Give 'Em a Break
I'm a softie (don't tell anyone). I've taken in strays of all kinds from cats to people. I've had at least 7 homeless acquaintances (people), and 10 stray cats under my roof at different times. I can't stand the idea of someone I work with sleeping in their car during an ice storm or an innocent animal cast aside and starving or freezing due to no fault of their own so I take them in. Hell, it's only what I'd want someone to do for me under the same circumstances. Sometimes people and critters just "need a break" and moreso someone to give it to them when everyone else turns their backs. That's where I come in. Of all the people I've taken in and supported only one ripped me off and abused my trust. Of all the animals I've taken in none have taken advantage of me. Muffy my big orange cat was a "barn cat" kitten, and Socks my tiny gray cat came from a cat rescue shelter. I've recieved more joy from my strays than grief and the pic above closely resembles my latest project. Unable to come up with a good name for him his name is "Stray Guy", a cat that was surviving off of scraps from my compost pile. I started leaving food & water out for him and he was very skiddish at first, not allowing me to be anywhere near him, but one day he decided I wasn't a threat and then he was a total loverboy demanding my complete attention and showed that he was obviously very affection starved. He's got lots of scars from being an outside tom cat but is a "pussycat" in his interactions with me. I can't afford to get him fixed right now but gave him Frontline just as with my indoor cats and plan on getting him fixed if not for his own benefit but for the benefit of future unborn strays. I can no longer leave my home without him following me, rubbing my legs and showing his affection. A little care pays off in a big way!