Sadpig was the name of a charity I started to help animals. I drew the pig caricature I used as a symbol for that charity and decided to use it for my efforts now, as I found it got attention…and no, it is NOT a self portrait! 🙂 Funny name….. but I bet you will not forget it! I no longer run the charity. I am retired, and it is closed, but I help other animal causes, predominantly Cats Anonymous (see why below) .
Actually more of a dog person, I started helping Cats Anonymous about 20 years ago when I became aware of the incredible conditions some cats face .
Tish was working at a local pet store, and at the time I was fighting to have the local dog pound operator replaced, as the dogs were kept in vermin infested building with no exercise facilities, hardly any heat, ventilation, light, etc., and were often sold for animal research. I went into the pet store to elicit their help in my fight. We managed to get the situation improved for dogs, but I found out there were absolutely no accommodations in place for cats. My wife and I visited Cats Anonymous , were impressed with Tish’s operation and have been helping ever since.
Feral cats are the product of human neglect. For some bizarre reason some people seem to think that if they no longer want a cat, all they have to do is let the cat out somewhere to fend for itself. Most of the cats so abandoned will die horrible deaths, frightened and ill equipped to fend for themselves in the wild. Those that do survive will mate, for usually the type of person that would abandon an animal in such a manner also thinks that spay/neuter is a waste of money. Kittens born into the world with no human contact are ferals. Born without human contact, they are difficult to socialize enough to become pets unless rescued at a very young age. Many die in kitten-hood. Those that survive that stage have an average lifespan of about 3 years. Feral cats usually band together in feral colonies for company and protection, and to find food, shelter, and to mate. In such colonies, feline diseases such as feline leukemia and FIV ( the equivalent of AIDS in cats) are rampant, and a rabies outbreak is always a threat. Female cats go into heat as early as 5 months, and can have 2 or 3 litters a year, so the problem grows at a dramatic pace. Killing feral cats does little. Even if you could kill every feral cat in the colony … an impossible task as they are wary creatures ….. others would soon move in to take their place.
In an imperfect world, the best solution at this time is a trap, neuter and return policy such as Cats Anonymous practices. Feral cats are trapped and taken to the vet who spays or neuters, and vaccinates. The cat is then quickly returned to the colony. No cat moves in to take their place this way, and the number of litters in the colony decline. This practice helps to control the population problem, decrease disease, and cut down on the annoying behaviours that many people complain about : fighting, howling, mating, unwanted litters and the strong smell of un-neutered male urine.
WANT TO HELP?
PLEASE IT is as simple as 1. 2. 3. :
1)Do NOT decide to get a pet unless you are ready to make it a lifelong commitment.
2)If you do get a pet, make certain that you have it spay or neutered
3)Think about adopting a shelter animal. If you are looking for a cat, Cats Anonymous always has some great cats available , and you can see them at their web site, www.catsanonymous.ca