Monday, December 19, 2005

There are worse things then not being adopted

And sometimes it's actually BEING adopted. I've been thinking about how some people misguidedly try all ways and means to get cats off the street. They think that as long as the cat is in a home, that's the main thing. At least it's not on the street.

I can tell you from experience that I've seen some home cats in absolutely horrible condition, and on the other hand, community cats that are well kept and cared for. On the other hand, I have visited homes where the cats are living in their own defecation and filth. I have seen cats with eyes all gunked up because of flu. I have witnesses animals in environments where they are so badly bitten by fleas and so badly fed that they lose all their hair.

I have seen so many cats crammed into a flat that they become nervous and go bald. I've been to places where the cats are just falling out of every nook and cranny and they're nervous and upset.

Just today, the adoption volunteer told me a foster who used our board (and obviously did NOT use the contract) called to say that she reminded the man she adopted a cat to, to sterilise the cat she gave him. He replied that there was no need to worry. His friend had an unsterilised cat and he would just mate her when she went on heat.

So now instead of having ONE cat off the street, it's actually ADDING to the overpopulation of cats. What is this man probably going to do when he has too many cats? That's right - dump them all back on the street.


Blogger Mary said...

May be they will just be so excited to watch the cats mating. What can be done in such situation?

19/12/05 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

castration comes to mind. to the humans i mean

19/12/05 8:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Advise and beg Mary. Not much else we can do if the foster and adopter didn't sign a contract.

19/12/05 8:50 PM  
Blogger animalfamily said...

may i know how we can enforce if there is a contract? is it legally binding?

20/12/05 2:52 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It would really depend on what went into it, whether there was consideration, and what damage you suffered. For example, what if someone lost the cat? There's no way they can give you the cat back. It IS however, better than nothing - and most adopters will recognise that they did sign a contract and honour it.

20/12/05 9:02 AM  

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