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Cat Euthanasia Rate Drops Dramatically in Philly
NBC News ^ | July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Fiedler

Posted on 07/26/2014 7:14:41 AM PDT by Innovative

Those who run the city's animal control shelter say more cat foster parents are helping save feline lives.

Cat euthanasia was down by 50 percent last month at The Animal Care and Control Team, the nonprofit that manages Philadelphia's animal control shelter, compared with June of 2013.

"For kittens alone we actually saw a decrease of 72 percent," said Sue Cosby, executive director.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcphiladelphia.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; kittyping; petadoptions
Good news -- a major step in the right direction - it just needs to continue.
1 posted on 07/26/2014 7:14:41 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Slings and Arrows

kittyping


2 posted on 07/26/2014 7:15:01 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Or are they building more Panda restaurants?


3 posted on 07/26/2014 7:17:13 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Innovative
We have our BW (black and white) male dying. He's 12. He started loosing weight a few months ago. Thought Hyperthyroidism at fires. Treated for that. He responded for a couple of months and then began to loose weight, again. Then, cancerous tumor on the spleen was found.

Rather than put him down, we decided to do hospice, because he is a valued friend.

We give him pain medication twice a day and will until the end.

Putting a friend down is very traumatic. As is this, but this allows him to go in his own way. Hurts just as much.

4 posted on 07/26/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT by Parmy
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To: Innovative
Cat euthanasia?


5 posted on 07/26/2014 7:21:07 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Parmy

I am sorry to hear that. I just put down my 17 year old long hair a few weeks ago. Freak’n killed me to do it. We could have done the whole chemo/pain thing but at that point, aren’t we really doing it for us? I mean, if there’s no chance of recovery why put them through it? They rely on us to make that decision for them. Just my 2 cents and I am in no way mocking your decision. They’re family through and through. I hope you have a lot more time with your BW.


6 posted on 07/26/2014 7:26:58 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Parmy

Bless you for being such a caring person and making your cat’s life comfortable in his last days.


7 posted on 07/26/2014 7:30:53 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

It is good news, but the term “foster parent” sets my teeth on edge as does “pet parent”. Humans do not give birth to these animals after all.


8 posted on 07/26/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“the term “foster parent” sets my teeth on edge as does “pet parent”. “

They are “adoptive” “parents”. While I understand your frustration of treating pets as humans, but on the other hand, many pets are nicer to their “adoptive parents” than their biological children.


9 posted on 07/26/2014 7:38:26 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Puppage

I think a lot of it has to do with the animal. I had a big, strong Siamese that I put through Chemo at age 12. He was a tough cat that let me trim parts of him lymphoma tumor w/ a razor blade in his mouth so he could eat more easily.

The chemo ended up killing him, but I stand by my decisions with him. He was a true Alpha Cat.


10 posted on 07/26/2014 7:38:30 AM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Aborting all the many Chinese girls?


11 posted on 07/26/2014 7:38:51 AM PDT by FreeperCell
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To: Innovative

Yeah, because they can’t talk back.

Besides, biological children for the most part aren’t given a proper chance by this anti-family society.

I’d like to see more permanent adoptions of these animals either way. But given the feral nature of many city-dwelling humans, I’d hate to see them go to the wrong home.


12 posted on 07/26/2014 7:45:47 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: FreeperCell

No, it’s cat youth in Asia.


13 posted on 07/26/2014 8:03:26 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Innovative

They’re giving pet EBT cards now.


14 posted on 07/26/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Innovative

” it just needs to continue. “

Why? They are cats.


15 posted on 07/26/2014 8:13:07 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Innovative

Has birth control for domestic dogs and cats become easily available and affordable? This may be one reason for the decrease. The result is less uncared for animals out there, making them that much more precious.


16 posted on 07/26/2014 8:49:00 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Or are they building more Panda restaurants?

Bingo! As I scrolled down through the remarks, I just knew another vet had already voiced my own reply. If they're serving cat meat, it is a clear indication that dogs are in short supply. Once the soy sauce and spices hit the wok, there's no telling what kind of meat they're cooking!

17 posted on 07/26/2014 9:21:37 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Innovative

He just died in my arms a few minutes ago. We will get over it, but it is a loss. Now we only have two of the litter he was from.


