Hilarious Adoption Cards 'Stealthily Left' at Shelter Aim to Help Cats Get Adopted
"Sorry but Zeta hates ghosts. If you live in a haunted graveyard, please choose a different cat," says one card
You can’t adopt them all — that’s the sad reality you must come to terms with when you enter an animal shelter.
But Jeff Wysaski, who adopted a cat recently, came up with a genius way to help shelter cats get noticed.
Fitting in with the theme of his Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram page @obviousplant, where he shares evidence of his “real word plants” of comical signs, fliers and more, he decided to plant funny adoption cards at the Sante D’Or animal shelter in L.A.
“I gave these adoptable cats some interesting likes and dislikes. Stealthily left at Sante D’Or Animal Rescue. All these cats are real and need a home!” he wrote on Facebook with pictures of the cards.
They are emblazoned with the cat’s face, their names and each give a breakdown of their likes — “sleeping in a sunbeam” — and dislikes — “the warlock’s curse that transformed her into a cat.” All of them will make you laugh, but are they helping the kitties find their fur-ever?
The rescue tells PEOPLE in a statement that the cards Wysaski planted there haven’t necessarily translated into more cats adoptions.
“We’ve had a great deal of attention online, which our volunteers and adopters enjoyed sharing but ultimately it has not translated to any up swing in real life visitors or any adoptions,” the statement says. “Since the post has gone viral we have had one person who came into the rescue who had seen the post who wanted to visit some cats and one online donation for $20 by someone who thought it was funny. In fact we have had more reporters with enquiries than potential adopters!”
The rescue added: “As a small non profit, volunteer run, no kill animal shelter we love when anyone wants to get our name and our cats out there, but we just wish Obvious Plant would have worked with us before posting so we could have used the online attention garnered in a way to get more practical help for our rescued animals.”
Wysaski tells PEOPLE that he came up with the idea for the plant after he adopted his cat Gizmo.
“I am a cat lover,” he said in an email. “I adopted a cat a few months ago, and it got me thinking about how I could help get more adopted.”
While the cats don’t seem to be finding homes faster because of the cards, Sante D’or definitely got a kick out of them.
“We did think they were funny,” the rescue said in a statement. “And we are still trying to track down the Warlock who turned Delores into a cat. But until we find him, or find her a forever home as a cat, she is welcome to live with us.”