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Q: How do we get more help for kitties?

May 18, 2009 | By Prevost1580 | 9 answers | Expired: 2034 days ago

Prevost1580


I get emails & phone call everyday & night from humans wanting to "get rid of " to quote their cats.

Felines are NOT disposeable-

So what to do??? First of all, we all need help from the super big,ASPAs,Best Friends,Alley Cat Allies & Humane Societies to get *all* cats fixed!!!! From the feral colonies to NOTHING GETS ADOPTED OUT,UNLESS HE or SHE is FIXED!!!

TNR needs to be completely legal- and the businesses and/or neighborhoods who are not helping or getting help need to be charged with negligence and cruelty. TNR is the answer. As is NOT adopting any felines out, who aren't fixed! We can not rely on the public to do this.

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misty
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May 19, 2009

money is so tight with every1 right now its unreal. & on top of that we now have taxes added on to every procedure/check/shot that is being done here in california thanks to the govenor. now its even harder. especially for those on a fixed income. however, there are programs that if you are older/medical ect., then you can get your pets spayed for free but with a limit of 2. other programs will spay/neuter ferels for free as well. however, again, money is gettin tighter & tighter for the folks runnin it... shame too... the do awesome work for the communities & animals... on more then 1 occassion stayed after hours for me when i had an emergency & didnt charge extra for it...

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EBalka
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May 19, 2009

It's hard to get the needed attention for this topic when all people care about is the budget. Maybe you could start a letter writing campaign to show the legislaters how many people are concerned about this problem. I think there needs to be stricter punishment for violaters of the law, make them give back to the animal community they wronged. Let me know if I can help you, I'm all for some action!!

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m s.
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May 19, 2009

GET THE WORD OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND MEET -- NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE -- AS LONG AS THEY LOVE ANIMALS -- TO ADOPT AS MANY ANIMALS AS POSSIBLE -- THIS WILL IMPROVE THE PRESENT SITUATION A THOUSAND FOLD.

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m s.
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May 19, 2009

This is a huge management issue -- if everyone took in strays to keep permanently, this would be a huge solution. I took in 6 cats -- by the way, i never saw them as "lesser" -- that's a matter of opinion -- My opinion is that these cats are the BEST -- and, they really are -- the greatest cats ever. ALLEY CAT ALLIES is helping by managing strays that are in colonies -- if they all visit the Vet, this would help a great deal -- we, as citizens should get involved.

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Jillian
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May 19, 2009

no, we can't rely on the public to do this, but we do need a lot of help from them. i completely 100% agree that no intact cat should be adopted out, but we also need an educational program. most of the public is only somewhat aware of the over-population problem and much less are educated in tnr and why its the only answer.
for instance, my boyfriend lives in a neighborhood where people go to drop off their cats. we just got two new cats dropped off the other day and they quickly learned that if they want food, his back deck is the place to be. the boy is not fixed, so i assume the girl isn't either. unless i want to adopt them out w/ear tips, i have to shell out $50 to get the both of them fixed...and then another $170 to have both of them vet checked and tested for diseases.
i'm exceptionally bitter about peoples ignorance about fixing their cats and not abandoning them. i don't have the $220 for these two so i'll have to get them fixed and work on the rest later. i also have two other strays that were there first, luckily they're both fixed, but its still gonna cost me $170 to make them adoptable - and that doesn't include living costs. ba-caw! i need help!

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Applesauce82
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May 19, 2009

my local shelter also will not adopt out unless the animal is "fixed". and i also agree that this is something that needs to be implemented in EVERY shelter.

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JerZgirl
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May 19, 2009

The TNR program needs to be country wide for feral colonies. Now that its almost summer I'm sure its kitten season at the animal shelters. Its sad that cats are seen as "lesser" pets to begin with. I know most shelters will not adopt out an animal until it is spayed/neutered a lot of places do...for cats pediatric sterilization has been shown to have little or no effect on them in the future but for puppies it can cause early incontinence. So its a tough call-and I hope that the new homes were screened enough to be able to trust the person to get the dog fixed.

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Gail S.
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May 19, 2009

Most shelters do not adopt out without "fixing" the animals first. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. Humane Societies are in desperate need of funds to pay Veterinarians to complete the surgeries. If we all do our part it will help but probably not solve the situation.

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Sheryl J.
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May 19, 2009

My local shelter will not adopt without the animal being spayed or neutered and I agree wholeheartedly with the policy.

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