And no, this year, Josh was replaced by "Garth," as well as a number of others like him (see previous entry) and the number of cats dying in our shelters has risen dramatically over the past year.
It was indeed easier for some reason, ten years ago to recruit kind, caring and giving people like Josh than it is today.
I'm not sure of the reasons for that.
I just know that whenever I ask people these days to consider fostering and help save the life of a dog or cat I usually get all kinds of excuses from "I'm not ready" or "That's not what I want" to (my favorite and by far, the most common), "I'm afraid I'll fall in love and won't want to give the animal up!" Of course, I always answer to the last lame line, that fosters always have first option to adopt if that is what they choose to do. But it neither required nor expected of them.
It all comes down to selfishness and consideration for what's good for THEM rather than what is needed in animal rescue.
If only people realized that in most cases, What is good for the animals is ultimately good for humans too, as the story of Josh and "Little Orphan Annie" testified to. -- PCA