I volunteer for Best Friends Rescue which is based in Brisbane.
I was at the pound the other day waiting for half an hour to pick up some dogs that our rescue organisation were giving a second chance to.
In that time 15 cats were surrendered. Five 8 week old kittens- all fluff and cuteness, a sleek black mother cat and her 5 x 3 week old kittens- only so new in the world and three other lovely, friendly cats. That is in HALF AN HOUR!
They were all euthanased at 0700 on Friday. This is WRONG, wrong on so many levels!”
We can’t take on any of the cats from the pound (even though they are very keen for us to do so) because we simply don’t have the carers. I was able to rescue one little one the other day and her 4 newborn kittens and they came home with me- thankfully hubby hasn’t moved out like he said he would if I bought one more cat home (lol- he’s all talk anyway- he understands that i CANT leave animals there to die). It’s just so frustrating when you see such lovely natured companion animals that for no huge fault (possibly lack of training or stimulation) of their own are heading towards death way before their time.
The staff at the pound were telling me the other day that they aren’t even ‘allowed’ to tell people who are surrendering animals that there is every likelihood they will be euthanased!
(Thank-fully they admitted to me that they are so fed up with the endless stream of animals coming in that they do now tell people about the likelihood of death for their ‘pet’.)
DRP Comment: this happens all the time round the country.
Actions you can take: please write and tell us your stories – they have to be told. And if you do write to us, also send the story to your local government representative responsible for animal welfare in your State. We honestly don’t believe that they have half an idea of what goes on. What do you think?