Second Chance: Why Cats are the Best Pets!

Second Chance: Why Cats are the Best Pets!

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When you are adding a pet to your family, you might be deciding between a dog or a cat. The choice is obvious- go feline. I have many attractive, playful, loving, and loyal friends here at Second Chance who would be perfect. Why are cats the best? Here are just a few reasons.

Cats are great lap warmers. Whether you’re working at home, reading a good book, looking out the window, lounging on the patio, a cat will be happy sitting right there on your lap. We are champion nappers. Most of us sleep up to 16 hours a day!

When we are awake, we are entertaining companions. We play, stretch, jump on windowsills, and watch the birds outside. A dog requires exercise – usually a walk or two a day – or hours of ball-throwing in the yard. We cats are self-sufficient. We appreciate you playing with us, and it helps us stay active and happy- but you don’t have to walk us outside in the rain, wind, snow, or heat. And, you won’t get a sore elbow from throwing that dang ball over and over and over.

Dogs stink. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. Dogs need to be bathed a lot more often than cats or they start to stink. We usually take care of our own hygiene needs with frequent tongue baths.

Peace and quiet. Dogs can be very noisy with their barking, howling, and whining. Your neighbors will probably never complain about the noise your cat makes. We’re typically very low noise sort of creatures.

Cats rule and dogs drool. That is actually the truth. Many dogs drool, but you’ll almost never find a cat who does not have control of her saliva.

Cats respect your stuff. Most cats don’t chew up your shoes. Or leave nose prints on the windows. Or dig up your flower beds. True, we sometimes use the sofa to sharpen our claws, but if you provide other, more appealing options, we can be encouraged to leave the furniture alone.

While I understand it’s a very personal decision, I hope you will consider adding a cat to your family. We can even get along with dogs, if they accept us and respect us as superior beings.

(Next week: Why Dogs are the Best Pets)

AND… To continue the new Second Chance Highlights section we wanted to share the following:

Angel’s in the Club

As part of our community outreach, we like to present to community groups in the region and share information about our programs and services.

Last week, we presented to Woman’s Club of Ouray County. They are celebrating 125 years of promoting community service and philanthropy in Ouray County and are a valued sponsor of our Community Medical Services.

Executive Director Kelly Goodin and Development Manager Lu Anne Tyrrell were joined by Second Chance rescue ambassador Angel Chewbacca Champagne Goodin, a little rescue dog who is making a big impact in our community. After Angel made the rounds at the meeting, gathering attention, snacks, and adoration, she was unanimously inducted into the club as their first canine member!

We appreciate the support of Woman’s Club of Ouray County!

Open Your Heart to These Special Dogs:

Second Chance has a group of 11 local dogs who were surrendered recently. They have all been spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Some are very friendly; others need a bit more patience to open up.

They all deserve a second chance.

Would you open your heart and home to one of these special canines?

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