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SPCA let down

Over several years I have taken these abandoned or stray pets to the S.P.C.A. and have never been turned away until this last week. I took in a stray, or abandoned cat, and was advised of the following.  No they won't take him, they don't have room, I should never have fed him, even though he'd obviously not eaten for some time. 

I explain that I can't keep this animal because of my rental agreement.  I'm then advised by some man, presumably the manager of the facility, to not feed hungry animals, that I should take him back to the area but not to the property, and to dump the cat, and should it return to my house for food, again; not to feed it. 

He then went on to explain that cats are survivalists, and that the cat would soon turn feral, and could survive on its own but under no circumstances would they take this cat in as was too mature and no one would want him as a pet.  So how does this  policy of indifference relate to the prevention of cruelty to animals. 

From my point of view this particular S.P.C.A. did far more in years past to help alleviate animal problems than under its current management.  I guess if you get $165.00 for cute and cuddly, why bother with old, crippled, mature, sick, or un-neutered animals, no one will buy them anyway, and that's where the buck stops. 

Well I like the old system better, when this organization wasn't in it just for the bucks.  For all you pet owners who are bored with your animal, or tired of cleaning up after him because his bladder ain't working,or its just too much effort to walk, or you can't afford to spay or neuter just take heed of the local S.P.C.A. drop him off somewhere, he'll turn feral and all will be right with the world, and the S.P.C.A. can continue making $165.00 for cute and cuddly.

Somehow I Feel betrayed!

Ken Lowther

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