|Purred: Thu Mar 5, '09 11:32am PST |
Our shelters are pretty similar. I only have experience with a few in NYC, but I volunteered in one in brooklyn that was no kill and tended to get a lot of those cats you mentioned with physical permanent problems. Missing eye, leg, lethargy, horrible diarreah (Phil!) and other things that keep them from getting adopted in high kill city shelters, so this shelter basically saved city cats from death row and stray/feral/given up cats from local brooklyn area. There are some diamonds in the rough though. Phil had the horrible runs and was very letharigic. I fell in love with him and took him home. He Immediately was full of energy and will the right diet fixed his tummy problems. It's just not everyone want's a "fix'er up" cat. and like Linus mentionThey also has perfectly wonderful cats that were given up from owner passing away or just sweet lost strays, but they also had there share of "resident" ferals that would never be adopted, but would always have a home there. They usually have signs on their cages for experienced volunteers only.
everyplace is different though. I have bit of a scewed experience living in a big city with so many people. you'r ebound to have someone able to open up shelters like this, but not everywhere does.
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