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I took some more cat photos this past weekend (previous cat photos here). This time, I tried a different location - on top of a desk - and that was a mistake. The idea was that half the desk area was cleared off to be used as a raised platform upon which I could place the cats but then I spent half the time lifting the cats out from behind the cluttered, adjacent computer area where they all seemed to like to wander. They didn't knock anything over, break anything or pull any cables out so that was a plus I guess.

I've also realized that unlike puppies, kittens seem way easier to photograph than the adults. In the canine world, puppies are the ADHD ones compared to the adults but with cats, the adults were way more restless and tended to want to get away from the camera. Kittens, on the other hand, didn't mind the camera and treated it more like a curiosity than an annoyance. So, that's why the kittens ended up with more photos. It wasn't just because they were over the top cute.

Okay, that's it for cats for now at least. Sorry, I don't know the names or ID numbers of the above furry models but if you're interested in any of these cats, I'm sure the staff can help you identify them.

For adoption information on these cats and other cats (and dogs and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

3 Comments to “One more batch of cat photos”

  1. Cats are easier to photograph because they're little show offs. They know they're gorgeous. =)

  2. I beg to differ!

    I took cat photos at our municipal shelter for three years, While adult cats wander and poke their noses into everything, eventually settling in some dark and comfortable corner, they do so at something under the speed of light. Kittens under 3.5 months are easy, because their first reaction is to gaze at the new world with an "Oh, WOW!" expression.

    Somewhere around 3.5 - 4 months, a kind of pre-puberty sets in, and every kitten in the world develops the energy of a hydroelectric dam coupled with the attention span of a gnat. I got blurry photos of 4-6 month old tails exitting stage left/right/straight up, some of ears or noses, and a lot of various paws using the camera as a launching point for explorations of quantum reality!

    Clearly your talents include an innate calming skill, perhaps a pheromone you give off. Bottle it and I'll be the first to buy some...

  3. Fred says:

    Tigerspirit, if 3.5 months is the transition period then that explains it. The kittens I photographed were probably 2 - 3 months old.

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.