- Michael Mountain (via veganemelda)
Dear animal shelters that kill,
You are not shelters. You are slaughterhouses.
Giving a Shit Does Take Some Effort
|—||Nathan Winograd (via veganemelda)|
Why foster cats?
Because 4 million animals are killed in shelters every year. 70% of those killed are cats, most of them easily adoptable or adoptable with a little time & effort. Many of the cats killed are feral and trapped in a system that refuses to acknowledge TNR (trap-neuter-return) as a viable alternative to killing. Or are even just scared cats that are deemed “feral” and killed. Yet cats are the #1 animal in the US, in terms of how many are in our homes. We must promote adoption, fostering, proper animal care, pet retention programs and animal care reform to stop the killing.
If you have cats…
Please, spay/neuter your animals. Spay USA can help you find a low-cost program near you. Kittens and puppies can have their surgeries done as soon as they are 2 pounds- which is about 2 months for kittens (dog breeds can differ).
If you’d like to learn more about community/feral/neighborhood/stray cats and how to help, check out Alley Cat Allies.
One in three companion animals will be lost at some point in their life. It’s estimated that 90% of them will never be found. Microchip your cat and keep their information up-to-date. Have the chip checked at your yearly vet visit to ensure it’s still working properly. Keep a collar and tag on your cat!
If your cat has habits that annoy or even worry you- PLEASE talk to a vet, an animal behaviorist, or even call shelters/rescues for advice. Dumping your cat will most likely be a death sentence. Work on your cat’s behavior- they depend on you for everything, don’t give up on them. I really recommend Pamela Johnson-Bennett’s work for info on cat psychology and problem behaviors. They’re good reads for anyone with cats!
Read more about the No-Kill Revolution and how to help in Nathan Winograd’s writings or through the work of the No-Kill Advocacy Center. The cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. etc. caught in our abysmal animal care & control centers and shelters will thank you.
Lastly, if you care about non-human animals, go vegan. It’s the baseline of respect towards our fellow inhabitants of Earth. Here’s a great pamphlet you can read online, put out by the Boston Vegan Association.
I foster for Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue in Chicago, by the way. :)
This blog post is a GREAT intro some statistics about PETA/HSUS/ASPCA. *Although, I do believe that we shouldn’t have pets, so I agree with two of the sentences held “against” some of the charities.
For more in-depth info, check out Nathan Winograd’s blog (or, better yet, his books! Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America is amazing & eye opening). Nathan Winograd can have a grating style of writing (less so in his books), but does do his research (he is a lawyer, after all).
On the right side column of his blog, there are a few headings that link to essays with “The Truth About…”: PETA, HSUS, ASPCA & Best Friends (although I cringe to put in the last one, I so want to have more hope in them).
This article points out the fundraising deception I mentioned (specifically elaborating HSUS’ manipulation of appeals to make it seem as though they cared for animals whose stories they used to make money- even animals they suggested be killed). Here’s another about both the ASPCA & HSUS’ fundraising appeals. Let’s not forget how much money the ASPCA made off of Oreo- and then killed her, even after a no-kill organization offered to take her in and rehabilitate her aggression (and, if that didn’t work, to provide her sanctuary for the rest of her life). You can check out the rest of the blogs for even more information on different aspects of the groups.
PETA kills animals, despite having a budget in the millions.
PETA takes in animals, promising to find them homes, even outright lying and telling people the animals were adopted after, in reality, they had been killed.
PETA fights against animals being called “property,” unless it’s in their best interest.
PETA thinks feral cats should be killed (and, in fact, goes out of it’s way to kill cats in cared-for colonies) and all pitbulls should be killed (they tried to have all of Michael Vick’s dogs killed, and now almost all of them have been adopted into loving homes, become certified Canine Good Citizens and/or therapy dogs).
PETA actively fights No Kill initiatives and calls all No-Kill groups hoarders/liars/etc.
One of the many reasons to NOT support PETA. That’s not even getting into their sexism, racism, sizism, xenophobia, ciscentric-ness, and classism.
If you endorse PeTA, this is the fucked up shit you support.