In a surprising decision, board members of the Ross County Humane Society announced it will cease to house cats and kittens and will no longer offer them for adoption, as reported by the Chillicothe Gazette on Feb. 3, 2013. The facility on Lick Run Road in Chillicothe, Ohio has a separate room for cats and kittens but states that because they are usually on site much longer than dogs are, the space could be better utilized to kennel more dogs and puppies.
With some cats remaining at the shelter for as long as 250 days, even the average stay of over 100 days quickly eats into the funds available to care for all animals. But who is to say that dogs are more important than cats when it comes to rescue and adoption?
Ross County Humane Society Board Member Nancy Theobald:
I think that’s the way we would like to go. It’s not concrete. ... I truly believe that the avenues they are trying to reach out to, that if it works, it might turn out to be better (than what we were doing).
Better for who? Certainly not the cats.
While there are other private cat rescues in the area, their already overburdened facilities and staff will become even more so since RCHS is no longer doing their part to tend to the cat population in Ross County.
This writer – who has adopted two dogs from Ross County Humane Society and is currently fostering two abandoned kittens – questions their decisions on more than one issue. Several months ago she made an attempt to get information about pets available for adoption in order to provide free publicity via this channel to help find homes for adoptable pets, and was met with some resistance. When told that the board would have to make a decision before allowing information to be published online, they were given a business card and full contact information with which to follow up. To date this writer has received no further word on the matter. Questions about fostering dogs or cats posed to the Society manager on that same day were answered simply with “We don’t foster animals anymore”, claiming that a fostering program was too difficult to manage.
Having received a large donation recently from a local benefactor, one can’t help but wonder if sound decisions will be made by the Ross County Humane Society on how best to utilize that money.
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