Please Do Not Abandon Unwanted Pets in the Country

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 26th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/y0c326gf/
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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

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.

Links

How to Get Rid of an Unwanted Cat

How to Get Rid of an Unwanted Dog

Kitten Rescue, Two of my Current Cats

Dogs Will Have Happy Homes

Have a Heart, Adopt a Senior Pet

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Abandon, Animals, Cat, Country, Dog, Dogs, Farm, Kittens, Pet, Pets, Puppies, Pups, Rural, Unwanted

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Carol
27th May 2011 (#)

This is a hearbreaking read Mark, but all too true. Our cat, who lived for 21 years was born in a barn, and would have been drowned if we hadn't saved her. I have seen dogs running along the side of the road, right out in the country, and it's heartbreaking, because you know they have been dumped. Your article is great to highilght the irresponsiblity of some people, not it's worse that that, the cruel and callous way they dispose of their animal as if it were a piece of rubbish! Thank you for highighting this.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
27th May 2011 (#)

It's quite unfortunate that so many people just don't know what to do when confronted with unwanted--often unexpected--animals.

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author avatar Jlyn11
27th May 2011 (#)

That is sad. I hope the kittens will find a good home.

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author avatar Jlyn11
27th May 2011 (#)

Pity I am not from there. My son would love a kitty. He's been asking me to get him one. :)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th May 2011 (#)

Great article,it is hard to fathom that people think so little of an animals life and well being...

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author avatar J A Ridley
27th May 2011 (#)

This problem has grown since so many Americans have been scammed out of their homes by greedy bankers. Hard to have pets when you are homeless. Still folks should utilize local pet shelters.

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author avatar Songbird B
27th May 2011 (#)

Thanks for highlighting the plight of abandoned pets, Mark, I hope that those kittens do find good homes. Bless you for at least giving them a chance of life. How people can do this to animals is still beyond me. Are they really no more than just another disposable? What a throw away heartless society we now seem to be living in...

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
27th May 2011 (#)

This story is very sad. We live in the country too and see many starving, feral cats. I can't figure out why people don't just have their animals fixed. It would alleviate so much senseless suffering..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
29th May 2011 (#)

My wife and I have six now, so we cannot keep them, our original cat is quite mad. My wife will take them to the Edmonton SPCA soon, and give a donation to go to their care, and the care of all pets of course.

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author avatar richardpeeej
29th May 2011 (#)

It is good that you care for animals in this way. We haven't any cats or dogs here but we have two rabbits belonging to our daughter. I would never harm any animal, or even think of abandoning any. Thanks for highlighting the plight of some animals.

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author avatar Greenfaol
30th May 2011 (#)

Mark, I am 100% in agreement with you and your wife on this. There are far too many people who get pets and either don't know or don't care about doing the right thing. Then when kittens/pups come along they either drown or abandond them. As your wife said, they are scum. Surely most people in built up areas could offer free pets to someone - even a school as a flipping mascot!!! It really angers me that so many people just don't use a little common sense. A great and eye-opening article x

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th May 2011 (#)

to Greenfaol, it would be better they just spayed or neutered their pet in the first place. - The kittens are now in the care of the Edmonton Humane Society, and will be in foster care for a week or so apparently, and even after that the Humane Society offers no guarantee they go up for adoption, I am sure they will though as their color is less common.

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author avatar Greenfaol
30th May 2011 (#)

Hi Mark, I totally agree with you there :D

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author avatar Mike Powers
30th May 2011 (#)

I agree with you completely. Everyone who has a pet must act responsibly toward them.

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author avatar kafsoa
31st May 2011 (#)

I like cats and my kids feel very happy when they find kittens left somewhere and we take them and take care of them, but that doesn't mean I agree with people who just throw them away. If they don't want kittens they should have fixed their cats. It's really mean to treat little creatures this way. Killing animals is something I think they will never be forgiven for. God bless you.Thanks for discussing this as many people might become aware. Souls are not trash to be dumped.

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Jun 2011 (#)

I agree 100% Mark. Get your animals spayed/neutered. It is just that darn easy! This just pisses me off so much. I know you and your wife are doing the right thing but, it is not your responsibility to have to do so and that is what burns my buns. Sweet Tee will be making that visit this month, so he will not add to the pet over population we have here in our town. Just one quick story, Mr. Brown told me, a couple brought a female dog into the shelter. A lady from 'Happy Homes' was willing to pay for all the expenses until the dog was adopted, that is, if they spayed the female, they said no. They said they would love to let the dog have at least one litter. UGH! Very nice read, sorry about the added responsibility you and your wife did not ask for. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Asghar Khan
23rd Jun 2011 (#)

Mark, as a lover of kittens, it saddens me to see people abandoning these little creature which are full of fun and lovable. I have one that was abandoned. It was shivering with cold in cold, chilly December day. I don't know why people would do that? :( . Nice article. Keep sharing the best. Thanks !

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author avatar Mir zahir
12th Jul 2011 (#)

i like so much dogs dot livee'

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author avatar Mir zahir
12th Jul 2011 (#)

i think dogs are very cear full anmals thats wdon't know why people would do that?

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author avatar Set Free
4th Aug 2011 (#)

I agree with everything you said here. Please do not abandon unwanted pets in the country or anywhere else. My kitten is sitting right here beside me. I dare not let her go outside. Folks are so careless with their pets. Why get a pet and then abandon it. New York has these same issues. It's good that your wife wrote that letter. Too many cats are allowed to breed and then abandoned. It's a shame! I love all animals and support my local ASPCA. Thanks for a great write-up. By the way, I'm still celebrating having a star page. I'm delighted! I've shared it so many times I'm dizzy. Thank you Mark!

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author avatar Peter
31st Jan 2013 (#)

It's cruel to abandon any pets bye their owners, regardless of any situation or problems. Pets can't fend for themselves, because pets have got used to being taken care of their owners. Pet owners should try to rehome their pets, if the owners can't or won't take of their pets animals. As last resort, pets should be taken to animal shelters, although there are chances that their pets are going to be euthanized.

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