THE ROAD TO HADES IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS…
When trying to help goes wrong…
A kitten or cat shows up at someone's property and a well-meaning citizen thinks the best thing for the cat or kitten is to scoop them up and take them to the shelter.
However, that well-intended act may not have the expected outcome at many shelters and could in fact be a death sentence for the cat or kitten in many Texas counties. (Not in Rusk County)
Instead of scooping up a stray cat or kitten and taking them to the shelter, consider an alternate course of action:
- Be part of the solution, not part of the problem
- Chip in and help
- Unless the cat or kitten requires medical attention, leave them be
- Do not just ignore them and allow them to starve to death
- Offer food and friendship. (If you feed, you MUST spay & neuter)
- Capture & Spay & Neuter them within 50 days
- Let me say that again, Spay & Neuter them within 50 days
- Adopt as indoor cats if possible
- OR seek to find them a home with family and friends
- OR if not possible, then TNR and care for them
Yes, these actions require more empathy and caring than a quick trip to the shelter, but please think about what the REAL result of your well-intended action may be before you do it.
Cats and kittens do not surrender themselves to shelters, so all who end up in shelters do so due to human intervention.
I have to believe that the outcome in the photo is NOT what those surrendering animals to shelters intended to happen.