It feels like forever since I've written in my blog. I'm getting ready to list the house for sale and have been searching high and low for just the right home to spend the next 50 years. Believe me - I'm NOT moving again. As I'm beginning to prep the house for sale, I've picked up boxes in the basement to stack them neatly, and uncovered old dried up cat pee which has left me feeling less than chipper on this beautiful day.
Yesterday, I received a "Mega Urgent" email from a fellow rescuer. She needs money. Badly. She's a gal that rescues from the high-kill shelter where I rescue. It was well written and heartfelt - it even included pictures of the cats that are currently in her care.
Note the last two words in that paragraph: IN. HER. CARE.
I feel guilty saying this, I really do - but it seems to be irresponsible rescuing to take hundreds of cats over a period of time that you cannot take care of properly. Believe me, I've asked for donations too - but that's usually just for ONE cat that needs some special over the top care. This is a rescuer who is taking cats from the shelter that is KNOWN to have sick cats and is asking for money for antibiotics etc.
"Was this a surprise that you're going to have to pay for vet care for these cats?"
What's "irresponsible rescuing"? I have my own personal definition: "Rescuing more cats than you can space or money to care for them responsibly."
I've talked about this on other blog posts. I've known rescuers who put cats in cages in their bedrooms, garages, livingrooms, etc, and have NO plan as to what they're going to do with them. I know one rescue where the directors put cats in their garages in cages. These are not feral cats - these are loving little house cats, sitting in damp dark garages in cages.
So now we have a rescuer asking for donations for her rescue. Why on earth is she asking me?? If I have extra money, it's going to the cats in care for our rescue! Not to somebody elses' rescue.
Sure. This sounds really bitchy and rereading it didn't make it any better. I've backspaced and tried to soften it a bit. But we're on the cusp of kitten season and all I can think about are these "rescues" who have a zillion cats in their homes and every nook and cranny of their homes and can't afford to vet them properly.
THAT ISN'T RESCUE! That's H-O-A-R-D-I-N-G!
I haven't written in a while and obviously this has really been building up in my mind. Thanks for listening to the rant. I hope it comes at a time that might be helpful to another rescue who is thinking about taking too many cats. We can't help them all. I wish we could.
Damn. I really wish we could help them all.
(Post Script Note: Please remember, this is rant - nothing is absolute and merely a tired rescuer's opinion.)