Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Two cats are twice as nice!

Guest Blogger, Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Can you imagine Romeo without Juliet? Bert without Ernie? Barbie without Ken? Neither can we! And during this Valentine season, when thoughts are turning to love, why not think about creating your very own memorable duo?

At Animal Friends, we believe so strongly in the benefits of adopting two cats that we're putting our money where our mouth is. To make your life “Twice as Nice,” one adoption donation covers two friendly felines.

When you adopt two cats, you soon find that you can’t imagine life without them. There are many benefits to having double the cat companionship:

  • Having a constant playmate to chase and wrestle with helps keep cats lively, well-exercised and healthy.

  • Often, destructive behavior in pets can be traced to boredom. The stimulation of a companion can help ward off inappropriate feline behaviors and scratching.

  • Two cats will keep you laughing with their antics.

  • Many cats are social creatures, and will happily groom one another and sleep cuddled together. People who work long hours, travel overnight or spend frequent evenings away from home will find a warm greeting upon returning, but without the guilt of leaving a beloved pet all alone.

  • Two cats will bring their humans double the love. They make great lap warmers in winter and will offer an endless supply of purrs and head butts. The only thing more heartwarming than the love of a pet is the love of two.

  • Adopting two cats actually saves four lives - the two you're adopting, and the two that will take their places on Animal Friends’ adoption floor, given a priceless second chance thanks to your adoption. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that between six and eight million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, about half of which are euthanized. Think of how much easier the work of shelters across the country would be if more families were willing to welcome not one, but two cats into their hearts and homes.

Having two cats doesn't require much additional effort. An extra food and water dish and litter box is worth the joy your instant family will bring. And, being rather compact creatures, cats don't take up much space. As long as your home can provide a bit of separation from time to time, there's no worry about needing a larger home with room to roam.

Often, Animal Friends has pairs of cats who have come in together and would love to find a home with room for two. But in any case, Animal Friends' Adoption Counselors will work with you to find exactly the right cats - two that are compatible with you as well as each other. Our free roam rooms are full of feline-friendly cats who cheerfully share their living quarters and would love to have a live-in friend. We'll give you advice on introducing your new cats to your home and giving them the time and space to bond.

So, it’s the perfect time to bring home two homeless cats! How can you resist? We recommend making the trip to Animal Friends at double speed, two-stepping all the way. After all, two cats certainly are twice as nice!

Animal Friends requests the following donations for cat adoption:
One or two felines 20 weeks or older: $75
One or two felines aged 20 weeks and younger: $100
One or two residents of our Cat Cottage: $20.11

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