This debate has heated up on social media as to which is the proper and best protocol for saving a cat from being killed at the local animal shelter.
The comment section of this article will “carry” the article. In other words, I want the readers to explain which they think is best and why they feel that way. Personal opinion is wanted but posting anything that can’t be proven is a “no-no.”
Pledge before rescue
The pledge system is when a shelter cat needs donations made before the cat is actually saved to entice a rescue to pull the cat. Some cats have medical expenses that will run into $$$$$ and the pledges ensure the rescue can properly care for the cat.
The downside of this is you don’t know what rescue will step up to save the cat or whether the rescue is a scam and only wants to save the cat for the money that comes with the cat.
A lot of shelter cats are shared on individual Facebook pages and often reminder messages are sent once the cat is safe to ensure the pledge is paid. The bad news is a lot of pledgers get selective amnesia and don’t pay what they promised.
Donate after rescue
For this type of rescue, the group who rescues the cat should already have a plan in place moneywise to save the cat and to cover vet expenses, food, litter, etc. Most reputable rescues will post any needs on their Facebook page and people know exactly who they’re donating to.
The rescue appreciates any donations that come in, but the rescue doesn’t plan on which cat to rescue because money comes attached.
Cat advocates divided
The topic of pledges before the rescue or donations after the rescue has created a lot of drama on Facebook. People who have been friends for years are unfriending and blocking each other on social media instead of working together to save the shelter cats.
Comments and opinions are welcome. Please keep it civil.
Note: Squash has until November 30 for rescue or adoption. He’s currently at Cabarrus County Animal Control in Concord, NC. Click here for more info