A Letter to Heart Reach - Please Help Lemiuex the cat
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No one will adopt Lemiuex - Please Help! April 18, 2006 7:24 PM I am truly hoping you can help me with a very difficult situation. I own a very sweet rescue cat who had a rough childhood -- the original owners tried to drown him by tying him in a pillowcase and throwing him in a lake -- and I've kept him for about 12 years. He is skittish but that is not the problem. The problem is that he urinates all over my house and has been doing this for about 11 1/2 years.
I now need to move out of my house to a different city and into an apartment. No one will adopt Lemiuex. I need to find a home for him immediately. (I would love to find him a place that has a cat protection fence so he could be outside and protected but his urinating wouldn't be a problem.)
I have tried everything. I have tried two different anti-anxiety drugs on him, I've tried behavior therapy, I've tried Feliway, I've tried every urine and odor eradicator made, I've tried different litter boxes, I've tried different litter. Nothing works. I now have resorted to fans to keep him away from the floor areas in the kitchen (a favorite urination spot) but he jumps on the counter and urinates there. I've tried caging him while I'm out. He urinates when I get home and let him out.
You are the fourth rescue org I've contacted. I've posted a notice in the no kill newsletter. I have talked to friends, acquaintances, the vet, etc. It looks like I will have to do something I never thought I'd do -- put him down. And he is the sweetest cat in every other way. My time is very limited as I am moving and the house needs to be urine free so it can sell.
I would be grateful for any assistance you can provide.
Best regards, Elisa
letter back to me.. April 18, 2006 7:30 PM
Thank you so much for getting back to me. I am happy to "sponsor" him (ie cover his vet bills/food/etc. through donations to your organization or to the individual who will take him in). I have had him thoroughly checked by my vet, and they could find no medical reason causing this. He is neutered. He also has a tendonectomy (?) which means he can't extend his claws.
I lost my job in September last year and am still looking for full-time employment. I need to sell my house because I cannot afford to cover the mortgage any longer and will be staying with friends until I can rent a small apartment. I have two other rescue cats, Gretzky and Biscuit. No apartments in my area will allow more than two cats, and I'm not sure my friends will even be thrilled with two.
I cry every time I think about having to put Lemieux down and am looking for any way to avoid that. I need to put the house on the market at least by mid-May. Do you think something could be arranged by then?....
I should mention, I am from the Kansas City area (my dad lives in Belton, MO; and my sister and her family live in Shawnee Mission, K but I live in Austin, Texas. I have been emailing shelters across the US in an attempt to save my cat. If something can be arranged with you I will drive him up to Wichita at your convenience.
Best regards, Elisa Fink
Natalie K. Emails sent to Heart Reach Animal Sanctuary April 21, 2006 6:45 AM
Above, are copies of the two letters we received from Elisa.
There must be someone out there that will give this sweet hearted cat a home to live out his life. Someone that could build him an outside addition to their house.
I know we can find him the perfect home.
Kat O. I April 21, 2006 5:09 PM
I crossposted this to my group Animal Hotspot....
if anyone can help this kitty...Contact the owner ASAP......thanks ya'll!
Natalie K. Thanks Kat! April 25, 2006 9:24 AM
I know we can find a loving home for this poor guy...Hugs and thanks sooo soo much!
Love, Natalie Kallenbach
Natalie K. Thursday, 1:23 AM
Hi, Natalie: I'm just checking in. I'm running out of time and have to get my house scrubbed (de-urinated) so the real estate people can come by to put it on the market.....Let me know if I can bring Lemiuex up to you.
Elisa Fink <email@example.com> wrote: Natalie: it is ok to post. i have heard from other so called rescuers who told me to put lemieux down so others could be adopted...
keep me posted; lem and i are hopeful
Urgent Can Anyone Help?? Thursday, 5:50 PM
Please read posts above, surely there is someone willing to adopt this loving cat. He has no more time!
I said he could come here to the shelter, but I'm worrried this will be hard on him. We are at capacity now...
Lem(the cat) needs someone and somewhere he could go outside safely. Please contact me or Elisa at the above email, me(Natalie- Heart Reach) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your help...keep up the hope for Lem!
Advocates press for no-kill policy at county shelters
By Diane Dietz
Published: Sunday, April 30, 2006
Lane County animal shelters kill dogs and cats at twice the rate necessary to relieve the animals' suffering and remove vicious dogs from the streets, say animal welfare activists who promote a drastic reduction in killing.
The government-run Lane County Animal Regulation Authority and the nonprofit Greenhill Humane Society killed about 3,400 dogs and cats by lethal injection last year, shelter statistics show. This amounts to 52 percent of the cats and 16 percent of the dogs that passed through the shelter doors.
"We're required to take stray animals in. We sometimes have to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to make room," said Mike Wellington, who oversees the government shelter. "We just don't have enough adopters, and we don't have enough space to hold the animals longer."
Today, in cities across the nation, animal welfare advocates are challenging the idea that shelters have to kill friendly, reasonably healthy dogs and cats or else be overrun with animals.
They say a shelter running at peak efficiency can find homes for almost all stray and abandoned animals. They also say that rallying a community around a "no-kill" ideal brings manifold increases in enthusiasm, volunteers and dollars to the shelters.
"We can become a no-kill community," said Diana Robertson, who's spearheading the Lane County effort. "We need people to set a high standard for the shelters and to help out at the shelters."
The drive to no-kill shelters began in 1994, after Richard Avanzino, the director of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, tore the decompression chamber - now seen as a hideous way to kill animals - out of his shelter, according to Animal People, an international advocacy newspaper.
He appealed to the affluent public in the city by the bay to donate large sums to keep the animals alive. With the money, he launched a host of adoption, foster care, medical treatment and behavioral therapy programs that got most animals into homes. Today, San Francisco has the lowest rate of shelter killings for a large city at 2.5 animal deaths per 1,000 residents.
By comparison, the Lane County rate is 10 dog and cat deaths per 1,000 residents per year.
Now, 10 local animal welfare groups - collectively called the Overpopulation Crisis Coalition - have teamed up with county Commissioners Faye Stewart and Bill Dwyer to bring national no-kill firebrand Nathan Winograd to town in July to advise shelters how to lower the death rate. Or even adopt the no-kill philosophy.
"It's the ideal," Dwyer said. "It requires tremendous resources and commitment. It works in other places; whether or not we have the resources and the commitment remains to be seen."
The first order of business in a no-kill community is establishing a low-cost, high-volume spay and neuter clinic, Wino-grad, a former prosecutor and animal welfare lobbyist said in a telephone interview.
Wealthy communities sterilize their dogs and cats at four times the rate of their low-income counterparts, giving lie to the assumption that pet owners are simply irresponsible, Winograd said. "It's not culture. It's not irresponsibility. It's cost," he said.
Lane County governments are boosting their spay and neuter efforts with up to 4 percent of the proceeds from dog licensing fees, but it's not enough to take care of the big job. Clinic waiting lists are long and the cost is prohibitive for some pet owners. The Portland Feral Cat Coalition brings its mobile unit to Eugene every other month, but the numbers of fertile felines keep on coming.
The Willamette Animal Guild hopes to hire a veterinarian and a technician and open a low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter clinic in October at the intersection of Royal Avenue and Highway 99.
They want to sterilize 25 dogs and cats a day, five days a week, 48 weeks per year.
"There are thousands and thousands of animals without homes. Society thinks, `Well, we'll just kill them all,' " guild member Jill Winans said. "What we're trying to do is cut off the source."
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