The Harsh Reality
The pet overpopulation epidemic is so staggering, that for every animal born in the United States to have a home, each and every human being would have to own 6 dogs and 9 cats. So a family of four..2 parents and 2 small children would have to own 24 dogs and 36 cats
It costs US tax-payers an estimated 2 billion dollars each year to round up, shelter, kill and dispose of homeless animals.
Provided By the Humane Alliance www.HumaneAlliance.org
Two uncontrolled breeding cats - plus all their kittens and all their kitten's kittens, if none are ever spayed or neutered add up to 420,000 in 7 years.
For low cost spay and neuter information, contact Sans at 315-422-7970
WAYWARD PAWS SENIOR CATS FOR SENIORS
Wayward Paws is dedicated to placing orphaned cats into new and loving homes. With our new Senior Cats for Seniors Program, we are hoping to not only find homes for our older cats, but also to bring happiness, health and companionship to older people. According to Kelly Connolly, HSUS specialist for companion animals, "Emotionally pets can bring new meaning and purpose to the life of a senior who is living far away from friends or family. The unconditional love and commitment to their owners is almost like free therapy."
Surveys also suggest that in addition to easing loneliness, pets can also provide health benefits. Researchers at the Univ. Of Minnesota have found, during a ten-year study, that people with cats were 40 percent less likely to die from a heart attack than their catless counterparts. Other potential benefits can include decreased stress and blood pressure, reduced bone loss, lowered cholesterol and improved blood circulation.
Before adopting a cat, seniors need to understand the amount of dedication that goes into caring for an animal. "Cat Watch", a publication put out by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, has in their August, 2008 issue, an article offering suggestions which will enable the elderly to keep their pets.
1. Simple modifications in the home - "If a person has trouble bending to scoop the litter, elevate the litter box so that the cat can jump in and the cat's companion can more easily reach the litter box to clean it." You can also rig up an elevated feeding station for the cat.
2. Take safety measures - "Some older people complain that they can't see their cat at night and they are afraid of tripping over them. The solution here is to have the cat wear a bell on a collar."
3. Pick the right cat - "An adopter should consult with the adoption center's expert to help them select a cat that meets their personality needs. A void getting kittens and adolescent cats that are usually too high-energy and demanding."
4. Build a support system - Arrange for local friends/relatives to help checking to see that everything is all right, changing litter, taking the pet to the vet, buying food/litter or offering to care for the cat if the owner must go away or to the hospital.
The Purr- fect Friend
I'm big and huggable, just like a teddy bear I'm so happy I got adopted and put in their care
Before my new home, I lived on the cold streets I really love this place, I even get treats!
No one wanted me before, since I'm a senior, you see Yet I purr like a kitten and can still climb a tree
Please consider a pet that is older in years We give lots of love and take away all the tears
By Lauri Richmond
If you are interested in adopting an older pet, contact Wayward Paws at 461-4228 or Joan Hathaway at 440-06674 and we will be happy to help you find a cat to meet your personality needs.