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Do shelters not want to find homes for their cats?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by robedha, Sep 7, 2013.


  1. robedha

    robedha PetForums Member

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    Well, I went to the shelter I got Willow from this afternoon and picked out a lovely little tortie. I filled the form in and was told I needed Willow's vaccination records which I'd forgotten to take with me. So off I went the 11 miles home to get them only to get back and be told that because I work full time I could not take a cat home as they would be by themselves all day. I told them that my brother lives down the road and can pop in during the day. They said ok but they would need him to meet the cat first. When I got Willow I told them the same but they did not need to meet him then. Although my brother does live down the road he cannot go to the shelter as he is allergic so they probably still wouldn't let me have a cat anyway. I am extremely annoyed and frustrated at this as they have loads of cats needing homes and are having to turn others away as they have no space.

    The woman who said no to me was the same one who said that my dad couldn't have a dog as he has asthma despite the fact that he has had cats and dogs for the past 25 years.
     
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    jill3 PetForums VIP

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    What a shame:( I know how you were looking forward to getting a friend for Willow.
    Is there any small rescue centres near where you live.
    There are many cats up for adoption on this forum and others. you might have to travel but it would be worth it.

    A lot of people work full time, they have too.
    I knew a Lovely guy who had a cat for many years and worked full time. When the cat died the cats protection wouldn't let him have one.
    That was one fantastic home where a cat would have be loved and cherished for ever wasted:(

    Hoping you will find you little one very soon x
     
  3. lostbear

    lostbear Bear right at Newcastle . . .

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    It's absolutely ridiculous! In an ideal world, every cat and dog would have a home with a safe garden, people who are in nearly all day and millions of toys to play with.

    I would like a large house set in 3 acres with a stream at the bottom and a stable for a donkey and two goats. Sadly, like most of the world, I have had to reign in my desires and work with what I've got.

    The important thing for any animal is to have a caring owner who makes the animals health and well-being their priority. I can understand them being reluctant to re-home a dog where there is no one in all day, but a cat adapts to being alone much more easily than does a dog (and of course, a cat has an inside toilet). To my mind, it is much better for this kitten to have a loving, caring home, especially when there is another cat for company, than to spend its days lost and lonely in a small pen.

    If they are going to be looking for 'perfect' homes, then they won't re-home many animals, because 'perfect' does not exist. Seems to me that this woman is one of those people who just likes to exploit her bit of power. Sadly it's the animals that will suffer.
     
  4. robedha

    robedha PetForums Member

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    I'm now looking at small shelters and have found a couple which are open tomorrow. The girl who got the cats (I was debating between 3) out for me was very enthusiastic and keen for them all to go to a new home. She said she could not believe the strict criteria they have for rehoming.

    When I got Willow there was a man who wanted to take a dog but said he did not believe in neutering and the one he already had was not neutered either so they would not let him have one. I can understand why they would not let an animal go under these circumstances as they don't want many more puppies and kittens to look after. But not letting a cat have a forever home because it will be in the house while it's owner is at work is beyond stupid.

    I might calm down at some point later tonight.:mad:
     
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    ljs85 PetForums VIP

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    Bloomin' C.R.A.P. what that shelter did to you - considering you have another cat then it wouldn't really be alone!

    If they want people that are at home all day then these people are either
    a) incredibly wealthy and don't need to work anymore
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    b) on benefits of some kind.... and considering the way the benefit system is going can they really afford an animal?!
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    c) someone living with a partner who works and they don't


    That's a very selective criteria for their benefit, and not the animals!
     
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    lostbear Bear right at Newcastle . . .

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    I agree with you here - but I would have thought they would have had their animals neutered before they left (unless he was after a young puppy, of course)
     
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    Cookieandme PetForums VIP

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    Some rescues have stupid policies. I work full time and out of the house between 8am and 6pm. My two don't seem to be suffering due to lack of attention.

    If I didn't work I would not be able to have cats as I wouldn't be able to afford them :(
     
  8. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    What you experienced is not unusual,there have been many members refused a kitten/cat from some rescues ,I was refused because I stupidly told them I wanted an indoor cat, or failing that a kitten which would be kept that way.
    To say I was shocked at the response,is putting it mildly,no wonder their pens are full :mad:

    Have a look at this link,if you select your area it will give you a list of rescues local to you (if there are any)
    Cat Rescue Shelters, Adoption Centres and Rehoming Groups across the UK
     
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    its a ridiculous notion that you need to be home all day for a cat. I work full time and when I'm at home at the weekend, my two sleep all day. Yes, they might get a little attention after breakfast early morning but that's it until tea time. How old was this little Tortie? I wasn't allowed a kitten from the RSPCA but I could have an adult cat. Cats protection league however was a lot more flexible.
     
  10. robedha

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    I'm not sure how old the dog was, but Willow wasn't spayed when I got her. The adoption fee covered vaccinations but not neutering.
     
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    robedha PetForums Member

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    I'm not entirely sure how old she was. Couldn't have been more than a year or so judging by the size of her, certainly not a young kitten though.
     
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    robedha PetForums Member

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    Thanks for the link, I've just looked at that and found a few near me.

    It's no wonder so many people deal with byb's what with the stupid rules at shelters.
     
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    lostbear Bear right at Newcastle . . .

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    So not a terribly ethical rescue, then. And yet they want you to be at home all day . . .
     
  14. JordanRose

    JordanRose Master of the Whingey Cat.

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    It is very frustrating, isn't it! I have to turn people down myself, when working at the shelter, as I need to follow these restrictive guidelines. I find it so morally wrong to do it, but I have to as rules are rules :mad2: Such a catch 22- you work full time so can't have a cat, you're on benefits so can't have a cat. You're retired and so you can have a cat. Oh, hang on, you want an indoor cat? Nope, sorry, that's a fail, too. I don't see why, if you work full time, there should be an issue about cat ownership. Cats are independent creatures (mostly. Unless you're Spooks.) that don't need that constant companionship and entertaining.

    I can see why dogs may be refused to full time workers as they can become anxious, destructive, lonely etc. if left alone. However, having said that, how do shelters expect people to pay for the upkeep for these animals? :rolleyes:


    I would love a rescue kitten as my next cat but, aside from me needing a well-adjusted and socialised cat with a degree of predictability, I am put off by stringent measures. I almost lost Spooks because I wanted an indoor cat and understand the heartbreak you must be feeling :(
     
  15. robedha

    robedha PetForums Member

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    I never thought of that before. I suppose they're not. They've lost my custom and my dad's to, unfortunately to the detriment of all the animals, not that we were allowed them but we may have taken food in for them.
     
  16. robedha

    robedha PetForums Member

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    This is the reason I opted for a cat, I love dogs as well but cats are independant. Pity the shelters don't seem to think so.

    I've just had a text from CP and she is going to call me tomorrow to discuss things.
     
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    Whilst I can understand some of the restrictive homing policies ( even if I dont agree with them) ...This situation is totally ridiculous!
    The torti is NOT a young kitten and she will have a cat companion at home with her.
    I would actually write to whoever is in charge of this rescue and ask them to explain themselves.
     
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    I know there has to be rules but if they were a little more sensible with the rules it would stop people picking up 6 week old kittens from BYB's as its easier than homing from a shelter!
     
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    robedha PetForums Member

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    The shelter said that they will get a welfare officer to call me to discuss my complaint.
     
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    Having been turned down a fair few times form different rescue purely because of the job my hubby did (RAF) I understand your pain completely - they certainly do seen to shot themselves in the foot!

    That's one of the reasons I got into pedigrees.
     
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