Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Dumping

Someone dumped a box of newborn kittens outside one of the vet clinics yesterday and they called to ask if there were any fosters. As various people had been writing in for fosters, I knew there weren't any - finding fosters is usually difficult, finding them at festive seasons is worse.

We had one woman who wrote in and offered to foster, but when I asked if she could take in some cats, she's not available till June. The cats were sent to the SPCA.

Dumping happens everywhere - caregivers from all over have been telling me that they have had large numbers of cats dumped on them of late. It's been a slew of festive seasons, so abandonment has been going on.

It's really sad to see that people just take their cat and throw it out, or worse, they let their cat breed, and then dump the kittens downstairs. Some volunteers report seeing the same coloured kittens being dumped periodically, so the mother cat is well and breeding somewhere. The problem is how to find these people abandoning the cats. Some people are so blase about it, that they don't even think it's worth hiding, but finding enough evidence to prosecute can be very difficult.

6 Comments:

Anonymous yskat said...

People who do not sterilise their pet cats and allow them to roam are the biggest contributors to the "cat problem" - they are the largest group of cat murderers, so to speak.

It irks me to read on some local on-line forums discussions on cat breeding. Are there already not enough cats in this country ? (ditto human beings in the world, but that's another story).

25/1/06 1:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The thing is, I can understand when people don't sterilise and the cat gets pregnant the first time. People sometimes are genuinely ignorant. However when it happens time and again, AND they decide to dump it somewhere else, that's the height of irresponsibility. They don't want to deal with it, but want someone else to.

25/1/06 1:48 PM  
Anonymous polo said...

Sigh...this reminds me. My MIL is a stray cat carer. Her block already has over 20++ cats under her care, and yet there is a never-ending dumping of new cats and kittens which becomes her responsibility. She is getting old...I wonder what's gonna happen in future.

25/1/06 2:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Polo sadly that seems to happen to a lot of people, and you're right- people cannot assume that there is going to be someone to take over.

25/1/06 2:33 PM  
Anonymous yskat said...

I have spoken to people who have absolutely no problems allowing their cats to get pregnant and dumping the kittens when they are born. I guess these people regard cats very differently from I do. For me, it is important to keep alive, healthy and happy. For many others, they are just things to be thrown out when not needed. Until human-centred world views are eradicated, I think domesticated animals will continued to be marginalised.

25/1/06 11:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Also it doesn't help that cats are almost lumped as pests - if town councils and pest control companies take them away to be killed when they are a 'nuisance', what value does it place on them?

26/1/06 12:14 AM  

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