Wexford rescues NWSPCA calling on public to ‘work with them’ after cats dumped in sealed plastic crates at center

The NWSPCA is calling on members of the public to contact them first if they need help with their pets after two cats and their litters were thrown into their center in sealed plastic boxes.

In two separate incidents in recent weeks, NWSPCA volunteers discovered the mother cats and kittens tightly packed into plastic crates left in the parking lot. The first incident saw two adults and ten kittens dumped at the scene, while the second involved two adults and four kittens.

While the cats are now in foster homes and doing well, NWSPCA President Joe Murray said the outcome could have been very different.

“It was an extremely hot day when the first two sets were left. They weren’t left at the cattery, they were left in the parking lot, and it was only by chance that one of us noticed the boxes and decided to look inside, otherwise they probably wouldn’t have survived the night in this heat,” he explained.

Discarding cats in this way is “unacceptable”, added Joe, who said it significantly hampers the support they are able to offer other people and animals.

“We are trying to help as many people as possible at the moment, but we have limited resources, so we have a waiting list. We only have a certain free space for semi-feral or feral cats. What this behavior does for us is primarily allows those who dump cats to skip the queue.This means that people who work with us and need help with their own cats are pushed away. further and that we delay their help. This could lead us to have to make very difficult decisions and reject people who do things the right way,” he said. “Dropping cats like this is selfish of people because they don’t give us a choice. Those cats were probably fine where they were. They could have stayed there another week or so and we would have helped with food and crates and we would have taken them when we had space. Instead these people are forcing us to take them to the cattery. That is not the answer. the answer is to contact us and to work with us.

Mild weather and the ensuing extended cat breeding season, coupled with a drop in foster families and volunteers due to the return to school and offices, are already putting pressure on the organization. said Joe, who said this dumping behavior adds to that pressure.

“It’s not acceptable. It takes a huge amount of resources and time and we just need it to stop,” he continued. “We haven’t had to say no to anyone yet, but if it keeps happening, that might be what we need to do.

Much of this abandonment behavior stems from people not neutering or neutering their cats, said Joe, who stressed the importance of doing so in order to control cat populations.

“We run a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program and try to help people do that, but the biggest problem is that people just want the cats gone. It doesn’t really work. If we sterilize them and sterilize them and don’t send them back into space, something else will set in whereas if we sterilize them and send them back, they won’t continue to reproduce and they will also prevent other cats to settle down,” he said. said.

Keeping feral cat populations under control also helps keep feral and domestic cats healthy, he said.

“There’s an awful virus going around called panleukopenia and as soon as the population hits a particular level, that virus flares up. It affects both domestic and feral cats and it’s deadly. It can knock a cat out for six hours in 24 hours.”

Those who need help with their cats, are interested in the TNR program or would like to volunteer for the organization can contact the NWSPCA hotline on 087 639 2531.

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