Cornwall Ontario – Over a year ago a local business person donated a sum of money to CFN because he wanted our local OSPCA to advertise to help find homes for stray cats in our area after hearing about issues about the difficulties the shelter was experiencing with overload.
The local affiliate did not accept that very generous offer of a full year of free advertising in the largest newspaper in its community. 13 million human pageviews would have found quite a few cats new homes.
Instead we have an affiliate, run by Carol Link, that is refusing to take in animals, and complains to the point of bringing national exposure to Cornwall that truly wasn’t accurate.
Cornwall doesn’t really have a feral cat issue. It has a pet issue as far too many people let their cats out even though cats adapt easily to being indoors full time, and it’s been proven that outside cats have shorter lives than indoor cats and end up with more health issues.
The City of Cornwall also is at fault for not having any governance over cats(or raccoons, or apparently moose) while it does over dogs.
Part of the problem also lies on how the OSPCA runs itself as it essentially becomes a lucrative outlet for vets. By the OSPCA’s own admission locally they state that their average cost per cat care is $514! That’s utterly insane, but then thanks to the Ontario Vet college pet owners in this province pay far more than in our neighboring Quebec or over the border in Massena NY.
An example being that I recently and sadly had to euthanize my very aged cat. A call to Massena showed a fee of $35 as it takes very little time and essentially is a simple injection. A call to the most notorious and complained about pet clinic in our city led to questions if I was a client or not as they had different pricing. Eventually I was told that they’d charge me $110 plus HST. Having to go through such questions while grieving through the process of loss is not nice.
The OSPCA should have student vets or vets in house, and employed by the organization. Donations should not be for padding the pockets of vets.
Does it make any sense to spend $500 caring for a cat and then offer them for adoption for $50 or less because of overcrowding in this day of no kill shelters. And is it any wonder that so many people stop supporting our local OSPCA when they behave in the manner they do? Turning down free support when they appear to be struggling?
Clearly instead of making presentations to council they should be doing their jobs and mandates of caring for animals and finding solutions instead of trying to intimidate a city into giving them pet control contracts, ie more cash, to spend $500 per cat. Again, this is their number as shared in council, not some made up figure unless the OSPCA made that up.
The City does need a by law. It needs owners to control their cats as they do their dogs. IE if they want their cat to be outside it should be limited to their own property unless on a leash, and cats adapt to leash training quite well.
My yard in downtown Cornwall is frequented daily by a about a half dozen local cats who aren’t always the most well behaved visitors.
Pet shelters serve a huge role in pet ownership. They deserve public support at all levels, but if their management puts politics over pet care it’s time for new management.
Whether it be free advertising from media, or people wanting to donate or volunteer, public support is critical. For every person snubbed or disrespected by its staff or management countless others end up not supporting the shelter which is how Cornwall ends up spending $500 to put up cats for adoption for $50 or less.
It’s time to change management of this shelter and move forward because our animals deserve proper care and their best chance at finding a new forever home.
Our community can and needs to do better, and whoever was responsible for that national fake news exposure needs to be held accountable.