Ha - I didn't know.
The local pet store where I buy my stuff is a major chain. They do pet adoptions for a local non profit agency affiliated with the ASPCA. I always go and see the cats. I talked with the gal who runs the adoptions program and told her that we adopted our last cat (#4 for us) and that I am glad to see the store and agency working together. She point blankly asked if I would be interested in helping the adoption group. She told me the process they go through.
They go to the shelter and pick up cats that have not yet been adopted and are getting close to the gallows. They can not help ferrule cats because they just do not domesticate well.
They then have them spayed/neutered and from there they go to a halfway house of sorts, call it foster care. It is there they heal up and get used to other pets and socialize before going to the the store for adoption. They stay here until they are social enough to present to the public. In the store they are of course displayed and picked up.
Now when we adopted our last cat Zeus, we saw him in the store and he looked at us with these beautiful eyes and you could see that he had personality. We picked him up and petted him (a mistake some would say) and he was so happy that he drooled all over both of us. yes I know that it's nasty but he was THAT happy, he just cuddled and he knew we would take him. Well needless to say we did take him home and we have been very happy with him. Why somebody else didn't get him first is a mystery. Oh, and I did forget to mention that he turned out to be a Chartreux
. Not bad for $80.
I am telling this story because as I mentioned earlier the gal I spoke with asked if I wanted to help, and I did. She suggested that they really needed people to be foster parents as it were for the cats coming out of the shelters who have been spayed/neutered. This step is important for making them comfortable with other people. Well, I can't foster right now but would love to do that in the future. So for now, whenever I go to the pet store I buy 4 bags of litter and 2 bags of food. That doesn't last long but it does help those who do foster these pets. Yes it cost me $60 or more but it does help.
And of course I don't have to mention how important it is to get your pet spayed or neutered to help control population. It is a far cry better than the option many of these animals face when not wanted.
As for training Zeus on the leash, I'll let you know how that goes - as soon as the scratches heal. He doesn't like the harness.