I have been an animal lover my entire life, with a special affinity for cats.
At 18, after just moving out of my parent's house, I stumbled into a county shelter just to browse (lol). There I met "Princess 2," a chonky lady who immediately asked for belly rubs. On her kennel, they had posted her "due out date" which indicated she would be euthanized the following day per county procedure. Without hesitation, I took her home. On the drive home, she broke free from her carrier and laid in my lap for the entire drive. Badge became my number one gal, my sidekick, and my best friend through good times and bad. She moved around San Francisco with me and I was able to share some of the best years of my life with Badge. As she became middle-aged she was plagued with health issues and my 20-year-old income could barely support the both of us. I put Badge before myself for as long as I could, until her health problems were so severe that she had to leave us. I still wish I could have done more, and I still wish that I had more resources to take care of Badge, so that maybe she could have spent a few more years with me.
Fast forward more than a decade, and I work at one of the safest places for animals in the country. Our animals do not have a time limit and are with us until they are adopted. This means for cats like Badge, she would have more than a 3-days chance at finding an adopter to take her home.
OHS is also currently entering the construction phase of a major campus expansion project that will create a community teaching hospital to provide affordable access to quality vet care-- something that I did not have access to when I was taking care of Badge. I am so grateful to work for such an amazing organization and am SO excited to think about how many cats like Badge that we can keep with their families for years to come.
Please consider donating to my doggie dash page to help us to continue to save lives and support our community.
To learn more about the community hospital and the New Road Ahead Project please click here: https://www.oregonhumane.org/new-road-ahead/project/