We are happy to report the spirit of generosity is alive and well in our community. PCFI is encouraged by the generous outpouring of support that we continue to see. It comes in so many shapes and sizes. The person that pledges a substantial cash donation because she wants to see less abandoned cats roaming the streets. The grade 11 student who bakes delicious goodies to raise money for a fundraising event. The volunteers who donate their precious time responding to the many phone calls we receive, posting flyers throughout town, trapping cats and transporting them to the vet clinic, feeding and sheltering colonies, fostering and socializing kittens. The list goes on and on. The phrase 'it takes a village' comes to mind. The issue of cat over-population is a community problem and it is going to take concerted effort on the part of all the stakeholders within a community to begin to resolve it. PCFI has taken the first few steps - won't you join us?
Swirl, an orange tabby , was on the brink of getting his second chance at life. Once an adorable, friendly kitten, he was given away free to a good home, with all the promises that go with it. 'Of course we'll get him fixed when he's old enough; no we'd never let him outside', promises that were never kept. Swirl was not neutered because his guardians could not afford the fee for the neuter and the required vaccines. Perhaps they were uneducated as to the negative impact of another unsterilized male cat roaming the neighbourhood. Inevitably he started spraying inside the house to mark his territory. This is typical behaviour of an unneutered male when they reach sexual maturity. Unfortunately there is a very unpleasant odour associated with this behaviour. Swirl was kicked out of the house, a common theme amongst a growing segment of the population. They see a sweet and playful kitten and just have to have him or her, giving no thought to the many responsibilities and considerable expense of being a responsible pet guardian.
Swirl roamed the streets, learning to live on his own, losing touch with his original adoptive family. He eventually joined a managed colony of unowned cats several blocks away where there was good shelter and food on a regular basis. After confirmation that Swirl was no longer owned by anyone, he was enrolled in the PCFCI Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return program and was on his way to being neutered, vaccinated for rabies and treated for parasites. He had a bright future once again and hope of belonging somewhere.
Sadly, prior to being humanely trapped for his neuter date two days away, Swirl was run over by a car and killed. He was left to die in the middle of the intersection of a four way stop; a rather odd place for a cat to be killed.
PCFCI says a little prayer for the Swirls of this world. You lived and died as a result of human neglect.