A Paws For Pets — Troubled times

By LaMoine Roth, York Adopt A Pet

Our world is in troubled times and we as a nation, community and family need to unite. Shelters and animal rescues across the nation are in crisis as we struggle to help the thousands of misplaced and abandoned animals. So many individuals adopted both dogs and cats during the recent epidemic for companionship as their lifestyles were forced to be changed. Unfortunately now that we have returned to somewhat normal conditions these same families are relinquishing many of those dogs and cats they have adopted. Coupling this with the normal amount of strays, it brings the intake number for shelters increasing to alarming numbers.

York Adopt A Pet is a no kill organization and as we take in these animals, our resources and volunteer hours are being stretched to the limit. As always YAAP’s first and foremost efforts are for the wellbeing of the homeless cats and kittens. We are the voice of those who have no voice.

As an example, a woman with health issues was placed on hospice and could no longer care for her three elderly cats. Babes, Ralphie and Terry were brought to YAAP. They are senior cats and for the last 13 years they have lived in a peaceful and loving home. Suddenly they found themselves without their home. No one in her family could help, other shelters had declined her pleas and she was not only facing a serious health condition but she was forced to give up her cats who were her family.

Who could turn them away even though they have added to our numbers? There are times when we lead from our hearts. Those who have been involved with rescue understand that when we are helping dogs and cats, we are often helping families who are faced with these tough decisions of relinquishing a beloved pet. Thankfully they have been placed in foster care and are slowly adjusting to a new life.

These are just three of the many cats YAAP has at the shelter and in foster care today. I am sure you have heard the quote by Karen Davison: “Saving one cat will not change the world, but surely for that one cat, the world will change forever.” I recently read there are 6.3 million companion animals who enter shelters nationwide every year. And of that number, 3.2 million are cats.

Cats have the highest rate of being left out to fend for themselves, to breed and to spread the dreaded FELV and FIV diseases which are so contagious. I can’t begin to tell you the number of mother cats with litters that have been brought to YAAP this year alone. You see them running in alleys, hunkered up against the cold wind and snow in which they are forced to live, forging in dumpsters in search of food.

Most dogs running at large are immediately seen and thankfully are picked up before they have two or three litters of puppies; unfortunately that can’t be said for cats. The main reason is they are more elusive and people tend to think that they can feed on rodents. They can also have two to three litters per year. On average, one cat can turn into 18 more per year which is then multiplied by 18. As time goes on these numbers can be staggering.

Our mission is saving cats from hopeless situations. They are able to have the freedom from being caged during their time in our shelter. And yes we will always be the voice for those with no voice, we are Adopt A Pet strong and will continue in our efforts.



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