i told the lady who came here this morning to euthanize her 16 yr old cat. she says she can't keep her..i said dumping her off at a shelter after living in the same home for 16 yrs is just mean. no one is going to adopt her and she is going to have to figure out how to live in a full and multi-species shelter after having a good and quiet home for her entire life.
the woman started to blink back tears and said she couldn't do it. i said we were too full and would not take her and dumping her off at another overful shelter at this stage of her life was grossly unfair.
i am all for the extreme seniors coming in here from cages and shelters without hope of a good home. those animals are unhappy where they are, most of them have never really had a good home and SAINTS becomes the best home they have ever known. but dumping off much beloved seniors to end their lives in shelter care is not kind, it is selfish. it saves their family from facing the harsh reality of what that lost home really means for their life-long beloved pet...it means one way or another, the forever end of their happiness. i am not going to be a party to that.
there are many animals trying to get in here right now..i guess we just finished the lull before the storm. i am ONLY taking in unhappy sick or senior already homeless animals (or as in the case of one of the cats..who has thru no fault of his own has become a rescued ping-pong ball cat. but i will tell that story when and if he arrives) and who did not have the luxury of having a really good life-long home.
there are 2 cats coming in...3 possibly 4 more dogs (one i am waiting to hear if she is too terminal) ALL of them needing a safe spot at saints because none of them had good lifelong homes to keep them safe before.