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  • What is *WRONG* with people?????

    OK, I don't usually complain about others on here...but for the 2nd time this year someone has dumped off their unwanted cats on me (or my farm). Last time it was a sweet, pregnant, black cat and this time it is two little orange kittens (on a 41 degree, cold, rainy day).

    So I ask--what is wrong with people? What makes anyone think it is OK to dump a poor animal in strange surroundings with no provisions for the animals care, in a place where they are just as likely to get hit, killed by another animal or starve to death? Why is it that it becomes *MY* responsibility to spay/neuter/feed these poor abandoned souls?

    I think all pets should be spayed or neutered, and if the owner can't take care of them it is their responsibilty to find a home for the pet or euthanize it.

    I say we round up all the idiots that dump animals, take them downtown to the nearest big city, remove all their clothes, cell phones, credit cards, etc and abandon them downtown naked....

  • #2
    Yeah, a couple of months ago my mother had to take a kitten to the vet that someone literally threw out the car door as they were driving past her property. What kind of creep throws a kitten out of a car to get rid of it?!?

    Thankfully for us, the local vet clinic has a homeless pet fund, and they don't have too much trouble placing kittens, so they took it in, patched it up, and one of the techs has a sister who took it home.

    My current house cats are two declawed kitties that got dumped at the barn, and had no idea how to fend for themselves, too.


    Yeah, it drives me nuts how many people think that just because there's a barn somewhere, it's the perfect spot for their unwanted kitties. Ugh.
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    • #3
      Oh I hear you! At my family's farm, a miimum of 3-4 cats get dumped every year, especially around late fall. It's so heartbreaking, and so very frustrating.

      There was one in particular, where my Mom saw a car stop on the road by their place, and she thought they dumped a cat. She kept looking for the cat, and kept hearing the little thing crying, but the poor kitten was so scared that she would hide whenever anyone was close. But she would cry and cry.

      Finally, after about 4 weeks, the poor kitten was so starved and weak, she was trying to eat a plastic dog bone left out in the front yard, and my Mom was able to catch her. She was about 7 months old, and weighed less than 2 pounds. The vet didn't think she would survive the week.

      She did survive, and is now a happy "city cat" living with me, 3 years later. But, to this day, she is beyond terrified of car rides (really fun times trying to take her to the vet, even though she likes the vet once she's there!), and whenever she gets upset, she will run straight to the food dish and eat all of the food within reach. We named her Karma, because hopefully whoever dumped that sweet girl gets the same treatment back in spades someday. I will never, ever understand how a person could do that.

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      • #4
        In high school I had a friend who captured two feral cats (a male and a female). The female had kittens a day or so later... they kept everybody until the kittens were weaned, and then the adult cats disappeared.

        I asked about it, and her mother told me that she had taken them and dumped them off at a farm in Amish country. She saw absolutely nothing wrong with doing that. (wth, REALLY?)

        I was livid. And I only got more angry when all the kittens subsequently tested positive for FIV and were dead before they were a year old- how many more FIV+ kittens did those two adult cats add to the world? How many adult cats did they spread it to?

        People make me mad sometimes.

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        • #5
          We get animals dumped here occasionally. This spring a stray GSD ended up letting herself into my yard. She was a BEAUTIFUL dog. She knew how to sit, lay, shake, speak, and stay. A bit neurotic with cats, but otherwise a wonderful dog who loved her people. Not spayed, so probably was a young breeding dog (given the training).

          No microchip, and no one responded to ads or reported missing a dog matching her description. Very sad for the poor dog.

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          • #6
            In my case the unwanted kitty filled a void- my SPCA rescued shepherd cross died of cancer after only 2 months and within 2 weeks this skinny kitty was sitting on my deck. I am not a cat lover but was so sad over my loss- now after a year she is my buddy ( I call her puppy )

            But i know what you mean ..

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            • #7
              This has been going on forever. When I was a kid people would dump their dogs and cats off at the public landing 3 doors down the road. My father swore that his 2 llewellyn setters invited the animals over to our house.
              But we had to take them to the pound where they were killed.
              Right now I have Cloudy's cat, the one who was dumped off at the barn as a kitten 6 yrs ago. I brought Tobey home when he was a year old, because the eagles at the barn and the vicious Bouvier dogs that the BO bought were going to get him.
              Disposable animal society of ours.

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              • #8
                Happens often at my old boarding barn. Jen's amassed quite a collection of felines. Thankfully, our local HS does spays/neuters quite reasonable for barn cats (and free for ferals).

                This is something I am NOT looking forward to when we buy the farm.
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                • #9
                  It is due to the myth that the dumper uses to comfort themselves as they boot the animal out of the car and drive off:
                  animals need to live on a farm to be happy.

                  They are just trying to make sure the animal is happy. That way that don't have doubts about the morality of the abandonment.

