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!
Okay this is making me all emotional because when I went to adopt a cat, the cat in question was four years old and had just had surgery on his eyes, which made him look rather ugly and scary, and had been at the shelter longer than any of the others. He had been locked in a little room by himself and fought with all the cats in his overcrowded house and they adopted him out at half the cost because of his copious medical issues.
And he is the best cat. He’s been the best cat for eleven years and will hopefully continue to be the best cat for many more.
US Air Force Academy cadet chapel — Walter Netsch (1962)
Photographed by Balthazar Korab. Colorado Springs, United States.
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Tim Doyle – Robocop Movie Poster