This post is in honor of my friends Matilda, the Algonquin Cat and Alice, her person. If you’re ever in New York City, go visit them at The Algonquin Hotel. Matilda is a lovely Ragdoll who came to the hotel in Dec. 2010 after being abandoned in a box outside the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York. (Follow her on Facebook here.) All but one of the Algonquin cats have been rescues, and they have a retirement plan; Matilda III (current) took over when Matilda II (previous) moved to a staff member’s home in 2010 at the age of 15.
Please remember everyone, adopt a shelter animal. You will be doing a great deed and they will become the loves of your lives!
Another thing to keep in mind: with Easter just around the corner, many people will adopt baby chicks, geese, goats and bunnies and then abandon them because they can’t take care of them. If you don’t live on a farm or an area zoned for livestock, or just don’t have the time, money or knowledge of taking care of these animals, please don’t. It will only cause heartache for everyone – including the animals – involved.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a quote from the book Matilda by Roald Dahl.
“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”