Saturday, December 27, 2008

Turning Off the Faucets (Reply)

(Picture Left: "Daisy" -- Still languising in boarding after almost two months)

Lisa D Writes: As to loving and caring for animals, some people just don't get it. I have been wanting to foster a cat or two of late, but my husband wants no more pets under our roof. We have 3 ACC cats and a rescue dog. The dog still doesn't completely get housetraining (she's a puppy mill rescue). The cats sometimes claw the furniture. You know the drill. Who cares? Our furniture isn't perfect. The hallway smells a little. What joy these animals give me, and our children! Sometimes I would like to give him up for adoption.

Reply: Thank you for your supportive comment and a chuckle, particularly to your last sentence. ;)

But, we are certainly not seeking to create strife in anyone's marriage. The plea for fosters in our last newsletter was specifically directed towards those people who either might not have any pets right now or only have one cat.

It sounds like you have done more than your part in rescuing several homeless pets and I applaud you for that.

There are other ways people can help animals although fosters and adoption are clearly the most direct ways. Volunteering to walk dogs in boarding, for example. Or, helping rescue organizations find fosters or adopters for animals already rescued and waiting for placement.

For those with particular talents in writing, photography or press connections, there are ways to help bring these issues more to the public.

For those not suffering from the poor economy, donations are always welcomed and needed to pay boarding and vet bills, as well as supply animals with food, bedding, leashes and other items.

But, yes, the greatest need of all is for those who can foster a homeless cat or dog.

Unfortunately, such people seem harder to find right now than diamonds in a mud pile.

We are presently down to three regular fosters, one of whom is away until mid January. -- This, at a time when our email boxes are filled with dozens of Alerts and pleas every day (mostly from the city shelter) for animal rescue help.

Our newsletter, as you know begged for fosters throughout its four pages. But, at least to this point, no one has called.

Perhaps its too soon yet as the newsletter only went out earlier in the week.

Still, I am not too hopeful.

The newsletter goes out to mostly past adopters. Since most already (like you) have animals, they are likely not in position to take more.

As said, many times throughout this journal, rescue is ultimately NOT the solution to the pet overpopulation, failures to neuter and abandonment problems.

We have to find ways to turn off the faucets. -- PCA