Maryellen, You are a freakin' ROCK STAR ANGEL HERO CREATURE!!
You have got it sooooo together. Sometime lets have a convo about how much it hurts to be rational and tough, I certainly meant it when I said *I* will be crawling to *you* for advice and support. Over time, we must work to impart our voodoo logic on the larger shelter system
Wow, why were so many cats put down?
Good question, dsmann. Not being a cat expert myself I'll answer you this, cats are largely outside animals ie, pleeeenty of opportunity to reproduce. Cats go into heat younger than dogs, and go into heat up to 4x annually as aopposed to the dogs twice. Cats, with their furry bellies, are more difficul tto figure out if they are spayed and can be even more difficult to tell if they are neutered. As kittens, gender can be difficult to tell, so roommates think they've got two little girls and then...ooops. Cats and kittens seem to be held in pretty low regard, except by true cat people, so it is not uncommon here to see many, many free cat/kitten ads on www.craigslist.org
among other places. All those kittens go out intact only to make more kittens almost dang immediately. There are real cat people here, and a very involved rescue community, but we cannot do enough, fast enough. In the fiscal year 2004 that particular shelter PTS 200 *fewer* animals than the same time frame in 2003. Good for those 200 animals but not so great from a shelter that euths upwards of 20,000 animals a year. When in doubt, check this terrifying stat:
Over a seven year course one pregnant kitty can be responsible 420,000 kittens if she and all her offspring go on to reproduce. A dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in that same time period. http://www.hsus.org/ace/11830
Am i just a bad news bear, or WHAT!!?