Three great reasons to get your next pet from a shelter
Blog post by Shamintha Kumar, ‘Bruce Finds A Home’ Digital Content Coordinator.
Thankfully, not every pet is found lying on a footpath like Bruce was. If you’re thinking about getting a new pet, here are three reasons to consider adopting an animal from your local shelter:
And if you do happen to find a pet (it happens - both Bruce and his "big sister" Jager were found), remember to get them neutered. That way you can help break the cycle of stray and homeless animals.
Here in one place are all my cutest photos - including kitten photos from when I was tiny and grey, right through to pictures that show off my handsome new look as a house panther. Watch the video or check out the gallery below. What's your favourite photo?
Here are some of my favourite photos from 2017 so far. You can visit my Facebook and Instagram pages for more!
I've made some educational videos about pets at Christmas. One is about choosing pets from shelters, and one is about making sure your pet has a good break while you're on holiday. If you like the videos please feel free to share them. Thank mew!
Hi, I’m Bruce the cat! I was found on a footpath when I was one day old. Back then I was as small and grey as a mouse.
A few weeks later, when I opened my eyes, they were blue.
When I got bigger, I developed dark points on my paws and face. Lots of people thought I was Siamese!
But then something strange happened.
I got darker…
And darker! My fluffy grey fur turned sleek and black.
And then my eyes changed from blue to green.
But really, there’s a scientific explanation behind my amazing changing colour.
Kittens are born with blue eyes, but most don’t stay that way. At about four weeks old a kitten’s eyes start to change colour, and they don’t settle into their grown-up colour for about three months. (It might be a bit later for me, because I’m a bit of a late developer.)
But what about my coat? Why did I change colour from grey to black?
This not only had me stumped, but also my mum, my dad and my vet! I still haven’t been able to find any scientific information about this, but thanks to the internet I am pretty sure I had a condition known as ‘fever coat’.
According to the internet, if the mother cat is sick or stressed during pregnancy, her kittens can be born with fever coat. Fever coat makes the fur appear lighter than it should be for the first weeks or months of a kitten's life. In my case, I changed colour when I shed my kitten coat.
So there you have it – the answer to the mystery behind my amazing changing colour! If you have any information about fever coat please let me know in the comments.
In week 16 I discovered the joys of lawns... and the delights of tissue paper! I'm really enjoying being a seaside cat.
In week 15 I moved from one island in New Zealand to another! My big sister Jager came too, so it was a tail of two kitties moving cities. We had to go on the plane! Luckily we had some Feliway to keep us nice and calm.
In week 13 I was so helpful! I helped at mum's work, I helped pack boxes... and of course I'm always very helpful when it comes to my big sister Jager too. She'd hardly get any exercise if it wasn't for me trying to jump on her all the time!
Boy has it been hot in Auckland! I've coped by eating shaved ice, playing in the garden... and of course snoozing.
Hello, my name's Bruce. Mum found me when I was just one day old. She and my dad are keeping me warm and fed with help from my other new human friends.