Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dyrenes hus

C. and I went to visit an animal shelter today, Dyrenes hus. It's out in Bærum, about an hour's drive from where C. lives ... which is too bad, because they're looking for volunteers, and that would be perfect for her. :-) But it's a little too far away from home. It was a lovely place, quietly out in the woods. They offer a home, permanent or temporary, to cats and rabbits who need it, and they adopt pets out to responsible new owners. Of which there are too few ... in fact, if there were enough responsible owners to begin with, a place like this wouldn't be so necessary. We saw a rabbit who had been given to a vet to be put down because his owners were going on vacation. WTF!! People like that should be reported to the police on the spot, IMO ... and there should be a national database where their names should be registered, so that if they tried to buy a new pet from a breeder or a pet store, they would be seen to be blacklisted. Fuck 'em. >:-( There were also cats with awful stories, like one that had been thrown out of a fourth story window ... !! Seriously, I don't know what's wrong with people. Sometimes I'm ashamed to be human.

Here are some pictures, anyway.

A lovely peaceful place ...

This guy wasn't friendly, but he was OK with being admired from a distance.

But this fellow was very friendly! His name is Bamse ('teddy'), he is 14 or 15 years old and he loved getting cuddles. As you see. :-)

There were also a number of quite young cats, these were of course beyond adorable.

I guess they aren't used to quite so many people at once. Many in the main enclosure relaxed or even slept, but some were very alert ... and some dreamed of escape. :-)

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