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Kittens: Buy a Dozen, Get a Dozen Free.

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Dear Internet,
Today I woke up exhausted. Overwhelmingly mentally burdened and exhausted.

As the pitter patter of little kitten feet ran from room to room in ongoing and leaping attacks, I was yet again reminded how irresponsible and ignorant the human race can be. I am SO over, SO OVER, the abuse and neglect we have seen of the animal population lately.

You may (or may not) know that our family recently took in two abandoned kittens. While this in and of itself is not a big deal, it’s on top of the 4 already abandoned cats we care for and one abused and neglected dog (that by nature is now overly worried and anxious that if we step out for 2 minutes we are leaving him forever). And I will also mention this comes hot on the heels of the two recent rescues we were a part of.

My family is tired.

We are tired of picking up after the “I didn’t know a cat could get pregnant so early”, we are tired of the “kittens are so cute we thought we would have one litter of them”, we are tired of the “I didn’t have the money to get my animal fixed”, we are REALLY tired of the “I moved to a new place/state and couldn’t take my animal with me.”

This is what happens when you leave your animal behind to “fend for itself.”

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This is what happens when you let your animal breed and then throw it out when you are done:

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My family has been unfairly burdened by kindness. By the very thing that every human being in this country should automatically be raised with: awareness.

Our hearts are making up for the thousands of hearts that find it OK to add to the pet population in droves by ignorance and injustice.

Here’s the thing.

Animals go into heat naturally and instinctively they fulfill what nature has told them to do: get pregnant. They don’t make “choices”. They do not have the capacity to say “Not now honey, aren’t the first 36 litters enough?”

BUT YOU DO.

Have you ever walked through a high kill shelter? No? Because it’s “too sad?”

What is too sad is that its being added to day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Reality is there are so many animals out there that the average person doesn’t even notice, or care enough, to pay attention.

Let me show you what a shelter looks like:

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And my pictures make them look good. They don’t show the sadness in their eyes, the terror, the confusion, the smell… I can tell you that most of these happy and healthy animals will be overlooked and passed up, if anyone even visits, and spend the last of their short lives behind bars to be injected with poison and killed.

Once a puppy or kitten is born they pretty much have no chance.

Let me be clear here.

  • I am not a hippy.
  • I am not a save the world person.
  • I am not PETA

What I am is someone that can’t turn away from the obvious.

Something has to be done.

Now let’s get back to those kittens.

I put them up on shelter sites, emailed every rescue agency in the county, used Facebook, twitter and my blog and only one person has stopped. One person stopped to give them a look over and then decide they were not cute enough or doing the “right things” to give them a home. ONE. 

And you know why? Because the selection is so large every day in every city around the country.

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Instead at my home we add two more litter boxes, come up with the money to get them fixed, add more cat food and fur and care to a family whose meal time already looks like a rescue facility:

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For the love of all that is right, Dear Internet, sack up.

Take responsibility for your pets.

So my family can take a break for a minute.

~Trisha

 

If you are interested in adopting one or two wonderful and sweet kittens that were thrown out into the world to fend for themselves after some complete and utter asshole decided he didn’t want them followed by the asshole that let his/her cat get pregnant, please contact me.

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  1. I feel everything you feel in this post. There are places that will fix animals for free or even a low cost if people cannot afford it, so people shouldn’t use that as an excuse to abandon their pets. Just makes me sick to see abuse, neglect, and pets not being taken care of to the full extent. Had a neighbors cat come over here to get some food and water since she kept him as an outside cat. Didn’t get him fixed, didn’t flea bathe him. He got infested with fleas so bad he lost his hair. I was going to give him some of my cats flea medicine, but I haven’t seen him around in a couple of weeks. Thinking she probably dumped him off somewhere. Makes me sad and angry.

  2. What you are doing is an amazing thing Trisha! I truly applaud all your efforts and you are such a special person to be able to do this. People need to wake up and see that this a REAL problem.

  3. We adopted our dog from a local kill shelter. It was so hard to walk in there because I did want to take all of the dogs home. Our dog had been severely abused (someone cut off half of one of his ears) before we got him and he was really sick. He required a lot of care as a puppy and though he has adjusted over the years, he still has a few issues which we’ve learned to make modifications for.

  4. While we can’t have pets due to my children’s health issues I see this all over Las Vegas. It is awful here. So much so that we have massive cat fights outside our home. The shelters are over run, they can’t take them all and even if they did they have a time limit. It breaks my heart. There has to be a better way. Your family is amazing for stepping up and helping where others just don’t give a damn anymore. XO

  5. Aw, if I lived closer, I would totally adopt them. We only have 4 cats, so clearly we have room, right? (At least that’s what I tell my husband.)

    Several years ago, a friend of mine decided she was tired of living on the East coast and wanted to move to the West coast. She had a cat for 10+ years and decided that she couldn’t bring him with her, so she let the cat out for a few hours each day to “acclimate” him to being outside, then when she moved, she simply left him outside for good. A cat that she had for TEN YEARS. Years later, I still feel sick over it when I think about it and I wish so much that I lived within driving distance so we could have taken him. (And obviously, I was so disgusted with her that I never spoke to her again after that.) It’s gross how people treat animals as if they’re disposable, or accessories. People are selfish dbags.

  6. As a pet owner, this just breaks my heart. Despite the difficult times and the expensive times, I could never abandon my fur babies. The world needs more people like you, Trisha.

