They've also asked if I can take photos of cats, focusing on the cats with crappy intake photos only, to be used on the website. Now that we have a purpose for being there (petting cats DOES have a purpose, for sure, but it feels more like fun than work), we've actually been going just about every weekend.
Yes, there are the occasional cats that are tempting to bring home. Sweet cuddly cats that love to be held and petted are especially attractive to both of us, but especially Nathan because he loves giving our cats attention, but they mostly rebuff him. They are both older than he is, and apparently still think of him as an annoying toddler, even though he gives them wonderful care and is careful with petting them now. But I always think of how difficult the relationship is between the two I have now, and how stressed they would both be if I brought a new cat home. It wouldn't be fair to them. So I've committed myself to not bring any more cats home until at least one of these two is gone, and even then, it will depend on which cat is remaining and how she's doing at that time.
Yesterday, though, was the first time a cat really seemed to choose ME. I went into the area where they keep multiple kittens in a room that also has access to an enclosed outdoor area, as we do every visit. I picked up a kitten, took a few photos, snuggled with him, took a few more photos, and started to move along to the other kittens in the room. However, Harris kept coming back to me, meowing for me to pick him up. Nathan picked him up, but he wiggled until he put him down. I picked him up, and while he wiggled out of my hands, he found his way to my lap and settled in for a bit of a nap. SUCH a sweetheart. It was harder yesterday to stick to my committment to my two kitties, but I did. I hope Harris finds a wonderful family to love him.
Here are some photos of Harris:
And some of the many other kitties (and bunnies) we've loved on in the past few weeks. If you're looking for a pet, please consider your local shelter, whether it's run by the humane society or other organization.