[quote=TabbyGirl88;2202403]Today I met a man who has a terrible case of agoraphobia and has been confined to his home for many, many years. Well I met him through a crack in his door and left him my number after he rudely asked me to leave. I talked to the woman who has been caring for him, she is his friend. Well anyways he has lord knows how many cats in his tiny little house. From what this woman knows he has 6 male cats, 3 female cats, and 3 kittens left over from last summer (2 females and a male, I think).... QUOTE]
Tabby-I sure wish I had someone like you near me! I can't believe any animal lover would turn down such help, for the sake of their pets. In ways I feel sorry for him, because his intentions are likely not to hurt the cats. I used to be a vet-tech and then did animal rescue. About a year ago, we took in a starving older kitten to find the owner. It was skinny, but looked healthy. We had 4 dogs already and didn't intend to get more pets. She had a small umbilical scar on her abdomen that I assumed was a spaying scar. We advertised her on the local lost and found pet page.
It was almost Halloween, so we had no intention of allowing her to run loose. I was in a car accident 6 mos prior which left me out of work and in very serious financial struggles. Despite that, we provided all the necessities for the older kitten while hoping the owner would claim her. She is a beautiful Turkish Angora with one blue eye and one amber green eye. Nobody claimed her after almost 3 mos when she escaped and came back pregnant. A few mos later-4 kittens. The owner came forward and didn't care a bit. They actually intentionally let her go, cuz she annoyed them. So we had 5 to care for.
After calling and researching in our area, we found that nobody cares much here either. We tried to find a free or maybe $10 spay/neuter service and haven't been successful. I even pleaded for help with all the local shelters. There are NO free/cheap spay/neuter clinics, except a mobile one that provides the service for welfare recipients ONLY. My husband is working and we are not eligible for any form of assistance, so we just can't get them fixed, despite my extreme desire to. At the same time as my accident, his work cut everybody way back to a point where he has 60% of his old income. If I can't go back to work soon, we may not even have a home for us. Yet his income is keeping all of us fed.
We can't take them to a shelter either, because they are cared for better here. Luckilly I know very well how to take care of any ailments and vaccinate my own pets. We feed them what the need to eat and TRY HARD to keep them all indoors and learned how to better do that now after the pregnancies. They are very well cared for. Unfortunately, there were NO potential adopters. NOBODY wanted them and they are nearly 8 mos old. Meanwhile momma cat snuck out again when bringing in the groceries and now we have 4 more. And despite always watching the 2 males and 3 females around each other or keeping them seperated- our 8 mo old girl also snuck out the door and got pregnant-not to her brother. He doesn't go outside. We won't even bring in groceries anymore without putting the cats up.
We have ALWAYS been responsible pet owners until now and it was due to the irresponsibility of others that we are in this position. We are the type of pet owners who stand by our pets through good and bad, thick and thin, but this is out of control. I am thoroughly ashamed of myself, but other than the pound we have no options. We can't live with the pound putting them to death, so we are lost. Our shelters here are having serious cat problems.
We are planning to have a Garage Sale and try to SELL the kittens from the new litter. Free kittens here far too often get falsely adopted by the wives/ girlfriends/ sisters of dog fighters. If we successfully sell them ALL of the money will go to getting the others fixed, which at this point is $27 (m) and $42 (f) each. Plus they want shot records for each and I did my own shots. This is going to be costly.
Ironically our cat got pregnant to another unrelated Turkish Angora from around the corner, despite it being a rare breed. We caught her and it only took 15min after she took off. We were fully aware of her whereabouts except 15min and caught her in the act at the 15min point. The 4 new kittens: two of the kittens are white with the rare odd eyes like momma and 2 have blue eyes and are white. All med length angora fur and 2 have just a tiny amount of black on their heads. They are beautiful! But we will still be insistant on them going to homeowners who are responsible. However, they are unregistered and we aren't sure where the male cat lives to go and talk to it's owners.
IF anybody is aware of free spay/neuter or somebody wanting to adopt in the Phx AZ area, PLEASE tell me!