                  It is pretty common everywhere (except maybe those communities so small that everyone knows who owns what).
                  Sheilah

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                  • #10
                    We are having a really big problem with animal dumping this year at our barn. We haven't had any dogs yet, but this year alone we have caught 4 cats and re-homed them, and currently have 5 more that we are feeding trying to gain enough trust in to catch. Luckily we have a woman that boards at our barn that her husband is a vet. If we catch them and take them to him he will spay/neuter and post ads in his office to try and place them. 2 years ago now someone dumped 8 show rabbits at the barn. The BO and her daughter drove home one night to find all these rabbits in the road, they were obviously pets because they could walk right up to them and pick them up. We caught them, and people at the barn ended up adopting them all. My sister took one for her classroom that is seriously the sweetest rabbit in the world. The idiot dumped these rabbits in fall with clipped claws and show trims! IDIOT!!!!!

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                    • #11
                      It's the "out of sight out of mind" mentality. And the most irresponsible, cruel, unkind sort of practice. People think if you live on a farm you can take in a million strays. Trouble is, who pays for them to be neutered so they don't multiply? Who pays for shots, food, shelter for these off-loaded animals? And who says the farm owner isn't a crazed animal abuser? PEOPLE DON'T THINK.
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                      • #12
                        My sweet 6 month old kitten got attacked by a feral tom that I'm sure someone dropped off awhile back. He got a nasty bite wound and now I have a vet bill and Junior is going through a course of anti-biotics. I've been trying to catch him and get him neutered but he managed to escape the trap the first time and now is too wiley to go in it again. Its a very frustrating problem.
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                        • #13
                          It is horrible, isn't it? Each of our pets has a story like that: the pony whose family moved away and left him behind, the ancient pin fired OTTB who hauled kids through the show ring safely for years and was heading for auction when we bought him from a boarder to save him, the collie mix whose owner dumped him in a neighborhood and drove off, the Kuvasz who was left at the shelter, the Greyhound who was 'adopted' by a crazy granddaughter for her elderly grandmother who died shortly afterward, leaving the dog in need of yet another home, the cats who were left here or we took in after hearing their sad stories.

                          It just never ends. My eight year old son brought one kitten home when he found the neighbor boys throwing it around because the Mom told them to 'get rid' of it. She was so typical of the ignorant human who is totally without compassion or a sense of kindness. I was so proud of my son for standing up to those bullies in training when he grabbed the kitten and ran up our driveway with it.
                          The problem is so huge and overwhelming, I try to look at it this way. Those of us who love animals and care about stewardship just do the best we can. Sadly, we can't rescue all of them or even enact fitting justice for the ones who suffer but we just do the best we can for the ones that cross our path in life.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LAZ View Post

                            I say we round up all the idiots that dump animals, take them downtown to the nearest big city, remove all their clothes, cell phones, credit cards, etc and abandon them downtown naked....
                            Nah, thats too easy. I'd rather see more pain inflicted. I hate these people!! Society has no use for animal abusers.. Get rid of them.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Trees4U View Post
                              In my case the unwanted kitty filled a void- my SPCA rescued shepherd cross died of cancer after only 2 months and within 2 weeks this skinny kitty was sitting on my deck. I am not a cat lover but was so sad over my loss- now after a year she is my buddy ( I call her puppy )

                              But i know what you mean ..
                              I am a cat lover but I had to comment that I had a similar incident about five Decembers ago in that a dump-off filled a big void in my life. On the coldest day of the season (rainy, windy and nearly freezing temps) I kept hearing a kitten mewing. I looked around the house and kept looking all day but couldn't find the kitten.

                              I was recovering from a horse accident that aggravated an old injury and was in a lot of pain at that time. Christmas shopping wasn't happening because I could barely walk, I had to ask my Mother to have everyone at her house because I couldn't do it, and I was very very depressed.

                              As it got dark, I could still hear the kitten and finally it appeared on my porch. I tried all evening long in the bitter cold to catch the kitten with no luck. I about decided she must be pretty feral and came inside to give up. At that time, I heard a sound at one of our french doors and there she was, literally scratching at the window pane. It broke my heart and I knew she couldn't be feral if she did that, just scared. So I got sneaky - I put out a saucer of warmed milk right by the door and watched the kitten literally follow her nose across the porch to the milk. Then I opened the door just a bit (by this time, it was 11:40 p.m. and it was my last attempt for the night). The kitten took me up on my offer, came thru the door and she has been here ever since. She is the MOST loving cat I've ever owned. Her sister, I discovered later, ended up at a neighbor's house and she is still living there - also a very loving cat.

                              She cheered me up thru Christmas and I just decided "Christy" was a keeper. http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...ho-stayed.html

                              To answer the OP's question, it still infuriates me to think of who ever dropped off barely weaned kittens on our farm, and to do it in such horrible weather as we were having!
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                              • #16
                                Ok, so now that we've justifiably ranted about it, what (if anything) can we do? I do volunteer with a cat rescue organization in the city where I live, but I mean on a specific farm-related note; is there anything that can be done to stop the dumping of unwanted animals at farm properties?

