I'm a bit upset about what I just witnessed at our local shelter, which is run entirely by volunteers. One of the cats, a very sweet 2-year-old male, has eosinophilic granuloma complex, which I'm familiar with, because JC has it, too. He has had several rounds of cortisone shots, and is being given omega 3 fatty acids (which was why I was there - I was dropping off a box of capsules for him, as they have helped JC). He has "rodent ulcers" on his tongue, and is not responding to treatment. Yesterday a young couple was at the shelter, and expressed an interest in adopting him. The woman in charge told them he had a "slight immunity problem, which will certainly clear up once he has a permanent home, and certainly can't get worse". She also said that he had to be with other cats so that he would "eat more", because "he's not a good eater, and needs the competition", so they should pick out a second cat. I understand that she wants as many cats as possible to find good, permanent homes, but I think she should have told them the truth. I interrupted, and told them about EGC, that while it could clear up, it might become a chronic problem, and that IMO the cat wasn't eating properly because of his sore tongue. I did add that he's very sociable with other cats, so a second cat would be a good idea. I'd love to see this cat adopted, because I think he's great and that his condition will improve once he's not one of 30 cats, but I don't think this woman was right in "fudging" the truth about his condition. We've had several former shelter pets, and have been lied to about their physical condition, problem behaviors and temperament. The couple is coming over to my house Wednesday to talk about EGC, so maybe there's still a chance they'll take him. However, I have a feeling that I'm going to be "persona non grata" at the shelter from now on. Should I have kept my mouth shut, and hoped that they would become so attached to him that they wouldn't bring him back as soon as the vet bills started adding up?
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12/14/03 at 12:17pm