The same can be said for some aspects of life. For instance, living outside the confines of the city, what some would call "the country," has it's own set of side effects. On remote and some not-so-remote roads, people dump trash and televisions and the like along side the road. I simply can't imagine where they think the stuff is going to go, it certainly won't biodegrade and it isn't going to be picked up by the junk fairy. Nevertheless, people don't think, and they dump things along side the road anyway.
Since living in my house (off and on for the last 8 years or so), I had not encountered the side effect that has begun plaguing me until recently.
|"The Beav" napping, days after he adopted us - MAY|
|Rain eating one of his first meals - JUNE|
I went to a different vet with this cat, as I was VERY unhappy with the way my previous vet had handled the situation with the last stray. This time, the vet diagnosed the stray with Feline Leukemia. Contrary to my previous experience, the new vet spent time telling me about how cats with Leukemia can live a long happy life with proper care. It was settled, Rain is our mouser. He seems to really be happy with that...as he spends lots of time in the coop and never asks to come indoors.
|Copy Cat - JULY|
|I call him YoCinnamon Sam, S calls him Apple. :-) - OCTOBER|
I am just furious that someone would treat an animal this way, and release them in an unfamiliar area like this, to potentially starve to death or meet some horrible end by tangling with another animal. I know that there is at least one, maybe several, groups participating in Trap, Neuter and Release programs, but they are not supposed to dump animals. They are supposed to release them where they were captured. What they are doing to these animals is inhumane. I suspect ALL of the cats that we have seen were dumped in this manner. Nearly all have been friendly, leading me to believe these are NOT feral cats, but were at one time house cats. I also suspect, that maybe most of them have FIV or Leukemia and have been judged "unadoptable." This may be why they are dumping them. Whatever the circumstances, I find the whole thing distressing and disgusting. Humanely releasing animals and dumping them are two different things entirely.
This is one side effect of living "in the country" that I find disheartening, distressing and disgusting. I will do everything I can to find out who is behind this and put a stop to it. These animals deserve a chance at life... not to be dumped hungry and alone, fresh after surgery into an unfamiliar place with no real shelter available. If they believe what they are doing is the humane way of treating animals, they are dead wrong.