Posted By Ann

     I love reading your comments; Sally has written about her cat Purdey who was seriously injured and now gets round on three legs. This is such an uplifting story as it demonstrates the remarkable power, courage and will to live inherent in cats. Hopefully it will encourage others who face a similar situation to give their cat a chance.

      When we think of unwanted strays it is usually dogs and cats that come to mind but there are many different creatures that swell the ranks of the homeless. Horses, donkeys, sheep and goats also find themselves abandoned. I had a hen for many years that simply strolled in at my drive gate. All my efforts to find her home  failed, so I gave her a name, Wanda, because she wandered in, and she joined my little band of hens and repaid me by laying about five eggs a week.

      A groundswell of opinion is spreading across the world about what to do with the vast numbers of surplus cats and dogs that are killed annually, lets not use fancy words like euthanased, even less ‘put to sleep’, the plain fact is they are killed.  It took one of my cats to bring this home to me, I had rescued him from the local pound, I was appalled to learn that he knew he was under a death sentence.

      I had never thought much about ‘No-kill shelters’ other than to think they were a nice, if sentimental, idea and totally impractical. With such vast numbers of stray cats and dogs something had to be done about them.

      When my son adopted a dog from a no-kill shelter I actually argued with him that such places could not work – eventually they would have so many animals they would have to kill.

      That has been the reasoning of those who ran Shelters (so-called – how can it truly be called a shelter when in reality it is a waiting room for death). Then in 1994 a shelter in San Francisco became the first in the United States to operate a shelter with a No Kill policy and the No Kill movement was born. This was the beginning of an ethical social movement to stop the killing every year of hundreds of thousands of healthy dogs and cats. The figures are astronomical and a dark blot on our so-called civilisation. a staggering 5 million in the United States; Australia with a far smaller population, 250,000 How can this be stopped? How can you and I do our bit?


Below:  Crystal, arrived at a shelter 2 days before giving birth to six puppies, now enjoing a happy life.

Crystal - once a pound dog

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