So last night I was getting a cart from the Walmart parking lot, I go to grab the cart and I see a pet carrier in it. My first thought is "please let it be empty". Nope. A beautiful black and white cat is sitting in the carrier, soaking wet because it was freezing rain and sleet at the time.
The owners were "kind" enough to write his name, "Tommy", on a piece of tape attached to the carrier.
I just dont get it. There are hundreds of shelters and rescues within 15 minutes of Walmart. They ever think to drop him there? Or place an ad in the paper?
And not only that, but I called the animal control for the town we were in, as well as 2 surrounding towns, and NONE would come get this cat!!! Isnt that their job??? My vet ended up taking him.
What is this world coming to?
And oops, just realized I posted this in the dog section. Sorry! Its the only section I ever look at lol.
What were the animal control reasons for not coming? That is strange. I would certainly complain to my state or county government that runs these shelters. I am sure they are overcrowded, but that is their job. Not yours, as a citizen. What if someone just happened to forget where they placed their cat? I am not saying that is true, but shelters are supposed to help reunite owners with their lost pet. If I ever lose my kitty, I would hate knowing the shelter, of all places "could not help." So sad!!!!!! Thank you for following through and for making sure the kitty was safe.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
That is horrible. My husband said there is an old dog tied to a tree a couple of streets over from us. Just sits out there shivering.And your right, I have called the animal control on different things down through the years and they could care less. Ours even closed down not long ago. I read in the paper espically after Christmas there are even dogs left in cages outside vets offices, Petsmart etc. People are cruel and nuts.
wow the animal control here wont help me out either. There is this awesome APBT whoes owner has been trying to get her for 11 months but can not catch her for her life. No one can catch this sweet girl. We all leave food for her so she can eat and leave dry shelter places for her. But she will not come near humans. Shes fine with other animals though. But the animal control said its not there prob. Why even have them around?
Here in St. Louis, the Animal Control was horribly underfunded, trucks didn't work, people who worked there were not trained properly, not enough equipment, etc.
Well, we had a child literally eaten by a pack of wild dogs and boy have things changed.
The funding has gone up dramatically, training has become much more professional, equipment is up to date and a voluteer group has taken over a whole room at the pound to try to place likely animals. This group even runs a website for the St. Louis Animal Control.
You have to get funding for these city-run places or they will never do their jobs. If they hire untrained slobs for minimum wage--what do you think you are going to get?
We have 2 separate Animal Controls...Dog Warden and Humane Society. The dog warden falls under the County Commissioners and does not do anything but dogs. Ours is funded through sale of license and fines and tax dollars. This animal was abandoned and falls under the Humane Society. They are a non-profit organization that runs by public donations. Therefore, you would have to contact the President of the Humane Society or SPCA. They receive no tax dollars.
Well, there is something to be said for guardian angels. Because something sent YOU, an animal lover, to that Wal Mart to reach for THAT shopping cart so that poor Tommy would be rescued. You were indignant about what the shelters told you, but you still kept trying and Tommy got a second chance. I don't even take the shopping carts that are outside at Wal Mart so I never would have even seen him. You were sent to help, and you did. Keep up the good work and your loving heart! And those people who abandoned him will never know that he is ok so they have to live with their guilt. Good!