|Me and niece Amy - oh so long ago.... those kneecaps aren't working so well these days!|
Lately, in the past year, I've been getting phone calls from strangers begging for help for their cats, or the cats they are seeing around their house, or the guy in Arizona who reached out to me because his elderly mother has now moved from the city but she goes back to feed the pregnant cats near Lyell Avenue as she had been feeding when she lived there in the soon to be sold house, or yesterday, the guy my tax attorney asked for help with who inherited his aunt's cat that has been peeing all over the house, who called me to say he has tried everything, and now needs to get rid of this cat, or even today, I received a message from someone's son advising that his mom is in hospice and she knew how much I cared for cats and was hoping I could adopt her two. She wanted them to stay together. Or at the very least, he wanted me to point him in the right direction. What do I say to this? I am NOT a rescue group, we don't have enough rescue groups in this city, we don't have enough resources to help all those that need our help, and I don't have help, period. I juggle a full time job, a house, relationships, my own cats, trying to make ends meet, worry constantly about job stability and if I can make the next car payment, and then I have people calling me, begging for my help.
But I don't just ignore these people, I TRY to point them in the right direction, give them advice, find them advice through social media, physically help them if I can. Look at the new 'friend' in my life, Gael, who got my number from someone, to help her with the cats she had on her porch, and who calls me four times a day because she is the loneliest person I know - that was a year ago. With the help of a girl, we managed to get four cats from there, spayed and neutered.
My heart breaks every time someone tells me something about an animal in need. I can't take it. I don't know what to say now to this man whose mother is in hospice. I never met the woman, but she has read my blog, sends me occasional emails, and is obviously a kind and good woman. I don't have the answers!
Sorry, I guess I am venting here, but I need to do it. I can't save the world, but I can save one animal at a time.
The life of an abandoned cat can be a very sad, lonely and dangerous one. These cats are not only scared and hungry but are also at risk of being tortured, poisoned, hit by cars, or even shot. Remember, not all cats are 'strays'. House cats accidentally get out of their homes and are searching for their homes. They are well groomed and may have a collar. Many people post their lost cats on Craigslist. Please help us keep the feral cat population down by spaying/neutering your cat.