What’s Left?Jun 6th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Opinion
I was calculating the amount of “free” time I have the other day - and it seems to be none. I know it is my own fault by filling my life up to my ear lobes or higher with cats - but the work is never done. You never have enough time, money or energy to do what you have to do - need to do - want to do. But, as most of you know - I do love cats. But, really, I feel that I am at that point in my life that I need to start shaving back some of my chores so that I have more time with family, friends - and just to relax. I don’t know how to do that when people continuously drop cats, kittens, etc. off at my house and office. They are desperate as to what to do and I understand that. The only thing you can do around here is to have those cats put to sleep. It’s sad and it’s just painful for me. My life is tailored around trying to save as many cats as I can but right now the whole city is teeming with cats and many of them are pregnant. Just the cats I have taken in have kept the city from having literally thousands of cats - but now that I am not taking in anymore - they will just be out there in the city multiplying. Soon - very soon - the city will be overrun with cats. We kind of are right now.
There are good spawn/neuter/release programs around but we don’t have one here right now. Someone - younger than me - needs to step up and try to do that. There are funds available, I believe, through certain agencies. I just feel sorry for the homeless cats who roam the streets looking for food and some are sick. I picked up a sick - nearly dead - kitten last week. It’s mother had abandoned it for some reason and it was literally dying from fleas. After one week of antibiotics, a bath and flea combing - it is now doing great. I am looking for a home for it. It’s name is Tigger and it is a little brown tabby. It’s very cute and for a feral cat - it is very affectionate but afraid of almost everything - which is understandable.
Anyway - I’m just venting my frustration and telling you how my life is while living in a town that does not have a cat shelter. We don’t have the possibility of converting the dog shelter that we have right now for cats. They would all have heart attacks. But, maybe one day we can add on to the shelter with a few rooms for cats. If you have room for a cat at your house, please consider adopting one - as there are so many in shelters that eventually have to be put down. It is a sad situation. Also - the same is true of dogs. If you want to add a dog to your family - please check with our shelter. We have several nice dogs that would make great additions to your family.
If I ever win the lottery - we will have a great cat shelter here in Beebe.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week!