More than you could possibly want to know about an animal rescue group.
We are a "no kill" organization, which means we do not euthanize adoptable animals, we work to find them homes.
We can only take in as many as we have room for at any one time.
We always, and I do mean always, make room for bottle-fed kittens, which are my main duty.
Yes, if we are full, we turn people down. They then probably take the animals to the "pound," called Animal Control here, where they might be euthanized. Sometimes I'm sure they abandon the animals, and that is terrible.
It is the unfortunate reality that we can only do so much. Some people criticize the "no kill" model, because they claim we are living in a dream world, refusing to take more animals than we can handle. We also offer low cost spay/neuter, we do trap/neuter/release with feral colonies, and we are trying to work with all of the animal rescues in the area to make the whole metro area a no kill zone. We want there to be no unwanted animals.
Crazy? Yes. Doable? We will see, and we will keep working toward it.
Meanwhile, we make sure every cat that we do have, or get, that is adoptable, gets its photo on petfinders, and is either at adoption days, or in the adoption center for at the pet store, or gets exposure at adoption events at the shelter.
No animal is left in a cage for any longer than absolutely necessary. The adoption center at the pet store has a one week limit that we impose on ourselves. We work to get well animals into colony rooms at the shelter, or into a foster home, as quickly as we can. They stay in cages only when they are sick if we have any way to move them out.
Every one has been adopted, sooner or later. We have found homes for elderly cats that had to be given up by their even more elderly owners who died or went into nursing facilities. We have found homes for blind, maimed, and special needs cats.
It is our wish and our work to try to get a home for every animal we can, and work on the other end of it to get people to spay/neuter their pets, so we can someday put us out of business.
Yes, I know it won't every happen, but we can dream.
Meanwhile, if you want a new cat or kitten, rescue one. It is a gift to the animal and to yourself.
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