Today I am doing something that I’ve never done before: I am helping to transport two older cats from a foster home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to their forever home in McAllen, Texas. The trip will take two days with the cats spending the night in Mobile, Alabama. Sera and Chloe were two of twenty cats that were surrendered to a shelter. You can read their story here in a post at Your Daily Cute.
I have always been ambivalent about long-distance transports. On top of the trauma they have already faced, they are now going to be transported for two days with multiple changes of persons before they end up at their forever home. I cannot help but wonder why go to all this trouble? Are there no cats available for adoption in Texas? Don’t get me wrong; I am happy these cats will live.
What kind of home will they move into? With long-distance transports like this, I wonder how you can truly vet the family that will take in cats in this manner. Will they go into a loving, forever home? Or are they the latest acquisition of a hoarder?
And then there is the cost. If I were to be paid for this service, it would cost around $212 for my leg of the journey (if paid at my regular rate). That would buy 8 spay vouchers at the low-cost clinic in Panama City. Which is the more prudent use of funds?
So why am I doing this?
-Because I’ve never done anything like this before and now I will be able to say that I have.
-Because I believe that with all the positive energy going into this transport, good things will come of it.
-Because, in the end, I believe we each have our path to walk, and I feel this is a part of mine.
So while you are out and about this weekend, think of those of us transporting these two ladies to their new home, and offer a prayer for them to have a happy and healthy future.