Today, we have a real life story of a rescuer of Special Needs cats! Meet Dusty Rainboldt, a writer who is well-known in the cat-loving community. She is also the Vice President of AdoptAShelter.com, and she’s here today to share her experiences of fostering and living with special needs pets.
Crepes: Tell us about the special needs cats in your life.
We’ve also fostered cruelty and trauma cases that took many months to recover. One kitty was a victim of domestic violence. He suffered brain trauma and eventually lost his eye. Zeki, another stray, survived a knife attack. Her rehab required twice daily hydro therapy sessions. Right now we have a kitty named Taco who suffered from serious intentional burns. Like Zeki, we had to do hydrotherapy and keep the wound protected.
Having special pets teaches children compassion and acceptance for humans with disabilities. I think everyone should have a special pet.
C: Would you do it again?
DR: When you adopt or foster a special needs kitty you are saving a life. They’re usually the last ones adopted/rescued and the first ones euthanized. If you market them right, people will want to adopt them. I don’t regret a moment. I just wish I could clone myself so I could save more.
That’s it! Another inspiring look into someone living with special needs pets. A big thank you to Dusty for speaking with me today.
More about Dusty Rainbolt:
Dusty is the Vice President of AdoptAShelter.com, a shop to donate website dedicated to helping pet charities. She’s also active in the Cat Writers Association, is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and is the author of Cat Wrangling Made Easy, Kittens for Dummies, And Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits, among other things. You can find out more at www.dustycatwriter.com