I dont "shop" for them. I just take those who need a home. Never paid
for one yet. a few times I found "free kitens" at rummage sales and
brought them home. 5 or 6 is about right for my needs, but I have had
as many as 16 at a time. Seems some of them just vanish over time.
The next thing I'm down to one or two, and the damn mice take over the
place. I rarely see feral cats here except a few toms who come here
every spring to get some pussy (literally) ....
Stray cats survive - 40 deg. weather around here. You don't have to
worry about that in George, West or East. Keep the cat around. You
won't find a better way to keep the rodents away from your house.
And where exactly is that? Alaska?
And that's bullshit too.
No mammals survive -40F temperatures unless they naturally hibernate.
Domestic short-haired cats have a tough time surviving -20f unless
they're in a shelter (a box or something) that can shield them from
I've got a stray cat that's been hanging around here for over five
years. It does not belong to anyone nor does it want to belong to
anyone. It will not let anyone come close to it. Friends have two that
are semi tame. They never come into the house.
I grew up in the country and have seen countless examples of dogs,
cats, all sorts of domestic and wild animals surviving the winter with
whatever shelter they can find.
Ever heard of something called a Wolf or a Coyote? Do you think they
spend the winter in Miami? They're all around here. I see them
occasionally but hear them howling all year. They are not
hibernating. There are likely more animals running around here all
winter than you have ever seen outside of a zoo or on TV.
I walk with my dogs for close to two hours a day, winter and summer. I
see animal tracks in the snow all over the place all through the
winter. Where do you think they come from?
Your right, animals won't survive long if they don't find shelter, but
Try pulling your head out of whatever it's stuck in and take a look
around. Life goes on and it has been going on for a long time before
you decided what the rules would be.
Bullshit? Yup plenty of it.... From someone that doesn't have a
The animals survive because they have the intelligence to do so . I
don't think you would last long.
Have you ever been more than a hundred feet from pavement? I rather
doubt it. If you ever do get out into the wild open your eyes.
The eye opener part also goes for maps. Try looking at one someday.
You may be surprised to see there is more on it than just USA.
I wasn't going to bring this up but I am testing a new server
When the cat I have first showed up, I called the local pound. I
asked if they had a service to reunite missing pets with the owner.
The girl said that they did not. She said, if I have a stray cat they
would come out and pick it up. They would keep it for a week and then
put the cat down.
I suggested that I had a picture of the cat. If they offered a web
page where local people could post pictures, it would be a very good
place where missing owners could find their pets.
Her reasoning was........if we do that then we would have people come
down and claim pets that did not belong to them.
Come again? Wouldn't that be better than killing them?
She didn't seem the least bit interested.
So - what?
What's so secret or special about your server?
You're posting to usenet using a new server?
Go to kijiji.com and look up your city (or the closest city to you
that's listed in your state).
Go to the "community lost and found" and you'll find (among other
things) postings for dogs and cats found as well as dogs and cats
missing. There will be another section devoted to pets, along the lines
of selling (or giving them away).
The humane society near you might also run a lost-and-found pet website,
and there might also be animal rescue groups doing the same thing.
Some veterinarians also host a lost-and-found service on their website,
and most any veterinarian's office will have a bulletin board with
pictures and notes for lost pets.
Some pet-food stores also have bulletin boards for lost pets and pets
available for adoption from individuals and local rescue groups.
What you'll find is that there is no coordinated or universal resource
that people go to to when seeking to reunite a found pet with it's
owner. It's highly dependent on the local circumstances. Some people
resort to the classified ads of the local newspaper, some people just
start googling for "lost dog in (my city)", some people ask their vet's
There might be some nation-wide websites, but none have the universal
recognition as, say "facebook.com" or "yahoo.com" has.
For a pet owner, there is nothing that compares to microchipping your
pet. Regardless where or how your lost pet might come into the hands of
a rescuer, and regardless how they might advertize the find, your pet
will at some point in the rescue chain be scanned for a chip, and direct
contact with you will quickly follow.
Stray animals (especially cats) are more adoptable if they are brought
to a shelter if they are already (a) neutered/spayed, (b) vaccinated,
and (c) microchipped. All 3 can be done at the same time by those that
are so inclined to see the animal go to a good home, and if the cost
(about $150 for a male, maybe $50 more for a female) is not an issue
(for some of us, that's chump change).
I made a post to another news group that, even now, has never showed
up. This test post showed up right away.
I subscribed to a new Usenet server. Nothing special. I was just
planning on testing the server by posting something other than "test
post" Nothing secret or CIA about it.
I will try Criagslist too.
Carroll County has an official web site for Carroll County and it does
have an animal control section, but no lost and found. I may have
luck on some of the other sites, but the county's web site would seem
like the logical place.
It would be pretty easy to make the site maintenance free. Ads could
expire after 45 days and you should be able to repost them as many
times as you like.
Maybe it is more fun to kill them.
I can almost top that. We had a pack of pre-dead pit bulls roaming the
neighborhood. I caught one and called animal control, who promised they
would pick it up. That was March 17th. I have yet to see them.
They have TWO animal control vehicles for a city of four million people!
Often these trucks are prioritized to assist the police department when the
cops run into an out-of-control spider or somesuch.
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