It's not that she doesn't like dogs. Rilly! But she's a Cat Lady at heart. And so when she watches a video that's a "tribute to Animal Rescuers" ... and out of the entire 5 minutes, she sees one (count'em ONE!) "token" kitty... she feels like the video should have been named "Tribute to Dog Rescuers."
Not that Dog Rescue isn't terribly important! And a video that tributes them is a very nice gift.
BUT. As a cat-specific volunteer at her local no-kill shelter, she knows she's in the minority. If her shelter is typical of all U.S. shelters then the number of people who choose to care for the feline overpopulation and the needs of stray and displaced cats is shockingly low when compared to the number of dog volunteers.
It's just heartbreaking to see. Especially when considering statistics from the ASPCA which state that:
"it is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million."
According to the ASPCA, "approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats)."
Yes, it's epidemic for both species. But the number of people willing to chip in their time, dollars and resources to help care for and rehome dogs far exceeds the number of volunteers willing to do the same for cats.
How can this be, when the number of pets in the U.S. is just about 50/50, according to the National Pet Owner Survey? Yet the number of cat volunteers versus dog volunteers in the average shelter (again if hers is any indication) is more like 20/80!
Recently, when our shelter rescued animals from another shelter where conditions had rapidly deteriorated and the animals needed out if they were to survive, the only reason many dog volunteers were willing to take a cat was from fear they would expose their own dogs to disease.
Cat rescue is in need of strong advocates, people willing to promote this desperate need for volunteers to help. Please pass this along! And if you haven't ever considered volunteering to help your local cat population...you're missing out on a rewarding experience.