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What everyone needs to do!!!

May 18th 2013 10:20 am
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What is on a person's mind when they go to adopt a cat?? Many already have in mind what they want. When they go to look for a new friend the concern is more for the color,age, sex, and adoption cost.
What do they not look for??? The place they are getting the cat from.
Some say," well the place was so awful, I felt like the poor thing needed to be saved from the conditions".
Is this right thinking???
If the place is so bad you think you need to help by purchasing a cat from it??? What are you really doing???
Your supporting the place and allowing more poor kitties to be brought there to stay in those awful conditions!!!
It is so sad how many shelters and pet stores there are in this country who have no clue how to care for a cat. They are in small cages, nothing to hide in or play on, dirty litter boxes on and on. First hint when you walk in a door, if it smells walk out before your hooked on something you know you can't handle.
Why do they bother to keep on exposing animals to the conditions???
It's because of those with a weak/soft hearts who just can't stand to see kitties in bad conditions and having sad looks- .. You don't have to be a hoarder to have a weak heart. You don't have to adopt to help.
The best way to attack this problem is word of mouth. Report the conditions and tell everyone you know about what you saw. There is no reason that every cat for adoption is not given top grade care before they get a forever home.
Shelters are important. Good, clean, well lite places should be for every kitty out there. Over crowding cages is a bad sign.
No excuse should be accepted like, Oh, it's kitten season, we needed to crowd them in.
A limit needs to be drawn. When the inn is full, it's full. Every place needs to know their handling capacity and stick to it. Kitten season is like a flood and they just keep coming. So advocate getting kitties fixed before they become parents.
Soiled, smelly, damp, cold places need to be shut down. I'm not saying don't get that kitty you fell in love with but, make it known that the conditions need to be greatly improved. If not you will report them within a few weeks. If it's a public run shelter, go to a council meeting and express your concerns.
Also remember those conditions can bring a lot of issues along with the adoption. Be prepared to have to spend money for Vet fees to get that kitty into good health. Be very careful when you have other cats not to introduce illness or parasites to those you already have. Take the new kitty directly to a vet and have blood work done to make sure your not going to take home more then you bargained for.
But your best bet is if you know it's a problem place, let the people in charge know it. It's you, who can make the change. Can't do it face to face??? Write to them. Tell them what you saw and your concerns. It's up to them to correct them. If they don't, take the next step. It's for the kitties good.


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Purred by: Xena Princess Warrior DG#23 (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 3:57 pm

You are so right, here where we live we have good places to adopt, a lot of the main shelters pull dogs and cats from over crowded shelters...our main shelter now has a place just for kittens that they take care of until they are ready to be adopt....we are fortunate!

But I would be one that would say something for sure! I have never seen any bad conditions...

Thanks for reminding all of us
Purred by: Minko (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 8:58 pm

Another thought along these lines...I came from a home...OMC:( It doesn't just have to be a shelter so called...meowmy vowed that if she saw anymore kittens being advertised from that lets call it a dungeon...she would call the authorities. That woman there was so uncaring and without proper knowledge of basic kitty needs...she did not...and she hopes someone else called her out on it.

Our regular shelters are great here in our county.
Purred by: ☀ Charlie RIP ☀ (Catster Member)

May 19th 2013 at 1:12 am

You're right - our pound here is great, but where I was adopted from years ago - well, not so much.

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