Now that I have a lot of free time (with only one foster dog and three foster cats, life is very calm!), I've found a new project. It might be silly - it might be expecting too much - it might even be a huge waste of time. But then again, it might help a pet find a home, so I'm going to do it anyway.
I believe there are adopters out there who would love to give one of these special animals a home. But they don't always know who has been waiting the longest, or who needs them the most. And with the thousands of animals in the St. Louis area out there on websites like PetFinder and AdoptAPet.com, they are going to have a hard time finding the ones where they can make the biggest difference.
Best Friends Animal Society, one of the largest and best-known rescue groups in the country, recently created their "Purrty Dozen" - a list of the twelve cats that had been waiting a long time for homes and that the staff most wanted to see adopted. Since they created the list in January 2009, seven of these 12 cats have found homes. That's pretty amazing, considering how long some had been waiting (at least 7 years in the case of one cat!). Obviously Best Friends has more resources and a wider range of adopters than I do. But I hope that with some support and help from others, we can make a difference in the lives of a few hard-to-adopt pets right here in the St. Louis area.
I've created the Ten Most Wanted list of pets that have been waiting awhile to find a home. Kermit is on there of course. So are nine other pets from other rescue groups. I hope to get some adoption posters made up for these pets and recruit volunteers to post them on bulletin boards in the area. I'd also like to add some buttons so you all could share these pets with people through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you're interested in helping with this project, please contact me. I really need help with things like advertising, web design, creating posters, etc, and we will eventually need volunteers to be willing to put up posters at their local library, restaurants, grocery stores, churches and work places. This project is just getting started, so you can get a sneak peek at the website here, but it may be changing a lot before we're ready to "go live" with it. I am getting three or four puppies to foster sometime this weekend, so my free time may quickly be dwindling away!
Stay tuned... puppy pictures should be available within a few days!