Tuesday Spotlight – Jennifer Boutilier

-Name: Joanne Boutilier

-Origin: Sydney Mines, NS

-Years in Fort McMurray: 10 years

-Animal(s) (name, breed, age): Bandit, female tuxedo cat, 12.5 years old Boots, female tuxedo cat, 9 years old Gunner, male purebred Sheltie, 7.5 years Hunter, male purebred Sheltie, 6 years All our pets are spayed/neutered

-Interesting facts about your Animal(s): We adopted Bandit in 2002 from the Ft McMurray SPCA.  She was 2 years old when dropped off and she was pregnant too, so she had her litter while she was there.  She was a resident of the SPCA for about 7 months until we gave her a forever home.

Boots was a kitten at the Ft McMurray SPCA before we gave her a forever home.  I think she picked us because every time we visited for a few days to decide which kitten to adopt, she’d climb up us to say “I’m coming home with you”.

Both our indoor cats and are quite content with the safety of being indoors.

Both our dogs came from a reputable breeder (she is actually a CKC judge).

Gunner loves playing and going for car rides.  Hunter is quite happy laying on your lap getting ear scratches and belly rubs. They are like night and day sometimes in their personality, but both are mama’s boys.  They are like my shadows but with fur.

-Perspective on adopting a rescue: Adopt when you can as there is so many pets needing homes.  Some spend most of their lives in a kennel at shelters (especially older pets and special needs).  Pets need love, companionship, and stability in their life regardless their age and health problems.  Even if you adopt or buy, spay/neuter your pets… if you can’t afford to do that, then you shouldn’t have a pet (it’s part of being a responsible pet owner).  If you don’t adopt, do your research and buy from a reputable breeder (not a backyard breeder or animal mill – some breeders may look reputable, but they are not, so buyer beware). However, before bringing in any pet into your life, remember it’s a life time commitment.  Baby animals grow into adult animals, so they aren’t going to be cute and small for long.  Pets are a lot of work, require a lot of consistent training, cost a lot of money, and require a lot of your time.  I hear a lot of excuses to why people give up their pets and it breaks my heart. -Favorite quote: “We can judge the heart of a person by their treatment of animals”

-Last words: Don’t turn away from an animal that is older, all pets need stability and a forever home.  Please spray/neuter your pets (they don’t need to have that first litter before getting fixed – there’s enough pets needing homes).