October 15, 2009Help Taco The Cat Find A Home!
Well, we’ve done it again. The handsome boy on the left is Taco, the cat that wouldn’t stop crying in the bushes last night until we fed him. Now he is sleeping quietly in our warm garage, completely oblivious to the people wringing their hands inside the house.
We CANNOT take another cat.
We own three cats already, all of which were rescued in some form. The latest addition to our group (pre-Taco) was Midnight, the cat we found on the rail trail LAST October and only kept because she was, well, a SHE and because she was super friendly. Three cats was pushing it, but four is just too many.
So, anyone out there want a cat? He is very friendly and is front paw declawed. He was incredibly hungry and thirsty when we found him, and ate like a little pig. I am taking him to the vet this afternoon to get him looked at and get him some shots, but other than that he seems fine.
I wish I could just take him to the cat shelter, but there is NO shelter here in Midland, just animal control. And I am sure the officers there work very hard, but the procedures there are medival at best. They have a small amount of metal cages that house cats, and when new cats come in the old ones get put down, which happens quite often. And they don’t receive a lethal injection either. They get shoved into a box AND GASSED! Seriously. I didn’t even think they did that anymore, but they do and it is disgusting.
I love Michigan, but the one thing I hate about living here is that they have a very lax attitude toward animals. Pets aren’t part of the family here, they are just animals. I suppose that it is just a different point of view than mine, but I don’t like it. If the kitten isn’t cute anymore, or if you leave and don’t want to take your cat with you, you just let it go in the woods. There is no shelter or animal rescue to rescue anything. Oh sure, there are organizations, but they are understaffed and have no place to keep animals themselves. They rely on foster homes to keep cats from the gas box at animal control. And the kicker? NOBODY CARES! Everyone here works hard and volunteers to plant flowers along every major roadway in the city, but there is no animal rescue. What is that?? There are too many stray cats around this town for people to have that kind of attitude, especially in a city where the main draw is a good quality family life. How can we set a good example for children if we don’t take care of the animals that depend on us??? Are we teaching our children that if you can’t take care of a living thing, you can just throw it away?
Aaaanyway, I am coming off my soapbox now. The point is, Tom and I need to find this kitty a home because I don’t want to take it to Animal Control, and anyone that can help out will be a saint in my book!