Don't let these adoptable cats' horrible pictures fool you. They are loving and in search of their forever homes!Let's face it: cats don't always take the best pictures. In fact, a lot of times it seems like cats perfectly time the camera flashes just so they can give the dirtiest look possible. Every once in a while, I scroll through the adoptable pets pages of Maryland's Humane Society and SPCA shelters. Not because I want to adopt another cat, but usually just to look at the cute kittens that are available. Well, sometimes the pictures that are up there are truly dreadful. Whether it is the cat's fault or the fault of the photographer (maybe don't photograph the stray cat while she is using the litterbox), many of these cats deserve more than the photos the shelter puts online for them. Behind these scowls and weird facial expressions are cats that are truly loving and just waiting for the opportunity to show it. And they are all currently adoptable in Maryland. Angel - Maryland SPCA (Baltimore, MD) This five-year-old cat has been affectionately nicknamed the "Leader of the Band." She isn't too keen on other cats, and can't smile for a picture for the life of her, but she is very comfortable around humans. Because she was selected as the Maryland SPCA's Pippi Cat of the Month, her adoption fee has been waived. She might not be the most photogenic in the bunch, but she is just waiting to meet her forever family. Learn more about Angel here. Mugsy - Humane Society of Carroll County (Westminster, MD) Okay, this may be one of the weirdest cat portraits I've ever seen. But don't let her awkwardly serious eyes fool you. She may be 13-years-old, but she has the heart and attitude of a much younger kitty. She's full of personality and spunk and is just looking for a loving home to live out the rest of her days in. She has grown attached to two other cats in the shelter. While she would obviously love to be placed into a home alongside her sisters, that isn't a requirement for adoption. If you want to learn how you can take Mugsy home, you can read more here.
Finch - Worcester County Humane Society (Berlin, MD) Finch isn't really a bad picture taker, but this photo makes the baby male kitten look tremendously sad. Obviously, he has no idea of the importance this one picture holds over his future. Maybe it's the soulful eyes or his pouting mouth, but it looks like Baby Finch just realized another kitty ate his breakfast. So it is important to correct the record! Finch is one of the happiest kittens you'll ever meet. He doesn't seem to mind being held. Honestly, if you don't adopt this cutie, I just might. Learn more about how you can adopt baby Finch here. Elliott - Private Adoption in Prince George's County If a picture is worth a thousand words, what does this picture of Elliott say? Is he angry? Happy? Yawning? Maybe he's just got a bit of food stuck to the roof of his mouth? Whatever the case, Elliott is being put up for a private adoption through the Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society. He is a seven-year-old domestic short hair who loves to be held so much, he will actually meow at you if you don't do it enough! Elliott loves to cuddle and will hog the entire pillow if you let him. He is a feisty cat who has been known to open up doors when he really wants to go somewhere. He needs an owner who can dedicate real quality time to him. If that sounds like you, learn how you can adopt Elliott here. Maki - Humane Society of Harford County (Fallston, MD) Maki was one of 40 stray cats brought into the Humane Society of Harford County in September. Clearly not the best picture taker, but if someone tried to take a picture of you when you were on the toilet, you'd probably make a weird face as well. Maki's un-photogenic picture seems to be more a product of her environment, namely the fact that someone stuck a camera lens in her face while she was using the litter box. She's only been in the shelter a few days, but we figured she probably needed a little better promotion than this litter box portrait... Maki's ID number is 36572627. If you want to learn about how you can adopt Maki or any of the other new additions to the shelter, click here. Are you involved with any animal shelters or organizations in Maryland and want us to cover an event? Send it in to us here and we will feature it in a future article!