Urgent! Help needed with a Hoarding Situation!

From yesterday’s online Herald

Over 50 cats removed from metro home

May 26, 2013 – 7:00am By The Chronicle Herald

More than 50 cats were taken from a Halifax area rental property Friday by the Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia after the group was called by the landlord.The group says in a release the tenant was co-operative in removing the kittens and adult cats from the property. The animals were taken to a temporary shelter run by DART.The Nova Scotia SPCA will be looking after medical care and evaluations of the animals and spaying and neutering, the release said

Wow!!! Fifty cats in one home! When i shared this story on Facebook yesterday, one of my friends asked how this could happen. Sadly the answer is very simple! In most cases, the kind heart who “rescues” a couple of stray cats is either unwilling or unable to have them spayed or neutered. What happens next is as an all to familiar Unhappy Multiplication Table that quickly gets out of hand!

So is it actually rescuing if one simply provides food and shelter? Of course not! Whether pets are accumulated in one home or passed on to “adopters”, it is really only rescue if the pet is tested, evaluated, given proper vet care and spayed or neutered!

So why do people go down that road? Setting aside the mental health issues of genuine hoarders, it is nearly impossible for kind hearts to ignore the desperate plight of an abandoned animal.

Even worse is that most Animal Control departments in this province have a “Feed Me I’m Yours” policy. What does that mean in realspeak? Simply that kind hearts feeding a stray for a couple of days while trying to find if anyone is missing a kitty will find that they are then the cats owners, at least in the eyes of Animal Control.

Saddest of all of course is the common knowledge that there are rarely any Happy Tails waiting for cats in the custody of animal control. ( Before the keyboards catch on fire, yes I know that CAPS and the ARC Sanctuary try to take as many cats as they can from the Annapolis County AC pound, but this is not necessarily so everywhere, eh? ) It is the rare kind heart who is willing to risk that, eh?

At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, this is why i frequently suggest that municipalities offer free spay neuter chits for people who take in stray cats! That way, the well-intentioned kind hearts feeding three or four stray cats would not wind up with three or four dozen in a couple of years time!

But .. I am wandering afield once again, as I am wont to do in my meandering way. Right here, right now, the point I am hoping to make is that it is a huge endeavor to provide emergency care for fifty cats. Cat rescued from this sort of situation are seldom “cheap dates” Lets face it, kind hearts who could not afford to spay or neuter likely didn’t have anything in the kitty for tests/ checkups / vaccines / neo natal care / etc !

DART NS has set up an emergency shelter and kind hearts wishing to help can click HERE . For updates on this situation, interested folks can go to the DART NS Facebook Page.

What time is it? It is always time to support this kind of heroic effort! PS … it is also time to be kind enough to make sure one’s own pets are spayed and neutered as well 🙂

For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2013
Animal Response Team assists with HRM hoarding case.
The Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia, at the request of an HRM landlord, was called in Friday, May 24, 2013 to assist with a hoarding case…. With the cooperation of the tenant, DARTNS removed over 50 cats from the home. They ranged in size from kittens to adults.
A temporary shelter has been set up in Halifax and over the next few days trained DARTNS volunteers will be providing care for the cats.
The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be conducting the evaluations, medical care, and spay and neuters.
One message we would like to get out to the public is the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered to help keep the population down.
DARTNS is a non for profit society that set up and run emergency shelters for animals in times of need. For more information on DARTNS, or if you are interested in donating please visit our website at www.dartns.org.
Media Inquiries:
Please contact
Catherine Stevens
Communications Director, DARTNS 902-233-4089

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