Merry Christmas to our cats-we’re dumping you at a high-kill shelter

December 26, 2014

“Merry Christmas-we’re dumping you at a high-kill shelter.” These may not be the words used by a family on Timber Ridge Road in Harrisburg, North Carolina, but they may as well have been.

Ten cats were dumped at the high-kill shelter in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. They were turned in as “strays,” and the slimebags who did this said they are planning to trap and dump a dozen more cats.

Someone cared about them at one time. It’s a pity that during the holiday season, when volunteers and staff at the Cabarrus County shelter worked very hard to find fosters and rescues so their cats wouldn’t be alone in the shelter for Christmas, some heartless person would come along and start dumping these cats on Christmas Eve.

Are these really “stray” cats, or did the family simply grow tired of caring for them? Do they have any idea what they’ve done dumping the cats at Cabarrus?  Anyone wanting to save one of the Cabarrus County cats has to go through Marleen Jenkins. Does this family even care that these cats will all most likely be killed on Wednesday?

Yes, dear readers, Wednesday is kill day at Cabarrus, even if there is space or there are empty cages. Word got back to me from several sources the shelter is “required” to kill the cats immediately after the stray hold is up. I’ve also heard the cats are too “expensive” to be allowed to live. After all, food, litter and cleaning supplies cost money.

So if someone doesn’t step up and save these beauties, they’ll be going out the back door in trash bags the middle of next week.

Until someone is able to talk some sense into Cabarrus County about how public adoptions are needed, and a way for families to bond, the killing will continue.

Until people start taking responsibility for a cat before that cat turns into twenty cats, the killing will continue.

While we’re at it, whose “policy” is it that cats MUST be killed immediately after the stray hold is up? Most reputable shelters I work with in South Carolina don’t do this. It isn’t state law because state law only gives a minimum so it must be something concocted by the local government in Cabarrus County.

This is verified on this page for Wake County, where the law for North Carolina states

“Thus, if an owner is searching for the pet, he has adequate time under the “stray period” (a mandatory period of time that the pet must be held under state law; in North Carolina the minimum stray hold period is 72 hours) to find him at the government shelter.”

Did this heartless family with several dozen cats know any of this before dumping these cats at this high-kill shelter? Judging from their actions to place these cats in the care of a shelter known for it’s quick kills, it doubtful the family cared, even if they were aware of the likelihood these cats won’t live to see a new year.

If you can help these cats, please contact Marleen Jenkins at More cats in their care can be found on their Facebook page here.

The photo used for this article showing the long line was taken at a Northern U.S. shelter on Christmas Eve. This is typical for shelters across the country on any given day. People lined up out the door, ready to throw away their dog or cat like so much garbage.

The statement on the actual photo page on Facebook says it all, for these people, as well as those who dumped these poor cats.



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