Too many animals are abandoned or abused by those who were supposed to care for them. They often lose hope for the future when they are deprived of human warmth and care. While there isn’t much in there for some, a select handful are given a second opportunity in their new forever home.
If you’ve ever adopted an animal who has witnessed and suffered things that no living being should ever have to go through, you know how difficult it is for them to trust humans again. However, love and time are the two most potent healers of all wounds, and this piece is dedicated to them.
Below are some of the most inspirational and emotional photos of cats before and after adoption as shared on the tear-jerking r/BeforeNAfterAdoption subreddit.
Hannah Baker, a head of communications at FOUR PAWS in the UK, was contacted to find out what we all need to know before adopting a cat. Heli Dungler and associates formed this nonprofit organization in Vienna in 1988, and it has since grown around the world, campaigning for a society where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding.
When asked if cats or dogs wind up in shelters more often in the aftermath of COVID-19 and the recurrent lockdowns, Hannah stated, " it is likely that both dog and cat rehoming centers will see an influx of animals being handed over and looking for new forever homes,”
When it comes to the adoption procedure, taking a cat back to its new forever home is much like the process with adopting a dog, Hannah said. “FOUR PAWS advocates adoption when looking for a new four-legged friend and as such would recommend researching the local rehoming centers near to you. They will then review your lifestyle and advise on the cats that would be suitable for you.”
FOUR PAWS has a handy checklist that can help people decide if they’re ready for a feline friend. Turns out, if you’re thinking of adopting a cat, you should imagine when you’re already a cat owner. The somewhat humorous check point list includes things that you will be willing to do as a new feline owner.
For example, Remove 'cat hair' from your clothes; Regularly clean out the 'cat food bowl'; Weekend? Get up early!; Train your cat to use a transport box; Read your rental agreement on pet keeping; Make your home cat-secure; Imagine claw marks on your couch; Groom your 'cat'; Take an allergy test; Imagine the dead birds and mice your cat might bring into the house, etc.
“It’s also important to remember that like any pet, a cat is a lifelong commitment and it’s necessary to consider if you’ll be keeping your cat indoors or if they’ll be allowed to go outside, do you have a preference over gender, what home comforts do they need, etc.,” Hannah said and concluded that “Cats can bring so much to our lives but it’s vital to ensure that you have thought long and hard about adding one to your home.”