Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Spay Day USA (and Canada too)
Happy Spay Day everyone!
This is a pic of Mommy and I :).
Mommy had written a long, angry rant about people who do not spay or neuter their pets but scrapped most of it because she realized she was preaching to the choir. She said that it is much better to think about the wonderful people who take care of their responsibilities as compassionate human beings and do what they can to bring the over-population of pets down. Even though it's better to think about all the goodness that is out there, it's also important to recognize why the problem is there. Here's a part of the story we wanted to share. This is Karen, aka my Mommy:
"I was playing a game in a favorite chat/game website of mine and asked an online acquaintance how her new kitten 'Snowpants' was. She replied that he was now living outside because he had 'sprayed' her home office. She added that he was lucky he was not dead. I was so shocked and horrified because from previous conversations with this woman, I thought she had a love for animals (she also has two dogs). I tried to remain calm and asked her if Snowpants was fixed. She replied that no, he had not been fixed but still came around for food. I told her that Snowpants could potentially father thousands and thousands of unwanted kittens and that if she didn't want to spend the money to get him neutered, that she should bring him to a no-kill shelter where he cannot reproduce and hopefully be adopted out. I found her a low-cost spay/neuter location in her area of Texas that she could 'afford' to bring Snowpants. She had never expressed a lack of money in the past, but somehow now it seemed she did not have the money. I blurted out 'Then you shouldn't have ever got him'. Surely she could make that 'sacrifice' and have this poor kitten fixed. I tried to convince her to bring him in to be neutered and then bring him to the shelter. Or worst case scenario, just bring him to the shelter and not leave him outside! I tried to make her understand that Snowpants alone would contribute to the suffering of so many kittens and cats waiting for homes. She said she felt bad about it but I'm not sure if she is going to do anything about it (although she said she would). I can only hope that I convinced her to do something about this situation.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Snowpants is not left to procreate at will and I will try to keep my distaste for this woman inside until I convince her to take care of her responsibilities."
I can see why she's mad. That woman sounds so selfish. I hope Snowpants is alright and gets placed in a home with someone who loves him enough to ensure he's not able to make more kittens that don't have a home. I also hope my Mommy can convince this woman to bring Snowpants in to be fixed. I told Mommy to breathe and concentrate on the task at hand. She's like a bull in a china shop but we love her anyway ;)