I had a very frustraiting experience on Saturday. My work with the no kill shelter has made me a strong proponent for spay & neuter (as I believe everyone should be) I just think that it's part of choosing to bring an animal into your life. It's as much a part of being a pet owner as sending your child to school is part of being a parent. I have a freind who I've known since 1st grade & they always had cats well at some point her older sister decided she wanted to breed persians so she got herself a female & male. Well the female was steril, she would go into heat, but never had kittens. However the male mananged (as male cats will) to impregnate every other female cat in the house. From there things just got out of hand. You know how it can get. By the time we graduated high school all of their cats were so in-bred they were being born blind. We lost touch for a few years & in that time her parents had gotten rid of all the cats. Well somehow when my freind & her husband moved back in the problem started again. I'm not sure how many cats they now have, but I know one thing maybe 1 or 2 is fixed. We were at a party & they began talking with another woman who has 2 females right now who are probably both pregnant because they both just went into heat & they have an unneutered male in their house. Of coarse this woman was trying to see if I wanted a kitten & I was trying to talk her into spaying & neutering & that if she couldn't find them homes perhaps our shelter would have room by then. She did say that they found a place that will neuter their male for a good price & so they are going to do that. However my freinds husband gave me the sob story about how everytime they fixed an animal it seemed to get run over with in a month & that when they try to keep the animals inside his mother-in-law is oblivious & just lets them all out. I suggested the humane society for cheap spay & neuter and he explained how they got the 3rd degree from them about all their cats. I didn't say it, but I thought if you had nothing to hide it wouldn't bother you. I just get so mad because these people are so irresponsible about pet ownership & I'm tyring to clean up the messes of people just like this. The woman I talked to said that she could probably find them all homes, but if she didn't she would take them to the pet store. I just want to yell don't you realize that you have no idea what kind of life these kittens are in for?? Then my freinds husband started talking about a pet shop in their area that they were the main supplier of kittens for. I just don't know what to say. I'm not one to start a fight, but all of this goes against something I stand so strongly for.
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12/8/03 at 3:39pm