Animal Shelter To Person Who’s Dropped Off 100 Tuxedo Cats: Time To Learn About Fixing Your Pets

Dropping off pets you can’t possibly care for at the animal shelter is a good deed, to be sure — but that being said, one facility would like to have a word about fixing your pets after someone keeps leaving boxes full of tuxedo cats on its doorstep.

Because even shelters can run out of room, the local Humane Society in one California town is asking whoever left three boxes filled with 24 black-and-white cats and kittens on its doorstep recently, as well as several other loads of felines, to learn about spaying and neutering, reports

It’s the fourth time this has happened in the last year and a half, a spokeswoman said, leaving more than 100 cats on the shelter’s hands, in addition to all the others. All appear to be in good health, without fleas or diseases.

But it’s just too much.

“Every cage is full and our staff is overloaded trying to care for them all,” she explained. “It’s putting a big strain on us.”

It seems to be the same person every time, as seen on surveillance footage. But identifying that person to punish them isn’t the goal, the shelter just wants to stop the cycle of procreation now before it gets too out of hand.

“We don’t know if this person is some kind of hoarder or if they are just a well-intentioned owner,” the Humane Society rep said. “But we would really like them to know about getting their cats spayed or neutered. We’re concerned that it will keep happening and we want to break that cycle.”

In order to help all 180 cats now at the shelter get adopted to loving homes soon, officials at the Humane Society are waiving cat and kitten adoption fees through the end of August.

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  1. theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

    this makes me so glad the rescue i am with is foster home based and has no designated shelter at which to drop off.
    although i suppose it’s good that this person took them to a shelter at least. some people will leave boxes full of cats anywhere. we just adopted out some kittens yesterday that were found, sealed into boxes, and left on the side of the road in the summer heat. the dog that found him and made his owner go check out the boxes is a very good dog.

    • Mokona512 says:

      Seems hard to run a shelter that is foster home based. Once you have spent enough time with a dog or cat, it is nearly impossible to give them up. Here in NY, there are some large animal shelters but they have a hard time getting pets adopted, and thus the shelters end up murdering the dogs and cats that they are unable to find a home for.
      (main reason being that they make the adoption process very difficult to a point where most people just aren’t willing to deal with it).

      • richardhuffman says:

        I’d just suggest a different terms than “murder.” I worked for several shelters; and I ran what was the world’s largest cat-only adoption organization and sanctuary. Though each my my orgs were as “no-kill” as a shelter could be; we never kidded ourselves that we we were somehow better than municipal shelters that have no choice but to humanely euthanize animals simply because they had no room.

        I’m sure you didn’t intend to be divisive at all; but terms like “murder” as well as phrases like “we ‘rescued’ our pet from the shelter, etc, tend to reinforce a good-guy vs. bad guy mentality. This doesn’t really help at all. Municipal shelter, ‘no-kill’ shelters… they are all part of the issue. What DOES help is aggressive spay and neuter policies in your communities (such as requiring all shelter animals to be altered prior to adoption, offering free and discounted surgeries to the general public’s pets, having a licensing differential for pet licenses: such as 10 dollars a year for altered pets vs. 75 dollars a year for unaltered pets).

        And I hear your point about shelters having making the adoption process difficult. I would suggest that this isn’t always the case; and shelters are generally doing their best to find great homes for the animals in their charge. Typically ‘no-kill’ shelters have stricter policies and longer adoption processes; the upside is that there is no risk that that particular animals is going to be euthanized if they determine that your family isn’t a good fit for that pet. Municipal shelters that are still forced to euthanize for space are much less likely to make their adoption processes particularly long or burdensome.

        And since you mentioned New York; it’s my understanding that euthanasia’s in NY area shelters are increasingly rare; in fact orgs like the Northshore Animal League on long Island regularly bring up lots of cats and dogs from overcrowded shelters in the south because NY-area shelters aren’t particularly overcrowded. If this is the case, then there is little chance that the animal you are interested in will be euthanized if you are not deemed a good fit. But really, you are going to spend 10 to 20 years with this animal… wouldn’t you want to spend an hour or two making sure he or she’s the right fit? In general the shelter is just trying to make sure that you have your landlord’s permission, you recognize that unforseen medical expenses could get expensive in the future, that you aren’t going to lock your new family member outside all day and night, that the energy level of your family is a good match for the energy level of your new pet… stuff like that. It’s not a process designed to wear you down and turn you off… its a process designed to make sure your new family member is a perfect fit.