December 20th 2012 9:04 am
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Greetings, all! I'd just like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that me and every kitty in my family is a rescue kitty. We each would have been PTS by the public shelter system if someone from a nokill organization hadn't intervened. It is very important to get both pet and feral cats spayed and neutered and to support efforts to reduce or eliminate killing in your local shelters. Before you say "that is impossible," you should know many communities and the entire nation of Germany have eliminated the killing of healthy animals in shelters. In some places it is illegal to put such animals to sleep. For more info on the nokill movement and how you can help, please go here. http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/
Assistance for low cost spay and neuter is available in most places. Just use your search engine and you will find it listed state by state or by county.
Finally, at this time of giving, please remember your local nokill shelters, fostering groups, sanctuaries, and rescues. The Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA get plenty of $, but very little of it actually goes to help animals, and these are not nokill organizations. PETA, it may surprise you to know, is NOT a nokill group. In fact, they euthanize a lot of cats and dogs and are for the euthanasia of feral cats instead of trap, neuter, return. Local groups that are run mostly or wholly by volunteers really need funds and can stretch every dollar. Fostering and adopting also, needless to say, saves lives. Breeders are unnecessary and contribute to the death-toll by taking homes from shelter cats. They do not deserve support, even if they seem very nice, they are not helping cats by what they are doing. A cat is not a "product" and none of them ask to be born.
So, I will step down from my kitty soapbox now. I just wanted all you kitty lovers to know the truth because I know you want to help kitties. Thanks for your indulgence!
It is non-stop rain where I live right now. Our play yard is closed for winter. Mommy gave us a little Christmas tree we can play with on the catio. The bathroom is filled with foster kittens, thanks to people failing to spay and neuter(shaking fist). They are very cute and only 10 weeks old. Very soon they will go to the vet to be fixed. Mom is hoping she will find all of them great, indoor-only, NW Oregon homes.
I am told there have been a number of shocking and tragic events among the humans lately. This makes me sad, because I love humans very much. It also makes me sad, because if humans don't even value human life, what chance is there that they will come to value our little kitty lives?
I don't want to leave on a sad note, so please let me add that humans are very powerful and they can choose to end the killing of other humans and of cats. It may not be easy, but you can take little steps every day. By locking up guns, or refusing to buy them at all, by providing a "listening ear" for someone who is troubled. Tell politicians if you object to their actions, as people in other nations and your troupes are human, too. By protecting others from those who wish them harm, we can help change things. Do not feel helpless.
Love you all and wish all the kitties and humans good health, a happy holiday season, and a better 2013. Let's make that our lucky year!
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Concatulations on being Cat of the Day! Whoo hoo! What a day for a celebration! Hope you get lots of love and treats! My mom volunteers for a local no=kill shelter so we know firsthand what it all entails! So many smaller shelters are in great need of donations! Even if people are going through their linen closets and have old towels and bedding to give away shelters would love these. Downsize your own pet's toys and things and donate those as well. Many times donations can come from things you already have! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
Thanks,Simon, and thank your mommy for me! That is so true, while public kill shelters get a good deal of $ for such things, even used towels and blankets and toys and boxes and cans of food have to be donated to most small nokill shelters. It is sad our society doesn't decide to shift to supporting the nokill shelters more. People seem to want them and to use them enough to prove there is the demand.I hope someday soon killing pets for supposedly being "surplus" is a thing of the past.