Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kittehs. Going once, going twice ...


If you're local to K-W, these little buggers are at the point where they're ready to be out on their own. They're all on solid food and, if there are no takers in the next 48 to 72 hours, they'll be heading to the K-W Humane Society to be put up for adoption.


9 comments:

Cherniak_WTF said...

to be put up for adoption
That's shorter for likely terminated, right?

CC said...

Not at all. I'm quite convinced they'll all be adopted fairly quickly. But if anyone local wants to intervene and take any directly, that works for me.

Ti-Guy said...

That's shorter for likely terminated, right?

You're just a bundle of joy all the time, aren't you?

Cherniak_WTF said...

Oh Ti-Guy if you follow the shenanigans of either the Montreal or Toronto branch of the SPCA you'd understand...

Actually, the whole "rescue" shelters movement is rather pathetic once you start having experience with them...

I once adopted a cat, the gave me one that had "colitis"... I returned the animal after two weeks, the smell produced in the litter box was too much...
I already had one cat. The director had hoped that I would take care of this "odd" cat... Ironically, she herself seemed to keep all the more adoptable animals trying to pawn off the less desirable ones...


Then I started to look for a rescue dog. I live in a semi-rural area (plenty of secluded wooded walking trails and farmland) and a section of my yard is a high fenced in 13 000sq/feet area... Perfect for most dogs... I already had a Brittany Spaniel and spend 2 hours of more a day training/working with it. I work from home.... In other words perfect for most active dogs...

So I started to get my name out to some rescues... I had the impression that this was a popularity social club... "Do you want to help us raise money?" "Do you plan on making him a show dog?" (And having the rescue disappointed when I said, no just a dog that will be a family pet that would be well exercised), "We have a dog, he has medical problems", "We have an overweight 10 year old dog"...

Breeders are not much better - you place your name on a list and they will decide what dog you get...


In the end, after two years of this, I just bought a pet from a store. Could not have been happier, excellent pet. Now I can't wait for some do-gooder to chastise me about encouraging "breeding farms"...


So yeah, when it comes animals and "rescues", I'm not exactly a bundle of joy...

Sparky said...

On the flip side for CWTF...
a few years back my wife and I were hmming and hawing on getting a dog. one day whilst meandering through a mall, we happened upon a petstore and found a cute little multi-poo.
So we put down the grand for purchase, and took him home.
3 days later (at 2 a.m. on a Sunday no less) we're at the emergency vet in downtown Hamilton 'case our little pooch is sick.
After a day at the vet we get the news--turns out that our cute little 'Friday' (Yeah, wow--named after the day we bought him on...) had no less than 6 different worms/bugs AND parvo and wasn't expected to live through the night.
We called the store Monday and they were all 'we're so sorry--if you bring him back, we'll just refund teh money'
'Are you going to take care of him??'
'what's that matter to you--you'll get your money back--just the purchase price--not the vet/medicine costs you've already incurred...'
Nice.
So my wife and I did what we could and here we are, two years later with Friday--he made it.
That first 2 weeks of owning him cost 2500 dollars but, eh, whatever
Turns out that this store owner had two previous shut down stores due to negligence and he was allowed to open anew (with a new store name, of course...)

Ti-Guy said...

Oh Ti-Guy if you follow the shenanigans of either the Montreal or Toronto branch of the SPCA you'd understand...

As someone who's had to take his share of pets over his lifetime to be euthanised, I do understand. After the last time, I decided I just couldn't handle the heartbreak anymore and stopped getting pets altogether. I can't even bear having fish die. However, two friends of mine have cats they got from shelters...one is over ten years old now and is what I think of as "the world's greatest cat" (not particularly cuddly, but not mean, can put up with absolutely anything, including car rides, during which it she goes to sleep and whose shit doesn't smell...literally) and the other has two cats going on three years old who are just adorable.

theo said...

Okay, first off, I’m a little surprised that CC’s cat got pregnant. I know he’s a long-time cat lover (as am I) and I would’ve thought mom would’ve been spayed. However, sometimes we just need kittens in our life. I know I could use the rambunctiousness of kittenhood as a balance to the shit that Harper the Hapless Traitor has dumped on our nation.

Four years ago I lost my cat, Spot and just under two years ago I lost my dog, Nika. I had to put both of them down due to terminal illness and I still cry when I remember the situations. I got two cats a month later from the Humane Society. I hope I live long enough to cry for these two beauties but there are no guarantees. An animal friend is just a beautiful part of life. I can live with that sorrow of loss because their living with me is so wonderful.

You could just become the Linux cat guy, CC. :)

Renee said...

Hey, the Ontario vet's assn doesn't allow vets to cut their rates for charity spay/neuter clinics - we discovered after having adopted a male and a female homeless kitten from a litter belonging to an irresponsible owner that it would cost us over $450 to get them fixed, not including shots (went to a place in the country for a discount - $310. Still, you know, that's all my disposable income for the month.) It was an unexpected blow to the pocketbook, that's for sure. It was worth it - no incest-kittens for us! - but maaaan. I know pets aren't a fundamental human right or anything, but if the people who were responsible for our kittens' mum had had a way to spay cheaply, maybe the kittens wouldn't have needed homes.

Not that that's what happened here - these were badly neglected kittens (so was mum) who are now healthy and happy (and fixed!) But I just don't understand the rationale of local organizations - they'll pay to euthanize, and pay to maintain overcrowded shelters, but not to subsidize surgeries.

/rant

CC said...

Not my cat, Theo ... I'm just housesitting them while the person who adopted the mom is away for the holidays. But it's time for them to start finding good homes.