Diesel Has A Chance, But Needs A Ridee....
I wanted to clarify my remarks on Twitter this morning, about never adopting a Bengal from a Pet Store. They were spoken without detail, and more in frustration. This is Diesel, a really sweet 9 month old Bengal who was bought at a pet store a few months ago. He has some severe upper respiratory problems, and needs about $1000 worth of vet care, and likely more, which his owner doesn't have.
We have a Vet in Michigan, Detroit area who will donate care, and if they suit, and Diesel lives, may adopt him. Diesels owner wants to do everything she can for him, but Diesel is in Evanston, IL. He needs a ride, or a plane ticket.
Anyone out there? We can save him if we can get him to Michigan.
This happens a lot in pets bought from pet stores. They are sick, they are not from a reputable breeder. NO member of the TIBCS (International Bengal Cat Society) would ever sell to a pet shop.
No reputable breeder of ANY animal would.
The exception to this rule about adopting from a pet shop, is places like PetCo (for one) who are holding adoption drives with a local animal shelter. This is a good thing, and should be encouraged.
The animal shelter is the best place to go to when looking for a pet.
If you decide you want a pedigreed pet of a certain kind, find a reputable breeder. I don't mean "Show Quality" , I mean a breeder who breeds and cares responsibly for their animals. Who makes sure they are healthy, spayed and neutered. Do your homework and find someone who is a member of whatever Association is in place for the breed. (Like TIBCS for Bengals)
If you want a Bengal, get this:
I can set you up with a Bengal RIGHT THIS SECOND for $150. We have them in Foster care. THEY NEED HOMES!
Bengals in pet shops were most likely bred from Bengals that were never meant to be bred. They may carry strains of illness, or indeed just be sick FROM being in the pet shop. They will sell for more than the going rate. From a breeder of good standing, that's $600 for a pet kitten. The Pet shop will sell them for $900 each, and will have likely acquired an entire litter for that one price. They will have no papers.
My wistful thinking says I wish we could make a STOP BREEDING ANY ANIMALS rule until everyone that's here has a good home. But we can't. Let's stop the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops tho. Nothing good can come of this.
There are too many animals in need of homes.
We have WAY too many Bengals alone in Rescue right now, and are very close to having to close to any more.
If you can help Diesel get to Michigan, contact me at email@example.com
If you would like to adopt a Bengal in Rescue go to the Great Lakes Bengal Rescue Webite
If you just want to help: Paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love and Thank you,