Friday, January 15, 2010

What Paw Prints is all about...

I just blogged yesterday, but this story is worth telling right now. Just where to start! Some background is that the roof on Petsmart here in Sioux City collapsed last week. Animal Control took in some of their small animals, and a rumor started that they were going to euthanize cats to make room for the Petsmart animals. Who knows if this would have been true, but AC says it is not. Paw Prints was given the goahead to take 7 of Animal Control's cats anyway. They were vetted and have been recovering from that place and from colds, which most cats get after being there because of the conditions and stress. I remember when this was going on that one of the cats had a pink glittery collar and was declawed and spayed. The cat had been there since November as well. This screams that this is a cat with a home, it screams loudly.
Kris from Paw Prints did a little research on the cat this week. On the collar was the city license tag, which is a direct line to the owner. The owner was never contacted that her cat was at Animal Control-they had her since NOVEMBER. On the information card at Animal Control (you know, I have a lot of disrespect for this place so I am not going to capitalize it for the rest of this article-my little act of rebellion), the cat was listed as a neutered male, so when the owner DID call animal control to see if her cat was there, of course they couldn't tell her that she was, because SHE was listed as a HE. It would have been easy to tell since the cat had a collar, but that would require someone actually getting up out of their chair and looking in the cat room to see. What they stress is that owners come down to animal control to see if their animal is there. Yes, for a lot of animals, you do need to go see in person, I get it. BUT this cat had a pink shiney collar with TAGS on it. Animal control needs to understand that some of these cats have owners who love them, so DO YOUR FRIGGIN JOB!
Anyway, this cat was reunited with her owner today. The owner, a nice lady who works very hard at two jobs, was beside herself with joy that her cat came back to her alive. After coming to a dead end at animal control, she assumed the cat had been hit by a car or stolen or just lost.
THIS is what Siouxland Paw Prints Rescue is all about. Thank you to Kris for this one as she is the one who got the cat from animal control and did the legwork to find the owner and then reunited the cat with her person.
This is not the first story like this, by any means. There are many cats who are microchipped who are not checked for microchips when they come to animal control. I know this for a fact, and it's pretty discusting to me. Checking the ID on dogs is an issue as well. This will be on my agenda at the next committee meeting.
On another note, I am putting out a request for a computer and/or printer that Paw Prints can use. If you would consider donating file cabinets or other things like that, it is tax deductible.
I also bought new running shoes today. My pledge: I WILL NOT LOSE ANY MORE RUNNING SHOES. Who does that anyway? Besides me.
Thanks for reading today, I love these heartwarming stories!

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