How Many Cats Are Too Many?

I visited the local shelter yesterday – the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter. It was just another one of my visits to take pictures of their new intakes so that I can post them online as “available for adoption”. Now I know it’s a tough economy. And I know it’s a tough time of year, but these guys are bursting at the seams with way more than 100 cats and kittens! As I type this they have almost 4 dozen kittens and they’ve had to fill up an “overflow room” with the 6 month to 1 year olds. Adoptions are slow; intakes are high. I specifically went there to take additional pics to try to stir up some interest in the poor souls that have been there for years and years (more than half of their lives . . .) Please check out their listings on Petfinder HERE.

Then, after two hours of clicking away – just as I was making my move to go out the door . . . a man brought in an animal carrier that he had just spotted sitting near the side of the road, not all that far away from the shelter. It was one of those carriers that you’d use to transport a small dog or a cat to the vet. Just like a clown car at the circus – I can’t get that image out of my mind – the folks at the shelter kept pulling the cats outta there: 1…2…3…4…OMG 5 large, adult cats. They were all stuffed into ONE carrier! A magnificent fluffy orange, a long-haired siamese, a white with orange patches, and two all white beauties! They seemed well-fed and recently groomed. What the hell was going on? The mystery remains unsolved as of now. During my ride home, I kept trying to come up with a plausible explanation . . . couldn’t find one that didn’t make me want to throttle the person who purposefully crammed them into that carrier and just left them to . . . fate!

Every time I’m blindsided by yet another horror story, it reminds me of why I push on to deliver the message . . .

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