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Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Caraway


Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Caraway:

Pets are not disposable. Pets are not trash. Pets are living, breathing, creatures who deserve respect. These statements seem pretty basic, but not to some careless person who basically threw their pet away while dumping them off on our doorstep, without a call, an email or a note alerting us to as WHY. We are not a shelter that has the room to take in and house owner give-ups; as much as we would like to be able to do it all, our mission statement clearly states that it is our goal to take in STRAY cats off the streets. People need to UNDERSTAND that the reason we have limited ourselves to helping the strays here in our area is because the numbers are staggering, and if we don't help them, who will? They also need to understand before they dump-and-drive that we don't always have an extra cage for a cat left on our doorstep, and by dumping a cat, they are putting out a cat that has no shelter, no food, no water and no place to call home; you leave YOUR cat and you displace an at-risk one that we now cannot help due to space limitations.
Calm and quiet Caraway didn't deserve to be left behind; it isn't her fault her owners didn't take responsibility and do the right thing, and of course we aren't going to turn her away because of lack of common decency and caring on their part. IF her owners had been conscientious enough to contact us for help, even if we couldn't have opened OUR doors to her, we could have pointed her in another direction. In any case, she is here with us now, and after some initial shell-shock, I am happy to say she is warming up and getting into the rhythm of things here. I guesstimate she was born in the summer of 2007, and she was already spayed and front-declawed upon her arrival. She seems very healthy, so I am not sure why she was the victim here - never am when it comes to these cases. She was loaded with flea dirt though, so wherever she was had some issues, but fleas are treatable and she is none the worse for wear, physically and, thankfully, psychologically.
After ranting and raving (you all know how I get) I will say that I am at least appreciative of the fact that she was left with US versus being stranded on the side of the road, or placed in a dumpster, or a fate even worse. And Caraway now doesn't have a care in the world, as Crash's is her home until we can find one deserving of her, one that will spoil her and love her and NEVER let her go!

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