kitten shelters

“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals – indeed their “ethical treatment.” Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA’s front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority – 96 percent in 2011 – exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains. Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370 and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA’s victims, was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to end their lives instead. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic animals.”

“A supermarket dumpster full of garbage bags. When police officers looked inside, they found the bodies of dead animals – animals killed by PETA. PETA described these animals as “adorable” and “perfect.” A veterinarian who naively gave PETA some of the animals, thinking they would find them homes, and examined the dead bodies of others, testified that they were “healthy” and “adoptable."”

“The PETA field killing kit found by police in the back of the PETA death van in Ahsokie, North Carolina.”

“An Ahsokie Police Detective dressed in a hazmat suit prepares to bury a puppy killed by PETA. This puppy and dozens of other animals including cats and kittens were found by police throughout June of 2005 after PETA employees dumped them in a garbage bin in North Carolina.’”

“Puppies killed by PETA in the back of a van – a donor-funded slaughterhouse on wheels. Despite $35,000,000 in annual revenues and millions of "animal-loving” members, PETA does not even try to find them homes. PETA has no adoption hours, does no adoption promotion, has no adoption floor, but is registered with the State of Virginia as a “humane society” or “animal shelter."”

“Not only does PETA kill animals, they also defend the killing of animals by others. This is a dying kitten in a Houston shelter after staff "lost” the kitten. When he was found, he was near death. His last hours were ones of suffering.”

“A puppy dying of parvovirus in the Houston shelter is not given anything soft to lie on as she urinates all over herself. Here she sits, unable to keep her head up, alone in a cold, barren stainless steel cage without receiving necessary veterinary care. Other shelters have a better than 90% rate of saving dogs with parvovirus.”

“The PETA solution: dead “feral” cats in a Florida shelter. PETA successfully defeated SB 1320, a law that would have clarified that nonlethal programs to neuter and release feral cats, rather than killing them, are legal in Florida. As shelters and health departments nationwide embrace trap-neuter-release programs, PETA remains a stalwart opponent of this humane alternative to killing, arguing that healthy feral cats should continue to be killed, even urging their supporters to take them to shelters or veterinarians to do so. The PETA website states that, “the most compassionate choice is to euthanize feral cats. You can ask your veterinarian to do this or, if your local shelter uses an injection of sodium pentobarbital, take the cats there.” This shelter used “an injection of sodium pentobarbital,” killing the cats in front of other cats, catch-poling the cats as they tried to flee while they urinated and defecated all over the kennel in fear. That is how terrified feral cats behave in shelters. Apparently to PETA, this is as it should be.”

“A cat in the King County, Washington shelter begs for food and water. Cats in the infirmary were not fed or given water over a three-day holiday weekend and both their food bowls and water bowls are empty. Although staff was assigned to the shelter, supervisors and staff chose to socialize instead. I was hired by the King County Council to assess the shelter. My advice: Hire supervisors who are not part of the same union so as to eliminate conflicts of interest; all staff should be given a checklist of assigned duties; and supervisors should double check that those duties have been done. In a letter to the King County Council, PETA told officials not to listen to me because I was “radical.” Read the full article Written By: Nathan J. Winograd (Huffington Post, Director, No Kill Advocacy Center):”

(via Repost for Awareness - F*ck PETA)


↳ day 6: animals

While Jace is out of town for the week, Simon stumbles upon a beautiful kitten at a local shelter. Completely mesmerized with her, he comes back day after day to look at her, to hold her, to imagine what it would be like to adopt her. In true Simon Lewis Fashion™, he spends the week seeking reassurance from his friends and family, this time via FaceTime. Whether he’s begging them to talk him out of it or to convince him to go through with it, he’s not sure. 

In the end, he adopts the tiny kitten and Jace falls in love with her even quicker than Simon did, which seems impossible but somehow isn’t.

+ bonus

The Fungus Among Us

One of my duties at the shelter I work at is reading and recording the DTM plates we pull on the ringworm animals.

While we have a couple litters out in foster, we went an entire *week* with no kitties in our ringworm ward! It was very exciting.

But then yesterday and today…

The glowing! The glowing! The “OH GOD THERE’S TEN OF THEM NOW” glowing.

But back to those plates. Most of the time it’s pretty straight forward M. canis; white fluffy growth that turns the Agar red. But sometimes you get ‘fun’ plates that have strange contaminants or less commonly seen dermatophytes like Trichophyton or M. gypseum.

So I’m doing the plates… and I see this plate… and I’m scared. This is a ‘don’t breathe while you have the lid off’ plate. I’ve seen worse, but this is still not comforting.

Three different fungi there. Some M. canis (the fluffy stuff on the red), what appears to be potentially a Trichophyton species (white powdery colony bottom red) and what … looks like bread mold?

Being a nerdy vet tech, I made slides of all three. The black/green mold thing is actually pretty cool looking.

Lately we’ve also had a couple cases where we’re not entirely sure what the dermatophyte is. First time I saw this colony growth pattern was from a guinea pig a few weeks ago. This most recent one was on a kitten. Under microscope appears to be a type of Trichophyton, we’re just not sure which?


Happy Holidays everyone!
It’s that time of year for gift giving and fun surprises, but that should NOT include a living animal. Many people think it is a good time of year to get a cute puppy, an adorable kitten, or some other small creature spontaneously. Please do not do this unless you have discussed extensively and in detail the addition of a new family member, with all members of your household. When the holidays are over and the newness wears off, these babies still need and deserve love and attention.
Finally, please make adoption your only option. There’s tons of animals looking for their forever homes in shelters and rescues everywhere.

Please reblog to save a life.

Just a thought or two…

We love reblogs when it’s on Tumblr, but when it comes to Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, etc, we are 100% cool with people copy/pasting any of our Posh fundraiser posts to put outside Tumblr. If you do please don’t forget the link to the shelter donation page & our blog! We would love if you spread the word on other platforms!

The animal shelter can use more than money too! If you have a business related to anything cats (or other pets) or cleaning/office supplies, then maybe consider making a donation of items. 😸 They need everything from blankets to bleach! You never know who might read this so it’s worth sharing.