This morning I took a little brown striped cat into The WHS. We had a cat coming around our yard for some time over the summer, so we decided to rent a trap from Winnipeg Animal Services to try to catch the little one. We put fresh food and water out for it every day. The cat was smart and seemed to know where to step to not set off the trap. This morning though, I found a little brown cat looking at me from the trap, and mewing, scared out of its mind when I came near.
I talked gently to the cat, put a blanket over the trap to calm it down and immediately drove off to The WHS. It was a long drive, but the blanket helped to keep the cat calm and quiet throughout most of the ride. I took a little peek at it when I stopped at a light and saw it sitting curled up in a corner. I periodically would talk to it to make sure it was ok, and I’d get a little string of mews back. Upon arrival at The WHS, the intake staff told me the cat was a little girl, and wasn’t a wild cat. But she didn’t have a tattoo. She was small, and so pretty with shades of brown and white in her striped fur. The WHS staff took her away to begin the intake process, and my job was done. As I drove away from The WHS, my eyes filled with tears for the scared little kitty. Is she healthy? Will she find a good home? Does she have owners, and if so, why did they let her wander around on the dangerous streets every day?
I own two cats, a boy and a girl, who I adopted from The WHS. I am very tuned into noticing other cats I see wandering around outside, or sitting out in their owners’ yards. My heart is so concerned for cats as I do not want to see any suffer. I always think “what if that wandering creature was my cat?” Truthfully, it probably was one of my cats at one time, as one was a stray. The other was born at WHS. I took them in to give them good homes and I love them more than they can understand. I never want to see harm come to them.
I have to implore all cat owners out there – take responsibility for your pets! If you own a cat, do not let them roam around the neighborhood! If you care for your pet, why would you want to risk them getting hit by a car, getting into a fight with another animal, getting sick or getting lost forever? If you own a cat, make sure that your pet is fixed, so that more litters aren’t added to the streets. Finally, if you own a cat, make sure they have a tattoo or a chip so that when a compassionate person like me catches your pet, he or she can be returned to you!
It broke my heart this morning thinking about this cat and I truly don’t want to see any other cats without homes wandering around my neighborhood. All animals are gifts and deserve to have good lives and forever homes.
I hope the little girl finds a good forever home and I’ll be looking forward to following up on her in the next few days.
By Candace Weselowski