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Why Not Me? Meet Liefde!

03/04/2020 by Katie Virdell
March 4th, 2020 by Katie Virdell

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.


Breed: Domestic Longhair

Age/Gender/Size: 1 year / Male / Small

Likes: Belly rubs, watching you eat and crazy zoomie time

Medical/Special Considerations: FeLV positive – indoor only, single kitty home

When looking upon this month’s #WhyNotMePet, we can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of love and affection, or as they say in Dutch, liefde. In fact, this kiddo’s name is Liefde, and we can certainly understand why. This snuggly kitty has so much love to give, and we are hoping that he soon finds his happy ending. Liefde is available for adoption through Whitman County Humane Society. They are located in Pullman, Wash. and have been helping animals in need since 2000.

Sweet Liefde came from a hoarding situation. Even though he was abandoned, Liefde still holds a lot of trust in humans, though he may seem a little shy at first. He is chock-full of personality and known to succumb to the call of the zoomies, which makes for an entertaining afternoon. Afterwards, Liefde is more than content to spend the majority of his days snuggling up on your lap. He is also working on harness training and is a perfect gentleman for his nail trims. Be prepared for a pair of eyes watching every fork and spoonful of food that enters your mouth, for Liefde is known to beg for vittles, and will even try to sneak in a sip of coffee in the mornings.

Liefde tested positive for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), which does mean that his life expectancy is shortened. He is unable to live with other kitties unless they are also FeLV positive. This illness compromises the immune system, so Liefde must be an indoor-only kitty. Since he’s at a much higher risk of catching even the most common cold bug, it’s vital that he is taken to the vet at the first sign of illness.

You will currently find Liefde fostered at My Rental Company, in Pullman, Wash. Should you go in for a visit and fall in love, all you need to do is fill out an application with the Whitman County Humane Society.  Liefde is neutered, FIV and heartworm negative, vaccinated, de-wormed and microchipped. The humane society is accepting a donation in exchange for Liefde’s adoption fee, and recommends about $30 to help cover his vetting. You can see Liefde’s profile at or email for additional information.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.