By cat whisperer - 20/03/2014 04:31 - United States
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Do you want fries with that? In all honesty, I like the idea of rescuing animals, but, you are right, there is a limit, especially if it is in your home. Hopefully you can reach a compromise! Until then, I hope you like Pickles :P
Actually no 76, not every "rescue" is legit. It doesn't mean they don't care about the animals but 15 is way to many for your average household. Cats are much happier being king or queen of a house by themselves or with one other cat. I work at a shelter and know all the health problems that comes with many in a tight living space. The ammonia, possible diseases, respiratory infections and everything is a huge problem let alone fleas, worms, and highly contagious ringworm. Plenty of hoarders start out rescuing the animals and quickly become overwhelmed. They are not the only people in the world that can care for the cats, even though the wife would probably think so.
Most legit rescues place the cats in foster homes while they are waiting for adoption anyhow. There is no reason a good sized house would get gross with 15-20 cats if they are well cared for and promptly cleaned up after. I have seen houses with 25 cats and several dogs that were perfectly decent and houses with 1-2 animals (or no animals and 1-2 people) that were fucking squalid disaster areas that you can smell from across the road. I think OP is probably just annoyed with buying food and litter for an assload of cats, and likely being unable to sleep, eat, or shower without "Meeeeeeeeeeeow mrrrow *bat bat bat*"
Let me get this straight--if a cat approaches you in public, you "rescue" it? WTF? Not every house is a house cat. You're a terrible person.
There is a reason people don't take homeless people in to live with them: it's bloody inconvenient. Don't get me wrong, I love cats (I have two of them) and I think anyone willing to take in a man in need (or woman) is a fantastic person. But generally, there is a limit to how much of your own convenience you're willing to part with in order to help others, and if you've passed that limit you should just stop. Seriously.
As long as they report it found, post fliers, check it for a chip, put the free ad in the local paper, post it on craigslist, etc. they're okay. But if they just say "Hey, look, a cat! He's sweet! Let's keep him!" then there is a really big problem with stolen property. In this case, it's entirely possible the house beside the restaurant has a cat that figured out that if you go to Burger King, people sometimes give you bits of hamburger, and that there are lots of mice around the garbage bin. I had a "lost dog" of my own that was chipped, I put up over 300 signs, went to the shelter every day, put an ad in the paper, contacted all 20-something local vets. She looked scraggly and had no collar BECAUSE I WAS TRIMMING HER FUR TO GIVE HER A BATH!!! And during a haircut break was when she got out of the yard. I got her back ten days later because she was really neurotic and the thieves couldn't deal with it. There was even a flier at the end of their street with a picture of the dog. And a flier in front of the house beside mine, where they'd "rescued" her. When they realized she was more than they could handle they decided to call me. They had not even reported her "found" to the shelter. So, I have very very very little sympathy for people that "rescue" animals without trying to find the owners.
That's pretty much how I rescued my dog, he followed me on a walk one night & back home, so I decided to feed the poor skinny thing. I took him to my local vet a few days later to see if he was chipped or registered, but he wasn't. They took him to the local shelter & kept him there for a week, his owners (if he had any) never turned up so I adopted him. I'm not sure he was well looked after, he stunk to high heaven & had terrible conjunctivitis in both eyes, & skinny as a rake too. Best decision I've ever made, he's a Great Dane x bull mastiff & he's a gentle giant. Very friendly & looooves attention all of the times. :3