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Olive Wants Petland to Stop Selling Kittens

Ask any ethical breeder who health tests, is active in pet conformation and local clubs, and who breeds for the betterment of the animal if they sell to petstores and they will give you a loud and defiant answer, “hell no.”

Here are some facts taken from http://www.AnimalFolksMN.org.

Within Minnesota, the number of pet stores per the U.S. Economic Census 2002 is 157; the Dun & Bradstreet directory indicates about 300 pet stores in Minnesota. A good estimate for the number of pet stores in Minnesota would be between 157-300. However, not all pet stores in Minnesota sell dogs and cats.

Many Minnesota pet stores are reputable, do not sell dogs or cats, and offer their facilities to shelters for ‘adoption days.’

Pet stores sell more puppies during the weekend before Christmas than at any other time of year. Consumers should be aware that (per CAPS):
• Most pet shops obtain puppies and kittens from inhumane breeding facilities (puppy and kitten mills) in the Midwest and Pennsylvania
• Many puppies are ill or incubating an illness at the time of purchase. Puppies commonly die or must be euthanized.
• Pet shops usually charge high prices for puppies, thereby earning huge profits.
• Pet shops provide registration documents, but registration, such as with the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not guarantee health, quality or breed standard.
• Pet shops usually treat animals as merchandise that can easily be returned for a refund or exchange. Warranties often preclude reimbursement for veterinary bills.

Down the road from me in Eden Valley, MN there is a “farm” that makes my stomach hurt.  It’s called Amaze N Farmyard and they sell many small breed and mixed breed puppies, giving deep discounts for older animals.  I do my best to educate area folks about the deplorable breeding facilities where these puppies are most likely raised…

I get a lot of strange looks.

Well, it’d be Amaze N to me if this place went out of business.

I’ve found a group of concerned and aware pet lovers who have held demonstrations protesting Petland and educating the public about puppy mills and unethical breeders. I hope to make it to the September 18th demonstration at the St. Paul Petland store.

If you’d like information on attending a protest, or becoming involved in urging Petland to stop selling kittens and puppies, you can connect with locals on Facebook- Minnesotans Exposing Petland.

In the meantime, I will do my best to educate area folks. It’s true, that in order to put mills out of business, (and I think we can all agree how horrible those places are) we must stop buying pets from stores…even if we think we are “saving” them.

If we keep giving our money to these companies and supporting their current policies, why would they change?

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(Spay & Neuter) That Darn Cat!

I wrote about the importance of people spaying and neutering their cat in December 2007, long before I started MyAnimalActivist and my mission of promoting responsible pet ownership.

Here is what I had to say-

Time to RANT!!!! Why do “country folk” find it purrfectly okay to have twenty cats running around their farm, breeding, getting hit on the highway, finding their way to my house where my kids fall in love with them, my dog tries to attack them and Adam finds himself playing vet to fix them?!

My “neighbors” across the county road have a cat problem that all started with two cats that they like, or so my neighbor lady says. Hello? Spay or neuter those darn cats.  Yes, you start out with one or two but they like to have babies and pretty soon you have a dozen.  Once upon returning a stray kitten found in the middle of the road to my neighbor’s house, Adam and Sage brought the kitten back to their house and counted TWELVE cats!

But this neighbor is in complete denial.

Below is my last phone conversation with the woman-

ME: I’m concerned about your little kittens traveling across the highway to our house.

NEIGHBOR: “We have one cat. The other (kittens) are strays.”

ME: You only have one cat?

NEIGHBOR:  “Well, we have two that we like. They are really good for getting rid of mice and squirrels. I think I need to take a trip to the Humane Society and haul some in.”

ME:  You know, it’s pretty cheap to sterilize your cat and than you can keep the ones you like for mice control and you won’t have baby after baby after baby kitty spiraling out of control.

NEIGHBOR:  “Yeah. Maybe that is what I should do.”

So, ten of the twelve cats are strays?! Come on people.  I don’t think “strays” come up to you wanting to be held and played with by small children. These cats have been completely socialized and domesticated.

Poor things. Okay, I’m stepping off my soap box.

Meanwhile, this issue is hitting me hard again today.  A feral cat had kittens under a friend Gena’s porch.  Two nights ago, around ten p.m., Gena and I used tuna to bait and catch the extremely shy kittens.  At the time, they were so shy Gena actually had to trap one, a beautiful boy kitty with her sweatshirt as he was eating.

I took three kitties home, to socialize and they are doing well and settling in nicely.  Meanwhile, I can in reality, only responsibly care for two of them.  Consequently, Gena and I will do our best to help find the third, a girl kitten we’ve nicknamed “Hello Kitty,” a good home.

Also, Gena is working on getting Mama and the remaining babies inside.  The plan is to sterilize Mama, and find good homes for the kitties- homes were the people will commit to responsible pet ownership by promising to spay/neuter their cat.

So, you will see some new “models” soon here.  🙂  Here are some pics of Trouble, Tokyo, and Hello Kitty.

Unfortunately, my experiences are not isolated.  There are many people who can share stories of the overwhelming population explosion of cats.  Meanwhile, it is a problem that touches both urban and rural areas.

However, there are groups volunteering in different ways to try and solve this problem.

Besides shelters that have promoted kitten/cat adoption with spay/neuter clauses, there are folks who are trapping feral cats, sterilizing them, and releasing them.  While this is very controversial, it is more than likely impossible to find homes for all the cats that are on the street.  One such group who uses this pet population control technique is Spay and Stay in Illinois.

The following was taken from their website:

Spay and Stay is made up of a diverse group of people who all agree on one thing — that together we can make a difference in the lives of feral and stray cats in our communities. We have a small staff of only one full-time person and one part-time employee. The rest of our TNR force is made up of amazing citizen-volunteers. They include the folks who give their time to help at our spay/neuter clinics, the people who help us reach out to the community through our educational programming, the volunteers who work on events and other fund-raising projects, and, most importantly, the amazing citizens who agree to manage their feral cat colony 365 days a year. No matter how busy or tired these caretakers may be, the cats in their colonies are fed, and given water and shelter every single day.

Besides the work that they do with feral cats, the group also promotes visiting your local shelter and give a homeless cat or dog a chance.

There are feral cat sterilization programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Find more here.