Cilla, I've helped at a feral cat clinic (a different one that Katie posts about), with recovery of the cats after surgery. I was just like you at the point when I did that volunteer stint -- and I did just fine. Unless you're organizing a brand new clinic on your own (which I wouldn't advise as a first step!!!), your clinic staff will know where to use your help without putting you or cats in harm's way!
Originally Posted by Prettyboy
She said they went last week and almost empty. She said
they went again this week and they were full and told her many would
have to be PTS. They were shocked. They had no idea.
This is one of those points that saddens me a lot. In my area, I think what happened was that years ago, Animal Control was open and willing to report how many animals they took in and put down. Then, there was a small group that got upset about those deaths, and they kind of painted Animal Control as the SOLE EVIL in the community, for having killed those animals. So Animal Control has ever since run scared from outsiders. To them, ANY inquiry about numbers is a threat that they are once again going to be publicly pilloried.
I also realized that in our area, there are a LOT of organizations other than our local animal control, handling animals. Unfortunately, none of them are currently obligated to tell anyone anything about intake and disposition. So it's virtually impossible to get very good statistics.
Still, it is absolutely true, I think, that most people are not insensitive to the problems of too many cats, they are simply UNAWARE of the problem, because we don't give them the information they need.