October 15th 2008 8:02 am
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Meowmy wants to warn EFURRY one about the dangers of dropping animals off in rural places and the country (she knows that Catsters are responsible pet owners, but would like it if effury one cross posted this).
Ruby, a 15 1/2 year old Himalayan was dropped off in our rural area. Her former owners were from a city that is 45 to 60 minutes from here (depending on the location in the city). Meowmy only knows this because Ruby had a microchip. The lady had obviously dumped her, and Ruby was in pretty bad shape. She had ear mites, is pretty bony, and cannot meow. We are not sure if this is due to loss of vocal cords or because she has a sore throat, or if it is just common in the breed.
Ruby came from the Humane Society, she was adopted in 2006. Luckily, meowmy did some investigative work to figure this out, by comparing the microchip brand of Ruby's to mine (I came from the Humane Society too, and we have the same brand, luckily, we hit jackpot).
Ruby is front paw declawed. She could not feed herself, and was NOT afraid of cars or strangers. She just laid down in the road. If we hadn't picked her up, she would definitely have gotten hit. It would be a very tragic day. Meowmy has a big heart, and jumped out of Grandma's still moving car to grab Ruby. We are going to keep her, but we want everyone to be aware.
People around here do NOT stop for animals. On any given day down our dirt road, there is a dead raccoon, oppossum, squirrel, fox, deer, what-have-you. Even though it is a dirt road, people do NOT obey the speed limit, and more often than not, are driving at 60+ miles per hour. They will not stop for anything, even each other (our road is very narrow, and we have been forced almost into the bank because of fast flying cars). People around here (minus Meowmy, Grandma and Aunt Amanda) just do not care.
There are coyotes around here. They hide in the woods, and there are a lot of woods out in our rural area. They are all too happy to eat an abandoned pet.
Just because people see a barn, they think their cat will automatically go there and live there and be safe. WRONG. Cats that have been around people are usually looking for human contact. They do not just convert to barn cats. And too many people around here just turn the other cheek and ignore stray animals. Occasionally, someone will feed them, then call animal control because the animal will not go away.
Some people tend to think that dropping them off is a better alternative to the shelter. Its not. Animals out here will attack pets, and the pet has a very low chance to survive. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF ANIMALS IN RURAL AREAS AND THE COUNTRY! This is so unsafe, for people and pets. We're lucky we came along at the right time and found Ruby, or she would have been another victim of someone's stupidity.
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