to having fur babies and providing necessary care, which is not cheap at all.
    Love your art works. They are beautiful!

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  11. I agree CK, free adoptions could very easily have the wrong people coming. I hope they still do thorough checks before allowing any of the cats to go to their potential forever homes. Your art is lovely.
    I hope you are starting to feel a bit better.

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  12. I have mixed feelings about free adoptions too. Our local shelters still require an approved adoption application with their free promotions, so hopefully that helps a bit.

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  13. We're with you on the free adoptions, CK. We hope the shelters are still vetting the potential adopters to make sure they are okay. Though we don't think our shelter was participating in the Clear the Shelter event.

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  14. Our rescue participated but our process didn't change and we do talk to people about those issues. We do worry about those places that aren't as careful though.

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  15. I hope they all get their forever homes today everywhere that is offering this.

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  16. Paws crossed...
    Have a lovely weekend.

    Noodle and crew

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  17. CK! Darling! What a great post today! Kudos!
    And my favorite piece of art...the drawing of yous!!!
    Sending yous many many kisses
    Your Grrl Furrend
    Nellie

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  18. Free adoptions always worry us too :( Great artwork.

    The Florida Furkids

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  19. Very nice art work - =^-^=
    we hope all kittens will have parents who adopt them
    and will be responsible owners in future !
    Have a beautiful weekend -
    pawkisses from Lilly&Charis <3

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  20. We agree with you, SK. It is good that many animals are finding homes, but hopefully they are good homes that can afford to look after them. Your artwork is wonderful.

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  21. Great posty CK, and since we's had to have help, we totally unnerstand where you's comin' from. And we got turned down by a couple of rescues just recently cuz we didn't make enuff money fur them. But bein' so poor we can also speak to da other side of da story.Raena and me couldn't and wouldn't be more luvved by somepawdy with more money. Mommy goes without so dat we have what we need, and we only eat da bestest foods and use da bestest litters. No way can she come up with a large amount of money at one time fur dat adoption fee, but she can feed us and does. We are always purreciative when anypawdy sends us somethin', but it's mommy dat pays our monthly chewy bills. And...well we's gonna hust now cuz we luv ya' and we iknow you know our situation. Great post.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  22. Looking great, um, we mean STUNNING, CK. We always think about the costs that come with pet ownership, too. Hopefully, the application and interview process is still being done well enough to make sure the kitties being adopted are going to good homes.

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  23. First of all, CK, your art today is lovely! You and the adoptable kitties featured are stunning!

    I love that there are efforts being used to get more furbabies adopted. But, I won't lie, CK, free adoptions often make me feel nervous. While I love thinking of many animals getting adopted because of efforts such as this, I often worry that it will draw in those who, after adoption, won't be able to finance proper care for their new furaby. And, as morbid as it is, one of my animal welfare college courses brought to my attention that there are evil people out there who will search for free animals to use as bait to train dogs that are used in dog fighting. This downright disgusts me, but I realize it is something to consider. Now, every time I see animals listed for free, it makes me feel anxious.

    But, as others have said, as long as the usual interview and screening process is still being employed, then hopefully that means many furbabies found their perfect forever homes this weekend! We would love a world in which no furbaby has to be without a family of their own.

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