One of the most difficult things for me to understand is the sheer amount of abandoned animals. I looked around hoping they had a program like they did back home that would allow you to bring in trapped cats and they would spay and neuter them and re-release them. At least it stopped them from having more litters. No such program here. There is currently a litter of kittens living under our home. They are afraid of people but I know of many other kittens around. Many will likely freeze this winter.
Yesterday I stopped for gas at our local store and there was a cat that was literally yelling. He meow was loud, determined and desperate. She was near the highway and holding her paw. She let us get close which told me she wasn’t wild. We brought her food and as she came closer we realized she was holding her paws because she was freezing. She was shaking violently and when we inquired at the gas station we were told that yesterday a litter box had been dumped in thier dumpster. Some rat bastard dumper her there. She was not accustomed to the cold and would have frozen or starved to death. I took her home of course. She drank, ate and she was so exhaused she plopped down and fell quickly asleep.
She is the sweetest cat I’ve seen in a long time. I hope to find her a home. I’ll take her to the vet first and make sure she’s fixed and has at least her basic shots. There is, thankfully, a wonderful vet we have found (we have our own cats and dogs) that is compassionate and does not over charge you. That is a rare thing here.