so a week ago I was up in the Portland area and I decided to stop in the "Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland" or ARL for short.. I was in the area, I had no major commitments for the rest of the day and I had my camera with me. So I thought I would do one of my favorite things to do.. Photograph some kitties.
I stopped in and said hello to the staff at the desk, they asked me if I was here to adopt, and I said no, and you could see they were visibly disappointed. After that I was pretty much left alone, which is good on a personal level, but I found it a little odd that no one wanted to discuss things with me, maybe try to convince me to adopt.. that sort of thing. I mean how many people go in saying they are not going to adopt but fall in love with someone.
|The main entrance is just to the left of this first cage|
Kittens are always fun to look at, but shelter cats.. there are always beautiful shelter cats, and they make for much better photos.
One major down side to this shelter is that I did not feel comfortable entering cages. As I said, the main entrance door was right next to that cage. Down the hallway in the larger room was another door that was open (it had chain link fence in it, but it was still open) and I feared what might happen if while juggling the door to the cage and my camera the kitty said "I am out of here!" So for the most part I did not open cage doors (OK I did it once.. and it was SOO worth it.. ) I am sure that if I had said I was interested in adopting things would have been different..
But there is a lot I do like about what they do. They also do "meet your match" like the shelter I volunteer for, but they put it right out there. Once you know if you an an orange kitty, you simply have to find cages with orange name tags.. no guessing. They also keep personal items for each individual cat near them..
And then there was this.. (which touched me since I'm fostering a blind kitty)
Some more beautiful kitties for you to see, including one who had very dramatic reverse ear tufts - aka the fur was very long on the back of his ears.. Tomorrow I'll show you photos from the community room they also have..