For one of my englisn classes I must do volunteer work. The only shelter in town is unfortunately a kill shelter, so I initially refused to do my work there, fearful of seeming supportive, which I am not! After consideration though, I realized that although I do not agree with those practices, in fact it infuriates me, I can offer love and socialization to the cats that are there, and that is something. So I began,, I havent experienced any kitty deaths there yet, and fear having to do so. I love spending a couple hrs every other day just playing with the cats and feeding them,, that is really all I do,,oh, and I talk to potential adopters, that is what my question is about. There is this girl who came in and wanted two sibling kittens and was questioning me and chatting with me about them,,she said she was going to make the appointment to get them immediately declawed because she wouldnt get them any other way,,so what am I supposed to say? I want the kitties to get homes, and she seems loving enough, and there is also the issue that I am not allowed to advise people what to do with their cats unless it is unsafe and inhumane,,but I went out on a limb, justifying myself by thinking that declawing can be in a way inhumane. So in the most politest voice I have, i explained to her that there are other very effective options for keeping her kittens from defacing floors and furniture, and explained a little bit about the operations, and the possible probs that can stem from it (behavioral, and health) She seemed a little put off, but she said she was coming back on next Tues. and has the kits on hold, she doesnt move in to her new apt until mon., so she cant pick them up right now. Was that a wrong thing, to tell her about this stuff, when, aside from my justifying it, I am sure it went against shelter policy? I tried to be subjective and only informative, but Im sure it came across as a little passionate. So,,what's the verdict?
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3/30/05 at 7:46pm