My dog comes into play because she doesn't like cats she would rather chase them than let them do their thing. If it were a kitten she would nuzzle up to it, but for some reason when they grow up she does not like them anymore. So to prevent them having to hide or get out the door because she chased them into a frenzy, I wait till she is outside for a couple hours before I let them out. As I said before the one I have now does not wish to come out of the cage, everytime I go to take her out she goes back into her box and stays there, matter of fact I just had to coax her out and she wants back in she does not want to be out, she is going to the cage and standing there an meowing and standing up on the stand to get back in there, so I dont know if she is getting ready to deliver or what. have you ever actually watched an animal be put to sleep, I have I had to go with my dog on 2/5/02 and see him put to sleep cause he got hit by a truck and don't tell me they aren't traumatized, he looked up at me as they were putting that needle in him and it was the most awful thing, it was like he knew what was going on and pleading with me with those eyes to help him, it hurt me terrible to see this. I started to cry because that is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. When my cat died, I wasn't there they did it after calling me and telling me that they had to do it for him, cause he was suffering. I don't wish suffering on anyone and I have been to no kill shelters I am an outreach for one of them. I take in cats in crisis, pregnant or stray or the ones that need to be taken care of till they get better. I also help with spay/neuter/shots through a fund I set up for that purpose. So what if it takes 6 months to a year or longer for a cat to find a home through a no kill shelter that is why there are fosters and outreaches in my area so that they will have a home in the event it does take a little longer than others. Also at the shelter I am affiliated they have an isolation room for sick cats, and a regular room for them to continuously run around in they are not cooped up in cages, they each have their own cage for sleeping but they are allowed to roam freely. They also have a pregnancy room and a nursing mother room and in all of these they are allowed to roam and each goes back to its own kittens to care for them. I also am aware that there are others out there who need a home and will hopefully through awareness develop other fosters into the plan.
As far as the shelters not taking good care of the animals the one I deal with has vets there twice a week and does spay/neuter/shots twice a week and all that there are trained staff there all the time, when the animals are sick or injured they call the vet in. The incidence of sickness does happen, but it is taken care of immediately, just like when you are sick you usually take care of it. As far as a cat having feelings, you said that why should they have to endure the possibility of being put to sleep. My question is why should they have to endure anything, when they could be off the street in a shelter or foster or outreach like mine or someone elses. Yes there are instances when they should be put down, but not just because they need room in the shelters, that just isn't right. In extreme cases of injury or illness that I can see, but not just because there isn't room, so they can make room for more. Give me a break that is defeating the whole purpose of adoptions and helping the animals, that isn't helping them that is needlessly killing them off.