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Old 07-26-2009, 08:04 AM
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Giesela makes an uncomfortable but very true point. it's terrible, but with the volume of feral/stray animals, especially cats that are out there, many shelters/pounds just don't have the space or resources to hold them for long. it's really sad, but it's not exactly the shelters' fault.

the only real solution is to somehow change people's behavior and attitudes towards their pets, whether that means education or penalties for letting animals breed or abandoning them (if it can even be proven). barring that, as strange as it might feel given that your grandmother is justifiably really upset with the shelter, working to raise money for the place so they can keep animals longer would be a good stopgap.

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Old 07-26-2009, 08:07 AM
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Well, I have a black female tuxedo cat I'd love to give away.
My neighbor has two young female cats she rescued and can't get rid of.

I'd love to give my 13 year old female tuxedo cat to some nice lady. This cat is SO mellow and smart...but my daughter can't take her after college.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:25 AM
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You can't get rid of your cat because there are already millions out there. Everyone who wants one has one and the shelters are filled to more than overflowing. You get an animal, be prepared to keep them.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:54 PM
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what state/city was this in? I know where I live that state and city law says one thing but some AC do another. I can help you look up the ordinance.

Let's face it, if they put them down within 24 hours I seriously doubt to check to see if they are microchiped. I know our Animal shelter doesn't check even though they have a thingy to do that. They do however give the ppl 10 days to claim them before they are adopted out.
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:55 PM
Location: Florida
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I would definitely check into the laws.
How would she know if they really did that?
Someone who works there could have very well taken the cat home with them.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:18 AM
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It's wrong and it's sad. And please understand that the following is not in defense of what was done.

The economy is in sad shape. People are abandoning their animals at record rates. Some shelters are literally bursting at the seams. And they have the budget problems of their own. This is all the more reason to assist local shelters with donations and volunteering.
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:04 AM
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I have heard of such things happening all over the country. Of course, it only takes one person in each location to bring it to the attention of the media who will then smear the AC or shelter that did the deed. while it is not generally legal, I know it goes on and those who do it are assuming they are freeing up some space for more desire able animals that might have a better chance of being adopted - such as puppies or kittens. I would urge you to contact the newspaper and make this act public knowledge. Make those people think twice before playing Judge, jury and executioner.
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:06 PM
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Yea, they can do a media smear campaign on animal control so they put down all the animals equally, the unadoptable and the adoptable - first in first killed. That's fair. WTH? I mean, why not make their job harder - its all their fault right?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:01 AM
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That is so sad, and I agree with you, every pet shelter Ive ever been to has had animals there for a week or more. There seems to be something wrong with this picture.

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Old 08-14-2009, 02:19 AM
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I really wish that people would keep their pets indoors, and microchip them. Microchipping does not cost that much and really helps to identify pets and return them to their home should they accidentally get out. Collers are not reliable, and can actually be risky for cats. Microchipping helps shelters determine the poor strays and abandoned cats from the house kitties who have a good home somewhere.
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