Way to go Beverly....... I'd like to give her a few choice
words too!!!


On 09-07, LauraM wrote:

> If I didn't need my job, Beverly, if I only didn't need my
> job......the things I would say. When I win the lottery and start
> my old-cat rescue, I WILL open my mouth!
> --- On Tue, 9/7/10, POTT, BEVERLY <p...@mailbox.sc.edu> wrote:
> Laura, give me her contact information and I'll tell her what you
> couldn't. I have a vocabulary that would make a sailor blush!
> ________________________________
> From: LauraM [mailto:hingebacktorto...@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Sat 9/4/2010 8:05 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: [Felvtalk] No way to treat a friend
> OK, this doesn't have anything to do with FeLV, so I
> apologize.....but a few incidents happened at the shelter today
> that really made me angry, and really made me sick of the way
> animals are treated in our society - as disposable property, with
> no feelings, no thoughts, no value. An inconvenience, to be tossed
> aside when necessary. First, a woman called and said that there was
> a cat lying in her carport that must have been hit by a car. She
> said, "We're afraid she's going to die there, and she can't seem to
> move her back legs." Stray, injured cat....I called our animal
> control officer and she headed on out to pick the cat up. Turns
> out, it was the woman's cat, and not a stray, she even saw the cat
> get hit! - same old story, the owner doesn't want to deal with the
> problem, doesn't want a vet bill, so she calls the county to handle
> it, forgets about it and goes about her day. My officer told her,
> "This is your responsibility, not mine - you get that cat to a
> vet." Later on, the caller once again rang up animal control: "If I
> have a cat that's been hit by a car, can I bring her to you?" NO,
> lady, what don't you understand - this is your animal, she is your
> responsibility, TAKE HER TO THE VET. Then, later, the door opened
> and a? young woman came in with a cat in a crate. He has serious
> health problems; he's old and has some sort of issues with his
> teeth, he's in a lot of pain and needs steroid injections and some
> other stuff. I remember speaking with her two months ago about the
> cat, gave her some phone numbers of vets who might be willing to
> work with her on the cost of treatment. Anyway, she wanted to drop
> him off so we could euthanize him on Tuesday. I tried to get her to
> take the cat to her own vet, tried to get her to understand that it
> would be inhumane and cruel to leave him in a place with strangers,
> to sit in a cold metal cage, to die on a table and be tossed in a
> black trash bag and thrown into the dump like garbage. Naturally,
> she had no money - but if you're a good client, chances are your
> vet will euthanize for free or next to nothing; my vet has never
> charged me to euthanize an animal. And she had months to prepare
> for this, but she's moving in with her parents tomorrow and they're
> allergic, and of course, like the other person, she didn't want to
> deal with it. Finally she said to me, "I'm leaving. I don't like
> your attitude. Bitch." I wanted so badly to follow her out the
> door, slap her face & tell her what I thought of her, but I need my
> job. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but still, it appears
> that this attitude has become more and more prevalent. Those of you
> who work in shelters or who are involved with rescue know exactly
> what I'm talking about. Someone will always be there to pick up the
> pieces and clean up after your mistakes, so why even try to do the
> responsible thing? One resident surrendered 4 kittens last week and
> called today to ask if they'd been adopted. They had all gone out
> to a rescue. After hollering, "Praise Jesus! They're safe!" she
> asked me, "So, the next time I have kittens, should I call this
> rescue directly or do I have to go through you?" Aaaargh! Don't let
> them be born! Come here on euthanasia day and then ask yourself if
> you should be producing more kittens! Thanks for letting me vent.

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