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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    No, I think Zen's situation was worse than what you've described. But what it makes me wonder is - is it in the best interest of the animal to be taken to the local shelter???

    In total honesty, I wouldn't. I'd liase with our local shelter, but at no stage would I add to their burden by taking an animal into them. Maybe that's wrong, but looking at the situation of both Pugger and Zen, it is what I think I would do.
    I think the bolded part here is the important part. From what I read Zen wasn't willing to even talk to the shelter.

    I would do the same. I would send off an email with photograph and as much information as possible about the animal to the vets, shelters and pounds in the area, but I would also keep the animal at my home so that there is as much room as possible at the shelter for the ones that don't have a place to stay.

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    I wasn't sure of Zen's situation, but dogs are different. Cats fend for themselves and kill our wildlife. They can survive pretty well out there where as dogs NEED us to survive and don't climb up into trees etc to catch prey or to get away from the threat of humans.
    It's for that reason that cats are usually out and about doing their thing and not often captured unless they have pissed someone off enough. Dogs on the other hand are normally picked up as soon as seen out roaming.

    If Precious was an older cat, she wouldn't have been brought here. I could bet $100 that my daughter would have freed her (she probably wouldn't have gotten stuck as an older cat) and then walked away confident that the cat would be fine doing it's own thing and would return home for food when it's ready. It was only the fact that she was so young that we were even concerned for her welfare.

    I was going to foster her until the she was sold through Cat rescue, but what is the point in that? The previous owners have a better chance getting her back off me anyway. I went door knocking for hours trying to find where she had come from and the vet knows she is a stray and if anyone phones looking for her they will be given my number.

    The RSPCA and Cat protection society aren't local, they wouldn't put flyers out around here saying she was handed in. She would be desexed and if the previous owner came to find her, they would still have to pay to get her out (probably more than what I would make them pay) and she would have been traumatised from being in a cage with other cats who she may have seen as a threat.
    Here she gets socialised with humans properly so she doesn't turn feral, she gets proper vet care, attention and love, by a family who adore her.

    Most cats go walk-about for days.. I bet the previous owners won't even start looking for her for another couple of days, by then, if she went to the RSPCA she would have already been sold on. After all they are a business and need to make a profit.. me on the other hand am thinking about the cat, not my hip pocket LOL

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    Well done Pugger, if it was me I would also take her in while looking for her owners.


    PS She is gorgeous!

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    Oh I also took her to the vet to check for a chip. by the sounds of it Zen didn't do that.

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    Thanks cate0404


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    Honestly to go back to Zen.......and I will probably get flamed for this but so be it (and I also said a shorter part of this story in her thread)

    When I first got Millie she jumped the fence and took off during a thunderstorm while I was out. She was two suburbs away and a couple of ****ful kids were picking on her. a lovely lady stopped and told them off. In the meantime Millie jumped in her car; she could of taken her straight to the pound, but she didn't. She rang the local vet and rang the pound website to get her up on it. I looked on the website and found her and went to pick her up.

    If she had of taken Millie to the pound it would have been the worst thing she could do for her, it would have traumatised her even more, I feel unnecessarily.

    If the cat belongs to someone then they will be searching for her and as long as Pugger has notified all the people in 'authority' that she can (which by the sounds of it she has) then the owners will have a happy kitten to pick up at Pugger's house rather than a frightened anxious kitten from the pound.

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    I'll put some notices up in the local area tomorrow too. It was raining today so I didn't do it. I will also ask the cat rescue people to put a notice up on their website.

    I am pretty peeved at the owners anyway. 12 week old kittens should not be allowed outside at all and she didn't have a collar and not micro chipped.. not good enough imo oh and the fleas.. not on.

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    And accidents happen.

    If this cat is good with people, there is a good chance she belongs to someone. I rescued a kitten a few weeks ago, only about 7 weeks old and she tried to kill me once she was free (had her neck stuck in a gap in a wall and would have died there - no chance of her getting out). It was obvious she had never been handled before.

    Maybe this kitten is loved, maybe they only got it and had it booked in to get chipped and desexed, maybe they had a visitor who didnt know they had a cat and it accidentally got out. It doesnt take long for an animal to start looking like crap once it is out of its comfort zone, a few days of no food, meet some fleas... welcome unloved cat.

    The first place people look for their pets is the pound, a lot of people wouldn't think to call the vets because stray animals go to the pound, not the vets.

    I get it, I do, but you need to take this cat to the pound and do it the right way, put your name on her and give her owners time to find her.

    I hate our pound here, but if i found out someone picked up one of my pets and didn't take them to the pound because they didn't think it was a nice place, there would be hell to pay.

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    I find it hard to believe anyone here would condone keeping an animal one finds. They need to do their time in the pound and move on to shelters where they can be purchased with all vet work done.

    The vet that this is unscrupulous - what if it were some poor mangy flea bitten puppy?

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    I have always taken any animals I have found to the pound, but in every case had put rescue against so it will be safe either way. I hate doing it, but my local pound is great compared to others. And if the animal has ended up in rescue then at least we have ticked all the boxes in terms of legal requirements.

    However I can understand wanting to keep the animals. A few years ago a friend was out cycling a couple of suburbs over and came across 2 dumped fluffy dogs, she called me as she had no way of getting them home. The poor things, they were so matted their back legs has fused together, so I immediately clipped them off, flea bathed them, kept them overnight and took them to the pound the next morning. A week later I picked them up, and rehomed them fairly quickly.

    Now, had it not been for the fact that I didn't need any more permanent residents, I would have been hard pressed to take them to the pound.

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