Adopting an animal isn’t the only way to help out. If you have the space and time, fostering a pet is a great way to help them get ready for their furever home. Many rescue organizations will work with you and help cover expenses.
If you have a barn or large outdoor building, barn cats are another thing to consider. Some cats might not adapt well to living indoors, but they can be great mousers and companions for farm animals! Many organizations will fully vet barn cats before placing them at your home.
Contact KittyKonnection@yahoo.com about fostering cats or rescuing barn cats. If you’re interested in fostering dogs, contact us and we will be happy to put you in touch with local dog rescue groups.
To find out more about fostering pets, check out 16 Reasons Why Fostering a Shelter Pet is Basically the Best Thing in the World. Before getting a foster pet, make sure you and your household are ready for the transition with these suggestions from Petfinder. Fostering may not be the easiest way to help, but it’s certainly one of the most rewarding ways to save a life!
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“Out of the mouths of babes.” That was the first thing I thought, when a friend recently related to me a conversation she’d had with an eight year old boy. My friend was walking a pit bull puppy she rescued and was fostering, when she came upon a nice young boy that exclaimed ‘what a pretty puppy’ she had! They spoke for a few minutes, then the boy said she should keep her (instead of trying to find another home for her), because she would have lots of pretty puppies and she could sell them for $200 each. My friend tried to explain to the child that there were far too many puppies and dogs that don’t have homes, so more of them should be ‘fixed’ so they don’t have more babies. The second thing I thought, was that we sure have a lot of work ahead of us, trying to change that mindset, that dogs are ‘cash cows.’ Animals really are thinking, feeling creatures, and they deserve our compassion.
It’s our fault that there is a pet over-population crisis. We, collectively, have allowed cats and dogs to continue to breed, having litter after litter, without considering that there are not enough homes or families to care for all of their offspring. There are thousands in our local shelter euthanized annually simply because there are too many of them. When left unchecked, it becomes such a huge problem that some believe that the only answer is to catch and kill them.
Adult dogs and cats are usually overlooked in preference of cute little puppies and kittens when people are planning to adopt a new family pet, even though there are so many older cats and dogs awaiting adoption in shelters and foster homes all across the country, and more specifically, all across the CSRA. They wake up each day with the optimistic hope of getting adopted, even though that day might be their very last day on earth. They have been surrendered for many and varied reasons. Some because their guardian passed away and there wasn’t anyone willing to take them in.
What would you do if your family pet became severely handicapped, or blind? Well, that’s exactly what happened in our family. One of our cats, Scootie, who was about 5 years old at the time, became totally blind. I mean, no eyeballs-blind. At the emergency vet’s office, we were advised that it would be quite an undertaking to care for a totally blind cat, especially in a household of cats that had full access to the outdoors by way of a ‘cat door’. When he asked us what we wanted to do, we looked at each other and then both told him to just sew him up so we could take him home. We figured that since he was a very active, healthy cat, he, and we, would simply adjust. Let me introduce you to the bravest, most inspirational creature I have ever known…
In past decades, many local governments, including Richmond County, approached community cat populations using solutions like trap and remove, which usually involves killing the trapped cats. Those conventional approaches are now widely recognized as mostly ineffective and unable to address the larger community animal issue. New research (Hurley and Levy, 2013) reveals that this non-targeted, selective response to a population which is reproducing at high rates doesn’t help to reduce cat populations and nuisances in our communities, improve cat welfare, further public health and safety or mitigate the real impact of cats on wildlife.
Instead, sterilization and vaccination programs, such as trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNR) are being implemented to manage cat populations in communities across the country. Well managed TNR programs offer a humane and proven way to resolve conflicts, reduce population, and prevent disease outbreaks by including vaccinations against rabies and other potential diseases, with the wellness exam at the time of sterilization. Whether or not people like cats should not enter into the discussion, as it is incumbent upon us to help and protect people and animals. Continue reading
It is trap neuter or spay, vaccinate for rabies, ear tip and return the cat to his original habitat. TNR is the only effective way to reduce cat populations. The process is carried out by volunteers that care for the cats by providing food, water, shelter and medical attention if needed, along with the intervention of the TNR process. It is being done in cities and counties across the country. In Georgia, there are TNR programs in DeKalb, Walton, Barrow, Newton, Rockdale, Athens, Dawson, Madison, Vinings, Marietta, Pooler, Columbus, Macon, and Savannah. There are TNR programs in Aiken, Charleston, Greer and Myrtle Beach, SC., Asheville, NC, and a particularly good program in Spartanburg, SC. Disneyland and Disneyworld have some of the largest TNR programs in the country.