Originally Posted by tina ritenour
Thanks everyone. I have already emailed some Siamese recues. I have also posted on several yahoo groups and sent emails to every rescue that has helped us before. We have our list of animals in two papers every week, sometimes three papers. We make up fliers and put them out. We use petfinder all the time. There are only three of us that work at the shelter. And two of us do animal control. And we have one volunteer that helps us. We go way out of our way to save as many animals as we can. But can only do so much. People need to spay and neuter. If people had to watch animals put down, they might be more caring and responsible. Thanks to all of you for caring.
Tina...I do appreciate all you do. I know it is a very tough job you have. Has there been any discussion of spaying/neutering the animals BEFORE placing them?? That would probably help as any of these cats/kittens couldn't accidentally become pregnant and you wouldn't have to conduct follow ups...plus you could adopt out of state. I know the rescue I volunteer with determined that even having spaying/neutering covered by the adoption fee did not stop from some cats being returned due to becoming pregnant. So we have been spaying/neutering every dog/cat/puppy and kitten before it goes to an adoptor. One less thing we have to follow up on and we know that none of our animals will accidentally become pregnant and add to the overpopulation. BTW....we pull from the Spottsylvania Animal Control pretty exclusively so we don't have any space at all.
I just checked and Spay VA doesn't have any low cost clinics listed for your county....I would certainly contact them about getting a low cost clinic in your area:http://www.spayva.org/index.html
Also...I would contact Alley Cat Allies about working on a partnership to TNR feral cat colonies:http://www.alleycat.org/
TNR does have a positive impact on shelter intakes.