Monday, December 17, 2007

Hand over the money, but you can't see the cat

I just received a call from someone who was quite worried as she had heard about some people offering a service to take in cats for a fee but that afterwards, the person giving up the cats was not allowed to see the cats again. She suspected that the people offering this might be up to no good.

I asked if she knew anyone personally who might have availed themselves of this so that we could speak with them, but unfortunately she did not. She mentioned that some people were probably quite relieved to pay a sum and have the cats boarded, and after that probably did not make an attempt to find out what had happened to the cats.

If someone IS taking the cats and is doing nefarious to them, they really ought to be ashamed of themselves because they're preying on both people AND cats. It may also be illegal - or at the very least, a breach of contract, since the person is giving the cat up in the expectation that it will be well looked after. However, the only people who can really stop it are the people who are parting with cash and giving the cats up int he first place.

There's a saying that my grandmother used to say - that there aren't big ducks jumping across the road for the taking. In other words, if something looks too good to be true - it probably is. If someone is offering to take a cat off your hands for a sum, do the sums work out? If you're giving even say $10000, that's $1000 a year for a 10 year life span - is that going to cover food, litter and most importantly medication? If the cat is sick, and the bill is in excess of that, what happens to the cat?

In addition, if someone tells you that you cannot see the cat again you should immediately be suspicious. If they are taking care of the cat, and you are paying for it to be looked after properly, then clearly you want to know that the cat is fine. Any reasonable person would let you come and see the cat - most would in fact welcome it because it shows you care for the cat. On their part, they know that they're doing a good job and aren't worried to let you see the cat (if the person is a particularly difficult client of course, it may be slightly different - and in which case I think most boarding providers would probably just ask the client to take the cat home). I certainly would not be comfortable handing a cat over with no expectation of ever being allowed to see it again if I am paying for it and have been reasonable in my dealings all along.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year, I boarded a pregnant cat with a woman. The cat had one eye blind and she was always chased and hit by the shop owners. Actually someone dumped her at the car park when she was pregnant. I feed her twice a day but she was quite pitiful. I took pity on her and I feel she needs a shelter to rest and deliver her kittens. So I boarded her.

After that, there is no news about her. On several occasions, I asked that person for permission to visit the cat and she had so many excuses and reasons to reject me.

I never get a chance to see the mother and her kittens. People just don't understand that I miss the cats so much and I keep thinking of them.

17/12/07 11:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I CAN understand you miss the cats, but did you sign anything when you handed the cats over that you can enforce? I think people need to be more careful when boarding the cats - it is a commercial arrangement but cats are involved obviously. So more safeguards should be put into place. For example, if the person refuses right from the outset to let you visit, you should be suspicious. Is that what happened? What was the agreement when you put the cat in? Are you still paying for the cat?

17/12/07 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't take no for an answer, insist you must see the cat unless cat is dead. What kind of boarding facilities that disallow
owners from visiting their pets?
Weird place with a cruel practice.

18/12/07 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

many years back, my friend gave up her dog for adoption because the dog started urinating all over the floor and her parents made a lot of noise. I don't know who she called but the man who picked the dog up refused to tell her whereabouts of the dog....

18/12/07 12:27 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

These people should be reported to at least the SPCA for further investigation.
This is likely a scam where the money is taken and the animal, if lucky, is then abandoned at a different part of the island.
Worse case is outright killed and body dumped in dustbin.

18/12/07 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Initially, I agreed to board the pregnant cat with her for about two months so that the cat has a safe place to deliver her babies. I agreed to pay her any amount that she asks. I also told her that I want the mother cat back, as well as the kittens.

Everything is arranged verbally, based on trust. No contract.

I feel so guilty for not being able to see her again.

18/12/07 10:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

surferket - the SPCA cannot go onto premises which are private. No one can unless it is the police or the AVA and there must be some crime being committed. Right now none of the people who boarded cats there have complained as far as I know - just someone else who happened to hear about it.

Anonymous - have you been paying her regularly?

18/12/07 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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22/12/07 3:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous that was potentially defamatory so I'm taking that off. Please ask your friend to take a police report if she has witnessed any abuse.

22/12/07 4:00 PM  

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