This picture gallery was envisioned as a visual way of promoting the adoption of shelter cats. So many people have tunnel vision focused on cat breeds, that they don't realize the uncountable rewards of giving a home to a cat who may die for the lack of a home. My readers rose to my challenge for pictures and stories of shelter and rescue cats they'd adopted.
Special Needs Cats have a valid place in the overall scheme of things. They demonstrate the unique ability cats have to overcome what we humans would consider as "disabilities," and handle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and FIV, as well as amputation, blindness, and deafness, with amazing resilience and acceptance; certainly lessons we can profit from. This Special Needs Picture Album serves as a testament to the courage, spunk, and "catitude" exhibited by these special cats.
If we are very lucky, all of our cats who share our homes will become seniors, and they will share long and happy lives with us. Senior cats have the wisdom of age, and teach us lessons in acceptance as they stoically accept their frailties, along with the ministrations of those who love them and are loved by them.
Although many of our senior cats live with us their full lives, others are adopted by special people who can see beyond the kittens in the shelter to a cat who looks at them with knowing eyes. This special relationship between older cats and their human caregivers often gives these cats a new lease on life.
Creating a memorial to a cat you have loved and lost is a good way not only to honor your beloved kitty, but also to help you through the grieving process. These memorials speak for themselves of the bond between humans and cats that transcends life itself. This section will always be "in production," and your tributes to your own Special Cats are encouraged. It is always difficult to say "goodbye" to a cherished friend, and a tribute is one way of easing the pain while saluting the cats who have brought so much happiness to our lives.