“The owner of the mom cat just never got around to spaying her and allowed her to be an indoor/outdoor cat. She had a litter of 7 earlier this year. They were able to give away all but one of the kittens. A few weeks ago, the mother cat had a litter of 2. The owners don’t want any more kittens so they have decided to get rid of the mom and her 3 kittens.”
We get emails like this all the time; I cringe every time I read one. Without intervention, the result is more homeless pets on the street.
The solution seems easy enough: call a local rescue and have them handle it. What? Local rescues are full? They cannot take any more pets in unless people are willing to foster? I thought local rescues where paid to handle this type of situation.
Most local rescues do not receive government funding of any kind. Instead, they are usually staffed by volunteers and rely on donations and the support of the communities they serve.
If local rescues are full, what are the options? Shelters in the area will take pets, most have limited space. That means that the pets are at risk of being euthanized when the shelter is full.
So, what can we do? The answer is simple. We need to get involved.
Educate pet owners about spay/neuter.
Investigate low cost spay/neuter options.
Support local rescues
Promotion adoption instead of breeding or buying
Be a temporary foster home to a pet in need
We all have the ability to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets. The question is….are we going to do something about it?
For more information about fostering or volunteering, please visit Almost Home Foundation, or check with a local rescue.