Originally posted by winofiend
"Officer my kitty is stuck up a tree"
"Don't you worry little lucy, I'll get her down for you.... BANG BANG"
Ok, now I know this is awful, but that made me snort.
This guy has a history of less than stellar police work, as well. But hey, they circled the wagons for him one more time. "We have carefully reviewed
the evidence, and shooting kitties in the back yard is okey-dokey by us! Case dismissed!" Did ya really expect any other outcome?
I won't lie - I don't like cats. As a kid, we had working cats keeping the barn under control, I had a few of them that were friendly, and you know,
we made sure they didn't go hungry and were cared for if they were sick, but I never had cats for pets.
Nonetheless, the little # are attracted to me for some damn reason, and we end up with a litter of semi-feral cats in the garage or on the front porch
every year. It seems like every spring there's a knock at the door and some cat's sitting there with a little suitcase and a fat tummy.
I don't have a barn yet on the new place, and there's only so many cat applications available for the field and woodpile. So every year I raise a
litter of cats I don't know, try to socialize them, pay to have them fixed (although the local vets do this a few times a month on the cheap) and
then try to outsource them. If they won't socialize I trap them and donate them to the local managed feral cat colony. I have two that partially
socialized and aren't good for pets but are too tame to go to the woods with the colony, so they stay here.
That to say, with a bit of work the woman could have taught the kids how to clean, deflea, neuter and re-socialize some ferals. It would have been a
nice project for the kiddies. You never ever give cats to the animal guy, they're as good as dead on the spot, even if most of them aren't as big a
buffoon as this ex-cop. You can't even give them to the no-kill shelter if they're unsocial, they don't have the resources to socialize them and
they just consume resources until they're euthanized anyway.
I can generally re-domesticate about half the feral kittens I end up with. Some of them are really pretty and friendly, and are easy to re-home.
Others, well, there's often a cat colony or a barn they'd be happy in. Farmers will sometimes take non-domesticated cats, just get them rabies
vaccinated and you're good to go. The barn is a rough life for a kitty but it's better than car exhaust.