During our pound tours yesterday, a Belchertown resident and her daughter brought over this poor cat that they had found abandoned, scared & filthy. He was left on the side of the road in this carrier, with a small can of cat food and the crate door open. Our ACO headed over the the vet at 7pm and was there until very late. We feel very lucky to have an ACO and her staff that care tremendously for the animals in our community.
It was a clear reminder as to why we are working so hard to complete the new animal control facility. Our current building creates a very stressful environment for our cats and dogs. There is no choice but to house them in the same room, cats in crates or dog kennels. Had the same situation happened in our future completed building, this cat would have had a calming room to be cleaned in (grooming room), a quiet and safe isolation unit to sleep in until seen by a vet and once cleared a beautiful cat colony room to socialize in or a cat condo to live in until adopted. Our #raisetheruff campaign will allow us to purchase all the items necessary to make this building safe and comfortable, truly giving these animals a temporary HOME until they are reunited with their owners or adopted to a loving family. Please take the time to view our campaign website at www.barcraisetheruff.com and view the naming opportunities available. It is a great way to be a part of this building forever.
On another important note, this a great example of how one quick stop to peek into a carrier, a box or a bag can save an animals life. It is so easy to see something and convince yourself that there is no reason to stop. Big hugs to the woman who decided to stop. You made a difference.