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post #1 of 16
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Not really sure where to put this...so if it's in the wrong place, please feel free to move.

I went to pick up cat food for Mittens at lunchtime at the vet. They had 2 beautiful tabbies (mother and daughter) that need a home today! They made it a point that they will be euthanized at the end of the day, and it just breaks my heart, they look just like Mittens. What can I do? I can't take them home. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 16
I'm sorry, but unless you know anyone who can take them, I don't have many ideas. I mean, if you or a friend could take them and try to place them in a home, put them on petfinder, etc. But they would need a foster home in the interim.

You CAN go to www.petfinder.com and google and see what rescues are in your area and see if they can take them, but they are usually fairly full.

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Originally Posted by caprice
Not really sure where to put this...so if it's in the wrong place, please feel free to move.

I went to pick up cat food for Mittens at lunchtime at the vet. They had 2 beautiful tabbies (mother and daughter) that need a home today! They made it a point that they will be euthanized at the end of the day, and it just breaks my heart, they look just like Mittens. What can I do? I can't take them home. Any suggestions?
post #3 of 16
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Thanks, I've done what I can do at this point. I've called several people and put an announcement in our neighborhood email list. Isn't it wrong for the vet to announce that they plan to put the animals down if they aren't found good homes by the end of today?
post #4 of 16
Yeah, that's pretty terrible. I wonder how they ended up with them at the first place?

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Originally Posted by caprice
Thanks, I've done what I can do at this point. I've called several people and put an announcement in our neighborhood email list. Isn't it wrong for the vet to announce that they plan to put the animals down if they aren't found good homes by the end of today?
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by eatrawfish
Yeah, that's pretty terrible. I wonder how they ended up with them at the first place?

Michelle, the vet assistant, told me they got rid of them because the couple had a baby. I think this hit real close to home because that is the same exact reason why I have Mittens!
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by caprice
Michelle, the vet assistant, told me they got rid of them because the couple had a baby. I think this hit real close to home because that is the same exact reason why I have Mittens!
Yeah, I've heard that excuse before too.
post #7 of 16
I guess the vets can't keep every cat that is dumped with them. And I would rather that they tell everyone to give a better chance for a home, than just quietly put them down.

We have a vet in town who keeps a few cages in his waiting room, and one of the techs runs a mini rescue there.

Maybe you can offer to list cats on Petfinder for them if this happens again, if they can keep the cats for a little while before euthanizing them? Or check with your local rescues, so you can see if they will help when cats are dumped with this vet. It won't help these cats, but it may help prevent it happening again.

It is awful not to be able to help, but you have to be very careful about taking in every unwanted cat. It is very easy to get over-run that way!!
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by caprice
Michelle, the vet assistant, told me they got rid of them because the couple had a baby. I think this hit real close to home because that is the same exact reason why I have Mittens!
i just cant understand this attitude.

Good Luck - I hope something can be done, poor little things - its just awful
post #9 of 16
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My sister may be able to take one of them. But, according to Michelle, the two cats have been together for 12 years! I can't split them up. I'll talk to my sister more tomorrow. I just hope if she can't someone will take them. My mass email worked a lady rushed to the clinic, but Michelle told them they may have a home. I won't call them until I know something for sure. Atleast as of right now, they are both still alive Every day helps!! I'll keep ya'll posted.
post #10 of 16
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The cats are in good hands now, a lady is fostering until this other lady (strong animal activist) gets back in town in 2 weeks and then she'll foster them until they are found permanent homes. I am very upset at this vet now because Jenny, the lady that picked up the cats today, said that they had put the "Will be euthanized" sign on their cage because they wanted to find them homes and weren't going to put them to sleep at all. Well, in that case, that was HORRIBLE...total black mail and very unprofessional, needless to say I am switching vets now.
post #11 of 16
Glad they are in good hands now, Candie. Good on you for helping them out.
post #12 of 16
I'm glad you were able to help. As for putting up a sign saying they would euthanize the cats, that was just wrong. You should send a follow-up e-mail to everyone you notified of the issue, some of them may want to make a change of vets, too.

What an awful day you had, when they could have just asked for your help, and had the same outcome. Please put your concerns in writing, so the office manager and vet know why you have left their practice!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by caprice
I am very upset at this vet now because Jenny, the lady that picked up the cats today, said that they had put the "Will be euthanized" sign on their cage because they wanted to find them homes and weren't going to put them to sleep at all. Well, in that case, that was HORRIBLE...total black mail and very unprofessional, needless to say I am switching vets now.
WOW! That is really crappy! Don't they realize people's emotions are involved with something like that? I bet you weren't the only one who saw it and felt terrible about it. I'm sure all the people you told did too. What a horrible thing to do.

I'm glad you found them homes!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by caprice
The cats are in good hands now, a lady is fostering until this other lady (strong animal activist) gets back in town in 2 weeks and then she'll foster them until they are found permanent homes. I am very upset at this vet now because Jenny, the lady that picked up the cats today, said that they had put the "Will be euthanized" sign on their cage because they wanted to find them homes and weren't going to put them to sleep at all. Well, in that case, that was HORRIBLE...total black mail and very unprofessional, needless to say I am switching vets now.
I am wondering if that sign put up at the vets was really blackmail. After all, since the lady was going to pick them up to foster them, maybe the vet didn't want to admit that they would have indeed put down the cats, fearing the public outcry. And what bothers me is that it often takes such drastic measures to get people to respond to an animal's desperate plight. If the vet had decided to keep the cats alive, would these foster parents have stepped up to the plate? Hopefully so,because life in a cage isn't a home, ;and once the cages have been emptied, more kitties can come in off the streets & into sanctuary. I think that the main point here is that your valiant efforts have found these cats homes, albeit temporary - CONGRATULATIONS!
Here's to you and your sister Michelle!! Susan
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
I am wondering if that sign put up at the vets was really blackmail. After all, since the lady was going to pick them up to foster them, maybe the vet didn't want to admit that they would have indeed put down the cats, fearing the public outcry. And what bothers me is that it often takes such drastic measures to get people to respond to an animal's desperate plight. If the vet had decided to keep the cats alive, would these foster parents have stepped up to the plate? Hopefully so,because life in a cage isn't a home, ;and once the cages have been emptied, more kitties can come in off the streets & into sanctuary. I think that the main point here is that your valiant efforts have found these cats homes, albeit temporary - CONGRATULATIONS!
Here's to you and your sister Michelle!! Susan
Thanks, we'll keep trying to find them permanent homes. Michelle was the vet assistant, actually.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I'm glad you were able to help. As for putting up a sign saying they would euthanize the cats, that was just wrong. You should send a follow-up e-mail to everyone you notified of the issue, some of them may want to make a change of vets, too.

What an awful day you had, when they could have just asked for your help, and had the same outcome. Please put your concerns in writing, so the office manager and vet know why you have left their practice!
I intend to do that. I plan to visit the mother and daughter this week sometime to check on them and make sure they are being properly taken care of. Thanks for all your support everyone!
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