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Would you tell a lie to rescue an animal?

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FuckNugget Thu 01-Aug-13 19:38:55

Following on from the thread I started yesterday which brought up some interesting points about rescue centres that put (apparently) overly strict rules in place that would prevent potentially good owners from adopting:

would you lie to get around their rules in order to adopt a pet? If you wouldn't lie and you couldn't adopt, would you buy a pet instead?

I'm not saying I would do this by the way, just thought it would be an interesting discussion.

lljkk Fri 02-Aug-13 17:57:28

And no offense to people (fosterers & rescuers) doing a labour of love for no other recompense, but a lot of time, foster conditions aren't great. Before we got them, our kits were kept in a pen in the garage 23.5 hours a day. CPL gushed about what a wonderful foster carer she was, so that was obviously fantastic conditions as far as they were concerned. It feels like a mismatch with the very high standards some rescues seem to expect of would-be adopters.

issey6cats Fri 02-Aug-13 18:06:11

catneuterer i didnt make the no two girl adult cats rule , i think they have had a few failures so decided that safer to say a younger male or either sex kitten ,

was over there today decided to spend my birthday surrounded by cats and kittens, the children under 5 issue, today at the center there were probaly 5 or 6 kittens that could cope in a kiddies house as they are confident outgoing kittens, but there are 4 that no way would they tolerate children far to timid, nearly ended up with one myself, one of the foster moms brought back a georgous tabby mom and her 3 tabby kittens, 2 are reserved now to a young couple who came in this afternoon and the 3rd one the little girl attached herself to me every time i went in the pen, god it was so hard to walk away, but i have 4 cats and a dog already i dont want any more and cant afford any more, she wont be there long cos she is georgous

cozietoesie Fri 02-Aug-13 18:17:29

Oh I don't know, issey - you're two short by my reckoning?


tobiasfunke Fri 02-Aug-13 18:17:49

Op- that's rubbish. Same reasons as we were given.
Our CP shelter is now closed to new admissions as it has so many cats.

I was talking to my 2 work colleagues yesterday about this. One said she lied to her local CP as they wouldn't consider anyone doing over 20 hours work a week and she was doing 25.
The other was told that if she wanted a kitten from her local shelter she had to visit twice a week until the kittens were ready to be rehomed in 6 weeks. She couldn't because she works 40 miles away from her home. She ended up getting pedigrees. It is total madness.

FuckNugget Fri 02-Aug-13 18:21:06

These are the rules for all their cats and kittens hmm. I will never be able to adopt from them ever while I am living in my current home. I am surprised they approve anyone at all with the rules they have confused.

I think shelters are inadvertently creating a problem by being too strict. If someone is unable to adopt, they will probably buy a kitten and the owner who hasn't spayed/neutered their cats is encouraged to allow their cats more kittens as they are profiting. If it had been a case of matching a cat's personality, then fine. But they have said a flat 'no' without even finding out about what we could offer a cat/what cat would suit us.

Happy birthday issey, sounds like a lovely way to spend your birthday flowers. I may end up coming to your shelter, your rules seem the most sensible I've heard of so far smile.

FuckNugget Fri 02-Aug-13 18:24:10

I have contacted cpl, but sounds like they are no better. Issey, I am on holiday (in the uk) this week but I will call your shelter when I am home if that's ok? I would love to provide a home to one of the cats or kittens that you have there smile.

ChippingInHopHopHop Fri 02-Aug-13 18:32:35

FN - if the rules were 'general' like that (ie no under 5's/no rentals) and not 'cat based' I'd have no problem at all lying to them. If it was 'cat specific' then I wouldn't, no.

Our local paper is always full of cats needing adopting, I'd love to adopt a couple but I wont have cats here, not enough garden and on a busy road.

Just need to win the lottery so I can move grin

issey6cats Fri 02-Aug-13 19:20:14

nugget have a good holiday and hopefully you will at least come down and have a look round , the center is wall to wall moms and kittens at the moment nearly every pen seems to have a kitten or four lol

Corygal Fri 02-Aug-13 20:28:27

I had to sort of embroider the truth to get Mr Cory. The centre wouldn't accept offers from people who worked, so I said I was freelance (which I was about to become, anyway).

But while job was on I rushed back from work every day at lunch to check on him and do a quick cuddle and snack so he wasn't alone for hours. Sometimes he even woke upsmile

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