I volunteer at an open-door animal shelter that sometimes must euthanize adoptable animals because they lack space/resources to house all the animals that come to them. These are cats I got to know who didn't find new homes in time.
If you want to help prevent euthanizing of adoptable animals, here are
some things you can do:
"Maggie" was the cutest color-point tortie with blue eyes. She was 5
years old. Her owner became ill and surrendered her. She was
affectionate and had a sweet, high-pitched squeaky voice. Unfortunately
she kept getting sick (some cats don't do well in the high stress
environment of the kennels) and eventually her time ran out.
Mildred was 9 years old and her owners gave her up because they were
moving. What she really liked best was to have long conversations with
people. She had a large vocabulary of meows, prrts, and chirps.
Jasmine was an 8 year old female. She had lived with her owners for her
whole life, but they gave her up because they were moving. She was quiet
and calm, but also curious and sociable. She liked to be petted.
Amanda was a 7 year old female who was surrendered because her owners
were moving. She was a bit reserved but once she got to know you she
liked to purr in your arms and play with a ping pong ball.
Sugar was a 1 year old stray mom trying to take care of her kittens. She
and her kittens were sick when they got to the shelter. They got medical
care and got better. The kittens were all adopted. But time ran out for
Pumpkin was 2 years old, surrendered by her owners. She loved to give
head-butts. She was a big burly girl with an incongruous "peepy" voice
and a racing stripe on her nose.
Fiona was a female kitty with a lovely short calico coat. Her guardians
gave her up because she did not get along with the other female cat in
their household. There was some uncertainty about my age. Her guardians,
who had her for 1 year, said she was over 10 years old. But the vet
staff thought she was 5 years old. She was reserved and you had to open
the kennel to get her attention. But once she got a chance to meet you,
she got excited at the prospect of getting a good rubdown and jumped up
on her hind legs to give head-bumps. She had a cute habit of holding one
paw in the air.
"Sassy" was a 2 year old female with a magnificent, long, calico coat.
Her owners gave her to the shelter because she didn't get along with the
other cats in the household. She had wonderfully soft fur and knew how
beautiful she was. She was usually social, chatty, and playful, but
sometimes she was unpredictably cranky and would swat or hiss suddenly.
She was adopted but returned within a few days because she didn't act
friendly toward her new guardian. The shelter put her to sleep because
they ran out of space. Cats who need to be "only cats" and long-haired
cats are harder to place.
"Megan" was a 1 year old female with beautiful dilute calico coloring.
She often looked kind of sullen in her kennel, but if you paid attention
to her, she was warm and affectionate -- kneading, giving head-bumps,
and being playful in a quiet sort of way. She had a skin condition that
would get better only when she was on antibiotics and then get worse
again as soon as she was taken off antibiotics.
Leo was a 5 year old male with long orange and cream fur that was curly
on his belly and big fluffy feet. He was stray and had been through some
hard times -- undernourished and with an infection. He was brought back
to relative health and he was big and fluffy and happy. He loved to
stretch out on his back and show his curly belly. He was always trying
to play footsie with cats in neighboring kennels.
Penny was a 3 year old female stray. She was talkative and full of
personality and loved attention. She liked being petted. Unfortunately,
she hated being picked up and she hissed at any other cats she happened
to see. After several weeks up for adoption, the shelter decided she was
too hard to handle to be a good candidate for adoption, and she was
euthanized. I think Penny might have been fine once she found a home
where she could feel secure. We'll never know, unfortunately.
"Archie" was a 1 year old altered male stray. He loved to greet
everybody who came by and he was even happier if you stopped to have a
conversation with him or accept head bumps. He was euthanized because he
had FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus or "feline AIDS"). Although cats
with FIV usually live long and healthy lives and are not dangerous to
other cats if kept indoors, hardly anyone wants to adopt them.
"Lalique" and "Cameo" were a mother and son who wanted to be adopted
together. But they got sick and then I guess their time ran out. Lalique
(the pale Tabby/Siamese mix) was a very people-focused cat.
"Merry" and "Pippin" came together to the shelter, both as underweight
strays. These small 1 year olds were shy at first, but after a couple of
weeks were much more friendly, coming to the front of their cage to ask
for attention. Pippin had the cutest pink nose I ever saw on a cat.
"Blake" was a 4 year old male stray. He was very alert and responsive
and gave off an air of intensity, reminding me of a poem by William
Blake that begins:
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Lucky was a big 16-pound 7 year old female stray. She was little shy but
warmed up quickly to a gentle touch and liked to sit in a lap and get a
"Lamar" was a 7 year old male cat who was surrendered by his owners. He
was a friendly, talkative cat who loved exploring and playing a game of
string or feather.
"Delilah" was a 9 year old female cat who came to the shelter under
protective custody. By the time her hold was up and she was put up for
adoption, the kennels were overflowing with kittens and younger cats
that had a better chance of being adopted (the cat population at the
shelter triples in the summer, which is kitten season), and she was
unhappy with having been cooped up for so long.
"Seashell" was a 3 year old female cat who came to the shelter as a
stray with her kittens. She was small with a soft meow. She purred
happily when held.
"Samantha" was a 4 years old small female cat with clouds of the softest
smoke and brown and cream fur. She was found stuck inside a wall. She
loved reassuring words and cuddles.
"Tucker" was a 5 year old male cat with an endearing face who was
surrendered by his owners. He had a thunderous purr and loved exploring
a room and then running back to me and standing up to get a head rub.