While I am against animal hoarding in every possible way, I can’t help but wonder lately…
Where have all the crazy cat ladies gone?
By definition, the term refers to a single woman who dotes upon her many, many cats. So, when exactly did this become a derogatory term? Why is it such a bad thing to be a lover of cats?
This thought dawned on me today when I was talking to someone from a primarily cat rescue; the compassion for felines in this society has slowly started to melt away. In this day and age, you see more and more cats running freely in the streets and you hear so many stories about cat abuse and torture. What has changed? I have almost 600 animal loving facebook friends, and I very rarely see people cross-posting about cats! Don’t get me wrong, I am a dog lover to my core, but when is it time for our feline friends to feel the love?
It hit the news lately (even though this happened months ago) that one of my preferred rescues, Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary, has two kittens in their care that have survived a terrible event. They were sealed in a meow mix bag and left to die on the side of a road. After being struck by at least one car, a dog was able to pull the bag of kittens to safety. Since the incident, the “bag kittens” have grown into healthy, very playful kittens (that are now up for adoption!) This story is amazing in itself, but everyone is focusing on the dog saving the kittens… What about the awful human beings that haphazardly threw the kittens to the side without another thought? Or what about the fact that the same rescue is working to place 25 more kittens that were abandoned after their owner died? Amazingly, none of these issues have been brought up.
Cats and kittens are usually the first animals to be put down in shelters these days (not including the animals deemed un-adoptable)… But why is this? With so many low-cost spay/neuter clinics, unwanted litters should be a thing of the past. Emphasis on SHOULD BE. In my experience I have come across four types of pet owners.
1) The owner that is too lazy to get their pet altered.
2) The owner that wants their children to witness live birth… (Gross!)
3) The owner that is too PROUD to get their male pets altered. (Stupid!)
4) The owner that has feral farm cats and doesn’t see a need.
All of these reasons are absolutely ridiculous. Especially number four. There are MANY trap-neuter-release programs available for feral cats! Every animal deserves to life their life, but why allow them to spread their seed to so many other unsuspecting cats (and cat owners?!) And don’t even get me started on people who actually BREED cats!
But I digress, back to my point…
With so many animal lovers out there, why aren’t more people stepping up to foster a few of these poor babies? When you foster an animal, you are giving him/her the time needed to find a furrever home! Yes, it does take time, but you are making it possible for the animal to have a second lease on life. While fostering can be stressful at times, it will be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing that a TRUE cat lover will ever do (if you don’t become a failed foster and just keep the little fluffball).
If you think that fostering is up your alley, then please think about contacting your local rescue or shelter! They will make sure that you are an approved foster, but the process will be worth it!
Get out there and save a life… Please… 😀
PS…. if you know of a hoarding situation, GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND REPORT IT!