Friday, March 16, 2007

Cats being released

I just spoke with someone who rang up as she had just claimed some cats from the AVA. She wanted to get the cats sterilised and the cats had of course been microchipped. I asked her what she intended to do now. She said that this wasn't her area - someone had rung her up and told her that the cats were being caught and she had gone down to the AVA and taken them out.

Unfortunately she doesn't live there and she has cats of her own at home and she just can't take in any more cats. I told her that while I understood the predicament, if the cats are put back out and the complaints come in again, they'll be caught - and there won't be a second chance for these cats. If there are no caregivers there willing to come forward (and this obviously is not the woman's fault as she is just trying to help some cats out), then it's going to almost impossible to protect these cats. The complaints are likely to crop up again especially if the same cats appear in the neighbourhood. Then if the cats are caught again, it's really an exercise in futility.

I told her that the best thing she can do is to try and get the TC's help to trace the feeder and hopefully that person will be willing to help out.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person who rescued the cats probably has a kind heart. You take out the cats, the cats are your responsibility; you got to have a plan what to do with them.

Heart-ware is not enough to help some cats, you have to have the facilities, resources, finances, time&effort, manpower not to add
perseverance to see it through - & not just out of the gates of ava.

In the meantime, what happens to the cats? Being sterilised and ear-tipped do not guaranteed the cats a safe pass.

16/3/07 3:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I am sure she is too and couldn't bear to hear about cats being trapped. I told her though that as you said, it's important to think about all the considerations. There's no point taking them out if they're going to get caught all over again.

16/3/07 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could the cats be released where she lives so she can manage them?

that may be the best option for the cats.

17/3/07 2:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

No I don't think she can - she said she can't take in more. It may be because her own area will then have too many cats.

17/3/07 9:30 PM  

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