Deciding to own a pet is a lifelong commitment. We understand that occasionally life deals you a hand where you must make difficult choices. Making the right choice should be the result of making an INFORMED choice.
Three-four million cats nationwide are euthanized every year simply because no one wants them. People abandon them, or throw them out in the country thinking some farmer will take them in, and most of the time they won't, and they'll either starve to death, get killed by coyotes, or injured by a passing car as they crawl away and die an excruciating death.
We know your situation can be frustrating. BandOCats.org estimates the number of feral and stray cats living in central Ohio at One Million - and shelters, humane societies and rescues alike are usually full and it's difficult to find someone to help you.
Well we'll try.
Here's what SHOULD NOT do....
- DO NOT leave them at your home.
- They will most likely starve and die of malnutrition and disease. In most cases, no one will take them in. Statistically, their chances are not good and their deaths are neither swift nor painless.
- DO NOT leave them out in the country in hopes that some farmer will take them in.
- They won't. At best, they'll likely shoot them, because farmers know cats don't survive well on their own.
Don't lie to yourself or convince yourself they'll be fine. They won't.
Now here's what you should do...
Put an ad up on your Facebook.
Give one of your friends a chance to adopt it. It's better to leave your pet with someone you know so you can check on it occasionally, even if it's only on Facebook.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please don't call right away. We are at capacity and cannot take any more cats right now. We operate on a shoestring budget and rarely get any donations. Our cell phones have limited calling. We check our emails every day. If we can help, we can do so more efficiently by emailing you links to answers to specific questions. We're not experts, but we'll do what we can to help.
Take their pictures
as many as you can and as close as you can. If you are feeding then, this will be much easier to do. If you can get photos of them we can attempt to get them adopted much sooner. Email the photos to our webmaster at email@example.com along with any information you have on the strays and he'll put them up on our website. Please include contact information so we can contact you if we find someone interested.
If you use Craigslist...
Ask for a small re-homing fee - at least more than the price of a chicken from the grocery store. People tend to take care of things they have to pay for, and if you charge a fee, your pet is less likely to end up in the belly of someone's pet snake.
List your pet on Hoobly.com or
Again, be sure to charge a re-homing fee so your pet doesn't become a meal. List any vaccinations and whether your pet is fixed. Be sure to mention it's cute excentricities (we know it has them)!