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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Just need to vent a little this morning. It's the same old story. We got a call from one of our neighborhood contacts about a skinny, scraggly young cat who showed up on her doorstep. He's incredibly sweet and friendly - obviously an abandoned pet. He's probably less than a year old and hasn't been neutered (no surprise there).

The poor thing was caked with mud after all the wet weather we've had, so this woman took him and did her best to clean him up. Underneath all the dirt she found an absolutely gorgeous deep orange tabby with even darker swirls running through his fur. She initially contacted us hoping we could help find him a home, but has now decided to add this sweet boy, named Buddy, to her menagerie. So, we'll get him fixed, tested, etc... and return him to her. It will be a great home!

No matter how often this happens, I'm always amazed at how ignorant, cruel and irresponsible people can be. I just want to throttle people like this and tell them how stupid and heartless they are. I wish I could make them understand that, in their stupidity, they've lost out on a sweet, loving companion. Any idiot that would do this doesn't deserve a pet anyway.
Thanks for listening.
post #2 of 16
I have felt like posting things like this before but never known where to do it, but you've said it for me.
I can never get my head around why people do it. I read in our local paper the other day that a cat was rescued from a Bonfire after being thrown on, he survived but is badly burnt. Then within a few days of this happening, a cat was found hanged from a tree in the same area. I cannot tell you how much this INCENSES me, although Im sure it probably does the exact same to every other member of this board.
I just cannot abide cruelty to animals in any way shape or form. These people who dump their animals, probably don't think it's too bad as it may be in fairly good condition at the time. And thats the image that will remain in their heads. They don't think about what they are about to put the poor thing through. I think if they got to see the animal once it was picked up, and see the results of their neglect, a lot of people may think twice before doing it again. On the other hand, if they are sick enough to dump a poor creature like that in the first place, they probably wouldn't care.
Wow that felt good to get that out. Thanks for this thread!
Lauren
post #3 of 16
I think the punishment for animal cruelty is to do to the human what they did to the animals...

I am glad that this poor kitty has now found a loving home...
post #4 of 16
At least Buddy's story has a happy ending. Bless all of you for taking care of him.
post #5 of 16
I am glad that Buddy has been found his True Home with a real guardian angel. As for the poor, burnt kitty in Lauren's story, I have so much sympathy for that poor, poor cat - my prayer is that it be relieved of suffering very soon, and that other cats in the area are protected from these human monsters. And as for the hanged cat, may it know the joy & peace over RB and may it forgive the rest of us humans for belonging to the same species as those brutal beasts who harm cats (and seem to harm puppies, children & women, too)
It breaks my heart when I find out about abandoned pets! I had a rescue named Ronnie, who I found at my aunt's house. He was so starved & flea-ridden & showed up at a pool party. Although my aunt doesn't allow inside animals, she let me keep him overnight in her screened patio, and he rode in the car almost 300 miles on the dash, purring the whole time because he was so happy to be in the company of people. Sadly, my husband's dog killed him a year later - and broke my heart & nearly my marriage; it hardened my will to keep the dogs in their penitentiary, as I have been unable to re-home either of my dogs (yes, they are sweeter than lambs with adults & large children, but they have very high prey drive and will kill anything small, such as small dogs, neighbors' ducks & chickens, my chickens, rabbits, they love to chase cars & harrass traffic, and if they get loose, a leashed dog is a favorite prey. My hubby won't let me get them put down, and I haven't found anyone willing to take them who realizes how dangerous these dogs are)
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by eilcon
Just need to vent a little this morning. It's the same old story. We got a call from one of our neighborhood contacts about a skinny, scraggly young cat who showed up on her doorstep. He's incredibly sweet and friendly - obviously an abandoned pet. He's probably less than a year old and hasn't been neutered (no surprise there).

The poor thing was caked with mud after all the wet weather we've had, so this woman took him and did her best to clean him up. Underneath all the dirt she found an absolutely gorgeous deep orange tabby with even darker swirls running through his fur. She initially contacted us hoping we could help find him a home, but has now decided to add this sweet boy, named Buddy, to her menagerie. So, we'll get him fixed, tested, etc... and return him to her. It will be a great home!

No matter how often this happens, I'm always amazed at how ignorant, cruel and irresponsible people can be. I just want to throttle people like this and tell them how stupid and heartless they are. I wish I could make them understand that, in their stupidity, they've lost out on a sweet, loving companion. Any idiot that would do this doesn't deserve a pet anyway.
Thanks for listening.
On his way home from work yesterday my hubby saw a cat along side of the road and stopped to see if it was dead or just hurt.....apparently it had been hit by a car. It was already dead...no collar...so hard telling who it belonged to. It was absolutly the most beautiful cat we`ve ever seen. A bright orange/red tabby with swirrly stripes and white stockings and underside. It was an unfixed male too. My Hubby wrapped him in a towel from the trunk and brought him home with him.We buried him in the woods near the old mamma cat that we had to bury a few weeks back. I never even knew this baby, but I cried over him anyhow.
I`m sure thankful the outcome of your tom is better than it was for this little guy.
People who live where this cat was found have no right to let their animals run lose....it is such a busy, busy road and there are always dead critters all along it. Makes me just sick!
Linda
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by catsRNmom
1.- I think the punishment for animal cruelty is to do to the human what they did to the animals...

