Post # 1
Its taken me a long time to get to this point. We have three dogs and five cats. Which is fine and I have no compliants about that. The dogs– I had one, he had one and we adopted one together. The cats… there should only be 1 but all the others showed up on the doorstep. Most of the ones that showed up were either TNR (Trap, neuter, return) or if they were young enough I found homes for them. I’ve TNR over 30 cats in the last five years. I have found homes or rescues for over 15 kittens in the last five years. I live in a the city.. near college students… and other poor folk and they keep dumping their unneutered cats and leaving. So my neighborhood has a problem with that.
I also have two additional cats that are not mine… they are my mother’s. She lost her job two years ago. I took in her cats about a year ago– when she was hopping from relatives house to relatives house. Now she has a new job that provides her housing but won’t let her take the cats. She says she will get promoted around Oct and with the raise she will get her own apt and take the cats back… but none of that is for sure. They are good cats but one is very needy and the other keeps eating my plants and vomitting them up… which is annoying– both on the cleaning and my plants keep getting killed level.
Early March I found two stray dogs looking in the dumpsters for food. I took them in. I paid to get them neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms (negative thankfully!). A rescue 2 and half hours away took one of the dogs– and I drove him the whole distance. He’s found a forever home now.
But the other dog is still with me. Rescues have this attitude that since the dog is “Safe” with me they will help a dog in danger and save it from the pound. Thing is I’m overwhelmed. He’s a good dog… but one of my dogs is aggressive with new dogs and one of my dogs doesn’t like male dogs… this stray is terrible with cats, and he jumps my 5 foot fence. He has to be kept apart from all the other animals in my tiny kitchen.
I’m so frustrated. I have a friend’s wedding coming up in May and I’ll be gone all weekend. I have to hire a pet sitter for my pets… but boarding the stray or paying the petsitter is still going to run an extra 100 dollars for three days. I really can’t afford to keep him and I’m soooo tired all the time!
I certainly don’t go out looking for animals but I don’t turn a blind eye either. If I see a stray I help it if I can… but right now I feel like if I see another stray dog I’m just going to have to leave it outside and keep going… because if a rescue won’t help me after I paid to have all the medical done then I’ll get stuck with it and I can’t handle more. I’m frustrated and this is really a vent post more than anything.
All this and I’m trying to plan a wedding too!
Post # 3
I too am the “animal lady” and I know exactly what you’re going through. It is a noble thing what you’re doing for these animals and even though your stray is a little bit of a PITA, it appreciates you and what you have done. People often don’t give dogs credit, but my two rescues KNOW that I saved them each from horrible lives, and one from the brink of death. I am sorry you’re so stressed and having to separate them all and keep each one happy is difficult, but just think how rewarded you’ll be when you find a new home for him!! You’re a wonderful person and on behalf of the furries you’ve rescued, thank you.
Post # 4
Just to give a status update. We named the stray Don Juan since he gives so many kisses. He was adopted about a month ago to a young couple that owned a condo but no yard. I figured it was better that they have to leash walk him since he can be a fence jumper. Well only 5 days into the adoption they wanted to return him because they were “too selfish” they didn’t want to get up early in the morning to let him use the bathroom before work. And she told me “It’s raining today, I don’t like the idea of having to walk him in the rain. It made me realize its cold in the winter, and I won’t like that I would have to walk him in the cold.” Seriously this is the lamest excuse I have ever heard for not wanting to keep an animal. They mentioned that if they had a yard they thought it would be fine. I really hope they don’t make this mistake again in the future because yard or no, dogs still need exerise and they have to activitly participate in excerising a dog in all kinds of weather.
Anyway, the good news is that Don Juan was adopted again last Wednesday. I’m hoping this one sticks. The new owner has had dogs before so having to walk the dog in you know weather shouldn’t be a surprise. Though I did make sure to point out that it is “cold in the winter” and that it can rain 😛 He looked at me like I was crazy for saying that so I think thats a good sign. I’m really hoping this home works out. We had kept Don for 4 & 1/2 months. Luckily I was able to get a friend to watch Don at her place for a week while I went to the wedding. When I wrote my first post I was mostly freaking out about kennel/pet sitter cost. It helped a lot to have a friend with an outdoor kennel. Felt bad that he was outside for a week but it was better than a kill shelter. Anyway, here’s hoping that this new home works out for the little guy
Oh yeah- I still have my mom’s cats. narf.
Post # 5
I’m glad the second adoption worked out for you. It’s insane how selfish some people when it comes to animals and showing love and compassion to other living creatures.
Thank you for all that you do for our stray animals and your own! You’re doing a great thing!