I was going to do another light-hearted video post showing how adorable Milton & Diego are playing together, but instead I am feeling led to talk more about something that’s been more and more on my mind lately as Milton & Diego have met people along the way to finding their forever homes.
When a potential adopter visits my house or comes up to Milton & Diego’s cage at an adoption event, Milton’s is the first face everyone sees.
Milton has everything going for him. He’s a big boy with a wonderful personality! He will approach strangers for petting and playtime; he’s quick to trust and makes everyone coo at his adorable little face.
But with a brother with so much personality and adorableness to compete with, little Diego is often completely overlooked…
Diego is more shy and reserved around strangers. That’s not to say that he’s terrified of people; he’s not! He’s just a typical cat…
He will not approach people to greet them as soon as they enter, but he also doesn’t run and hide.
He does not solicit attention from people he doesn’t know, but he will play with them if they pick up a toy.
He is smaller, darker, faster, and harder to spot. He doesn’t call attention to himself, and so he is overlooked while people coo and coddle the more dominant personality of Milton.
And Diego doesn’t mind this; he doesn’t know that he’s being overshadowed.
But I mind…
Because I know Diego, and I know who he really is.
I know that if I bend over to pet Milton, Diego will walk straight off the cat tree and onto my back.
I know that he will climb the greatest heights to get to my face so that he can rub it with his.
So, I mind when people don’t look twice at him. I am sad when he is overlooked.
I love and adore Milton; know that I do!
Milton makes me laugh! And I love to pick him up and cuddle and kiss him!
But, Diego is special to me…especially because he’s not special to anyone else.
So, how do you handle it when one of your fosters is overlooked?
Do you tell everyone how amazing he is? Hope that your stories will be convincing enough? Try to capture the moments on video or in photos to “prove” to people that this cat is awesome?!
Or do you just wait… and know that when the right person sees him, they’ll see what you’ve known all along… that this cat is special and worthy of being FIRST pick?
That’s where I’m at right now. I’m doing a little of both, but mostly, I think I need to just wait. Because I don’t want Diego to go to a home that adopts him because I convinced them that he was worth the risk…
I want Diego to go to a home where Diego is wanted for who he is… and as he is: a special cat with a special purpose. I want him to go to a home where he will never ever be overlooked again.