I haven’t updated this blog for a little while due in the main to running Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue & our family committments. Today however gave way to a Dilemma we all too often find ourselves in and I thought I’d share.
The crux of the situation is this. The Harbour is full to bursting, in fact when is it ever anything else. The phone rings relentlessly with people who say they can’t keep their cats anymore. Whilst yes, some I empathise with, others have found themselves in the situation due to poor choices and impulsive purchases (the curse of the free ads pet trade).
Today’s situation is a tricky dilemma that we all too often find ourselves in. When confronted by 2 options.
1 is to squeeze in a kitten or 2, make them safe.
2 is to accept we have no space and refuse knowing what fate lies ahead for them. We know this as we are told that if we can’t take them and they ‘must’ go now so will be advertised. Those of you who have read my earlier blog posts will have an idea of just ‘where’ this could be. This potential space will now no longer be available for a genuine emergency.
More often than not we take option 1 knowing that option 2 really is the correct choice but at the same time how could we live with ourselves knowing we had possibly sealed the fate of the little soul.
So we put us all through stress & extra work trying to work out where to house them, relieving someone else’s problem. Yet again…. We’re the dumping ground for peoples pets that they chose to have but who can’t cope with their behaviour. We carry the burden of people’s irresponsible, rash decisions to have pets they clearly can’t care for. People who look to re house their pets having only had them a few short weeks.
What chance does any animal have in today’s throwaway society. People have lost the ability to commit to care for their pets. They feel it is their right to have pets, well no its not. It’s a privelege and if you can’t provide love, care and safety for an animal you chose to have then don’t get a pet.
All too often we hear statements like “a kitten is better for kids you bring a kitten up the way you want it” The truth couldn’t be further from it.
You don’t create the personality of your pet anymore than you create the personality of your child. Expecting a pet, especially a cat, to be moulded to what suits you just isn’t going to happen. But instead of tossing them away because they don’t ‘fit’ try understanding their perspective, give them space & keep a genuine rescue space free for a cat in genuine desperate need.
What option will it be next time? I really don’t know and it really depends
Certainly, for now there will be no more arrivals until space is created as we are too full. At the same time we are desperately fundraising to generate extra income to enable us to create the new rescue centre and services so we don’t have to make this difficult choice every single day as we will have more space to cope.
Until then….the dilemma continues