Dear Members interested in animal rescue?

From: Jackie Eco - Eco Stand-up C.
Sent on: Thursday, October 4, 2007 1:38 AM
Dear Members interested in animal rescue?
I am rushed with a very tight schedule, but have been wanting to share with you a great and relatively easy way to help save local animal lives? I did this and it was beyond rewarding. At the Alley Cat Allies site: http://www.alleycat.org/, please scroll down to the ?Barn Cat Flyer? link. Above that, you can see the important details on how to relocate cats; this way you will become familiar with the process. It helps if you are or know a person good with some basic internet and/or library research skills. A couple of years ago, I did some online research and did a mass mailing to all the barns in my mother?s rural area in NJ. Another way to ?advertise? to MANY more farmers is to contact local Farmers Associations ? they may be able to help you get the word out to their members!!! Long story shorter, I visited him, saw that the conditions were good for this, and the farmer was willing to do the proper process of acclimating the cats to his barn where there was a rodent problem. The farmer agreed to adopt 3 cats and promised to continue to feed them regular cat food. I contacted a wonderful, knowledgeable woman who was familiar with some of the local shelters. She recommended 2 which were pretty socialized and one that was wild (& therefore considered unadoptable compared to the others at the shelter) ? all were sterilized and vaccinated. It worked out great. My point is, if the people who work in animal rescue can coordinate/get some assistance from people who can do some research, then lives can be saved and improved. The cats that we relocated had been in that shelter from 1 to 2 years ? living in tiny, tiny cages? It was rare shelters had even allowed them to live this long. Why weren?t they adopted? Partly because when people go to shelters to adopt, they often get distracted from looking at the adult animals because there are the adorable, younger kittens and puppies there. So, in a way, by people carelessly not spaying and neutering their pets, they are, in a sense, ?killing? adult dogs and cats. Anyone who wants their children to experience the miracle of birth firsthand can simply call around to local shelters until they find a pregnant, homeless dog or cat (unfortunately, there are plenty of them). They can conscientiously ?borrow? the creature so the youngsters can witness their birth. I never knew this stuff until I worked in Animal Rescue. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, people: spay and neuter your companion animals. Remember, every year, over 5 MILLION dogs and cats are euthanized in American shelters alone. Personally, I KNOW this is a sick, ridiculous and UNNECESSARY evil. For more info on low-cost spay/neuter services near you, please visit: www.spayusa.org or call them toll-free at[masked]-SPAY [masked]). You can always check the vet?s references as well. I am way too busy right now to go online to ?debate? this issue. IF YOU DISAGREE, PLEASE DO MORE RESEARCH AND/OR GO WRITE SOMEONE ELSE; I JUST DON?T HAVE THE TIME. Also, please do the basic research & try to find the answers online before asking me lots of questions. I didn?t have the time to sit & write this either, but I know it?s very important? THANKS.

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