Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | April 16, 2008

Rescued Pets and Popular Breeds

Mack the Purebred Author

For those folks who are partial to a particular breed when choosing their animal companion, Second Chance would like to remind you that full bred pets are not immune to homelessness.  With this in mind, you should consider rescuing a homeless pet that matches your breed of choice. 

Not only do rescue groups exist for the majority of the popular breeds but shelters such as Second Chance often see breeds of all variations in need of a new home.  Mack, a Scottish Fold feline breed, featured in today’s Pet Column, is just one of many popular breeds that has found his second chance through our shelter program.  (Not limited to cats, we also have a gorgeous Great Dane currently waiting for the right home.)  Mack, although not vain or pretentious, shared the following interesting information on his particular breed:

If you are looking for an interesting looking cat with a very pleasing personality to match – look no further.  As a Scottish Fold I belong to the only breed of cat whose lineage can be traced back to one common ancestor.  This known original ancestor was “Susie” the folded-ear barn cat discovered in the Scottish countryside by a shepherd in 1961.  He thought the folded ear thing was pretty neat and decided to breed more of us. 

My breed has a unique look and personality and is likened to an owl with forward folding ears.  Our distinctive physical traits, combined with a reputation as unusually loving companions, make us “Folds” highly sought-after pets.  We tend to become very attached to our human caregivers and are by nature quite affectionate.

Additionally, Scottish Folds are hardy cats, much like our barnyard ancestors. Our disposition matches our sweet expressions (see photo).  We have soft tiny voices and are not extremely vocal but can display a complex repertoire of meows and purrs not found in better-known breeds. We adore human companionship and display this in our own quiet way (see photo again).   Another unique tidbit about my breed is that Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. At about three to four weeks of age, the ears fold…or they don’t! As you can see mine did. 

I don’t want to mislead you into thinking that interesting breeds such as mine are superior in any way to other breeds or mixed breeds.  My feline friends here at the shelter, some who look as though they have come straight out of a breed blender, are equally adoptable and eager to bond with a new family.  Their unknown heritage makes them unique in their own individualized way.

I think the point I am trying to make is that typically you can find the right pet for your lifestyle, interests and desires right at your local shelter.  The best way to discover your next soul-pet is to come over to the shelter and meet us.  Also remember that Second Chance is always looking for temporary foster homes for varying pet needs and it is a good way to bring some furry love into your home without the longterm commitment.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet or learn about SCHS Spay/Neuter Vouchers, Volunteer & Foster Care and other Programs.  Visit to see our adoptable pets.  Responses to Pet Columns can be sent to:





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