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post #2 of 16
Isn't that so sad, the poor woman

That all her cats find loving homes, but i have no doubts that they will, and for the poor woman herself
post #3 of 16
With that many cats, she should have been making arrangements a long time ago. And they said they were well looked after, but they needed vaccinations and neutering. She gave their medical history with each cat, did she not include those things?

I do feel bad for her, it must have been a heartbreaking decision, but she took on more than she can manage which says "beginner hoarder" to me. I'm glad she did find a way to get them good homes though.
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
With that many cats, she should have been making arrangements a long time ago. And they said they were well looked after, but they needed vaccinations and neutering. She gave their medical history with each cat, did she not include those things?

I do feel bad for her, it must have been a heartbreaking decision, but she took on more than she can manage which says "beginner hoarder" to me. I'm glad she did find a way to get them good homes though.

Not all cancer gives you plenty of time to start making plans. Not to mention that not all people jump right up and head to a doctor and often times by the time they do it's too late.
post #5 of 16
Ok, but it still seems she left her cats unfixed and unvaccinated. I wonder how many are related to each other?
post #6 of 16
That's true. I'm just going on the basis that you never know the whole story. Maybe the ones that he was referring to as needing speutering and vaccinating were still young. Who knows...
post #7 of 16
I think that perhaps this person had such a difficult time deciding to part with her cats that she waited too long to try to find them good homes herself. Or it could be that she was so sick from her cancer treatments that she just couldn't do it, and there was no one to help her. I'm just guessing and it's just my
post #8 of 16
The fact remains that she had 32 cats that need speutering regardless of how she is trying to rehome them.

I am in my 20s but have made provisions for my cats to be cared for should something happen to me
post #9 of 16
The article never said that all of the cat's needed to be speutered/vaccinated. It didn't specify a number. In fact, that part was not even a direct quote, it was just saying that the vet was offering discounts on their care to anyone taking them in. The part that was quoted however says the cats were not neglected and were well loved. Yes, 32 cats is excessive, but nobody knows why she had that many either. We're too quick to judge. I know people with that many cats, but they're "converted" strays and ferals dumped on their farms.

I don't know why I'm defending this lady, I guess I just feel bad for her.
post #10 of 16
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Yes, 32 cats is excessive, but nobody knows why she had that many either. We're too quick to judge. I know people with that many cats, but they're "converted" strays and ferals dumped on their farms.

I don't know why I'm defending this lady, I guess I just feel bad for her.
I agree. Plus, the clock can't be turned back now, whats done is done, and this poor woman is dying (at least she said she is?), so she's got enough to think about

It could have been worse, she could have just set the cats free and then what would happen to them? At least this way they have a second chance
post #11 of 16
I guess I am the skeptic in the bunch.

I don't know why her cats would take presedence over the 1000's of cats in any shelter in that area. Why because she is dying of cancer? I don't get it.

I hope this doesn't give people ideas that they can just dumped their cats at vet clinics because off to the city pound they will go.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Breal76 View Post
I hope this doesn't give people ideas that they can just dumped their cats at vet clinics because off to the city pound they will go.
Thats just it, it does give people ideas. After making public a story about a cat that was left on our doorstep over night and almost frozen to death that we paid big $$ to save, the number of cats just left on our doorstep went up because people realised they could get away with it.

We are a private shelter, not animal control but have a mandate to take strays not surrenders. When we do take surrenders we ask for a release and consent fee depending on what healthcare they need to go up for adoption (all of our animals are fully vaccinated, microchipped, speutered if of age, dewormed and treated for fleas if needed) - that money for a surrender should not come out of money that we have donated to us for caring for strays.

What this woman did is irresponsible to the other animals that also have a right to be rehomed, and you would be amazed at the stories shelters are told every day that are flat out lies when people want to give up their animals.

Maybe I am jaded after working in the shelter, but I have no sympathy for someone who hasn't put the thought into her animals future. Any of us could be run over by a car tomorrow, not everyone dies at an old age. I have put thought into what happens to my pets should something happen to my BF and I and believe that like your children, they should have consideration in your life if something were to happen to you.
post #13 of 16
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Maybe I am jaded after working in the shelter, but I have no sympathy for someone who hasn't put the thought into her animals future.
Well you and I are swimming in that same boat. I know I am jaded. While there is good work that is done at the city pound at least mine. All too many times I listen to lies and horrible people. I get yelled at on a daily basis being an animal killer and surely I must have no compassion for animals. Yet, all of my cats were set to be euthanized (except Forest he stole my heart) I pulled them and saved their life. Why their life mattered more than the others I saw I don't know.

But when someone dumps, and yes that's the term I will use..Dumps 32 cats and asked that none of them be killed. My response would have been they will get the same gaurantee you got. Sorry.

Of course now that this is a media story everyone will want them, and those cats at the shelters/city pounds will sit. No phone calls for them. Because people need a sad story on a pet to rescue it. Just so they can say "Oh I got one of those cat's that were left by that lady dying of cancer."

My rant is over. I feel that I have made spelling errors in this post. I know, so no need to point out. lol. I am on tranquillizers..and I feel goofy.
post #14 of 16
I am a shelter person too so I get what you mean. It was like the Katrina pets. Everyone wanted one. I understand that they were traumatized and it was really beyond people's control sometimes. But every pet at the shelter has a sad story. Some stories just aren't known. We just get a cat in poor shape with no real idea about what they went through.

But on the bright side these cats will get homes and that is the important thing.
post #15 of 16
I worked in a shelter for several years, so I know exactly how it goes. BUT, this lady did not take her own story to the news. The vets chose to help adopt out these cats, the vets called the media...
post #16 of 16
This story brought tears to my eyes. I hope the lady won't/didn't die all alone.
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