I understand all of this already. I was a volunteer at the ASPCA for 2 years -adoptions counselor- and I adopted my kitty from there. Believe me, I gave the guilt lecture too...
But i cannot take him with me. I am due in japan for a job on July 7th. There is no postponing, no friends who are willing to look after him, and my housing situation does not allow pets (as in, it's in the contract- NO PETS). Im stuck in a big jam and it breaks my heart because Ive had him for 6 years! Im not just some person tired of their pet! This is not some idiotic reason!! I have no choice!
Thanks anyways :(
Unfortunately we cannot take cats from people because we only work with one rescue person that we get cats and kittens from, and we would just be too overwhelmed with kitties here.
That’s too bad that you can’t take him, I know that it’s a 5-6 month process with the blood tests for rabies titer, microchip, and rabies vaccines, but it certainly is do-able. Is there no way that you can postpone the trip 6 months to prepare him to go with you??? We have many many clients that have moved back to Japan and go through this process, but once the process is done, they get the cats to Japan just fine. Or maybe you can have a good friend who can care for him just for the 5-6 month process, and then once his paperwork is complete, they can send your kitty to you. It would be horrible to give up a cat for just for a reason like that, when with just some preparation he could go with you and live out the rest of his life with you. The shelters are full of animals that are relinquished by people for idiotic reasons, some that claim allergies, which are easily treated, or just don’t want to be bothered having a pet anymore or deal with having to move with them, or don’t want to be bothered finding a place that allows animals, and sadly most get euthanized. If you bring him to a shelter he will most likely be euthanized, and if it’s a no kill shelter, he’ll be living in a cage for a very very long time, and that’s a fate that no animal deserves, when we as their caretakers can certainly make sure our beloved pets don’t meet this fate because of changes in our lives. You can look online for cat rescue groups also, this way at least his living situation may be a little better than what it would be at a shelter, but it still wouldn’t be with you, his caretaker that he’s known and loved for 6 years of his life.
A pet is a responsibility that you take on, when you adopt them you are responsible for them for the entirety of their lives, in sickness and health, like a child, and they shouldn’t just be given away because of a move, even to another country, like I said we have dozens of clients who would never ever contemplate giving up their animals, and have moved with their pets, not only to Japan, but to Europe, South America, other parts of the US, etc.
I was forwarded your contact by a friend of mine who said you might be able to find a home for my kitty, KT. I have placed ads on craigslist and advertised through my swim team member list, but no takers. I've even made a ton of announcements through my webcasts:
(He's quite the online celebrity cat!) but...no luck.
Im leaving for Japan in June and I cannot take him with me. I've had him for 6 years :( 9 year old short haired gray neutered male. has some coordination issues due to a kitten virus, so he walks like he's drunk and runs into things. He's not a jumper. Otherwise healthy and happy. I suppose most people are looking for a tiny lil kitten, but I thought i'd give it a shot.
Nekomimi Lisa ^^