Please Do Not Abandon Unwanted Pets in the Country
When my wife and I returned home one day at the end of a long weekend we found three kittens in our barn, as all our cats are fixed we knew they did not come from them and must have been abandoned.
- Country Life
- Finding Abandoned Kittens
- My Wife's Angry Letter to the Local Newspaper
- What Should You Do with Unwanted Pets
My wife and I live on a small hobby farm along a road that goes to a park. Every weekend, and especially on the long weekends many campers take that road to enjoy their holiday.
We moved here with our own cat and accepted that the old owner was leaving their cat behind. But it was not long before other cats showed up and we now have six, all of which are fixed becasue we do not want to add to the cat population.
Sadly many people seem to think that the country is a perfect place to dump their unwanted pet. They are ignorant to the fact that farmers do not want more pets.
Finding Abandoned Kittens
Most farmers already have a farm dog, or two, and most also have farm cats. If an animal is abandoned on a farm, the farm dog will either attack it, chase it off, or who knows what. Lucky for these kittens we do not have a farm dog. Farm cats are not welcoming if new kitties either - if you ask our original cat she is quite sick of having her home invaded.
In our case we came home to find the three kittens in the barn. We have no idea how many kittens were dumped, or when, most of our cats would have been indoors while we were away, or else they would have put the run on these kittens right from the start.
We brought the kittens in and put them in a cage so they would be safe from our cat who is intent on "removing them". They were quite freaked out, one was really hissing, and now, after three days, they are finally friendly, but we do not want them.
As I said, these kittens were lucky, many abandoned animals are not so lucky, shot by farmers, drowned, killed by wildlife, starved to death, or who knows what. Abandoned dogs have been known to run for miles trying to catch up to their owners vehicle.
My Wife's Angry Letter to the Local Newspaper
My activist wife wrote a letter to the local newspaper, Letters to the Editor, here is what she wrote:
"Just after the long weekend I found that somebody had dumped a litter of kittens on my rural property. I have no idea how many kittens were dumped, some may have been killed, or died, before I found them. All I know is that I don't want them.
Farmers do not want your unwanted pets. If the farm dog doesn't kill them the farm cats might (all my cats are fixed but none are too happy about kittens being here), and if that is no good the farmer will kill them himself – often by shooting or drowning, but some farmers have been known to place them in bags and throw them onto the road.
I know it was a city person that dumped them on the long weekend, a farmer would have taken care of the problem themselves. The biggest issue is that as a rural person the county of xxx refuses to take them in, but a person living in Wetaskiwin could have surrendered them where at least they would have had a shot at finding a new home. Instead I am left with tiny kittens and nowhere local that will take them.
It is bad enough that a person allowed their cat to breed, knowing that more kittens are born every year than there are homes for, but what is really bad is that the same person then abandoned their responsibility to some total stranger, who may, or may not, like cats.
In closing I would like to refer to the person who did this as the scum of the earth, and offer no thanks to the county of xxx for allowing provision for rural people are are dumped with the problem of dealing with city people's recklessly abandoned pets."
*You should note the name of where we live is not triple x, I just used that to cover our location beause this story could be from anywhere really.
What Should You Do with Unwanted Pets
If you have an unwanted pet is is your responsiblity to deal with it, either finding it a new home, taking it to your local shelter, SPCA, or humane society, or having a veterinarian euthanize it humanely.
My wife managed to find a shelter over 1 hour away that will take the kittens but their is no guarantee they will find homes, after all, more kittens are produced every year than will find homes.