Sometimes the only way adopters can get to know a cat or kitten is through a picture and bio. The picture, the name of the cat and the write up really have to be stellar in order to attract attention to the cat. I've known adopters that were so certain about adopting a cat just through the picture and write up. That's how I know I've done a good job.
To give you an idea, I took this picture of Sherman last week:
Last night, a foster parent sent me the following picture of "Elizabeth Taylor" her foster kitten:
We all know that each cat or kitten is special. But I get pictures of cats with their ears back, or in dark shadows, or cowering under a bed. It's tough to inspire folks to adopt those cats when the picture is bad, and I'm always worried about hurting somebody's feelings by asking for different pictures.
A few years back I received a picture of an adorable foster cat for our website. In the background was the litterbox. In the litterbox was a giant uncovered piece of poop dangling off the side of the litterbox!! No. I can't use that for the website. :) Unless we want to say, "Cat has healthy bowel movements". Hahahaa!
Good pictures are tough. Believe me - I'm not making fun of anyone!
As for today....I went to the shelter and was able to rescue 4 cats. One little guy came in today with a partially amputated tail. Poor tail was just dangling there by a thread. He's going to have surgery tomorrow. I hope I have the money - I couldn't just leave him there! He's a 10 week old brown tabby. Gratefully, he's on pain meds tonight and will have his surgery tomorrow. I'm sure he'll feel better without that tail. Yes, I named him "Stubby". :)
Things are getting busy at the shelter. It was full and tomorrow will not be a pleasant "vet day" for anyone. I need more adoptions so I can keep rescuing. We're getting full too.