The Monday Rant: Fed up with Starvation

jessie 6The Monday Book will return next week.

Dear ____:

You asked me for a cat, but on learning you’d have to put $20 toward her spay, went to a yard sale site and got a “free kitten” instead. Then you posted on Facebook that you were “all for rescues but I can’t afford to help with the costs.”

I see.

Via Facebook, you also complain about welfare recipients taking this country apart with their demands for free services and refusal to contribute to the common good. This week, four of my friends are trying to feed, foster, and find homes for: 14 kittens and 5 adult cats; 18 kittens and 7 adult cats; 6 kittens and 4 adult cats; and a feral family of five. Most have some form of infection from lack of care.

We live within ten miles of each other.

In each case, we are paying–from our own pockets, from crowdsource begging, from crafts we make–to get them all spayed and neutered. Because we know if we don’t, five months from now we will be bottle feeding another sick, starving family of neglected cats.

This doesn’t count the litters that go to the shelters because their owners “couldn’t afford” to spay Mom.

Here is some information on what it costs taxpayers to run an animal shelter:

 In 1972, American shelters spent approximately $800 million on animal welfare versus around $2,400 million in 2007.there is a direct correlation between the dollars spent per capita on shelters and the decrease in shelter populations/euthanasia. (

In other words, it is cheaper to kill than to adopt. It is understandable that you need to live a frugal lifestyle, but does that mean you euthanize the unsold Doberman puppies from your backyard breeding business? $900 as the going price seems like it might offer a little bit of discretionary income, but hey, it’s your money.

None of us object to you living on what you can afford; we object to you leaving us to clean up your messes. What you refuse to pay for, my friends and I are covering in sweat, tears, and cold hard cash: sick cats whose suffering could have been prevented with a $16 vaccination package; unweaned kittens left in roadside boxes where it takes them two days to die of starvation; 6 of 10 cats entering our shelter euthanized at taxpayer expense because $67 on the Margaret Mitchell van was “too much.”

The cost of refusing to spay/neuter is exponential, but if I have understood you correctly, so long as you don’t pay, you don’t care. Let bleeding hearts like me pick up the tab and the kittens. It’s a kind of legal blackmail based on personalities: we care; you don’t. La-la-la-la.

Not taking responsibility for your actions does not remove the problem, just passes it to someone else. Sorta like those welfare people you complain about.

You are not despicable. You are evil.



Filed under animal rescue, Big Stone Gap, Life reflections, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap, post-apocalypse fiction, small town USA, Wendy Welch

12 responses to “The Monday Rant: Fed up with Starvation

  1. ann

    Many thanks, Wendy, for saying what needs to be said. Ann Mathews

  2. Maggie Vance

    This is the best I have seen regarding beloved kitty cats and those that contribute to their abuse.

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      Hadley says thank you, on behalf of fosters everywhere.

  3. anne64

    Ann and Maggie said it already. Thanks, Wendy.

  4. Charlotte ivy


  5. Well said, a problem in Australia too

  6. Janice Brooks-Headrick

    Wendy, Thanks for putting in words and numbers. All my critters are spayed., including the “free” lab pup who is currently eating my house and home, one chair at a time. Cost so far $320. Benefit: beauty.

  7. Dorothy Donatello

    Wendy, Thank you for saying what every responsible pet owner feels . It. just burns me up to see people pay for grooming but can’t or won’t pay for shots and spaying! Maybe if there was a fine if not done things would be different. Amen for your words.

  8. Kathy Satteson

    If you can’t afford 20.00 toward the spaying how can you afford to own a pet? How are you going to afford to feed it, assuming you are. Does this mean you’ll forgo vaccinations etc. and I’m guessing you won’t have it spayed or neutered either, as that is another expense. Get a stuffed animal if you want something to cuddle because you don’t have your priorities in order enough to own a pet!

  9. rh

    A cousin and her friends started a non-profit, low-cost spay and neuter clinic in their rural area because they couldn’t adopt any more pets or take enough of them to a low-cost clinic in the city. It was a lot of work, but it made a real impact.

  10. Carol Bannon

    Twenty dollars is not much to ask for having a cat fixed. That is four cups of coffee from Starbucks. I often wish I could jump in my car and travel to your store and adopt one of your furry shop guests….but I married a man allergic to cats.😥. God bless you and your rescue friends, may you find good homes for your kitties!

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