2.-I am glad that this poor kitty has now found a loving home...
1.-..this to make feel sick!


2.-..God bless that Home! ..
post #8 of 16
At the shelter where I volunteer, people come in every day surrendering their pets, and the first question our intake manager asks is "Why are you giving up this animal?" Some of the answers we've heard:

"I'm tired of walking him."

"My boyfriend doesn't like cats."

"He tore a hole in my new leather sofa."

"She barks too loud."

"She's gotten too big. I want a kitten."

"I'm moving." "How far?" "Austin." "That's a three-hour drive, why can't you take her with you?" "In the CAR? She'd poop all over the seats!"

Sometimes it's all we can do not to give these people a good hard slap. Apparently, there are two groups:

...People who really GET it, who truly love and respect animals and have the capacity in their souls to commit wholeheartedly to an animal's wellbeing...

...And other people who like having animals around and BELIEVE they love them, but who don't really get it at all, who ultimately see animals as little more than toys.

That latter group doesn't deserve the sacred trust of "owning" a companion animal. I guess I should be grateful that they do, at least, bring their pets to us, rather than taking them to a kill shelter or leaving them by the side of the road, but... I just don't know how they can walk away so easily.

But there are good people out there: one day, I was with the intake manager when a young woman came in with a little black kitten she'd found in a parking lot the night before. She had cleaned the little fella up, tucked him into a cardboard box full of soft towels with a hotwater bottle underneath, and fed him some babyfood. She brought all this along, plus an extra jar of babyfood, and she got teary-eyed as she gave him to us. And then she donated $50 to the shelter to thank us for taking him in!

So maybe it all evens out in the end.
post #9 of 16
All I can say, is these people that do cruel things to animals........have no HEART!!!!
post #10 of 16
it's sad & frustrating when people are so uncaring & cruel. that said - if they weren't, i wouldn't have my 2 youngest, Cable & Java - both strays! just goes to show that Romans 8:28 is even true for cats!


if you don't want to look it up, it's the one that goes, "All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose."
post #11 of 16
The only "good thing" I have to say about these situations with people who don`t care anymore than that is: "AT LEAST THE ANIMAL DOES`NT HAVE TO LIVE WITH THEIR KIND ANYMORE!"
Some of them may end up being PTS....but in some cases it might be better than being abused or neglected for thier entire lives! I can`t stand the thought that some people just don`t care anymore about the animals they take in than this. It makes me sick!
I can only hope they are better parents than they are pet owners!!!
Linda
post #12 of 16
That was like one girl I used to work with a few yrs ago. She had 2 cats a bit older now and then they had a baby boy and I think one of the cats started pooping somewhere in the house. Well she confined both of the cats to the basement!!! Then she didn't want them anymore and had them PTS!!! But before that she tried to guilt me into taking them (if I would have known what she was planning to do--I would have run and took them away from her!!! So you had a challenge with the pooping-that was not a reason to have them PTS...She wonders why I never spoke to her when I saw her after that!!
post #13 of 16
I know what you mean. Sometimes, while cuddling with my Emma, who was recued from a snowy pile of garbage after being thrown out by ignorant owners, I just want to cry. Who, I wonder, could be heartless enough to abandon such a sweet, loving soul. She will always be afraid of loud noises, strange people, and any sudden change in her environment. I often wonder what she would be like if she hadn't been abused and abandoned. I love her just the way she is, warts and all, but I can't help but wonder if she would be as outgoing and easygoing as Oliver, whom we adopted when he was just a kitten and has never known the streets or any kind of hardship.

Anyone who is that mean to a helpless animal is probably even meaner to people. No wonder why our world is so out of whack.
post #14 of 16
When a vet puts a cat to sleep don't they have to have a valid reason? other than a pooping problem? or am I just INCREDABLY niaive?
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm just grateful to have someplace to vent among people who have the committment, compassion and intelligence to recognize how sick and stupid others can be regarding their attitude and treatment of animals. That ignorance and lack of responsibility has been demonstrated in some recent threads that I've had to restrain myself from responding to out of concern of coming across as too angry or judgemental. Honestly, it's just beyond me how someone can fail to give their pet the proper care then just "get rid of it" when the animal exhibits behavior that could have been prevented with a little human responsibility. I know our lives and circumstances change but I know plenty of people who have moved with their pets (example - Katie and me from Belgium back home to Ohio) along with having children and animals in the house, safely and happily coexisting. I just can't accept either of these as a legitimate reason for giving up a pet!
post #16 of 16
I know our lives and circumstances change but I know plenty of people who have moved with their pets (example - Katie and me from Belgium back home to Ohio) along with having children and animals in the house, safely and happily coexisting. I just can't accept either of these as a legitimate reason for giving up a pet![/quote]

I agree. When you get a pet, it becomes part of your family. Otherwise you should not have got that pet in the first place. If you were moving, or if you child wet the bed you wouldnt give it up. I just can't get my head round some peoples actions. But I also can't think about it for too long as I actually get upset, and end up wanting to have a house filled top to bottom with other peoples unwanted pets
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