Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Shelters

Animal Centres

I was glad to see that people are very concerned about the abuse that is occuring and that they want to do something about it. The sad thing is that well-meaning people often think that it is the best thing to round up these animals and put them in shelters when it just isn't practical. As I have written in the past, shelters cost a lot of money to run. More importantly, how many cats or dogs can be put into a shelter? What happens then is that money used to run shelters divert resources (time, money and effort) away from sterilisation. The animals in the shelter may have a great life and often they do, but what of the many thousands upon thousands more animals on the street. They continue reproducing, and because these animals are breeding, and often over-breeding, these animals are often trapped and killed.

Another often unintended consequence is that this leads to people badgering caregivers. How many caregivers are told that if they like animals so much, why not take them home or put them into a shelter? We all want to see less community animals on the street - but sterilisation is the way to handle this, not putting a small number of animals into a shelter.

Here's Michelle's letter :-

Vicious Cycle of Inaction

4 Comments:

Blogger calsifer said...

Well said. Hopefully, someone who shares the views you just stated will write in to correct the writer's perception.

I can't imagine it being fair to coop up any community cat anyway, we should be tackling the tendency to abuse, not hiding the potential victims and hope the problem goes away.

16/5/06 4:36 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually am working on a letter- or will be in a minute. However if someone else would like to write, that would be great! :)

16/5/06 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A sterilised female cat was badly slashed on her right leg. A passer-by saw her injuries and sent her to SPCA. She was treated and had since recovered. I went to SPCA last week to retrieve my own stray cat. When I saw that cat, I retrieved her. I did not put her back at the same block where she was found injured. I feared that the abuser will slash her again. So, I left her at my void deck and feed her daily. Moving a stray cat away from the abuser is another alternative. It may not be the best solution, but at least she is safe here.

18/5/06 1:52 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, it can work in some cases but in a case where the abuser may be targetting lots of cats then removing all of them may not be an option.

18/5/06 2:00 AM  

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