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Houston resident turns in 49 adult cats and 13 kittens to shelter — 10 Comments

  1. I can assume that the person who dumped these cats had no alternative but to deliver them to a kill shelter. More non-kill options are needed.
    With an average of 80% euthanasia rate for cats in kill shelters, nationwide, we can estimate that 48 of the 60 cats and kittens would have been killed right after the 3 day holding period ended.

        • Dee, I tend to agree that most of those poor cats won’t make it out of the shelter.

          Shame on the person who accumulated all those cats and abandoned them to an unknown fate. What on earth do we have to do to get the neuter/spay message across? I just don’t get the mentality of people who don’t automatically have their pets sterilised as soon as they’re old enough for the surgery. It must be arrogance or ignorance, because Lord knows there’s enough educational information available and numerous charities who offer low-cost or free neutering/spaying.

          The people who work in animal rescue do such a wonderful job, cleaning up the mess others have made. Without their dedication, the world would be a much worse place for cats and dogs.

          • I don’t have an answer, M. I don’t get it either why people wouldn’t neuter when it can be free or, practically, free.
            I get so frustrated, because I work with a rescue group, and approach caretakers with only a $10 charge to have their cats health checked, neutered, rabies shot, and microchipped, and I’m shot down. I’m shocked, because that is an unbelievable deal. However, truthfully, should I see their cat or any other INTACT free-roaming cat (keep in mind that free-roamers are anyones’ game here), I take them in to be done at my own expense. It’s surprising how many people don’t even know that their cats have been neutered. I really don’t care too much how “borderline” it is to neuter someone else’s cat. To me, if they have a free-roaming and intact cat, they’re coming with me.

            • D. I know what you mean about the free-roaming intact toms. Myself and friends have done this several times with neighbourhood cats and like you say, the owners never even notice.

              $10 for that health package… I’d have thought people would be queueing round the block to take advantage of such a generous offer. Like I said, I just don’t get their mentality. Do they not understand that pets need health care too, or are they simply too mean to spend any money on ‘just’ a cat?

              I hate to be judgmental, but I’ve reached the conclusion that some people simply aren’t fit to care for pets or children, no matter how much help and support is on hand.

              • It’s a sad state, but people are absolutely clueless as well as careless when it comes to taking responsibility for their pets. They know that when the cats and dogs begin to multiply and the problem gets out of hand, they can just turn the animals over to someone else to deal with. They seem to have no concept that this lack of responsibility ensures an almost certain death for the majority of turned over pets. As long as pets are treated as property and spay-neuter ordinances are lax or non-existent, the overpopulation problem will only continue.

  2. At least whoever this was didn’t just open up the door and kick the cats out. I hope they all get forever homes.

    • I agree, Serbella. It took a bit of guts to bring them all to the shelter. And at least they have a chance of a life.

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