So, what's going to happen to all of these unwanted animals?

Apparently, it's kitten season. Good luck trying to find a home for one.

This weekend, my friend Michael found a litter of six kittens hiding under his lawnmower. Which is particularly unusual since he doesn't own a cat. He called the Jackson County Animal Control and was told that they would charge him $25 per kitten just to remove them. Wait, WHAT? You call animal control about an unwanted animal and they want to charge you a fee to get rid of it? Isn't that what we pay taxes for?

I wrote last month about the problem with rescue societies. Unlike our county shelters, these organizations survive entirely on donations and adoption fees. They also charge a surrender fee. So, what happens to the people who can't afford to pay? More importantly, what's going to happen to all of those unwanted pets?

A few years ago, one of my neighbors lost his home to foreclosure. I was walking past his house and saw a group of my neighbors standing in the street discussing the situation. It seemed that the people had moved out and abandoned all of their pets in the empty house. How horrible! Who could do that to a bunch of poor defenseless animals? While we were all standing around talking about what a terrible human being he was, the man returned to his former home to fee them. He told us that he tried to find homes for them. The humane society and all the rescues wanted money to take them. He had kids to feed. He just lost his home! He couldn't find anyone to take them. What was he supposed to do?

I immediately felt ashamed. Here we all were talking about the animals when the poor family was homeless. What did we expect him to do? This is why people just dump animals on the side of the road. Or in an office complex. I found an adorable little black and white kitten in front of my office one day that had obviously been abandoned. Fortunately, I was able to find a good home for her.

These kittens are lucky they were found by a good person like my friend. Some guys would have tied them in a sack with a rock in it and tossed them in a lake somewhere. But he and his wife have managed to find homes for almost all of them. Naturally, he called to offer me one, but we're all full up here at Conservacat headquarters. I called an even crazier cat lady friend who warned me that the rescues were overloaded this time of year because apparently, it's "kitten season" and they're overwhelmed with unwanted animals.

I still want to know why the organizations we pay taxes to support can't take in these animals. In the meantime, PLEASE for the love of God, have your pets spayed and neutered! Don't let your irresponsibility become someone else's problem.

Oh, and if anyone wants a kitten, PM me. The cute one in this photo is still available.

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streiff_is_a_moron
streiff_is_a_moron

Just don't leave them anywhere near David Huckabee

ThomasAKempis
ThomasAKempis

Where I live there isn’t much of a problem with stray cats, or dogs. Coyotes on the other hand, well that’s a different story. But they don’t bother people.

ConservativeChick
ConservativeChick

This stuff varies very much by location. If your tax dollars are funding "Animal Control" then you should speak to your legislator about why they are charging people to take cats. The animal control people will probably say that if they didn't charge a fee, people would just be dropping off pets constantly. I live in a part of PA where there are MANY animal "rescues" that are privately run by people who care about animals and find foster care and forever homes. They work with local veterinarians to give reduced costs for neutering and shots. There are also groups that catch, neuter and release feral cats. This is a similar problem to the rise in crime. IT IS A MORAL ISSUE not a legal issue. All the laws in the world won't fix people.

shocked
shocked

I think one should have to purchase a license to own a pet and the license should be outrageously expensive and spay and neutering should just be expected. Breeders should have to pay even more, and be checked regularly for the condition of the animals, the number, and the number of litters. I'm most interested in protecting animals, and most people won't care for anything they haven't had to invest in. Too many animals are suffering and I'm tired of hearing comments that "...it's just a cat or a dog." Animals are God's creation and along with dominion comes the responsibility of compassion . Until it costs them nothing will change.

BenjaminD
BenjaminD

Another issue is feral cats wiping out song bird populations.

Unfortunately short of mass neutering of all pets I don't see how you can prevent people from letting their animals breed out of control.