Originally Posted by Renny
THe director of our rescue has some farmers that will give her 3 or 4 litters a year but absolutely refuses to let her get his barn cats spayed and neutered (no charge!!!). Says they aren't as good of mousers if they're fixed. ARGH!!! So every year it's 15 or 20 kittens (or more) from just him every year that he expects us to vaccinate and get adopted.
What a load of bull hooey!!
I have my 8 "barn" cats(fixed). They all hunt mice, catch them, & kill them! Of course, they don't eat them, mice are too gross to eat...they would much rather leave them on the front step for me to step on so I scream...
No matter how many you save, there will always be the moron who throws a kitten out of a moving vehicle, or whatever other sick thing people can come up with. If only they realized how many cats & kittens who are sweet, healthy, and cute get euthanized unwanted & unloved.
I know farmers like that & I made one of them go in & watch a cat of theirs be euthanized. The cat had been hit by a car & sat for days somewhere. Within a week all 15 cats of their were altered. I told them that is what happens to all those unwanted cats of theirs....and the ones in the shelter. He is now a big "adopt a farm cat" advocate for our shelter.
Katie, the method you described is what our shelter wants to do, but there are currently 3 cat foster homes including me...2 of which are full with pregnant mommas & their babies. We adopt out unaltered kittens/cats, & give out a spay/neuter certificate for a discounted altering. We keep track & if the pet isn't altered within a certain time period, we reclaim the animal. We cannot find a vet to fix younger than 5-6 months, either.