Shelter stories – If you really cared about your cat …

Scarlett, one of the cats available for adoption at Rochester Animal Services

We got a call at the shelter this week from a woman who wanted to know if we had a list of apartment complexes in the city that allowed cats. She left a message on the voice mail explaining that she had a bunch of cats, that her landlord found out, and now she has to move ASAP.

She didn’t want anything to happen to her cats.

This, my friends, is part of the reason why shelters get overrun with cats.

People do a wonderful thing when they adopt a cat or take in a stray. It’s one less cat in the shelter, and a cat can be a great pet for apartment-dwellers.

But if they don’t have permission to have the pets, there’s always the chance they’ll have to surrender the animals when their landlord finds out and they have to move before they find another, pet-friendly, apartment.

That kind of disruption isn’t great for the cats or the shelters that are already bursting at the seams with cats that need homes.

So it’s important to balance our good intentions with a realistic approach to animal rescue. Not every animal will be rescued; that’s just a fact of life. So if you live in an apartment and have permission to have a pet, fantastic. If not, consider volunteering at the shelter rather than keeping cats on the sly. It’ll be better for you and the animals.

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