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Forgotten Felines of Forsyth volunteers set up a
Christmas Tree at Pet Supplies Plus on Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. The tree is
decorated with tags that list food and other items that FFF needs to support our program.
There is a collection bin at the base of the tree. If you would like to support FFF's
mission, please stop by Pet Supplies Plus and make a donation. The tree will be up through
the holiday season.
Cats: 3 Not So Simple ScenariosBy
The voicemail was an all too common one. "Come take these cats away." Take them where? This is a good question but one without an easy answer.
Lets explore some of the most commonly suggested solutions by callers to the FFF phone line and why they may not be viable, necessary, or so easily accomplished.
Find them new homes or place them with an adoption group
This can be a viable option if the following conditions exist:
Relocate the cats
Relocation is the process of moving the cats from their current location to a new outdoor home. Most commonly suggested places to move cats are barns or farms.
Why this is not a viable solution:
Relocation is not an option that FFF endorses. As seen from the above examples, relocation can be putting the cats in a worse situation that they had to begin with. Only under the following circumstances and if all other ideas/resources have been eliminated as viable possibilities should relocation even be considered:
The best option is always to attempt to find a solution that allows the cats to stay where they are because this is their "home."
Take the cats to a sanctuary
The elusive cat sanctuary is probably one of the most common misconceptions callers have. They ask, "Isnt there a sanctuary somewhere where these 10, 20, 30 cats can go?" The answer is, unfortunately, "No."
The first problem with this approach is that much like in the relocation scenario, there are not enough legitimate cat sanctuaries to meet the demand. Anyone with a sanctuary could easily fill it up the day they open so if you do find a sanctuary that agrees to take cats, ask how they happen to have the room. Be especially suspicious of anyone that agrees to take a large number of cats.
Legitimate is a key word. Be sure to visit the sanctuary before placing any animals there. See if it appears clean and make sure the animals are not overcrowded or unhealthy in appearance. Anyone that balks at letting you visit probably has something to hide and cats should not be placed with them. Also, the financial situation of a sanctuary is important to the future continued care of the cats. Ask how they are funded. Talk to their veterinarian, if possible, about their care of the cats they already have. Property ownership is also important since a sanctuary needs to be on land they own, so investigate to make sure the sanctuary is not in a precarious position.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to do what is best for the cats. A caretaker has a responsibility to do what is safest for them, so it is essential to carefully weigh your options. For more detailed information on these topics, please visit http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/HOW_TO_RELOCATION and download and read the chapter in The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook on "Relocation."
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