  7. Great post. It’s rare to see people discuss this issue with the amount of emotion you have, without having the blog disintegrate into swearing and cursing!

  8. Ugh, this is so sad. It’s not that difficult to get an animal fixed. I’m guessing it chalks up to laziness.

    But I will say, we probably don’t share the same opinion about the sale of animals. There are a lot of good reasons to purchase pure and specialty breeds. And there are a lot of responsible breeders out there.

    • There might be but the majority are not. If you head over to the human society website for the US they share all about what really happens with most breeding and stores. There isnt enough regulation at all (or rather NO regulation). Its about 87% abuse, neglect and worse. Thats so astronomically high that I cannot fathom it. I encourage you to do the research on how bad it really is. There is a diamond in every mine but its also full of mostly coal. Our legislation MUST be stronger to make breeding safe and ethical.

      Let me add that Kim was a victim to breeding. They did all their research, wanted a golden purebred, it was all on the up and up…but Simon actually came from a puppy mill. He has had horrible medical issues and it was only after suing the breeder did she find out the real roots of where he came from. They had to have very costly surgery done to correct his hips as a puppy from his conditions.

      I know plenty of people that have purebreds for whatever reason, but I dont see the need to purchase an animal. Even if someone chooses to purchase one, we all have to agree that making sure the animals used for breeding and all the care for the babies being born is ongoing. These animals deserve protection from cruelty.

      I dont think the cat industry is as bad as the dog industry though. Atleast its not as well advertised that it is at any rate.

      Edited to say yep…they exist..says a lot of long haired cats
      http://www.petsadviser.com/animal-welfare/kitten-mills/
      http://www.purebredcatrescue.org/kitten-mills
      http://peopleforanimals2011.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/kitty-mills/

      • I wanted to share this too..mainly because in the story he shares, as a professional, there are very very few ethical breeders. Its mostly backyard breeding. If you had to have liscence and regulation on breeding, I woudlnt mind so much. :

        The labradoodle

        If Wally Conron had known what was going to become of the labradoodle, he wouldn’t have bred the dog in the first place. It was 22 years ago and Conron, now 81, was working as the breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia when his boss set him a tough task. A blind woman from Hawaii had written asking if they could provide a guide dog that would not shed hair, because her husband was allergic to it. ”I said, ‘Oh yes, this will be a piece of cake. The standard poodle is a working dog, it doesn’t shed hair, it’ll be great.’ I tried 33 in the course of three years and they all failed. They just didn’t make a guide dog.”

        Conron decided there was one possibility left: take his best labrador bitch and mate it with a standard poodle. They created three cross-breed puppies that needed to be boarded out to be trained and socialised but nobody would take them; everyone wanted a pure-bred. And that’s when Conron came up with the name labradoodle. ”I went to our PR team and said, ‘Go to the press and tell them we’ve invented a new dog, the labradoodle.’ It was a gimmick and it went worldwide. No one wanted a cross-breed but the following day we had hundreds of calls from people wanting these master dogs.”

        The labradoodle proved to be a brilliant dog for the blind and the woman in Hawaii was happy. So what was the problem?

        It’s how the dog has been used and abused and sold under false pretences, Conron says. ”When the pups were five months old, we sent clippings and saliva to Hawaii to be tested with this woman’s husband. Of the three pups, he was not allergic to one of them. In the next litter I had, there were 10 pups but only three had non-allergenic coats. Now, people are breeding these dogs and selling them as non-allergenic and they’re not even testing them.

        ”All these backyard breeders have jumped on the bandwagon and they’re crossing any kind of dog with a poodle. They’re selling them for more than a pure-bred is worth and they’re not going into the backgrounds of the parents of the dogs. There are so many poodle crosses having fits, problems with their eyes, hips and elbows; a lot have epilepsy. There are a few ethical breeders but very, very few.”

        Conron says that despite the fact the dogs have helped so many blind people, he regrets creating the first cross-breed. ”I released a Frankenstein. … People say ‘aren’t you proud of yourself?’ and I say, ‘not in the slightest. I’ve done so much harm to pure breeding.”’

    • Cat, I want to say on a personal note, that I know you rescue AND take care of your animals. :)

      You are a very good furmom. I applaud you for that.

  9. I grew up in a family that did not get their pets fixed – people are just unaware that there are low cost spay and nueters available, or just too lazy to care. It’s sickening how many animals we see at the shelters! :(

    • Im gonna go with lazy…we have a place that specializes fully in low cost spay and neuter…. $30-$50. Most vets also take time out and offer low cost rabies/spays…even our local shelter has days you can bring your animal up.

      • Our humane society actually offers $15 spay and neuter – or FREE if you’re on public assistance. It’s really, really helped here in Miami. The lines are always crazy long because everyone uses it!

  10. Dogs and cats want nothing more than to be fed and have a warm place to sleep. In return they offer unconditional love. I can’t imagine going through a day and not having my entourage follow me around and keep my feet warm. Sometimes I like them better than my kids LOL.

    But the indifference and ignorance people have about how to properly take care of a living animal is frightening. I do place part of the blame on the fact that we can sell animals like we sell junk at a garage sale. It promotes irresponsibility right out of the gate because there is monetary gain to be had.

    Anyhow, you know how I feel about this but animals are not someone’s old junk – either a potential income source or just something you can toss out, but way too many people view them that way.

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