For my birthday this year, Michael promised me that we could a cat. It was the best present I could have asked for, however, we decided to not get one right away. We had a lot of things going on including moving house and some work commitments so waited until the time was right and that we had a little bit more stability for our new addition.
We chose to adopt rather than buy because there are so many beautiful animals in rescues and sanctuaries all over Ireland. We also choose to get an adult cat rather than a kitten because cute little kitties get adopted much quicker than adult cats so I wanted to give an adult cat a forever home.
We looked at so many rescue sites and the amount of animals on them is heartbreaking. These amazing rescues and sanctuaries all provide love, care and shelter to thousands of animals that have been victims of illness, injury, cruelty or are simply unwanted.
We visited a sanctuary close to us and while they had a good few cats they were honest with us and said none of them were suitable for re-homing as a house cat (they were mostly cats brought in as strays or farm cats). On the same day, we spotted a gorgeous cat on Monaghan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s website called Betty and immediately rang and put our name on her.
Fast forward a couple of days when we went to visit her and fell head over heels in love. Betty was a stray kindly looked after by a lovely lady who found her and brought her to the All Creatures vets. She was then cared for there before being brought to the MSPCA.
We are still getting to know each other but Betty is a lovable little soul who has a whole lot of love to give. She’s been settling in nicely and exploring all the nooks and crannies of her new home!
If you are considering getting a pet please do check out your local animal shelter or charities. They do amazing work and have amazing animals all looking for forever homes. If you would like to find out more about where we got Betty, please visit www.monaghanspca.ie.
Animal Adoption Resources
Where to adopt:
Want to adopt an animal, but don’t know where to start? Here is just a selection of places in Ireland to search for an adoptable animal in your area: