Cornwall Ontario – As most people know I am an animal lover. I rescued a senior cat at a shelter who was about to be euthanized for being anti-social. Sure enough the first thing he did was bite me. That’s old man Sam pictured above with his little brother Fitzy the Wiener Dog!
I fought for him and they agreed that if I had him fixed I could take him home They said he was eight to ten at the time, and that was 17 years ago!
Sam is now an old man. But if it wasn’t for that shelter taking him in, even if for awhile before making the decision to euthanize him, even though he was healthy, would he still be alive today?
Politics and money sadly rule the OSPCA it seems. I could be totally wrong, but this isn’t the first time I’ve had to write about the local branch turning away a stray or abandoned cat that is exposed to the elements.
That can only lead to more cats, illness, suffering and many times of course, the death of an innocent animal.
Isn’t the entire purpose of the SPCA to take in animals, crowded or not, and do the best they can? People complain about “Kill” shelters, but wouldn’t it be more humane to euthanize an animal than leave it exposed to the elements and streets?
Diane Leslie, of Long Sault called us today stating how upset she was that after spending a week trying to coax a hung cat out of its hiding place and driving over 30 minutes to the SD&G OPSCA branch that they refused the cat.
She said that she’d looked up their website for their operating hours and that there was no message stating that it was full or that they wouldn’t take a cat. The hard working feline lover took the poor black and orange cat that she estimated to be about six months to the shelter and even offered to pay a $30 abandonment fee, but the shelter said it was full and suggested that they simply put the cat back where she found it.
That’s the not first time I’ve been told that from a CFN viewer. Sadly it probably won’t be the last.
Diane opened the crate and let the cat out in the office. She said that the workers protested and said she could get charged by police for abandoning the animal, but she said it wasn’t hers and walked out.
Ms Leslie said that she pleaded with three workers at the shelter, but to no avail. She told this writer that she didn’t understand that after years of supporting the OSPCA that the first time she encountered them for something, this would be her experience and she said she no longer wants to support them.
We reached out to Alison Cross at OSPCA headquarters in Toronto and she sent a statement back for publication.
As there are no municipal animal control bylaws in the region that pertain to cats, anyone looking to rehome a cat, whether owned or as a stray, are provided by the Ontario SPCA with a variety of options available to help assist in the rehoming. The Ontario SPCA SD&G Animal Centre does offer a waitlist as an option to anyone that contacts us to rehome an animal. If this option is not wanted by the individual other options are encouraged.
Director, Marketing & Communications
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office
That was a bit boggling to me so I sent her a few follow up questions.
Can you confirm what happened at the affiliate as I described to you in our phone call? What is a person to do with a cat that is being a nuisance or is in danger then?
Are you confirming that the OSPCA will turn animals away if the space is full as this person has alleged, and can you tell me what happened to the cat she left in the SD&G office?