Somebody asked me this in the comments of my last post:
why are you catching the kitties? just wondering…what type of shelter to you bring them too and what happens to them? I have never heard of a trapping license.
And the more of my reply that I typed, the more I thought this deserved a post of it’s own.
We’re trapping the cats because there’s a huge colony (like, 14-16) of ill and uncared for animals that the old woman behind our house refuses to stop feeding (though she won’t get them fixed or see to their health care). More importantly, because our house was empty for the two years before we moved in and there was no lawn, they were all trained to use our rather small front lawn as a litter box. This, in turn, led to our three indoor cats contracting worms and, for the first time in three years, fleas. The strays have also caused a huge amount of damage to our newly installed lawn and almost any personal property that we leave outside. Not to mention the disgusting environment that hour front lawn had become, or the constant fighting, or the fact that they urinated on our front door twice a week.
We take every animal we catch to the North Central Animal Shelter. Hopefully they clean up okay and they’re friendly enough to get adopted. They told us a few weeks ago that they had an adoption fair and didn’t have enough animals to adopt, so I like to think that most of them get a fair chance. Many of the ones that we’ve taken in seemed very adoptable to me. It also affords them the opportunity to get proper health care and gives them at least a shot of a safe and happy life. Unlike the two we didn’t catrch that got demolished by traffic on Alavarado, or the one with a disfigured leg that needs the attention of a vet no matter how much you think your love will heal it.
As for the permit, you can’t trap animals in LA without one. And getting one is a pain in the ass, depending on who you’re dealing with. As it was explained to us, they’ve had to change the law to favor the animal over the owner because of the negligence and cruelty of property owners in the past. Along with the permit, they provide you with the trap (it’s humane) and a notice that you need to duplicate and post around your neighborhood. I’m not happy about having to do it, but it’s really the best of two bad options.
As I was turning in my animal last night, the attendent was telling me that this time of year is really the eye of the storm for them. Between late March and early June, there are something like 15 dogs and 45 cats born per human birth. So if you’re thinking about getting a pet, now would be a good time to consider visiting your local animal shelter to see all the cute kittens and puppies that have been abandoned by their owners. And if you’re generous enough to consider an animal that’s just a few years old, the North Central Shelter at 3201 Lacy St. has the 11 that we’ve turned in. Several of them were heartbreakingly sweet. We would have adopted them ourselves if we didn’t already have three cats.