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Issue of the day: Reduce Fees For Pet Adoptions!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 20:45

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Do you agree with paying up to $100 to adopt a pet?

Vote!

A North County Gazette reader blasts adoption clinics for the high fees.  The anonymous reader writes:
 

“If animal shelters and pet adoption clinics such as adoptapet.com, Petfinders and others were really serious about finding dogs and cats new homes, they’d follow the lead of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter in California.

 

The Palm Springs shelter has waived the adoption fees on all shelter pets through the end of December.”

 

“Now you almost have to take out a bank loan in order to adopt a pet, have a half dozen references. Filling out the adoption application is worse than applying for a mortgage.

 

This new business of “pet adoption” has become a lucrative exploitation and makes it almost cost prohibitive for families to adopt a pet, in fact, it’s almost as bad as a puppy mill.  And it’s denying puppies and kittens good homes.”

 
The reader goes on to write much more.  Please check here for the entire article:  North County Gazette
 
 
We rescued AJAX after a friend of a coworker found him wandering around on the hot California pavement, so we didn’t end up having to pay anything, however I don’t think that I would be opposed to paying a fee.  I do understand though, that just because someone can’t afford to pay the adoption fees it doesn’t mean that they would not be wonderful and loving adoptive parents.
 
 
What do you think of Pet Adoption Fees?  Take the poll Above!

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Speaking of enclosures... WOW!

Saturday, 29 November 2008 14:40

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Cats of Australia has the most awesome display of cat enclosures. 

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Enclosures - The great compromise!

Saturday, 29 November 2008 14:24

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A solution to keeping your cat indoors it's entire life is to build an enclosure!

 

 

The images above are from the Cats of Australia website.  They have a cool story about Ideas on how to build a safe Outdoor Cat Run or Cat Enclosure. Cat Proof Fencing, Cat Enclosures, Cat Runs, Cat Tunnels & more!!!

I also read about 5 lucky cats that live in a beautiful garden.  Check out the exerpt from Victorian Flower Garden

Until about five years ago I'd always allowed my cats to roam freely. Then, after I'd lost a cat on the roads and as I became aware of what a nuisance my cats must be roaming about the neighbourhood, I decided to build them a cat run - but not any old cat run - this was to be a cat empire! This coincided with the introduction of strict cat controls by the local council in Bendigo - fate telling me it was a good idea.

 

I wish I'd done it many years sooner. The cats have never been happier or healthier, and actually prefer the enclosures to the 'outside' (given the choice, the cats will always opt for the cat door into the enclosures rather than the human door into 'freedom'). They feel incredibly safe inside them - something I realised when, the first week they were in the cat run, they happily sat not two metres away from the lawnmower man and his thundering machine when previously they'd always run terrified from him.

 

Now that I have moved down to Tasmania, the cat empire has expanded to suit Nonsuch's huge garden - the cats have more space than ever.  I had several options in building my cat enclosure. I could have cat proofed the fences, but, as with my house in Bendigo, the fences here at Nonsuch are too difficult, and too extensive, to cat proof. I could also have had one huge enclosure, but I've always preferred the system whereby many small enclosures are linked by long walkways - that way the cats can still explore the garden, enjoy many different environments, and have the opportunity for lots of exercise (I have two enclosures sitting on the roof of the car port - a very different view that they love!). Currently the enclosure system at Nonsuch is a full 250 metres all the way about.

 

Visit a clickable plan of the enclosures.

 

 

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Live in Yerington, California? Pet Portraits with Santa slated for December 6

Friday, 28 November 2008 20:41

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The annual Yerington Animal Protection Society (YAPS) 'Pet Portraits with Santa' event will be held next Saturday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the parking lot next to Kritter Kafe on Main Street in Yerington.
 

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Did you know? Cat Owners Now Required to Buy Licenses Annually

Friday, 28 November 2008 19:35

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In Colorado Springs, Colorado come January  cat owners will need a license for feline family members.  The new ordinance is going to cost $12.00 a year if your cat is spayed or neutered and $25.00 if it is not.  Several council members said that since dog owners have had to pay for licenses all these years, it's only right that cat owners should too.  Ann Davenport, Director of Community Resources at the Humane Society, says, "I understand that the economy is very severe right now, but if you can't afford a $12.00, you probably can't afford the regular care your pet needs anyway."

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is looking at the new requirements from more than a money angle; they're looking at it as potentially saving thousands of cats. Last year alone, the Humane Society had over 6,000 cats come into the shelter. About only 400 were returned to owners while more than 4,500 had to be euthanized. The Humane Society hopes licensing cats will keep more alive at a relatively small cost.

 

100-percent of the licensing fees will go towards spaying and neutering feral cats around the area. The changes are set to take effect in January. Contact your veterinarian or the Humane Society about getting those licenses.

The cat licenses are expected to raise about $50,000 annually for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

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Image Source:  Kitty Village

 

 

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