I got a phone call today from a well known pet food store chain with the offer of (expired) dry cat food donations, approximately 4-5 bags. I was pretty excited until I heard what else was said. This person had a "rescue cat" that wasn't fitting in with their other two cats. The rescue they normally work with is full so that is why I was getting the call.
So the donation of the four bags of expired cat food are only if I take in a cat these people no longer want. This cat has a home, food, water, and other many great bonuses having a home offers but I'm to take in this cat over a stray cat on my waiting list that has no food, no shelter, is fighting the elements, wild animals, cars, and parasites that infect their intestines. I'm sorry. I don't need your expired food. Not only are you bitterly taking food away from the rescue you normally give this food to, you are giving up on a cat that has no voice. I feel sad for this cat, but he has a home. If you don't want to work with him, you need to work for him, not try to bribe or "make a deal" over his care. He's only worth 4 bags of expired cat food to you? Wow.
Sorry for the negative blog. I do my best to stay positive and ask the same of my followers. Perhaps it's because my mom lost her Angel this week at such a young age. Perhaps it's because I'm still worried about Mookie's mama and her two siblings who haven't been seen since Sunday morning. Mama hasn't been around since Wednesday morning. Perhaps it's because of Skye. So disheveled, tiny, and innocent. They are all innocent and all of them were thrown away. I'm saddened by society today where cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rats, ferrets, and all other types of pets are viewed as disposable and unworthy. Well, they are valuable and unless people are educated about this, nothing will ever change.
How I wish I was the type of person that gave out pertinent details like name, phone number, and the location and chain of your store. You would lose business very fast. I just hope you are reading this and that you give those 4 bags of expired cat food to the rescue you "usually work with" despite your bitterness over them not taking in your cat and instead are rescuing cats and kittens off the street that don't have homes. Stop trying to take the easy route out and make an effort for your cat(s). They are all worth far more than 4 bags of expired cat food.
Please take your "donation" elsewhere. I have homeless cats to save.
An open letter to Ren's Pet Depot
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today I went in to purchase a $40 bag of Royal Canin "Special" for my rescue cats with sensitive stomachs. I have come in many times over the past year to purchase food and various other items. About a month ago, I finally got around to setting up a "breeder" account. I can live with the name "breeder" so long as I can get a discount on the food and many items I need for my RESCUES.
When the cashier typed in my number, my account was no longer there, after only having had a little bit of the benefit the "breeders" get. I was told it's a new system and that once again I'll need to contact head office about my "breeder" account. Needless to say, I left empty handed.
I ask you this: How many "breeders" spend over $2000 in one year on their purebred cats and kittens that they receive copious amount of money for when adopted out? How many "breeders" take back their purebred pets if they are no longer wanted, because the owner is moving, or has a child? How many "breeders" actually stay in contact with their adopters to answer questions, help them them with behavioural issues, or heaven forbid, refund the adopter's money if the "purebred" is sick or has a congenital defect?
I can assure you, these "breeders" are far less worthy of a discount than RESCUES. Why is it your company is promoting breeding when there is an overwhelming overpopulation of homeless pets in our cities today? Are you not aware how many PUREBRED pets show up at local Animal Controls? Does this not weigh on your conscience? I imagine not. Is it that you think "breeders" will spend more money at your store? You couldn't be more wrong if it is. I would imagine a reputable breeder wouldn't have more than 3-4 female cats with two litters a year. For arguments sake, let's say 4 females with 2 litters of 5 each in one year. That's 40 kittens plus their 4 females and maybe 1-2 males depending on whether they outsource a stud or not. So hypothetically, they are feeding around 46 cats and kittens in one year. Let's not even get into money made vs. money spent.
Well, here I am, a small, independent, non-profit rescue who is now sitting at having pulled 93 cats and kittens off the street in 10 months. Cats and kittens that people threw away, cats and kittens that were left alone to die, cats and kittens that were subjected to abuse. Those are my "breeders".
