Why did you decide to rescue?
I decided to rescue by accident, but I've always been in favor of rescuing and adoption over buying form breeders. I think that purebred animals are cute and all, but the trade off is not worth leaving an extra animal in a shelter, in my opinion.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
I was originally serving as the intermediary between someone who had found a couple stray kittens, and someone who was looking to acquire two kittens. In my short time fostering the kittens (only one week), I grew so attached to them, that when their new owner said that he couldn't meet Scooter's needs, I jumped at the opportunity to care for her myself. I've never had a cat before, and have always considered myself to be a 100% dog person. Scooter has converted me into a 51% dog person, 49% cat person, and 1,000,000% Scooter person (the math might not check out on that one).
Scooter is unique because she has rear leg paralysis, which has caused her back legs to stiffen and become fixed to one side. She scoots around to get where she wants to go, and she's not afraid of climbing if it means she will get to take a nap when she reaches the top. She's the sweetest animal I've ever known, and she shows me that every day. Her positive impact on my life is immeasurable.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
My biggest fear with rescuing was that I'd have a bad experience with it and feel like a hypocrite for believing that rescue was the best choice. I'm happy to say that any fear I had was totally misplaced, because Scooter has been nothing but great since I got her.
Would you rescue again?
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
Rescuing makes you feel like a good person for taking an otherwise unwanted animal, but I also don't want to get a savior complex about myself. But the best part for me has been the happiness that Scooter brings to my life, just pure joy, every single day.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
Rescuing is the job of the community. No one person can take in all the animals on their own. If you're able to adopt an animal, then do it! If not, that's ok too. Just do what you can to spread awareness about the benefits of pet adoption, and you'll make a difference.
Follow Scooter and his cute antics: @scoot.butt on instagram!