18 posted on 07/26/2014 10:23:53 AM PDT by Parmy
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To: Parmy

I am so sorry for your loss. I know it hurts so much right now, but in time the pain will lessen and the fond memories will remain. Just remember all the wonderful times together: the silly antics kitties display and the gentle purring as you he lay on you as you pet him. Those little wonderful furballs may not be human, but they are undoubtedly family.

I like to believe our pet friends will be waiting for us on the Rainbow Bridge to guide us into eternity. My sincerest condolences.


19 posted on 07/26/2014 10:42:41 AM PDT by two134711
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To: Innovative; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..

20 posted on 07/26/2014 10:59:12 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Parmy

Sorry for your loss, but at least you know you gave him a good life and he brought joy to yours.

And there is the Rainbow Bridge...

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

https://rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm


21 posted on 07/26/2014 10:59:20 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

22 posted on 07/26/2014 11:06:11 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Parmy

I put one of my fur babies down duing the depths of winter this year. One of the harder things I’ve had to do. I am truly sorry for your loss.

CC


23 posted on 07/26/2014 11:21:50 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Go veggie!


24 posted on 07/26/2014 12:02:07 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Parmy
Thank goodness that he spent his last moments in your arms with you.

Our first cat, Tiger, who walked into our garage as a 12-week-old kitten and
demanded food, got the food (oysters and cream) and a forever home.

She lived to be 19-1/2, and on her last day, she stopped eating, drinking, and
walking. She lay in my arms through the morning and half of the afternoon
until Bryan said it was time. We took her to our wonderful vet, showed her
how beautiful the sunny day was, and put her to sleep. I still miss her.

She was a good girl.


When she was two years old, she was quite a beauty.


She was about a week from the end in this picture.
She sat there motionless for a long time.
It was long enough that I have six or seven versions
of this picture.
25 posted on 07/26/2014 12:50:42 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thank you for the ping, SA&.


26 posted on 07/26/2014 12:53:32 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Puppage

My beloved companion, a maine coon weighing in at 23 pounds, is 14 years old. I don’t know what I will do if he becomes seriously ill, but I do know I will miss him when he is gone.


27 posted on 07/26/2014 1:07:11 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Olog-hai

I do not regard animals on the same level as humans, but pets do regard their humans as family as do we regard our pets as family. I don’t see anything wrong with that.


28 posted on 07/26/2014 1:14:06 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

Not the same thing as referring to oneself as a “parent”. That’s biological.


29 posted on 07/26/2014 1:23:44 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: TheOldLady

Always a pleasure.


30 posted on 07/26/2014 1:29:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Olog-hai

Words.


31 posted on 07/26/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Parmy
I'm so so sorry for your and his loss. RIP, little fellow. He'll be waiting for you at The Rainbow Bridge, as all of mine are.

Of 19 kittens and cats, and 3 dogs, I've had since 1954, I miss their companionship, friendship and love terribly, and two I had made it to 17 and 24 years. I cried for each, and mourned and buried them. They were family and a part of our lives, as we were of theirs. Bless their little souls.

32 posted on 07/26/2014 4:16:21 PM PDT by carriage_hill ( Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: Rusty0604

I came home from 4 days away on a mini vacation......when I came through the door and realized that there was no furry treating committee waiting.....well, I cried all over again. He was the best pet ever and I told him so every day of his life.


33 posted on 07/26/2014 4:42:22 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Rusty0604

I came home from 4 days away on a mini vacation......when I came through the door and realized that there was no furry treating committee waiting.....well, I cried all over again. He was the best pet ever and I told him so every day of his life.


34 posted on 07/26/2014 4:44:20 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Olog-hai
but the term “foster parent” sets my teeth on edge as does “pet parent”.

Sorry to hear that......unlike you, many pet owners in this world have no other family to call on and thus their pets are their only family.......

God granted us dominion over all animals; those that feed us, those that serve us and those that comfort us.

Why should we not cherish those that comfort us and treat them as family?

They want for nothing other than love and attention in return for the same and we are willing to give it.

Why do you have a problem with that?

35 posted on 07/26/2014 4:54:51 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Parmy

Oh, I am so sorry that you lost your friend. He is free from his pain now, after a wonderful life with his loving family. I’ve lost several cats in the past, I know exactly what you must be going through now. In time, hopefully you will feel up to saving the life of a kitten or cat at a shelter. In that way, you will honor the love you shared with your kitty.


36 posted on 07/26/2014 7:45:14 PM PDT by EinNYC
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