So, with everything that I've said here, would you please let me know WHY I have to find the time to contact you yet again to be lumped in with those who contribute to the pet overpopulation, not those who are actually trying to CONTROL it?
And here's some more salt on this festering wound... That $2000 I've spent at your store the past year? It's no longer even associated with my name! Now that's what I call convenient!
I think it's time I took my business elsewhere.
Owner/Operator of Every Life Matters (ELM) Cat Rescue
I've been fortunate to have had a couple occasions where I was able to rescue cats marked for euthanasia by the city's Animal Control.
Yesterday I got one of those such calls. To be honest, they are the calls that I hate the most. Knowing that I may be the last hope of keeping these cats alive is truly a heavy weight on my shoulders.
Two cats whose owner had just passed away were brought in for euthanasia. The reasons differ from biting to hiding to not eating to being sick. From my understanding, a vet was not even consulted when they were brought in, "dumped" on the Animal Control Officer, and instructed to euthanize. These two beautiful cats are traumatized, perhaps even more than the family members themselves. Losing a loved one is heart wrenching, I know, I lost my father to cancer 10 years ago; but never would I have even considered to euthanizing his beloved pet(s) after he passed away. Never.
What some people don't realize is that animals mourn too. They can get depressed. They too can "die of a broken heart". Animals do feel pain. Physically, emotionally, and mentally. The problem here is that they are simply viewed as a possession, a thing. Well, they aren't. I often find pets are more intuitive, sensitive, and compassionate than humans. Plus, they love unconditionally and forgive without hesitation. Are "things" able do that? No, they aren't.
Pets share a very close bond with their partners in life. Imagine losing the one person you loved, trusted, and relied on; only to suddenly find yourself being hated by the very family that had been entrusted to care for you. You'd be traumatized at the very least.
When you adopt a new cat or kitten from a rescue, it's often advised to isolate the rescue for 1-2 weeks before introducing them to the household. This helps to reduce the amount of stress on the feline and reduce any behavioral problems that may occur due to the trauma and stress the feline may be living with at that time. These two cats were given three days before being dumped at Animal Control. They are both 7 years young, declawed, and in perfect health. The family member would have paid a surrender fee ($188 each for this particular Animal Control) for both of them and likely more to euthanize. Well over $400 if we throw taxes on that.
Why? Yes, they are hurting inside. Will killing the late family member's two cats take away the sadness? Will it give them some kind of satisfaction? Do they feel it will give them some control in their life? They can't cry financial hardship due to the fact that they just shelled out over $400 to kill them, and add in the cost of also euthanizing the late owner's dog. Was the dog sick too? Was the dog hiding? Was the dog refusing to eat? Did the dog bite them? Whatever the reason(s), I'm certain it doesn't justify killing three innocent animals.
I just don't understand the absolute hatred and selfishness in their actions. I would certainly understand them being surrendered as they *could* be a financial burden, there may be allergies, or even lack of space. I understand when all of a sudden, a family member might feel overwhelmed facing the care of three animals they weren't equipped to care for. It may seem daunting or just too much in their time of grief. But please, don't feel the need to euthanize these poor animals. It's just not necessary. Ask a friend for help in making the right decision, or surrender as you had done but without requesting them to be euthanized. How will that help mourn the loss of your loved one knowing you killed their companions without a justifiable reason.
In the hopes that this is actually read by a couple people, my point is simple; if you have pets, please talk to a loved one about their care should anything happen to you. Your age doesn't matter, things happen, and your companions deserve the proper care in your absence. Please ensure your pets will be looked after and not traumatized even more by being sent to die alone, without caring hands or love surrounding them.
As I was about to publish this, I got word that these two cats will be spared with special thanks going out to several people who stepped up and stood up for these animals that had no voice. Thank you to these angels who cared enough to make a difference and saved two lives this Thanksgiving weekend. For that, I am truly thankful.
A mom of 3 that loves Jesus Christ, my children, cats, and of course, all that God created. Thank you for checking us out here at ELM!