by misscarlytan

For the past few years, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a little fur companion. For a while, it was all about cats, or more specifically, the Balinese and Siberian breeds. After that, I went back to really wanting a Toy Poodle, and then most recently it was the Havanese. And of course, if you didn’t already know, the one thing these breeds have in common is that they’re all supposedly “hypoallergenic”.

You see, I’ve always been allergic to dust, dust mites, “dirty” cats and dogs, and about 10 million other things. I’m talking wheezing, puffy red eyes, having-to-breathe-through-my-mouth allergies. But I’ve always been an animal lover and try to be an avid volunteer regarding all things animal-related, so what a dilemma.

Funnily enough, there have been certain furry pets I’ve met in the past who gave me no allergies, or at least very minimally; One example being my first family dog, a Chihuahua mix named Patches. And funnily enough, longer haired cats seem to give me less problems than short haired cats.

So, 1. I am pretty allergic to certain animals, and there’s just no telling which pet I might be allergic to and which I won’t be and 2. I can be pretty OCD when it comes to my apartment, meaning I don’t like overbearing animal odours or fur all over the place (I wear a lot of dark clothing ;)). But lately my urge for having a little fur baby has been off the walls, so I did some research last weekend and went to visit our local SPCA and Vancouver Animal Control Shelter the following Wednesday.

What I saw brought tears to my eyes. Not because they’re neglected at these shelters, but because most of the animals there have a story. Rescued from puppy mills, re-homed multiple times due to behavioural issues, neglected at their old homes or simply found starving on the streets with broken limbs and tails. And the more I heard these stories, the more my heart broke because when you look at these animals, the clearest, loudest message of all is that they are lonely and have been unloved. All some of them need is a little love and patience. And the rest? They’re just normal, sweet animals that had to be given up due to their previous owner’s change of situation.

Long story short, there were so many adorable animals at these shelters that it broke my heart. Especially at the Vancouver Animal Control Shelter, where those very loving and excited dogs will very likely (unless someone adopts them) end up dying all alone in cold cages, without any real love or companion. However, where this happy story ends, is that luckily for me, I found a beautiful Snowshoe Siamese at the BCSPCA that I could give a loving home to.

His name is Gryffin (Finn, Mr. Finn, Jack Finn, James Finn, Finneus, Fur Senior the first). He is 15 years and 4 months old (my little Fur Senior!) – 77 years old in human years making him the same age as Jack Nicholson (baaaaaallin’). He’s gentle, soft, healthy and very spritely, despite becoming a little depressed at the shelter. He has lived in 2 other homes who had to give him up for personal reasons, and the last adoption family he had changed their minds soon after because they decided to purchase a kitten instead :(

So guys, I did it. And bringing him home today was nothing short of joy and bliss. Watching him stroll around my apartment, feel the place out, and come over for love and snuggles filled my heart with so much happiness and warmth. Not to mention, I haven’t had an allergic reaction to him yet and he doesn’t seem to shed much – Yay!

The grand message is: please contemplate purchasing your pets from a breeder over a pet store but better yet, go visit your local shelters before you look into breeders at all. You never know who you’ll fall in love with, or whose life you might be saving.

GriffinBeautiful Boy – Photo courtesy of BCSPCA

Griffin 4“Look at my Baby Blues” – Photo courtesy of BCSPCA

Processed with VSCOcam with 5 presetFeeling up his cat scratch post for the first time.

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Processed with VSCOcam with 5 presetKitty Grub.

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Save a life. Visit your local SPCA and other animal shelters.
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