Humane Society Kill Cat. Pros and Cons

This is a pretty typical story and I would like to present the arguments for and against the “euthanasia” (killing in real terms) of this cat as taken from comments.

Background

  • Place: America
  • Cat: Mistoffelees – a black and white indoor cat who escaped to the outside. She was spayed and declawed. She was said to be underweight with a scratch on his nose by the Humane Society. She had no microchip .
  • Cat Owner: Mr Brooks
  • Humane Society: Harford County Humane Society
  • Director of Humane Society: Dave Fang (an appropriate name?)
Mistoffelees

Photo by Mr Brooks

Mistoffelees got out while Brooks was out. A neighbour took her in and turned him in to the Harford County Humane Society because he did not know who owned the cat (hard to believe?).  Brook’s girlfriend called the Humane Society the day after she went missing. After Mr Brooks contacted the Humane Society again, Mr Fang told him that his cat had been euthanised because:

“the cat appeared to be feral and they put feral cats down,”

Mistoffelees was killed by the Humane Society soon after he arrived. Fang said:

“….Mistofeleess’ ears were pinned back, she was hissing and biting and did not calm down after a ‘cool off period’…. the decision was made that this cat could not be safely handled, was a threat to the staff and, from a medical perspective, to every other cat in the facility,”

Comments – for and against

Arguments Presented For Killing Mistoffelees Arguments Presented Against Killing Mistoffelees and Counter Arguments
She was like a feral cat What do you expect cats to do when they are in strange places with strange people? This was a stupid assessment.
She was underweight Does she look underweight? Is this an excuse?
She had a scratch on his nose Big deal. A lot of domestic cats have scratched noses.
She was not microchipped Yes, this was a mistake but it does not warrant killing the cat.
She was hissing and biting. To be expected of an indoor cat in a strange place being handled by strange people. This may not be true because the neighbour appears to have handled the cat without difficulty. Is Mr Fang just justifying his actions?
A member of the shelter’s board said they would review their policy on holding animals. Admission of failure? Or just kicking the problem into the long grass?

What do you think?

My thoughts: I don’t think I need to spell them out. A phone call was made to the Humane Society soon after Mistoffelees went missing so they were put on notice that he might be there and that he had an “owner”. That should have been enough and the excuses made for killing her are feeble.

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Humane Society Kill Cat. Pros and Cons — 10 Comments

  1. what ? euthenasia? I can’r see how I have misspleed for the tears. Euthanasia. exploit damn I can’t see. Euphemistic term.

  2. Michael, thank you for posting this. Poor kittie and owner.
    I am truly embarassed to have been such a long time supporter of HSUS until I was privvy to their REAL practices. They are deceitful, secretive, and nothing like they profess to be.

  3. Seems like some animal shelters take great delight in killing cats and dogs. They don’t waste a minute to get on with that job. Speed is essential before the owner turns up. Possibly these shelter harbour people with a blood lust which they can satisfy in this way without any risk to themselves. I have seen that at the Animal Shelter in Los Angeles de Heredia, Costa Rica. I have seen the manic look in the eye of the Vet when the decision was made to operate for any reason. That shelter had a reputation for a near 50% death rate from operations and all kittens taken their died from panleucopenia, calici, etc. All they needed to do was clean the whole cat and kitten enclosures with anti-viral preparations like Virkon or a quaternary ammomium disinfectant, but they said that stuff is bad for the cats!! Cats and kittens were usually in good shape when they arrived, at least they were alive, but within a few days they were dead. That went on for years and nobody did anything about it especially the authorities. But finally they ended up blaming each other and tearing each-other apart when the press got wind of it and published details of the mass burial sites which heavy rains had uncovered washing hundreds corpses into a nearby village.

    • My God, what a story. Horrendous. But unsurprising.

      They don’t waste a minute to get on with that job. Speed is essential before the owner turns up

      That quote from you sums it up to me. I am sure there are some people working at shelters who are unsuited to the work. Perhaps there are cat haters working at some shelters.

  4. ‘the cat appeared to be feral and they put feral cats down’

    That is the stupidest argument I’ve heard in a long time for euthanizing a cat!
    How long have feral cats been declawed?
    NEVER!
    Declawed cats outdoors are obviously someone’s escaped or abandoned domestic pet.
    Feral cats are cats born outdoors to feral parents and that Humane Society (HUMANE, that’s a joke!) should surely know the difference!
    No wonder poor Mistoffelees was hissing and biting, with her toe ends and claws amputated she had no other form of defending herself and as for being a danger to every other cat in the facility, what a load of rubbish, are all the cats put in a cage together? Surely not.
    R.I.P Mistoffelees, you were let down by your ‘owner’ and your declawing vet and the humane society too.

  5. Totally spot on comment , Ruth.
    This is a very sad and sickening story. and unfortunately not uncommon that animals are killed at “shelters” when they have an owner looking for them.

  6. The very fact that the cat was “DECLAWED” meant that it was not a feral cat. I presume that most pet cats would hiss and be uncomfortable with strangers in the absence of their owners.Seems stray and feral cats have no place in most of the Western World, quickly euthanized on the slightest pretext.Sad for the owner of the cat.

  7. ….. even if the owner was an idiot for having the poor cat declawed (unfortunately there are still many people in NOrth America who are ignorant of what is truly involved , and are even talked into it by vets, which is disgusting)
    and their having poor Mistoffelees declawed made the biting much more likely….

    but at least Mr. Brooks was looking and didn’t want his poor cat DEAD.

    In this final wrong done to the cat it is the (In)Humane Society squarely at fault.
    There is no need to just automatically kill even the genuinely feral cats when instead they could be TNRd .

    ( Actually I don’t know for sure Mr. Brooks is the one responsible for having Mistoffelees declawed. We adopted an 11 year old cat who was already declawed and I woudn’t like someone to assume I was the one to make the choice to have his paws mutilated. so I guess I should not assume it either. )

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