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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Toby and Tyler

The day came. The day I hoped would. Toby and Tyler are now tamed. So yesterday, I went to talk to the director at the humane society. "Laurie," she said, "I want to show you something." As we began to walk, the tears welled in my eyes. What I saw was more than I could stand. Room after room, cage after cage, of kittens. Cats. Every age and stage of life, but mostly, kittens. Play rooms, c bank, incubation room. All full. Housed in this building are at least 100 young cats, and a few adult. Their future? Hopefully to find a forever home. "For every 3 that may go out in a day, 15 may come in." Heart sick. That's all I could feel. Prognoses for Toby and Tyler? Grim. As wild cats, only used to me, they would go mad if put in a cage, surrounded by cages of other kittens, they wouldn't be able to handle it,and at that point the only option is to be put down. I can't, and I won't. I was offered an option, and will take it. Tomorrow, they are going to the humane society for worming, blood work up, and shots. Next week, they will be neutered. From there, they are coming home. Against my husbands will, but the other option is more than I can bear. With 33 years as director of the humane society, she had hoped to see a change. That pet owners would understand the importance of having their pets spayed or neutered. That they would be responsible. Yet year after year, from early spring through October, hundreds of kittens pass through the doors.

These babies have had a rough start. They took a long time to trust, and though Toby (left) is totally tame and the loudest purrer on the face of the planet, Tyler still has a ways to go.

As it stands now, these are Andy's babies. He bathes them, talks to them, disciplines,reprimands, teaches, and plays with them. He's their daddy, friend, and companion. He would be beside himself if they left.
So they won't. For now.


Diane said...

I'm proud of you Laurie, you made the best choice. Someday you will be so glad you kept these cats and I think Ken will too. Andy is a sweet daddy, he needs somebody to take care of. Diane

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Can I just say I love your heart?? I really really do..and I so agree with you on the irresponsibility of pet owners who don't spay or neuter..They should have to walk that walk you took..and hold those babies as they are carried to their final destination..maybe then..

We can hope, pray and teach..and you are a saint in my book..
God bless YOU and Hubby!

Keri said...

Sooo sweet. You've done such a wonderful thing with them. Fabulous.


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh, Laurie, I hear your pain and then your resolve to take in Toby and Tyler. I get so dismayed at people who will not spay or alter their pets! With all the information out there, you'd think they would understand how terribly important it is! At any rate, I'm proud of you for taking a stand and giving these kittens a home.
Bless you for your caring heart!

Catherine said...

It's so heart breaking isn't it? I know our SPCA Cat Room is at capacity right now. It is so frustrating when people don't look after their pets. I simple procedure and so many people choose not to fix their pets. Is it the cost? Pets are expensive ~ it's a fact. sigh....

So glad these babies are being given a chance. You are a wonderful person Laurie.

xo Catherine

Sharon said...

As you know our precious Midnight was abandoned and we took her in. She blessed us a few weeks later with nine kittens! We had neutured and spade before leting anyone have them. I even rejected some people because of comments they made. These are precious creatures and should be treated as such. I am proud of you dear Laurie.

Melinda Cornish said...

I went to a shelter an experienced the same thing.......it is heartbreaking...i still wish you could find them a nice farm.....