that is my problem, rural area about 2hrs drive from St. Louis, with no no kill 
sanctuary.  i don't know about your area, but around here, a bullet is cheaper 
and easier than dealing with the animal is the general opinion.  they all think 
i am nuts for taking in stray cats and dogs.  ly take them in, but bring them 
in my house and take them to the vet and spend all that money!  dorlis
---- Sharyl <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
> Tamara, good advise.  I'd love to volunteer at an organization that provides 
> a final home for cats.  My problem is I live in a rural area in VA with no 
> sanctuaries within 100 miles.  The local SPCA is pretty worthless when it 
> comes to cats.
> Sharyl
> --- On Fri, 10/31/08, tamara stickler <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> From: tamara stickler <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Seeking homes for cats after death
> To:
> Date: Friday, October 31, 2008, 1:29 PM
> Just a word of advice, watch where you wind up leaving your cats.  If it is to
> be to an organization, I would suggest you become active volunteers of the
> organization NOW and keep up a face to face envolvement throughout the rest of
> your life!
>   By volunteering I have gathered intimate knowledge of an organization that I
> once thought was wonderful...and grew to knew it to be a place were I
> wouldn't leave a bug, much less a loved one, but you'd NEVER know it to
> visit or to read the newsletter.  
>   The more I volunteered at different organizations the more I have become
> convinced that as I go through life, I (and I'm only speaking of myself
> here, not passing judgement on anyone else or meaning to preach) have to be
> certain to only take in as many animals at a time as I have friends and
> relatives to take care of them should something happen to me.  Even then, 
> there
> is no guarantee.
>   But if you are active, involved physcially NOT just financially, you will
> make contacts with others who have the same interests and concern as you do. 
> Then, even should the organization take a turn for the worse, you still have
> personal contacts who may take a personal interest in your cats and do
> everything in their power to make certain they get a fair shake...even if the
> organization is full and can't take any more animals at the time you need
> them to.
>   Remember, being physcially involved can be a low stress as you need it to
> be....from just visiting every week or so, to perhaps groom or play with the
> cats being sheltered to answering phones to working the occasional weekend
> adoption events.
>   Tamara
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