DEAR JOAN: A cat was left at the doorstep of a residence in a way-too-small carrier. Now, what to do with said cat?
No organization would take it in and the county shelters said they weren’t taking cats.
The cat was beautiful — black, mellow, loving and sweet, and wondered what in the world happened to his or her life. This cat would have been very adoptable.
Exactly what is a person supposed to do if none of the so-called rescue organizations — including the Pinole and Martinez shelters, where rescue groups would hopefully come rescue them — won’t even take the cat?
What is the solution? This is so very sad that there is no place to take an abandoned animal. Are there groups I don’t know about? What can we do? Any suggestions? This situation occurred in the San Pablo area.
Hoping you might be able to shed some light.
Judy Hall, Bay Area
DEAR JUDY: Well, that’s pretty horrible. I’m curious about what became of the cat, and I’m sure the many pet lovers who read this column would like to know, too.
There are many groups in the Bay Area that help pets find new homes, but they have limits. With stray cats or any wandering pet, they can’t just take in a cat on the presumption that it is abandoned. Let’s say you have a cat that accidentally gets outside and disappears. If a rescue group finds it and adopts it out, you don’t get your cat back.
That’s why these groups don’t accept stray animals from individuals. I’m speaking in generalities, of course. There also are rescue groups that trap feral cats, have them neutered and then return them where they were captured.
As for Contra Costa Animal Services, I spoke with public information officer Steve Burdo, who says the shelter does not impound …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle