Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had such a strong love for animals and when I was around 4 years old my parents got me my first real pet of my own (well… that wasn’t a fish anyway). It was a rabbit called Miffy and loved her dearly until the very end. Since then I’ve pretty much always had a pet; either a rabbit, or fish or my cat Amber who sadly passed in February of this year. If any of you know me personally you’ll know how distraught I was and honestly it affected me seriously for months after. But in the mid October, after I’d had a particularly tough night with nightmares because of it, my parents agreed to looking at getting another kitten. My previous cat we’d adopted from the RSPCA when she was only a few months old. If you don’t know what the RSPCA is, it’s the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (click the link here and it will take you to their website for more information).
So last month I paid my first visit back to my local RSPCA shelter to look at cats and kittens. Unfortunately, on my first visit there were no kittens available that hadn’t already been adopted, and so I left that day empty handed but still full of hope. 2 weeks later (last Saturday) my mum asked if I wanted to go up to the shelter and, obviously, I really did. If any of you have visited an animal shelter you’ll understand how heartbreaking it is to see so many animals without loving homes, so walking down the cattery just made me want to adopt them all. The story of how I found my particular kitten is quite funny and I will be making a YouYube video on it so stay tuned for that! But let’s just say, she chose me.
We were told she (and the rest of her litter) had been abandoned without their mother and had been hand reared by the RSPCA employees. After discussing our history with cats and the woman getting a general picture of our home and family life, she let my mother and I into her enclosure to see what she was like. I loved her from the first moment I saw her and after an hour of continuously chasing a feather around, I signed my first adoption papers.
Usually the process of adopting a cat takes around a week or two, just because the RSPCA sends someone out to your house to assess if you’re suitable and the rest of your family needs to come in to meet the animal to make sure everyone gets on. But as we’d had a kitten from there before, we were told we would have a post-adoption visit instead, to see how she’s settling in. Me being me, I was eager to get my dad and brother up to the shelter to meet her (although I facetimed them whilst in with her the first time lol) so I scheduled them to come up the next day (Sunday) and a collection date for her, being Monday. Long story short, the rest of the family loved her and her them, and so Monday afternoon I picked her up and took her home.
Now I’ve gone into all the details of the adoption process but I haven’t actually told you anything about her (oops). So this is Tinker. Her full name is Tinkerbell (obviously because of my never ending love for Peter Pan) but we all call her Tinker, or Tink for short.
She’s currently 13 weeks old but she is tiny. She spends a lot of the day sleeping, usually on my lap or various other parts of my body… she’s a very needy kitten (in the best possible way!) but she’s also constantly up to mischief and has taken a particular liking to potted plants and pieces of string!! She’s settled into the house really really well and I couldn’t be happier with our new little edition to the family.
My main motive for writing this blogpost was to encourage any of you who may be considering getting a pet to go to your local RSPCA shelter to see if you could adopt from there. There are so many misconceptions about animal shelters, such as the animals are “damaged” or have ongoing issues but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some animals end up there because they have been abandoned yes, but some just because they’re owners couldn’t look after them anymore. It is much kinder to adopt an animal from a shelter than to go to a breeder as there are so many loving animals waiting in rescue shelters up and down the country. Whether its a cat, dog, rabbit, bird, ferret, horse or anything else I’m sure you’ll find your perfect companion in the RSPCA shelters.
Not only are they a charity, (so the money you pay for your pet counts as a donation going towards maintaining the work the charity does for animals) but they also will be there for you to support you throughout the adoption process and for a while after.
Even if you aren’t in the position to adopt an animal, or give a monetary donation to the RSPCA’s, you can volunteer your time (as little or as much as you’d like) or even spare blankets you may have. I know my local RSPCA are always on the look out for comfy blankets for the cattery.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I’ve given you a little insight into the adoption process!
To find your local RSPCA shelter follow this link; https://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet
To make a donation to the RSPCA; https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/donate/online