                                I know that there are a lot of cottages in the area where my family's farm is, and that the general belief with the full-time residents in town is that the "city people" a.k.a the cottage owners are dumping their "cottage" kittens at the end of the season.

                                This makes sense given that most of the dumped cats that we see are right at the end of the summer season. However, I am a "city person" myself, and would never, ever do something like that. But, is this trend something that others see too? If it' s true, is there a way to educate these idiots so that they don't think that "animals need to live on a farm to be happy", as another poster said?

                                Incidentally, I do have to say, if those people really thought that "they will be happier on a farm" myth was true, I would expect that they would have the nerve to bang on the door of the farm, and say "hi there! we have a cat/dog/rabbit here for you!" Funny how that never seems to happen.
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                                • #17
                                  I think some people don't think of animals as anything other than just nice, sometimes fun creatures that exist for human amusement and don't really count, if you know what I mean. It's kinda awful, but with people who've never had a particular bond with an animal or to people without much imagination, it seems like a common attitude. These people aren't going to be educated by a poster or an PSA. I don't think there's much you could do with them except possibly criminalize dumping and getting the police and prosecutors to really go after a few of them to set an example.

                                  Then there are people who feel it's wrong, do it hoping that nothing bad will happen to the animal, and are furtive in large part because they know they'll get flack for it if caught. They could be discouraged by an educational approach.

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                                  • #18
                                    I had someone put a kitten inside my horse trailer, with a can of food, while I was at work, and drive away.

                                    It was a hot late summer day and luckily I got home while it was still weakly mewing.

                                    Might ruffle feathers, but I think more people need to accept the reality that a merciful death is not the worst thing that can happen to a creature, if it is sick or they cannot take care of it themselves.

                                    (Sigh).

                                    Thank you for caring for the wittle unwanted wittens.

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                                      Originally posted by Serendipity View Post
                                      Ok, so now that we've justifiably ranted about it, what (if anything) can we do? I do volunteer with a cat rescue organization in the city where I live, but I mean on a specific farm-related note; is there anything that can be done to stop the dumping of unwanted animals at farm properties?

                                      I know that there are a lot of cottages in the area where my family's farm is, and that the general belief with the full-time residents in town is that the "city people" ak..a the cottage owners are dumping their "cottage" kittens at the end of the season.

                                      This makes sense given that most of the dumped cats that we see are right at the end of the summer season. However, I am a "city person" myself, and would never, ever do something like that. But, is this trend something that others see too? If it' s true, is there a way to educate these idiots so that they don't think that "animals need to live on a farm to be happy", as another poster said?

                                      Incidentally, I do have to say, if those people really thought that "they will be happier on a farm" myth was true, I would expect that they would have the nerve to bang on the door of the farm, and say "hi there! we have a cat/dog/rabbit here for you!" Funny how that never seems to happen.
                                      I dunno, anything that moves slowly enough to get caught around here gets spayed/neutered and if I were ever to catch someone in the act of dumping an animal I'd prosecute whatever was left of them after I'd gotten through with them.

                                      Maybe if every person had to vounteer at the Humane Society (or their equivilent) and see all the perfectly healthy and darling animals that come in only to be euthanized they would never be careless with their animals, or if they had to caretake a severely injured HBC animal until it could be tended to or if they had to nurse a starved animal back to health they would understand that with animals comes responsibility.

                                      But I'm not holding my breath...

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                                      • #20
                                        Peole are unbelievably unthinking, uncaring and downright cruel. I agree, the only way to force people who need to be forced to care for animals is totally criminalize it. Make it such a stiff penalty that people think long and hard before they breed / dump / abuse animals. I know it won't stop the problem altogether because lots of animals will still slip through the cracks, but people should have to be registered to breed anything. There should be rules and regulations and people to enforce them. Just not enough is being done to stop the breeding.

                                        The poster who said that many people don't look at animals as anything other than a distraction is completely correct. I guess they're wired differently and I feel terribly sorry for them,they have no idea what they're missing out on. However, I also believe that many of these same people can be educated and made aware.

                                        Since corporal punishment of the severest kind sadly isn't an option for animal abusers (of any type) then a long stint working for an animal rescue / rehabilitation center would be a good second choice. It might arouse a sense of empathy for those who cannot fend for themselves.

                                        I think something we can all do is to volunteer just a little time to rescue and rehabilitation organizations. I believe that lots of depression could be avoided by doing this. We'll forget our minor problems when we see just how tough some creatures have it...
                                        We also need to stand up and be counted when we see friends and family with unsterilized animals. Educate them!!

                                        I speak as one of those who couldn't imagine life without my animals, esp my cats. Whoever says cats are independent and stand-offish haven't a clue what they're talking about. A stand-offish cat is simply one that hasn't been shown enough affection.

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