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Old 10-31-2007, 04:45 PM   #121
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Yeah, that makes no sense. Our Humane Society (not affiliated with HSUS) accepts ALL surrenders, but every surrender is $25, regardless of whether it's an owner-surrender your you found a stray. Most people that are nice enough to pick up a stray will happily pay the $25 since it ensures the cat will be healthy and safe.
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:03 PM   #122
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Yeah, that makes no sense. Our Humane Society (not affiliated with HSUS) accepts ALL surrenders, but every surrender is $25, regardless of whether it's an owner-surrender your you found a stray. Most people that are nice enough to pick up a stray will happily pay the $25 since it ensures the cat will be healthy and safe.
That certainly sounds more reasonable to me!
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Zooropa is gone. Knocked down by a car.
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Does the UK not have nearly as many shelter animals as the US? It seems like they have tight (and often strange) restrictions on adopting. Some shelters around here are so overflowing they will literally give cats away and don't even have time to do proper checks on prospective owners.
There are several independent ones in Norfolk, but I'm not sure about their policies (since we don't have a car and live just up the road from the RSPCA-affiliated shelter, I checked there first). I was flicking through an RSPCA cat owners' guide the other day and it said that cats can be kept indoors, but I think each branch can set its own policies, unfortunately, and the one here is really strict (including before and after home checks). It's good in many ways since I'm sure it weeds out people who haven't put much thought into getting a pet, but I'm really tired of people thinking that I'm cruel to animals because I don't want to let my cat(s) out. I normally don't even mention it to people because when I have, many of them look at me like I've just said that I like to eat kittens or make some comment about how cats need space to roam (strange how the same people wouldn't just let their dogs, rabbits, chickens, etc. run around the neighbourhood on their own...). I don't mind if someone else lets their cats outside, but I wish they would respect my opinions and my reasoning behind wanting an indoor-only cat. I almost caved just so I wouldn't have to spend so much time defending myself (and because my husband has been a bit hard to completely win over to the idea), but I would be just as stressed worrying about my cat if I didn't see him for a few days or worrying about what other people might be feeding him.

I think I'm going to be a very over-protective cat parent...
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There are no words to express how I'm feeling. I can only imagine how Wayne is feeling right now.
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Zooropa is gone. Knocked down by a car.

OMG!!!!!!!!!!





I'm so sad right now I'm seriously tearing up...


Thank you for sharing Babydoll...tell Wayne I am SO sorry for his loss


RIP Zooropa.
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:26 PM   #127
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Me too.... a cat matching his description - a ginger and white male cat, wearing a red collar with little sparkles on it was reported knocked down just down the street where he lives today.

I cried when I read his PM. I spoke to him on the phone, he's.... not doing well.
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Oh man...this is absolutely devastating...


I don't even know what to type.

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That's awful. I'm so sorry.
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!





I'm so sad right now I'm seriously tearing up...


Thank you for sharing Babydoll...tell Wayne I am SO sorry for his loss


RIP Zooropa.
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I've been very upset since I heard. There are no words... and I wont say what I think about his mom out of respect but Wayne please know that we are here for you and I am so so so sorry this happened. It is just not fair.
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The unfairness of it all is the thing that gets to me. The fact that Wayne did all he could to ensure a happy healthy life for his kitty....and due to a careless mistake by a family member, the kitty loses his life.

wtf. I'm tearing up and yet unexplainably furious.
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There are several independent ones in Norfolk, but I'm not sure about their policies (since we don't have a car and live just up the road from the RSPCA-affiliated shelter, I checked there first). I was flicking through an RSPCA cat owners' guide the other day and it said that cats can be kept indoors, but I think each branch can set its own policies, unfortunately, and the one here is really strict (including before and after home checks). It's good in many ways since I'm sure it weeds out people who haven't put much thought into getting a pet, but I'm really tired of people thinking that I'm cruel to animals because I don't want to let my cat(s) out. I normally don't even mention it to people because when I have, many of them look at me like I've just said that I like to eat kittens or make some comment about how cats need space to roam (strange how the same people wouldn't just let their dogs, rabbits, chickens, etc. run around the neighbourhood on their own...). I don't mind if someone else lets their cats outside, but I wish they would respect my opinions and my reasoning behind wanting an indoor-only cat. I almost caved just so I wouldn't have to spend so much time defending myself (and because my husband has been a bit hard to completely win over to the idea), but I would be just as stressed worrying about my cat if I didn't see him for a few days or worrying about what other people might be feeding him.

I think I'm going to be a very over-protective cat parent...
If you read what's going on here in this thread this is a perfect example of why NOT to let your cats go outside. It absolutely floors me that your rspca would WANT you to let them outside. I think that's pretty ridiculous. Our organizations here where I live make you sign a contract stating that you will NOT let them outside. Cats can live perfectly fine indoors as long as they have plenty of love, cat trees and toys. The average life span of an outdoor cat is 4 years.

How will they know anyway if you let the cat out or not? I would just try checking local papers and ads and adopt one from a family or another type of rescue organization.
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I just think of that poor little kitty and it breaks my heart...

Zooropa


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