Updated November 3 12:40pm
The mother cat has been removed from the Urgent Cats of Palm Beach page. Her whereabouts can now be considered as unknown.
A post showing a Palm Beach County cat under the care of the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control went viral on Sunday after it was learned the kittens of a mother cat were killed.
They’re known only as “this cat.” If you take a look at the Facebook: Urgent Cats of Palm Beach County, you’ll notice many cats in the Rainbow Bridge album only had an animal ID number.
To learn of the situation the cats there have been facing for awhile now, including how $250,000 additional dollars towards a program called Countdown2Zero, click here.
PBCACCA made the news recently when only 12 cats rescued from pedophile hoarder Douglas Westcott were saved from the shelter, despite alleged offers to take some of the remaining cats.
Those who run the page have quickly gone in and “edited” the available cats, who now have names next to their photos. However, screenshots were taken before the change was made.
Social media exploded Sunday when it was learned a mother cat, whom the shelter must not have thought she deserved even a number, had her kittens snatched from her and killed. The mother cat is now on the adoption floor, where she’ll likely grow depressed, then ill, then be “humanely euthanized.”
The post drew so much outrage, it was shared on the Facebook: Community Cats of Lake Worth page.
Those who run the Facebook: Urgent Cats of Palm Beach County blames the lack of fosters for so many being killed, including this litter. On the Urgent Cats wall, they make remarks (all backed up by screenshots) such as
“A small group of the same people step up over and over. We need more people to foster, to care.”
Why does the shelter consider this a bad thing? Shouldn’t they be thankful of the dedication and consideration shown by these fosters?
A foster commented on the situation, stating
“We are hearing there was no foster for them…….after the shelter has limited all of the fosters to one cat each. We all have houses of fosters that we have rescued or adopted out of the shelter so they are safe…….our hands are tied and our spirits are being broken by this shelter system. I can’t take it lately, just so upset!!!!!!”
PBCACC has been scrambling to do more with the cats. They’re added more photos to their Facebook page, and also sent some cats to a local boutique for adoption.
Still, it’s difficult to overlook that fosters are only being allowed one cat, despite the fact they may have room for and want more in their home. Cats who have been spayed/neutered are being killed just as fast, even though they’re basically ready to go out the door once an adopter or rescue can be found. And to not have a backup system in place?
This is creating a lot of stress for fosters, who worry their temporary babies will go back to the shelter, only to be killed hours or days later.
A screenshot on the Facebook: Urgent Cats of Palm Beach County posted
“Due to new shelter rules limiting fosters to a maximum of 2 URI cats, and not letting fosters take back their former fosters if they sick again if that foster has 2 different URI cats out, unfortunately, far fewer of these cats will be getting out to foster unless new people step up to foster or people who stopped fostering come back.”
This sounds as though the sick cats, unable to return to a former foster, and a new foster not found, will be euthanized.
Yet the shelter continues to shift blame onto the fosters, or lack of fosters. Who wants to save a cat, knowing with the new policies in place that the cat could die at the shelter? Rescues are packed to their limit, yet the shelter allegedly does little to work with them and give the cats more time until space can come open.
It may be time to take this issue over the heads of those in charge at the shelter. If you would like to contact someone in local government, the information is listed below. A link to all county commissioners can be found by clicking here.
Mary Lou Berger:
301 North Olive Ave. Suite 1201
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(Toll Free outside the West Palm Beach calling area)
A notice from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, who supposedly work hand in hand for the good of Palm Beach cats, posted an upcoming meeting back on October 27
“November 15, 2014 has been set for our “Community Cat” meeting.
These organizations care for community cat colonies, participate in “TNVR” and work with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control to save lives. Your attendance is vital at this meeting. Please set this date aside on your calendar and come with two representatives from your organization.
This is such an exciting time for all of us! The success of Countdown 2 Zero is dependent upon our collaborative effort which in turn requires our individual commitment.”
Information on this meeting is listed below
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Locations: Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control
7100 Belvedere Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Please RSVP to Juliette Rohr, 561-472-8570 no later than November 12, 2014
It’s time for Palm Beach County residents to take back control of their shelter. The lives of every cat coming through their door may depend on public involvement. This should be important because if YOUR cat should ever stray, chances are it won’t make it out alive if taken to PBCACC.