I went into PetSmart yesterday while I was out and like I always do I headed for the cats that are there for adoption, I don’t know why I visit the cats every time that I am down that way because it breaks my heart to see them confined to small cages, many fearful ones hiding in their litter boxes just to have a few moments peace from the barking dogs of customers visiting the store and small children poking at them through the cage bars while squealing loudly with delight. Sadder yet are the kittens trapped in their cages, kittens are meant to be running around playing all day, getting into mischief and enjoying being like children. If I could I would take them all but I already have two cats that were once strays, as well as a dog that was once an abused and neglected little waif.
The small number of cats outside of the glass enclosure were from Animal Care Associates, a truly no kill shelter but the greater number of cats in cages behind the glass came from Griffin Pond Animal Shelter! In a way they are the lucky ones since there is an agreement with PetSmart that the cats brought from Griffin Pond do not go back to be euthanized and while that may mean that they spend a long time there, at least they will not be killed like so many others that were once at Griffin Pond. An A.C.A. long haired black and white kitten caught my eye because he was slightly cross eyed, it’s a horrible fact that kittens/cats like that, ones with the slightest imperfection are passed over for the cuter fur babies. It didn’t seem to matter that he was one of the more laid back I’ve ever seen, loving and playful, customers overlooked him, the closest anyone came was to stop and admire his sibling that shared the same cage. The little guy seemed to be resigned to it as if he’d spent his short lifetime watching everyone around him get the attention and compliments, society is so hung up on appearances, designer breeds of dogs and cats and hell, designer babies now! I must be one of the “abnormal” people that walk this planet because if I were to again take in an animal, by adoption or coming across an animal in need, I would take the most imperfect one that I could find and if there wasn’t an imperfect one I would take in the oldest I could find! People don’t want the old ones, they don’t want animals that are handicapped or deformed in any way, it’s all about looks!
I ran into a couple while I was in the store looking at the cats, you could tell that they had a true love for animals and they brought up the fiasco at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, as the name always has, it lit a fury in me and I explained to the couple that countless people have always donated to that shelter and by way of doing so, helped to euthanize countless animals. I have always advised folks that wanted to donate and make a difference to donate to a genuine no kill shelter, the woman that runs Animal Care Associates has devoted her life to helping animals in need and does not believe in killing animals just because there are so many of them in need. There are a hell of a lot of people in the world, we are on overload with overpopulation and God knows there are many more people than animals, but we don’t have any plan for population control, we certainly don’t kill our elderly or disabled citizens!
Years ago when I learned that many “no kill” shelters get away with calling themselves no kill by farming out the euthanization cases, what frauds these shelters are, people donate out of the goodness of their hearts to shelters like that and for what, to be duped? I once heard a few teenagers criticizing A.C.A. because the shelter wasn’t bigger, better, cleaner, the list goes on, I was so angry that I went over and educated them by explaining that the bigger shelters like Griffin Pond get all of the money and they euthanize vast numbers of animals. A.C.A. get’s little in the way of donations compared to bigger shelters so what do you expect! Which shelter would you rather give a donation to, one that kills animals daily or one that does not?
Next time you happen to be at PetSmart or any store that offers animal adoptions, take a good look at those fur babies, notice them hiding in the corner of their cages or in their own waste in their litter boxes and realize why that is. If you have children then why not teach them respect for animals, obviously if the animal is trying to escape or hide in their small cages they are afraid and don’t want to be poked at. Imagine being taken to a store or shelter and being locked in a cage, no fresh air, no exercise or play (always that way for cats in cages) kittens being taken from their mothers, they don’t understand what is going on and most are terrified. Don’t write an animal off because of these things by assuming that they are not a friendly, loving, sweet, beautiful, pet that is in dire need of a forever home.