Thursday, August 17, 2006

Today was ......

A very long day!

Okay, there are limits to what anyone can stand. And today I reached my limit.

Yesterday I delivered several of the kittens we had to a local shelter. Simply put - I can not take care of all these little kitties. And I have had to put my foot down, acquire a live trap and do something about the ferals I have on the property. Today, I was able to remove 2 adult females and three very unhappy kittens from our property.

In all I made 3 trips today, and one yesterday to the shelter. If I don't do something about the situation I will be overrun with kittens forever. I hope you animal lovers out there understand -- I am only one and I do have a family to take care of too.

I have tried to find homes for the kittens and have been unable to do so. I put up signs and get no calls -- but I talk to others with kittens and they all find homes for them. I have no idea what I am doing wrong -- but finding homes for these little bundles is just not my forte. So, I am also putting to an end the strays that other people have dumped on my property. The strays will be live-trapped and taken to the shelter.

I do take care of "my animals" -- most of my girls are spayed, all my boys are nuetered. They all have thier shots. I have two girls left to get spayed and its a done deal. The two girls are 4 months old and the kittens we have opted to keep.

There are two ferals left here that I know of -- one black and white male and one calico -- once they are trapped they will be taken to the shelter. I realize that as long as I have cats my property will attract new strays -- and the live trap is on loan as long as I need it. (And they know where they can find it if they need it -- and all they have to do is ask.)

If you have animals -- dogs and cats I implore you to get them altered. There are MILLIONS of animals -- strays and ferals that do not have "homes" to speak of -- and cats after they reach a certain age are not "tame-able". Do take your animals to shelters istead of dumping them on someone else's door step when you don't want them, or cannot keep them. It's not fair to the family or the pet when you leave them at someones doorstep. I heard rumor that the U.S. has some 7 million stray/feral cats nation wide -- and on A.P.'s Barking Mad the U.K. has some 8 million cats. Peeps.. that's a lot of cats!

In short -- be responsible pet owners -- get those furry babies altered and vaccinated. No one else can do that but you.

Thanks for listening/reading.


Blogger Pam said...

Tough decision. Good topic.
I actually just went thru a tough decison making process and posted it here.

I decided against breeding my Gretta after spending a day at the Humane Society.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Thu Aug 17, 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Feline Foster Mom Ellen said...

Hi Heather,
Thank you for offering to host this week's Weekend Cat Blogging. I believe it is #62.
I would like to submit Ellen's foster kittens to be included in this week's WCB #62.
Blog is named:
by Feline Foster Mom Ellen in Virginia. These foster kittens and many, many more are available for adoption through the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA at 434-973-5959
Thank you.

Fri Aug 18, 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger s'kat said...

That is horrible, I'm so sorry you're having to do this. I'll peruse your blog a little bit more, so I can see why people might be dumping them on your property.

But Pause and Carmel are just gorgeous!

At any rate, thanks for hosting WCB, here is my offering:

Fri Aug 18, 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger Shane Marie said...

Oh, I can just imagine how tough this has been emotionally and physically. It is so ridiculous that people neglect to spay/neuter and dump unwanted animals rather than take responsibility for them. The SPCA and other organizations have worked so hard to educate people, it's mindboggling that some still don't get it. Stupid people with kids and pets make me so angry. Well, way to go for doing the right thing to take care of these kitties.
Shane Marie

Fri Aug 18, 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

It IS sad how many animals are out there that are homeless. I just cringe every time i think about it. You know how much I love my Dit...and I just hate to think back to when I first found him...or he found me...and that had I NOT found him...he would have never had the spoiled, velvet pillow, kind of life he lives now! I truly love him and want that for ALL animals....such a sad state, but a great post!

Fri Aug 18, 09:51:00 PM  
Blogger Victor Tabbycat said...

I fink yur doin the right fing, as long as it's a no-kill shelter. It's tough, but yur takin responsibility fur ofur peeple's irresponsibility. Keepin a small number of spayed/neutered cats an takin good care of them sounds right.

Sat Aug 19, 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Here's our link for this weekend - very late but we have been so busy.

Thxs for rounding it all up.

Sun Aug 20, 08:49:00 AM  

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