Despite the best efforts of everyone concerned, little Elizabeth tragically died as a result of her burns. So sad. Her death opened a door for Liza. Liza has had her share of abuse or neglect. She is the survivor of cat hoarding. The Elizabeth story lives on in Liza.
Elizabeth would have gone to the cat sanctuary Caring for Creatures¹ had she lived. Liza has been at the Darlington Humane Society shelter since February. She barely survived her hoarding experiences and despite plenty of TLC for them shelter staff no one wanted her. So sad as well.
Well, as the title to this article indicates the lives of rescue cats are like a revolving door. One dies making room for the next. It is a continuous chain. Liza will now go to the Caring for Creatures sanctuary. I have mixed emotions.
It is almost as if the life of one cat at a rescue center is inextricably bound up with another cat. Both are usually unknown to each other. When shelters are full up, sometimes a cat has to die before there is a space for a newcomer. Sometimes a cat is adopted making room and in some rescue centers there is a strict no kill policy. I am sure some of these special places fill up or they have very vigorous rehoming strategies.
I do feel, though, that the inflow and outflow of unwanted cats through the animal rescue organisations is like a revolving door, forever spinning, throwing cats out and drawing new cats in.
The cat rescue system indirectly supports, or to put it a better way, helps to sustain the flow of unwanted cats.
Ruth Young’s comment was to the point . This is part of it:
That’s why I’m against abortion– one reason. It leads to a throw away mentality toward human life. Supporters claim that it reduces child abuse because every child is wanted, but I think the opposite is true– as with the killing of millions of unwanted pets in shelters. This reality leads to worse, not better, treatment of the those that do manage to survive. Because if something can just be killed with impunity, then how can it have intrinsic value?
Intrinsic value? Across the general human population, cats are not given enough value. We should not be “processing cats” as if they were on a production line.
If you were a cynic, you could argue that a cat rescue system that euthanizes a lot of cats every day inadvertently encourages poor cat caretaking as it lowers the value of the cats. Cat rescue is self-perpetuating on that basis.
Cats Protection, the biggest cat rescue organisation in the UK set the best example, I believe. They only euthanise a cat with a vet’s say so. This puts the brakes on euthanasia. This puts the brake on the revolving door.
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- Caring for Creatures is located in the state of Virginia. If you Google it, you’ll find it.
- The revolving door metaphor is usually applied to jobs for the boys. Employees in government departments are made redundant and then immediately re-employed by another department or government agency having pocketed a handsome redundancy payment.