Monday, November 24, 2014
Twice now, I've been called by animal control stating they had "one of my cats." After comparing notes, I realized these were two of my ferals. I've learned that if someone doesn't want a "stray" cat in their yard, they can catch them themselves or call an animal control officer to pick them up. Our animal control agency only holds feral cats for three days. After that time is up, they are killed. It isn't until right before they go to euthanize that they scan the cat for a chip...it's the law, I guess. It was in those moments, chips were found and I was called.
This has been so interesting to me. I guess I can't blame people for not wanting cats roaming in their yards but what I do get upset about is what happens to the cat when they're at animal control, a facility run by our tax dollars.
A "feral" cat has only three days to "survive" at animal control. After that time, they are killed. Many of these cats are not wild. They may have just been abandoned, lost, or dumped on the street.
When I get the call that one of "my" cats is at their facility and needs to be picked up, I get a list of fees that I have incurred. Since animal control doesn't scan the cat right until time of euthanasia, they've already been there for three days...that's three days of boarding charges for me. Then, I have to pay their impound fee. Then, if I can't find the rabies vaccination paperwork (a lot of backtracking since there are many trappers and many vets), I have to pay the rabies fee.
So, I've not only paid probably around $100 to have said cat spayed/neutered/vaccinated to reduce the homeless population (& save the community money and hassle), I have to pay all of these extra charges once a cat winds up at animal control. On top of that, I have to find a volunteer to go pick up the cat and re-release him/her back to original community from which it is probably banned.
No good deed goes unpunished says my dear friend. So, now what should I do with the next cat I capture and alter? Continue to chip? Throw caution to the wind?
Knowing me...I'll probably will receive more animal control calls down the road :)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ranchers who basically own the US government want the federal land for their cattle. Again, I repeat, wild horses are being rounded up, killed and/or imprisoned for the rest of their lives for America's love of cows' flesh. This is just one terrible side effect of eating animals. The ripple effect of your next bite of animal flesh is so far-reaching. One can't even comprehend how destructive their eating habits are. Put the bun, knives and steak sauce down. Think how your actions are destroying others around you. There's a cow and a wild horse who will thank you.
Monday, December 03, 2012
The list: Newspapers, any type of linens, sheets, towels, blankets, dishwashing detergent - they use Dawn because can use on the animals - kills fleas and removes grease from their coats, but any kind (buy one get one) really appreciated. Stage 1 baby foods, meats and peas and carrots (for bunnies especially when sick after surgery). Canned cat foods, Friskies, Fancy Feast, tuna and ocean white fish flavors. They feed Iams but pickier kitties need more of a "junk food" to get 'em started eating sometimes.
PBCACC Main Facility
7100 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, 33411
(west of Florida Turnpike)
M-F 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on major holidays
Main Phone: (561) 233-1200
Thanks so much!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Trust me, it's much better for your cats to adjust to changes in your home rather than in a shelter. Most shelters/sanctuaries are overflowing with homeless cats. They're underfunded, under-staffed and packed. No cat should be in there.
Here are some links to pages with more information on living with cat allergies: http://www.catster.com/kittens/Allergic-to-Cats-How-to-Keep-Your-Cat-and-Your-Health-144 and http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/allergies_pets.html.
Take the necessary steps to keep your pets in your family. Pets are a lifetime commitment. Be a part of the solution -- not the problem.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Friday, December 16, 2011
To Whom it May Concern:
I have a 7 year old Calico Siamese cat who needs a new home. She is extremely friendly and talkative and is the perfect lap cat. Unfortunately I'm unable to keep her anymore because my mom is very allergic and I have to move back in with her. I'm seeking information about getting her adopted and what your facility may be able to do to help this process
If you could provide me with as much information as you can about how you might be able to help me, I would really appreciate it. I'm extremely disheartened that I can't keep her anymore, but I know in the right home she will be very happy.
Thank you very much and I look forward to speaking with you soon.
J L. J