by Jackie Dale
Jackie is a part of Cat House On The Kings in Parlier and does a monthly column on the Cat House here at KRL.
Well, I am back from my short vacation. It wasn’t really a vacation though. I spent the time trapping, trapping, oh, and trapping. It has been an exhausting summer for everyone at The Cat House on the Kings, employee and volunteers alike.
Open House Time Soon!
The Autumn Open House is scheduled for November 5, and you ‘have’ to be there. There are always the best silent auction items to bid on! By the way, WE NEED ITEMS FOR THE AUCTION! Tammy is in charge of donations, tammy@cathouseonthekings[dot]com. Same email if you want to volunteer. Many hands make light work!We have another spectacular quilt up for raffle. We also have what is probably the most unique cat activity center ever created. It literally is a one-of-a-kind cat tank. Yes, an actual tank. I think that this is the sort of cat toy even the most macho guy would be proud to have in his home. To get the details on how to purchase raffle tickets, visit our website, Facebook, or read the latest newsletter.
So Many Kittens!The kittens have been coming in non-stop, and the phones have been ringing off the hook. On August 26 the 1,000 kitten came through the doors. A gorgeous Russian Blue cat was abandoned by the river in Reedley. I am embarrassed and ashamed that so many of Reedley citizens think that this is an acceptable practice. You may remember a story from a previous column of mine when at the river a small child pointed out a kitten, said it was hers and said that her parents told her “we brought it here to play with the other cats.” It seems so simply obvious to me that you get your cat fixed and you won’t encounter the problems that occur when you fail to do so. You don’t have to think about what a poor excuse for a human you are for dumping a poor cat/kittens in the middle of nowhere. You don’t have to live with the knowledge that you lied your child. Not to mention the fact that one day the child WILL realize what you did. People like this expect other people to come along and clean up their mess due to their own complete lack of foresight, ethics, and common sense. I cringe when I hear people say, “My kids wanted a kitten/puppy.” Then the kids lose interest, the pet grows up and is not quite so cute. The most common phrase I see from adults when I am trying to adopt out a cat or kitten is, “It’s so cute, I want it.” That is the kiss of adoption death for me.
That is what we call “a whim.” A pet should NEVER, EVER be a “whim.” It should always be a well thought out decision. Adding a furry family member is a serious decision. It is a commitment that should not be discarded the moment it becomes inconvenient.
One basic question to ask yourself is, “Can I afford to get my cat or dog fixed and take it to the vet when needed?” If the answer is “No,” then be an adult and realize that it might be best to forego a pet until such time that you can provide properly for that pet. If you or your kids need a cat fix, they can always come out to The Cat House and pet cats to their hearts content. We have lots of kitties looking for a pet and a scratch behind the ears. I think it would make a huge difference if there were pet education for children in the schools. They could have speakers come to the after-school programs.
Best Western, Selma—two more adults trapped and fixed, four kittens removed, four more older ones appeared. More TNR there. Selma has a serious unaltered cat problem.
Kingsburg Kmart—Thus far approx. 25+ kittens removed, sixteen cats trapped and fixed. Of the sixteen, twelve were female. I am halfway through this project but have run out of money. I also received word that the Kingsburg City Manager wanted to talk to me. Whatever for I wondered? Perhaps to congratulate me on a job well done? Or tell me to stop? Which would frankly be kind of stupid since I am providing a public service, for free. Maybe he wants to pay me? Maybe he doesn’t like the Kingsburg name on my GoFundMe page? It is no big secret that Kingsburg is completely overrun with unfixed cats. More Kingsburg residents need to help out with some donations to help fund the remainder of this project.
Reedley CVS—A black adult and two older kittens have shown up at CVS. This means time to do some trapping there. It really never ends.
Fowler McD’s—The black mom cat continues to elude me, and she is now pregnant again. We keep trying to capture her. So far about seven cats there are fixed.
Selma Walmart—They finally tore out the bushes and I haven’t seen my cats in a month. I’m heartbroken as I have been caring for them for five years now. I continue to leave food and water nearby.Even as I write my column, a concerned woman sends me a screenshot of someone on Facebook giving away a very young kitten, for free. Before the tiny one could become snake food, I teamed up the person who notified me, and we got the kitten. It had been found and taken to the Dinuba Police Department/Animal Control who told them that the kitten was too young and would be euthanized. So they took it home, although they were not allowed pets and posted it on Facebook. While not the ideal way to find help for the kitten, their hearts were in the right place. Kitten is safe and doing well.
Please remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5, for our always-a-good-time open house fundraiser. There is going to be a dance group performing that you won’t want to miss! And don’t forget to read the latest Cat House on the Kings newsletter. Till next time…
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