Some of you have probably already read 5Cats post about Tiffy on her blog. 5Cats called yesterday afternoon and mentioned that Tiffy's owner's father had sent the cat to the SPCA. We went down, but they were unable to trace any cat of the same description.
We contacted 5Cats again and she managed to speak to the father who now said the cat had been sent to the AVA. I contacted the AVA and they called back first thing this morning to say that Tiffy had been put down. 5Cats rushed down this morning - and she is devastated at the fate of poor Tiffy though I know also that she did everything she could have done. Tiffy did not have a tipped ear and apparently, Tiffy's owner's father had said that it was a community cat loitering in the corridor and he wanted to send it in to be put down. He did not say it was a pet cat.
The saddest thing is that the owner had apparently gotten someone else to agree to take the cat and it would have been out of the house in just a few days.
In addition, I have heard from many caregivers that a LOT of town councils have been sending in cats to the AVA. The more cats sent in, the less space for other cats like Tiffy - and this does mean that cats like her will be put down faster.
A couple of things about this :-
One, sometimes there are family problems and cats get caught in the middle. If you are taking a cat home, please be sure that your family members are really okay with the cat. There was another case I dealt with whereby a mother and her grown up daughter were fighting - the mother then took the cat and abandoned it. Her daughter knew her mother did not like her cat, but the situation took a turn for the worse when she brought home yet another cat. If your family does not like your cat, sometimes it can change and they can learn to embrace the cat - sometimes they never do and it can end like this. Also, sometimes one additional cat can be the straw that breaks the proverbial's camel's back. This is not in relation to this particular case since I don't know what happened here but as a general rule of thumb.
Second, do call immediately if you think something has happened to your cat. Time is of essence - I have had people call weeks after their cat was caught by the town council. Sometimes you luck out - most times you don't, so don't wait.