Thursday, June 7, 2012

Of Gingers, Hair-dos, Adoptable Kittens and Sweet Irony

First, the irony:

Almost a year ago I wrote a post promoting June as "official" Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month. I wrote it almost apologetically (being fairly new to pet blogging), believing deep in my soul that it would be one of the least read posts I'd ever written (because it was a cat post on my mostly dog blog), even in spite of its sensational photography. ;)

That said, I'd like to direct your attention about halfway down my right sidebar to the section titled "Stuff People Have Read...A Lot." Those are my 10 most popular (by number of page clicks) posts, listed in descending order (#1 on top). 

You see what's #1, right? ;)

Over the last few months, since the dawn of Pinterest and its phenomenal popularity, I have watched this very unlikely post (the very one that I wrote in honor of all the adoptable shelter kitties one year ago) charge its way up this list, and finally, a few weeks ago, overtake the top spot. Today, not only is it my most popular post, it is so in the way the legendary thoroughbred Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes: By a freaking "mile" (or by over 1,000 clicks as of this writing)!

And the sweetest part about this?

I get to (unapologetically) promote Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month every single time someone clicks on Tigger-in-a-red-wig, not just in June, but every single month of the year! 

And well, since I'm on the subject of Tigger in her "ginger" red wig, and it is June, and adoptable kittens are plenty in many local shelters and rescues,

Why not have a look at a few "natural" gingers who just can't wait to be the #1 most snugly thing you add to your family this month!

Hi, potential new family, we're Jackie (left) and Moe.

Okay, so Jackie isn't all "ginger;" she's actually a tortoiseshell (which is made from ginger and black), but she's gorgeous sitting there with her brother, and well, there you go!

Jackie and Moe are sweet nine-week-old little ones waiting for someone at Richmond Animal Care and Control. And you know what?

I think THEY WOULD LOVE TO BE ADOPTED TOGETHER. :) The only thing better than one kitten, is TWO!

So, are any of you 70s blues-rock fans?

Cool! I'm Foghat!

Also available at Richmond Animal Care and Control, eight-week-old Foghat is waiting for some lucky person to give him a "slow ride" home!

(Editor's note: Have I mentioned how much I love the names of the animals at Richmond Animal Care and Control, the former temporary home of Ham Skillet? :)


So clearly, although I've emphasized kittens and orange fur in this post, there are many great cats of ALL colors and stages of life awaiting adoption this month.

In addition, many shelters and rescue organizations are offering cat adoption "specials" during the month of June. The Richmond SPCA (for whom I'm fostering three infant kittens), for example, is offering this incentive (taken from their blog):

"June is “Adopt A Cat Month” at the Richmond SPCA! Adoption fees for all cats aged 6-months and older are reduced by 50 percent. We have many cats available who would love to find homes, so be sure to take advantage of this special. As always, each adopted pet is already spayed or neutered, up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations and microchipped." 

Sounds like a really good deal to me!
And one last thing:

Cats rock!

(Coming tomorrow: A kitten-fostering tell-all!)


  1. Hope every buddy's finds a house
    Benny & Lily

  2. I'm guessing it's your most popular post because of your very clever headline :) I just love ginger kitties . . not sure why all of mine are black. Okay, I love black kitties too! Let's face it - I love all kitties. Nice post :) Go kitties!!!

  3. Yay for shelter cats! Thanks for the reminder! I had it on my radar last week and then let it slip my mind but that won't do at all. I am trying to take the plight of cats on as my personal mission but what kind of advocate am I if I forget something so important as this?

    Cats do rock. I hope one day everyone realizes just how hard.

  4. Oh... Jackie looks just like my beloved Patches (who crossed the Rainbow Bridge long ago).

  5. Hi Y'all,

    Those kitties are all so cute! Do wish my Human could adopt one. She used to have kitties in the barn and even brought an older cat into the house...but Papa is seriously allergic and the doctor told him no more. :(

    How y'all doin'? Just stoppin' for a visit. Hope y'all have been enjoying a fantastic week and are planning a fun weekend!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog


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