Dec 11, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Examiner.com
This time of year tends to be a big cat adoption time, and local shelters and organizations are full of adorable cats and kittens.
This article references shelters and rescue groups being full of cats and kittens of all ages. If you consider a kitten to be a cat under the age of a year, then yes; this is true.
If your definition of a kitten is one that is under 3 months old that still looks like a little ball of fuzz instead of an adult cat, then please know that there will be more people looking for young kittens for the holidays than there will be available young kittens. The deluge of available kittens will come again in April through October with very few available in the coldest months due to the reproductive cycles in cats.
Yes, I agree that groups vary in their definitions of what is best for cats and people. I am not surprised that a no kill rescue group would insist that people take two cats because they are accutely aware of how many requests for no kill foster care that they must turn away. When the no kill groups turn them away or place them on waiting lists that are months long, people turn to shelters that will euthanize cats when cages and rescue groups are full. This is very hard for those rescuers to cope with and they get creative on how they can try to save more.
Additionally, many rescue groups operate with foster parents acting as counselors. They get very attached to their charges and can be hyper-diligent about what they want in a new home as a result of their emotional attachment to the animal.
Most shelters will allow declawing, some no kill rescuers will black list you in the network of no kill groups for even asking about declaw.
If you want to gift a pet for the holidays, make sure it is not a total surprise to the caretaker. Some people have sound reasons for not owning a pet and you really need to plan financially and schedule-wise for the next 10-15 years of your life when you take on cat ownership. People contribute to the over-population and euthanasia of cats when they respond to the demands of ownership by allowing an unaltered cat to roam when its care inside became too much and "opps, it just wandered off."
Shelters, even "kill" shelters, tend to place more animals because there are so many hours a week to see and meet with the animals and full-time employees dedicated to doing adoption. Rescue groups do their best with a small number of cages in pet stores and their volunteer-run adoption events. Adopting is by appointment only with everone working around their work and other schedules.
Whether you adopt from a shelter or a no kill rescue group, you are making a space for another homeless animal that will definitely fill that spot.
Since: Jul 10
I used to volunteer for a no kill shelter in the area; I was one of the people that screened applicants and completed adoptions. The only cats they insisted must go in a pair were 1) if two particular cats were bonded and could not be separated or 2) if the kitten was under 12 weeks old.
The tiny little ones need a lot of socialization. Cats are still kittens through a year old, consider adopting a kitten that isn't so fresh from the womb if you want one!
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