Originally Posted by cpm1
Cody needs his leg amputated because he was so sick with the URI it destroyed all the ligaments in his left wrist. He can't walk on the leg and the vet was going to euthanize him because he said his other leg was bad as well and he would not be able to walk on opnly the three. I asked if I could take him to an ortho specialist to confirm the diagnosis. He let me and the ortho said the other legs were fine and that he could withstand the left being amputated. Now that he has ringworm, chronic URI and a bad leg, he will not be treated; he will be euthanized. That shelter does not treat chronic URI which is what all of the cats get. At least 50% do not recover and become chronic which makes them unadoptable and therefore put on death row. Those are the ones that I have been trying to save but am having a very hard time finding homes. The shelter does not help AT ALL. The have a serious problem that they are not fixing. I have tried to get the chronic issue addressed and all they say is that they are helping some. It is very very sad and I was just trying to help the ones I could. My neighbor has been an angel. All of the animals that I bring home she houses. The ringworm has freaked her out and she is concerned with what the management of the building will do if they find out she has 7 cats in her apartment, 5 of which have ringworm.
Between what you and BarbB have written about that shelter, it sounds like they may as well close the place down. I think the cats have a better chance of survival on the street. Anti-Cruelty, and yeah that name is more than ironic, appears to be nothing more than a death camp for cats. What an awful shame.
cpm1, you're wonderful to be trying so hard to save the lives of these cats. I've also never heard of a URI destroying leg ligaments - I'll have to look into that. I'm very impressed and glad that you would go to the trouble and expense of getting a second opinion for Cody. Only someone whose heart and soul is in rescue would do that.
Your best bet obviously, is to convince your neighbor to keep the cats. There are no immediate alternatives today - maybe tomorrow though. And there's no reason anyone needs to know how many cats are in the apartment, and certainly no one needs to know what health conditions they have. She wouldn't be the first person to keep more than is allowed. Cat are easy to "hide". The only problem would be if the landlord made surprise inspections of the apartment, and I don't think that's legal.
Why don't you have her join TCS and talk to the members about her concerns? If she sees the number of people who have dealt successfully with this condition, and there are many, it should ease her fears. There are lots of feline health issues to be frightened about, unfortunately. Ringworm is not one of them.