Introverts Deserve Love Too

by Kimberly Wade

If you’re a pet lover like I am, you know that all pets have extremely different personalities. There are the social butterflies; the thinkers; the dreamers; the affectionate ones and the introverts. It actually amazes me when I look at all the animals who have crossed my path and see how different each one truly is. It’s become clear to me over the years that I have a type, but at the same time, I want to be the one who makes an impact, a positive difference on a life, maybe even giving that pet the chance that they deserve that no one else will give them. This week, I challenge you to do the same.

Recently, we’ve had over 60 cats arrive at Nevada Humane Society from one home. Most of them are in good health and they are a mix of colors and ages. Their challenge? They’re classic introverts, and if you’ve ever encountered a timid, quiet animal, you know they don’t thrive in busy, loud, fast paced environments. Introverts need a calming place surrounded by those who understand them. While we are here to save lives, the shelter is not a calm environment and not a permanent place for the animals. Our team offers the utmost TLC to everyone that passes through our doors, but all of the animals deserve a real home.

I’ve mentioned Charlie Brown and Peppermint Pati before, my two office cats who arrived several years ago after surviving a house fire. They were never around humans as kittens— not to mention they had been through a scary experience. When they arrived I immediately wanted to help them. They hid under my desk for weeks. I couldn’t touch them. They were scared all the time. I knew they deserved patience and TLC. Months went by before we finally bonded and slowly, they became my cats. Today, they’re five years old and we hit a milestone. While both of them snuggle up to my face on my desk and head butt me for attention, you could never actually hold them—until now. Charlie is becoming a lap cat. I am blown away and yet so happy for him to finally experience being a cat.

For most people, this time frame is a lot. They want the cat who immediately adjusts to a new home, who handles all situations with ease and who even likes going to the vet. Well, cat lovers know that all cats matter and while there are plenty of them with vibrant personalities, the ones that are the introverts may actually deserve you a bit more—because they need that extra push to become social. That’s what the cats who just arrived need—people like you who will give them that extra push and be patient.

I can’t imagine life without Charlie and Pati no matter how odd they can be or how long it takes them to continue to adapt. So now I need you to do the same. Over 60 cats need someone patient, strong, and dedicated to lifesaving. Don’t be overwhelmed. You only need to adopt one to make a difference. And I know there are easily 60 of you who read this every week.

“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.” That’s one of my favorite quotes. Remember this. By adopting one, you are changing that world, and that means together, we can change the world for these 60 cats.

To adopt, visit our Reno shelter at 2825 Longley Lane. We’re open 11am to 6:30pm on Sundays and adoption fees are waived on cats over the age of three.

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