Last week, we were contacted about a tiny orphan kitten whos mama had him (and another sibling, already deceased) and ran away. Mamas often know when something is wrong, or they can't take care of their babies, and he was rushed to a bottle baby foster.
He was 2.6oz, about half the weight of a 'normal' newborn kitten - he was cold, and hungry. He survived 3 days.
Whenever we get bottle babies, we always work with finders to try and locate mama and any other babies she may have - there was no sign of mama until today. She was found... dead.
I'm heartbroken, I'm angry, I'm sad.
She didn't deserve this. Apparently she was old and spent her life scrounging for food and having litter after litter of babies and now she's dead. Imagine your pets having this life. This is what happens when people don't take responsibility. Maybe she was someone's pet, maybe not, but it doesn't matter. She deserved better.
If you FEED community cats, GET THEM FIXED.
Contact us MEOW for assistance... **not dropping everything we're doing to solve your problems for you on our own, but ASSISTANCE**
We can HELP you:
- borrow a humane live trap, talk you through how to set it and the best ways to trap a cat in it. Don't let not knowing/having equipment be an excuse.
- scan them for a microchip and help get them back to their owners if they ARE microchipped. Don't let 'possibly' being owned be an excuse.
- schedule an appointment to get them spayed and neutered, help coordinate transport, if available, and even provide funding for it. Don't let cost or transportation be an excuse.
- talk you through release and proper care of community cats if they're not friendly. TNR works - it's the only way to end this cycle! Don't let them being 'unsocialized' be an excuse.
- help find rescue placement/rehoming if they're friendly. YOU can help, don't let the underfunding/overcrowding of rescues be an excuse.
NO excuses. Help us help them. If you feed em, FIX em. Take responsibility. YOU CAN HELP. End the cycle.