I was hoping to start this blog with a "Yee-Hah" and a fist pump, but instead I feel obligated to be completely pissed off over what's happened at the OntarioSPCA this morning. Please read about it HERE. To summarize, 350 animals (not just cats) but all the animals at the the SPCA will be euthanized over the next 2 days due to a ringworm outbreak at the shelter.
Seriously. Ringworm. It's like Athlete's Foot, and completely treatable.
Animal advocates and rescues are ready to burn torches and pound on the doors of the OSPCA in protest. I couldn't log onto Facebook, or open my email without folks asking me to do something..."Outraged"....etc etc.
I was driving in the car today with my little rescue of 3 kittens and an adult cat and I got really angry. I spent $20.00 in gas today to rescue these little guys and drive them more than an hour from my home to safety. There was NOTHING wrong with these guys, yet they were going to die anyway.
Let's face it: 350 animals is NOTHING compared to what happens at the shelter where I rescue. Nobody is holding candlelight vigils for these cats! Until rescues were permitted at this shelter, it wasn't unusual for 350 cats and kittens to be euthanized each and every week in the summer months.
Some idiot contacts the media because he sees a picture of HIS CAT at the OSPCA and he's worried that this cat will be euthanized. He's upset because he didn't surrender his cat to a "kill shelter", but he thought they'd find it a home. Well "BooHoo, Buttercup." You should've taken care of your responsibilities. The cat isn't yours anymore.
Don't get me wrong. I'm so very very sad about these animals dying needlessly. But 20+ cats died this morning at the shelter where I rescue and NOTHING was wrong with them. They didn't have a chance to be adopted. They were killed because "their time was up."
I was so damn happy until I read the paper this morning. Last night the veterinary clinic that I wrote about (yesterday) came into the shelter and rescued TWENTY-SEVEN nursing Mom cats with their kittens to take to their clinic and put up for adoption. That was EVERY nursing Mom cat and kitten in the shelter. They also took 2 cockatiels, and 2 guinea pigs.
This is a veterinarian who uses her education for good. She isn't at the OSPCA killing 350 animals with a simple fucking fungus infection. She saved lives!!! Why aren't we lining up at her door to give her business?? Why aren't we telling the world how awesome she is??
Rufus was on the euthanasia list twice. He's safe and his foster Mom seemed very happy to have him tonight.
We can all continue to be angry at the public animal welfare agencies who carelessly care for the public's discarded animals. We're angry when they don't care for them the way we think they should. But let's not forget about the people who abandoned them there in the first place.
Maybe we should stand in the lobby of these places and burn a frickin' candle every time an animal is carelessly surrendered due to moving, a baby, allergies, a new boyfriend...etc..
So where's the candlelight vigil for the cats that die every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the shelter where *I* rescue? These cats are there for no other reason than there's no adoption program, and nobody wanted them.