Our local shelter is unable to house the vast numbers of cats and dogs brought into it every year. In spite of the efforts of PALS and several other shelters who pull cats and dogs out of the Lodi shelter, the officers have been forced to euthanize 116 cats and 67 dogs from January to April this year — four months!
Traditionally, May through September is kitten season, and the shelter is bombarded with baby kittens. Kittens that still need to nurse from their mom will be put to sleep, as there are few people who are willing and able to bottle-feed them. This can be prevented by spaying free-roaming cats, and by waiting until the kittens are six weeks old and then spaying the mom to prevent future litters (three or more in one year).
The main reason cats are brought to the shelter is overbreeding. The main reason dogs are brought to the shelter is lack of effort by their humans to care for them.
Common myths about shelter animals are as follows:
- “You won’t know the pet’s history.” Our shelter requires the person bringing in the animal to fill out a release form stating everything they know about the animal.
- “All the animals are old.” Actually, a vast number of the cats and dogs are very young. An older pet who gave unconditional love to their caregiver was simply discarded when the person moved, etc.
- “These pets are homeless for a reason.” Ask people who have adopted. These pets are actually grateful, and give even more.
All of our pets have been rescue dogs and cats. They’ve found their forever home with us and we’ve never been sorry.