Post # 17
We just drove 3 hours to get our kitten last weekend! Granted, the woman who had the cats lives 10 minutes away from my parents’ house so the situation was a bit different. I would still do that though and have a fun road trip!
Post # 18
I agree. The shelters in my own town are full.
Post # 19
Also agree – there’s plenty of cats that need homes in your local shelter, too. I’d donate to the Joplin efforts but still probably stay closer and help a local cat. But adoption is adoption, I’m glad you’re resucing an animal! I wish I could… I’m allergic to everything!
Post # 20
definately worth it. he is going to be a part of your family 🙂
Post # 21
I agree that animals here or there are just as homeless and in need of a loving family.
I do support transports out of the South though because of the horrible reputation shelters down there have. Many of them are more killing centers than shelters and use gas chambers or heart sticks to euth. Rural southern shelters are way behind in humane euthanasia.
Also, this situation is different. The mass destruction in Joplin has left animals with literally no place to go, no protocol to help the number that need assistance.
Post # 22
I’m going to counter you with this only because I’ve been volunteering with a shelter where I live and we have been bombarded with requests from Joplin. They literally have NO PLACE to send these animals.
DO IT! Those animals in Joplin are living in a warehouse. They get little to no contact and attention. I realize animals everywhere are in need of homes but you would not only be helping them, you’d be helping alleviate the strains on the people in that area who are unable to accomodate the huge influx of animals. I think its great that you’d drive that far when you can easily get a cat in your area.
The difference in this situation and your local shelter is the local places are making due, they are getting by whereas Joplin is struggling.
Post # 23
@KatyElle: @KristenGotMarried: There is a difference in a shelter being full or overcrowded as opposed to non-existent as is the case in Joplin. The animals are being kept in an emergency warehouse not a shelter.