Forbidden Love by SamTheCowdog

Had to walk by a cage of cute while at a shelter today assessing some dogs. The grey on the left is one of the bars of the cage. I placed the cam on top, put it on live view, and snapped 4 shots – this is the best. They were some KEYOOT kittens!

(They are in an animal control facility in Ontario, Canada, and available for adoption. Most shelters in our area have kill rates of 70-90% for cats and kittens, esp during kitten season. Kittens like these ones are put down in enormous numbers every day all over North America. Please be kind and spay/neuter your pet before they have a litter.)

CORRECTION – This shelter has reduced their their euth rate for kittens/cats to 34%. This is an exception, not the rule, and probably due to the extraordinary efforts this shelter’s staff makes for their animals. The fact that they have to be proud of this statistic – 1/3 of all cats/kittens being euthanized – should illustrate the strain that all shelters are under.

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  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckeralmost 5 years ago

    How sweet…I want them both…mmm…little booboos!!! Adorable capture!!! :-)

  • Thanks so much for your comment, they were precious. :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Bill Marsh
    Bill Marshalmost 5 years ago

    Yup, that’s how it starts :

    You walk by the cage, next thing ya know your going home with a new cat. Nice shot. by the way.

    Actually it’s exactly way we got our last 2 cats, Lil’ Boots a domestic long hair, from the Bracebridge shelter, had her for 5 years (lost her to lung cancer 2-3 weeks ago) & more recently Big Boots from the Orillia shelter, almost the same markings but a 2 year old short hair male this time & with the same name, (pretty hard to say no to a coincidence like that.)

    Take Care.


  • Thanks for your comment and sorry for your loss. Shelter pets are the only way to go for me. You save a life, and yet we seem to get the better end of the deal. :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 5 years ago

    Humm…what u gonna do about it… (great photo)

  • Just capture the moment is all! :) Thanks for the comment.

    – SamTheCowdog

  • DebbieCHayes
    DebbieCHayesalmost 5 years ago

    How adorable. I am a sucker for cats, guess that is why I have 6 plus a stray that we feed. It may have cost a little but all 6 cats and 2 dogs have been fixed. It is so sad to think of all of hte animals that have to be put to sleep.

  • Thanks for the comment. It’s so easy for many to put it out of mind, but these are the faces that are banished forever when we have our pets breed, when the local shelters are all full, and as a society we’re using euthanasia as a method of birth control. :(

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image love the orange tabby asleep. Glad to say im a cat person and are 2 cats came from a rescue center that had sprayed and micro chipped them already

  • Thanks for the comment Karen! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    What a precious shot! I love this. Instant fave.

  • Thanks joycee! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Jenni Atkins-Stair
    Jenni Atkins-S...over 4 years ago

  • Thank you Jenni, much appreciated! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Oh and a real good news update. Our shelter contact asked if I might be able to do some more pictures. Almost all the animals I photographed were adopted after the shelter put the pics online. That is good news!! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    Still makes me go ahhhh lovely image and well done on your feature.

  • Thanks Karen. It was a lucky shot, not looking, but how can kittens this cute take a bad picture? :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Jenni Atkins-Stair
    Jenni Atkins-S...over 4 years ago

    Great news!!!!

  • :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Bernie Stronner
    Bernie Stronnerover 4 years ago

    well Done - Your Host Bernie

  • Thanks Bernie! And everyone else who participated! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

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